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BBEdit "Projects" in Applescript

I really, really can’t decide between TextMate and BBEdit, the majority of reasons of which I should leave for another post. But anyway, one of the most annoying things that I thought was left out of BBEdit was the ability to save the contents of the Documents Drawer for easy retrieval. I like to keep my work logically separated by window, and it’s a pain to drag all the documents I need where I want them every time.

Thanks to BBEdit being very Applescriptable, I wrote these scripts. Stick ‘em in your scripts folder and they’ll get some use.

Save Project

tell application "BBEdit" 
    set w to first text window
    set theFiles to the file of every item ¬
        of text documents of w
    set f to choose file name with prompt ¬
        "Select a project file." 
    try
        set fSpec to open for access f ¬
            with write permission
    on error what
        display alert ¬
            "Could not save project." message what
        close access f
        return
    end try
    set eof of fSpec to 0
    try
        write theFiles to fSpec as list
    on error what
        close access f
        display alert ¬
            "Could not write project file." message what
        return
    end try
    close access fSpec
end tell

Load Project

tell application "BBEdit" 
    set f to choose file
    open for access f
    set fs to read f as list
    close access f

    set w to make new text window
    set show documents drawer of w to true
    set doc to ID of first text document of w
    set i to 1
    open fs opening in w
    close document id doc
end tell

It’s not gorgeous code, but it works. And it’s one less thing I have to worry about in BBEdit. Interestingly enough, I would have written these in Ruby with RubyOSA, but the darn thing won’t load BBEdit’s sdef because it uses non ASCII characters.

And for what it’s worth, I like to save the documents with a .bbdd extension.