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pixelbot
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June 20th, 2004, 10:39 pm

are there books or a book that one could recommend to get started scripting I have several ideas for scripts and I was wondering if there were books or better yet online resources (ae enhancers of course is a good place to start) to learn syntax etc...

thanks
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June 21st, 2004, 2:05 am

Well, there isn't any real documentation out there that is focused specifically on scripting for AE (except for the scripting guide, that isn't really of great help except as a reference).
The best thing you can do at this point (before anybody ventures to write something a bit more elaborate on the question) is read some good javascript books (check O'Reilly for the "Javascript definitive guide", fat book, but everything is in there) and then see how you can cross-reference that with the ressources available on the web and with existing scripts. I know that Dan Ebberts is preparing something about scripting on his site http://www.motionscript.com

Hopefully we'll be able to create some interesting tutorials here that will give people enough of the basic concepts to start working on their own ideas.

I think it is also good to post any specific questions you have around here, there are some people who know a lot that are registered, and they will certainly be ready to help out.

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June 21st, 2004, 10:35 pm

part of the problem is that currently while at work I have ae 6.0 and here at home I have 6.5 (this will be remedied this week hopefully - as for specific questions - some of the scripts I'd like to try will involve dialog boxes - I know are example scripts (which I will check out) Once I get started I'll probably have more specific questions about syntax etc..

thanks for starting this list
timt
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June 22nd, 2004, 3:20 pm

I would suggest bookmarking http://devguru.com/Technologies/ecmascr ... index.html
as well as,
http://netcode.net/manuals/javascript/

the lynda.com how to javascript cd is a good explanation of concepts, the link below takes you to the main page and if you look at the operators and expressions sample you will get a feel of how they explain.

http://movielibrary.lynda.com/html/modPage.asp?ID=34

For the dialogs etc, the best bet is to look at the creating user interface section of the 6.5 scripting guide included on the cd rom
sunnyisland
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January 31st, 2005, 4:25 pm

the best bet is to look at the creating user interface section of the 6.5 scripting guide included on the cd rom
I have been looking around for the scripting guide. I am using AE in my school's computer lab, and they don't have it in the Application folder. I can't find it on the Adobe website or Google either. Any idea on where to get it? I don't suppose it is somthing that one has to pay for?

Thank you!
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