Get The Location Of Your Mac Using TextExpander

Core Location to AppleScript

We know how to grab our location in plain text on the iPad, using Editorial and some Python voodoo (Python Voodoo could be a great name for a band). But what about the Mac? Easy. Using TexExpander and some AppleScript, you can easily turn a few keystrokes into longitude and latitude, without too much attitude (Python Voodoo will be a and 8-bit rap band).

The full instructions are over at the TextExpander blog, so I won’t waste pixels by pasting them in here other than showing you just how simple is the Applescript that TextExpander needs to run for you:

tell application "Location Helper"
 set listCoords to get location coordinates
 return (item 1 of listCoords as text) & ", " & (item 2 of listCoords) as text
end tell

That, along with a free app called Location Helper for AppleScript (which gives Applescripts access to Core Location), is it. Neat, and trigger-able just by typing out a TextExpander abbreviation.

You might also have noticed that this means you can trigger pretty much any Applescript using TextExpander, and have the results fill out sections of your expanded snippets. Powerful stuff, and yet another reason to buy the amazing TextExpander. If you really needed another reason.

About the author

Charlie Sorrel Charlie Sorrel is the Reviews Editor here on Cult of Mac. Follow Charlie  on Twitter at @mistercharlie.

(sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)| Read more posts by .

Posted in News | Tagged: , , , , , , |