Though Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn’t mention it during his Macworld Conference & Expo keynote today in New York, the company has released an AppleScript collection for iDVD 2.1.
Now professionals and developers can now automate the creation if DVDs by linking iDVD to media asset systems and other scriptable applications such as iTunes, iPhoto, Adobe Photoshop and Media 100i, according to Sal Soghoian, AppleScript product manager. He said that scriptable iDVD is a “break-through product, offering our customers the ability to automate the process of creating DVDs.” The posted script collection includes:
iDVD Companion, an automation tool for iDVD. The iDVD Companion is an application (created with AppleScript Studio) that presents a tabbed palette that floats over the iDVD interface. It uses iDVD’s advanced AppleScript support to provide controls for button alignment and positioning, menu and slideshow navigation, automatic template creation, importing audio from iTunes, importing stills and albums from iPhoto, and much more.
Create DVD From Folder. You can drag a folder of files onto this droplet to have it auto-generate an iDVD Project based on the folder’s contents and hierarchy.
iPhoto to iDVD Slideshow, which lets you transfer your images from iPhoto to iDVD. You can place this script in the Dock, then drag a selection of images from the iPhoto window onto the script to create a new slideshow in the current iDVD menu.
iTunes to iDVD, which lets you add an audio background to the current iDVD menu. From iTunes, you can choose the track to use and run this script. It will automatically switch to iDVD and apply the chosen track as the audio background for the current menu.
The complete collection of iDVD scripts is available for