After “overwhelming response” to the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to AppleScript Transition Guide included in the April issue of MacTech Magazine, MacTech has decided to release the 150-page book online for free on the web and also give options to download it as a PDF or order a printed version.
Because the upcoming Office 2008 for Mac no longer supports VBA, most Mac Office scripters need to move to AppleScript. The book helps those users migrate using step-by-step examples, provided by a team of VBA, AppleScript and Office experts from around the industry.
According to Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Neil Ticktin, “Truly, this is a wonderful resource for folks — whether they need to transition from VBA, or if they are just interested in scripting Microsoft Office. In fact, there’s even a bonus chapter on AppleScripting Entourage which doesn’t even have VBA support.”
Bundled with the PDF download, the Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is sponsoring a limited number of complimentary subscriptions to MacTech Magazine. Individuals just pay a shipping and handling charge of $9.95 to receive MacTech monthly for six months.
Subscribers who have received the April issue, and want the PDF as well, should simply contact MacTech’s customer service department.