I wanted an easy way to shorten my URLs through one of the URL-shorteners out there. I liked bit.ly, because it's nice and short, has an easy to navigate web-interface (without a mouse) and I can use its magic with my terminal (cURL).
I also very much like TextExpander and after googling a bit, I ofcourse found an Applescript for TextExpander and Bit.ly. That link also shows how to set it up in TextExpander, very handy! The script does not however use your actual bit.ly account so you can keep track of the URLs you shorten. I tweaked it and made adjustments and it took hours and ofcourse, then I find this which is almost exactly what I had, except with URL-encoding (yummy). The only problem with that one was that I couldn't get it to have the URLs show up in my recent history. The 'history=1' didn't seem to work.
I tweaked some more and came up with something that completely does what I want. I use OmniWeb so I replaced the
set the PageURL to (the clipboard as string)
tell application "OmniWeb" set PageURL to address of active tab of browser 1 end tell
If you use safari, use
tell application "Safari" set PageURL to URL of front document end tell
I've made this as readable as possible, the '¬' do matter in Applescript.
tell application "OmniWeb" set PageURL to address of active tab of browser 1 end tell set login to "YOUR LOGIN" set api_key to "YOUR API KEY" set the EncodedURL to urlencode(PageURL) of me set curlCMD to ¬¨ "curl --stderr /dev/null \"http://api.bit.ly/v3/shorten?format=txt&longUrl=" ¬¨ & EncodedURL & "&history=1&login=" & login ¬¨ & "&apiKey=" & api_key ¬¨ & "\"" \-- Run the script and get the result: set bitlyURL to (do shell script curlCMD) return bitlyURL on urlencode(theText) set theTextEnc to "" repeat with eachChar in characters of theText set useChar to eachChar set eachCharNum to ASCII number of eachChar if eachCharNum = 32 then set useChar to "+" else if (eachCharNum ‚â† 42) and (eachCharNum ‚â† 95) ¬ and (eachCharNum < 45 or eachCharNum > 46) ¬ and (eachCharNum < 48 or eachCharNum > 57) ¬ and (eachCharNum < 65 or eachCharNum > 90) ¬ and (eachCharNum < 97 or eachCharNum > 122) then set firstDig to round (eachCharNum / 16) rounding down set secondDig to eachCharNum mod 16 if firstDig > 9 then set aNum to firstDig + 55 set firstDig to ASCII character aNum end if if secondDig > 9 then set aNum to secondDig + 55 set secondDig to ASCII character aNum end if set numHex to ("%" & (firstDig as string) ¬ & (secondDig as string)) as string set useChar to numHex end if set theTextEnc to theTextEnc & useChar as string end repeat return theTextEnc end urlencode
ETA (2010.09.30): bit.ly changed a few things so I changed the script above to reflect that