Originally Posted by wizard69
I'd say that it's high time for an AppleScript replacement, and that the obvious target is JS. Apple's spent considerable time and effort on JS performance as part of Safari (and WebKit generally) and it is now orders of magnitude faster than AS. Moreover, it's widely used, understood, and has all sorts of "learn to…" materials available.
As to file formats, not only is there the MacOS/iOS issue, but a lack of formats in general. Which is ironic, considering we had this TWO DECADES AGO: