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Adding an attachment to your automated replies in Mail.app

Posted by on July 29, 2013 | Comments Off on Adding an attachment to your automated replies in Mail.app
The "Rules" settings in Mail's preferences

Set up your auto-response

A colleague in an online forum recently asked how he could replicate the ability of Eudora (his old email client) ability to “set up a rule which would allow me to have any emails sent to a specific email address autoreplied with a little message and a PDF attachment. Then the emails were moved to a specific folder.” While he knew that he could use Mail’s “Rules” to automatically respond to and file incoming messages, he couldn’t see any way of adding an attachment to the text of his reply. There were a couple of suggestions from other members of the group, mostly centered around the use of AppleScript or Automator, but my solution in this case  was much simpler: did you know that you can put an attachment in your “Signature”?

The full solution would be as follows:-

First, set up your “Rule”…

And then, in the “Signatures” pane, create a signature for the desired email account, and drag the file that you want attached into the composition area!

Adding an attachment to a signature.

Adding an attachment to a signature.



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TechBeast: iTunes Match syncing hell

Posted by on February 12, 2012 | Comments Off on TechBeast: iTunes Match syncing hell

An interesting post at techbeast.net delves into issues experienced with iTunes Match, syncing, and data duplication, as well as offering up some really useful tips on how you can use Automator to help you fix your iTunes library.

Thanks Gavin!

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If This Then That – An Automator for Social Networking Sites

Posted by on October 2, 2011 | Comments Off on If This Then That – An Automator for Social Networking Sites

Last week, Rui at Tao of Mac posted a quick piece about ifttt.com which piqued my curiosity. After a bit of a play with it, I think it’s got huge potential for improving many people’s experience of the current crop of social media sites and cloud-based services.

The geekier among you may remember Yahoo!‘s Pipes – a similarly conceived service from a few years back. IFTTT presents, to my view, a much more user friendly way to access pre-defined, online information sources such as Flickr, Google Calendar, Twitter, RSS feeds, FaceBook, and even phone calls, SMS messages and email, and automatically perform an action based on triggers that you define. You can create your own “Tasks” by working through a simple wizard, or choose from a huge library of  “Recipes” shared by other users.

It’s a matter of minutes to arrange to receive an automated phone call whenever you have an upcoming appointment containing a certain keyword… Simple to syndicate synopses of your latest blog post to twitter, or make sure that your FaceBook and Google+ accounts are in accord with one another, if you’re still straddling that fence 😉

The application that most struck me, was the ability to create new calendar appointments / events based on 4square checkins from your phone – a fantastic way to keep track of your own actual schedule, vs. the imaginary one that you started the day with in iCal. You can then even sync iCal with Google Calendar, view both calendars side by side, and then come to a shocking realisation about your awful time-management skills…

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