Au­to­mate your emails

Ex­tend Mail with this free trick for sched­ul­ing mes­sages

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

Choose when emails are sent thanks to a bit of Au­toma­tor and Cal­en­dar magic

With emails, tim­ing is ev­ery­thing. When writ­ing an email to a work col­league over the week­end, you may want to send it on Monday morn­ing – thus en­sur­ing it isn’t buried un­der new cor­re­spon­dence. If you’re email­ing friends abroad, it helps to know the time zone, so that the no­ti­fi­ca­tion buzz won’t wake them up in the mid­dle of the night. If you’re us­ing OS X’s Mail ap­pli­ca­tion, there isn’t an ob­vi­ous way to choose when an email is sent. Hap­pily, there is a so­lu­tion – one that’s al­ready in­stalled on your Mac.

As you know by now, Au­toma­tor is your Mac’s com­put­erised chef. Its in­gre­di­ents are a Mac’s pro­cesses, and the recipes it pro­duces are the files you can cre­ate to man­age your work­flow. These files can be added to your Cal­en­dar, so you can clearly see when your mes­sages are set to be sent. Au­toma­tor gives you the same con­trol that Mi­crosoft’s Out­look pro­vides with its ‘de­layed de­liv­ery’ fea­ture, with the bonus of work­ing with a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions on your Mac.

While com­plex at first glance, Au­toma­tor soon be­comes as easy as de­sign­ing a flow chart, and can even be used with Ap­pleScript for an ex­tra level of con­trol over your Mac. Adam Smith

Com­plex at first glance, Au­toma­tor soon be­comes as easy as de­sign­ing a flow chart





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