Ac­tu­a­tor

Email in­struc­tions to your Mac

Mac Format - - RATED -

£2.29 De­vel­oper ACT Pro­duc­tions, act­pro­duc­tions.net Re­quires OS X 10.8 or higher

This clever app lets you trig­ger scripts on your Mac with an email. You can do some­thing sim­i­lar by mak­ing a rule in Mail to trig­ger an Ap­pleScript, but Ac­tu­a­tor is smarter and more flex­i­ble, and lets you trig­ger Au­toma­tor work­flows, too.

It ef­fec­tively runs as a stand­alone email client, check­ing an ac­count in the back­ground. When you send an email to that ac­count with a par­tic­u­lar word in the Sub­ject field and the full name of one or more scripts you’ve copied to its folder in the body, those scripts will run. It can also post no­ti­fi­ca­tions, and be­cause it’s run­ning as an email client, can re­ply to you to report sta­tus, or list the avail­able scripts if you’ve for­got­ten what they are, and delete the trig­ger email.

There are some ex­am­ple scripts – restart, un­mount all drives, clean Sa­fari his­tory and more – but the app is likely to be daunt­ing to less con­fi­dent users, and there are some rough edges. Christo­pher Phin Slightly more friendly than us­ing Mail and Ap­pleScript, but still only for the tech­ni­cally-minded.

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