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Error message on birthday greeting

517 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2006 1:22 PM by Slydude RSS
MizzouKBG Calculating status...
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I'm trying to use Automator to send an e-mail to our clients on their birthdays. I have it set up with the "Find People with Birthdays" and then "Send Birthday Greetings." When I run the action, I get the following error message:

"System Events got an error: Can't make name of current user into type reference. (-1700)"

Any ideas? THanks!
PowerBook, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • thapymptress Calculating status...
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    Jul 17, 2006 1:07 AM (in response to MizzouKBG)
    I am having the same problem.
    I'd love to know the answer.

    I can't believe it hasn't been fixed by some amzing genuis type-person yet.

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    iMac intel/powerbook, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Slydude Calculating status...
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    Jul 23, 2006 11:12 AM (in response to thapymptress)
    I am working on a workflow right now that I think will do exactly what you are trying to. I still have a bit of testing to do. Two question though:

    1. Do you have your contacts organized as a separate group within Address Book
    2. Do you want to send greetings only to clients or to everyone with a birthday.
    2 Gig G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Slydude Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 23, 2006 4:42 PM (in response to MizzouKBG)
    Glad you got it working. My problem now is that the workflow ends with an AppleScript that closes Mail. It seems to me that Mail is closing before the message is sent. I haven't figured out the right syntax to make the script wait until sending the message is finished.
    2 Gig G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Joseph Booth Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2006 10:59 AM (in response to MizzouKBG)
    Got this error when running automator:

    System Events got an error: Can't make name of current user into type reference. (-1700)


    Workflow Setup:

    1 - Find People with Birthdays
    2 - Send Birthday Greetings
    3 - Send Outgoing Messages


    Address Book is setup in different groups. I've even setup a smart group that sorts only those entries that have an e-mail address to send to and have a birthday in the next 30 days.

    Can't seem to figure out what is causing this error. Any ideas?
    Mac G5 2 GHz 500GB 3 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • Slydude Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 29, 2006 1:22 PM (in response to Joseph Booth)
    I looked at the information from this site http://www,appleerrorcode.com and it returns this message "Data could not be coerced to therequested descriptor type". That suggests that the wrong type of data is being sent. I have not been able to duplicate this error though. When I try your steps they work.

    TRy using the "find People In Address Book Action. Expand the action and set the rule to People whose group is and insert the name of your group. Check the ATPM website in a few days I have an article due that should describe how I did this.
    2 Gig G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)

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