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Automator - birthdays

681 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2006 11:01 AM by Joseph Booth RSS
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I'm trying to setup an action where automator will search for any birthdays today, and if so, send me an email with the persons name, phone, and email address so i can call or send them a personal email, opposed to the automatic greeting card automator uses. the steps i've used are

1) find people with birthdays
2) get contact info (name, phone, email)
3) get selected mail book items
4) new mail sessage
5) send mail message

I get an email, but the contact info is missing, any ideas?

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  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 21, 2006 9:41 AM (in response to mhpp)
    What's the purpose of step 3? If you remove that, the info from step 2 will go into the message field of step 4.
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  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 21, 2006 9:52 AM (in response to mhpp)
    Formatted text is the correct selection. At the point where the actions connect you see text > text. If that's not the case, try removing the new message action and then re-adding it.
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  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 21, 2006 10:41 AM (in response to mhpp)
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  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 21, 2006 10:57 AM (in response to mhpp)
    It should work the same without it. Leaving it in doesn't harm anything though. If you remove it and the workflow fails, then you might start with a fresh workflow file and build it up from scratch.
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  • Michael Henley Level 4 Level 4 (1,895 points)
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    Apr 21, 2006 1:06 PM (in response to mhpp)
    Sure! From File > Save As Plug-In, select Plug-In for iCal. Type in a name. It will open iCal and set up an event with the workflow as its alarm. You can then set that to repeat every day.
    PowerMac G5 (June 2004) 2x1.8GHz 1.25GB, PowerBook G4 (12-inch DVI) 1x1GHz 768MB, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • Slydude Level 2 Level 2 (215 points)
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    Jul 16, 2006 9:15 PM (in response to mhpp)
    I am working son something similar based on smart groups in Address Book. I was having this same problem. I want to send an email to the people with birthday and one to me confirming they have been sent. Things seem to work as long as I don't try to send both types of emails from the same workflow.

    Mine looks for birthdays today, two weeks from now, and two months from now. I am having enough trouble that I think I am starting from scratch.
    2 Gig G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7)
  • Joseph Booth Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2006 11:01 AM (in response to mhpp)
    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)

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