3079 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2011 12:51 PM by Jacki
When I first read your posting I searched google and found a posting saying "You would have to buy a plug-in to send html-emails..."
But then I thought about a perl script called sendEmail which can be downloaded here.
This tool allows you to send Emails a shell prompt and this can be an html-email, too.
The real trick about HTML-Newsletters is to send both, HTML and plain text so that everyone can read your newsletter (readable to both types of email clients: those accepting html and those who don't).
After some more research I found an very usefull articel here which explains how such muti-part-emails have to look like.
Ok you can read this article to understand how the native source of an email looks like...
A very simple way to get the strukture of such an email is to send a formatted email (e.g. type some text and make it bold) via Apple Mail to yourself.
Then take a closer look at the email's source (pressing cmdoptionu within your message viewer)...
after cleaning some lines I ended up with this:
This is the raw source of an Email sent by email@example.com to firstname.lastname@example.org...
Save this as a simple text file (mymail.txt at your desktop) and now run the sendEmail (let's say you stored in at your desktop, too)
Example shows sending through a gmail account:
That's it.. you get an html/text Email via SendEmail =)
So all you have to do is build such a file via AppleScript/Filemaker and send it using sendEmail...
Finally I would suggest using a newsletter service, because they have the infrastructure so send thousands of emails
Thanks SO much for the info - I think I can figure this out and make it work...!
The reason we've held off on going with the newsletter services is because we only have a little over 1,000 people in our database and it seems too expensive to go that route - unless they have free/inexpensive ones available...!