AppleScript

AppleScript is a scripting language built into MacOS. It is primarily designed to exchange data between applications in order to automate repetitive tasks. See more here.

This is a sample script which can be used to compose and directly send emails.

This script composes a new email message, sets the subject to “Hello from Mailplane” and send the TO address field to ruben@mailplaneapp.com and lars@mailplaneapp.com. The body will be “This is the body text”. The message is presented in a separate window and the user has the chance to add more content before manually sending it.

tell application "Mailplane 3"
  set m to make new outgoing message with properties {directlySend:false, optimizeAttachments:true}
  tell m
      set r to make new to recipient at end
      tell r
          set address to "ruben@mailplaneapp.com"
          set name to "Ruben"
      end tell
      set r to make new to recipient at end
      tell r
          set address to "lars@mailplaneapp.com"
          set name to "Lars"
      end tell
      set subject to "Hello from Mailplane"
      set content to "This is the body text!"
      make new mail attachment with properties {path:"Macintosh HD:Users:ruben:Desktop:china.png"}
  end tell
  compose m
end tell
  • To directly send a message, change the directlySend option to true.
  • To prevent the picture optimization to kick in, set the optimizeAttachments property to false.
  • Add CC and BCC addresses use the following two commands: set r to make new cc recipent at end or set r to make bcc recipient at end.

Example to send all files in a folder

This compose and send a new message and attaches all files found in the Desktop/Stuff/test folder:

tell application "Finder"
  set desktopFolder to "Macintosh HD:Users:ruben:Desktop:Stuff:test" as alias

  set a_list to every file in desktopFolder
end tell

tell application "Mailplane 3"
  set m to make new outgoing message with properties {directlySend:true}
  tell m
   set sender to "lars@mailplaneapp.com"
   set r to make new to recipient at end
   tell r
    set address to "ruben@mailplaneapp.com"
    set name to "Ruben"
   end tell

   set subject to "test subject"
   set content to "This is the body text!"
   repeat with i from 1 to number of items in a_list
    set a_file to (item i of a_list)
    set file_name to a_file as rich text
    make new mail attachment with properties {path:file_name}

   end repeat
  end tell
  compose m
end tell

Published on 27 Sep 2010 by Ruben.