IFTTT and Launch Centre Pro - Match Made In Heaven

I'm currently trying to get into Launch Centre Pro in a greater level of detail for an upcoming book and I'm having a great deal of fun with IFTTT now that it has triggers set up for Launch Centre Pro. 

The amount of automation options that are now available are limited really by your own imagination and creativity.  

I'm not going to give away any of my recipes just yet however I am going to point you to a fantastic resource I used whilst getting into the application and it i from none other than Federico Vittici at MacStories

Federico has come up with some superb guides for many other applications and his feed should rank vey highly in your RSS feed if you are a Mac enthusiast. 

 

Using IFTTT to automatically download attachments

Have I ever told you how much I love IFTTT (If This Then That)? Once or twice? Well, forgive me, but I'm about to make it a third time then. 

I recently took out a Gmail Apps for Business account as well as my Office 365 for Business one. I have reasons for this that I won't delve into here, however one thing I was keen to do was make use of the fantastic capabilities of the IFTTT hooks that Gmail and Google Drive have. 

Office 365 products do not have this capability, and one thing I've been looking to do is find a way to automatically download attachments from emails to cloud storage without having to press a button. Now I know that AppleScript can do this with Mail.app - however I don't use Mail.app anymore, I'm fully invested in Airmail and love it to pieces. However my brain got into gear and thanks to IFTTT, I've got it taped. 

I set the Gmail channel up as my trigger, looking out for any email that has an attachment. 

Then Google Drive (it works for Dropbox too but I'm keeping it all under one umbrella for now) has a statement that downloads a file from the Gmail URL into a folder of your choice. 

So - when an email comes into my Office 365 email address, I have a rule set up that automatically forwards it to my Gmail account and IFTTT takes over by automatically downloading the attachment. Meaning no more searching for those emails that contained attachments you just cannot find. 

Further to this, I will set up Hazel rules to automatically file these attachments in other locations based on certain parameters and any that are remaining after, say, two weeks, will be deleted, meaning the folder will never bloat. 

Job done.

I love automation. 

10 IFTTT recipes to help make you productive at work

I found the following link at PCWORLD.COM which has listed some great IFTTT recipes that you can utilise at work to make you more productive and, perhaps more importantly, wow your colleagues and make you look like a productivity overlord. 

Check them out - they are really good. 

If I could add one to the mix, getting your iPhone to play the theme from Shaft as soon as you enter your office could yield some cool results and strange looks alike.