Applescript and Eudora


Applescript and Eudora
Eudora Tip #77/18-Apr-2001

In New Zealand 31 March is the end of the tax year for most people and April is when we should be organising our receipts etc ready for the annual tax return. I’m absolutely hopeless at filing and find gathering and sorting the papers for my small business a real grind.

The “hopeless at filing” spills over into Eudora where I often have messages waiting in my In Box for attention. I take a quick look at all messages as they arrive but often go back and mark a message as unread to remind me it still needs proper attention when I have time. (See Tip 72.)

It works like this: open the message, skim, close, move the cursor to the leftmost column, click and hold, choose Unread from the popup menu. Not that hard to do, but then it would be far easier if I could simply move to the next message and have the status set to unread automatically.

Well, I can’t make it quite that easy, but thanks (again) to Christopher Stone, I can cut out several steps by using Applescript.

Applescript is free and comes ready installed on most or all Macs though most of us don’t even know it’s there or what to do with it. It’s worth exploring though as it can make an awful lot of things a great deal easier. Check out Apple’s web page for plenty of information:

Applescript website

So—about marking those messages as unread. Here’s Christopher’s script (with his permission) which even works on open messages!:

*****

tell application “Eudora”

if exists of front message then

tell front message

set stat to status

if stat is not unread then

set status to unread

end if

end tell

end if

end tell

*****

This Tip is already over 300 words, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait till next week for what to do with the script.

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