Do I need to write a script for...[Mail address processing]

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  1. Maritan macrumors regular

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    I'm using Mail to receive and send email on my PB 15" running 10.3.2.

    Now, with the start of a semester and me being a TA, I want to tell my students to email me with a particular subject line. I have set up rules in Mail that will move the email to its appropriate folder. I also want to automatically take the email address and put it in a group that I have already created in Address Book.

    If I had about 10 students, it wouldn't be a problem - I would move the addresses manually, but I have 144 students this time! :eek:

    So, I need to automate this process. I have looked under Mail ->Preferences ->Rules to see if I could automate it, but I didn't see anything.

    Have I missed something obvious? Or, do I have to read up on AppleScript and write my own script for this? Or, is there already some sort of script that does this?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. robotrenegade macrumors 6502a

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    The best advice I have is, once you get the stundents emails hit the add to address book button to move it. Then in address book make a new group and move them to that folder. I hope this helps.
     
  3. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Did you check out the "Sender is member of group" option for the rules?

    Seems that should do it for you...

    [edit - Nevermind, I read your problem backwards.]
     
  4. Maritan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Robotrenegade - That is precisely what I don't want to do. 144 students is a little too much to do manually. I'm too lazy! :D

    Rower_CPU - The "Sender is member of group" option is to check if the sender is already a member of a group. So, the address has to already exist in the group and based on that Mail will complete some action that I specify. This option does not give me the possibility of moving the address of the sender to the Address Book.

    Edit - Rower, alright you realized. :D
     
  5. Maritan thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried searching an Applescripting sites, Google searches, etc? Seems like what you want is a pretty unique behavior.

    I found one thing on Apple's site that might get you part way there:
     
  7. Maritan thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Rower, for

    1. Making the title more specific. I knew I should have. My bad.

    2. For directing me to the script. That does seem to be a good starting point.

    I still do need to figure out the syntax for AppleScript, and also how scripts work with the Address Book. Better get busy with that!
     
  8. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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