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Uncanny Automator 3.7 is now available at no cost in the WordPress repository. This important release adds one new integration and a huge number of improvements.
New integration: Amelia
Amelia is a popular event and appointment booking plugin for WordPress. We’ve had requests for Amelia support for quite some time, and recent changes have made it possible for us to add an integration to Automator.
In the Uncanny Automator 3.7 free release, we’re adding these new triggers:
- An appointment is booked
- A user books an appointment
The triggers sound similar, but the differences allow recipes to run either against specific WordPress users or anonymously. Common use cases might include the following:
- When someone books an appointment, add a tag in a CRM and enroll the user in an onboarding course.
- When someone books an appointment, add the user to a newsletter list and add a membership level.
Here’s what it looks like (the Pro trigger arrives for Pro users next week):
This new integration should open a lot of opportunities for event and appointment management automations in WordPress.
Webhook support moved
To simplify things for users, we have moved the generic webhook trigger and action to their own dedicated Webhooks integration based on feedback that the location in the Automator integration wasn’t intuitive enough. They will be a lot easier to find now, so with this Automator 3.7 release the “Send data to a webhook” action moves to the new Webhooks integration page.
The “Receive data from a webhook” trigger in the Pro plugin will be moved in the 3.7 Pro release in a few days.
New to our Free version: Twilio
Anyone with the Uncanny Automator 3.7 plugin and a free Automator user account can use the credit system to try Twilio. Everything works exactly as it always has, we have just moved support over to our free plugin.
Lots and lots of improvements
This release adds a huge number of smaller changes that are worthy of individually attention, including the following:
- The Events Calendar Tickets add-on now includes tokens for attendee information, making it easier to run actions based on attendee data.
- WPForms triggers gain new support for file upload field types. You can now include the URL of uploaded files from forms in your actions.
- Tokens now include trigger IDs to make it a lot easier to differentiate tokens in complex recipes. Support you have 2 triggers for “a user completes a course”, each with different courses. In an action you use a token for one of the course IDs, but previously, it was really hard to tell which trigger was associated with that token. Here’s an example of how the new IDs might appear along with a token:
- To alleviate a lot of confusion we’ve seen from users, we renamed the “Share a photo to a Facebook page” action to “Publish a post with an image to a Facebook page”. It wasn’t clear enough that the “share a photo” action should be used to share posts that included in image, so the new terminology should help here.
- Condition “pills” (the token identifiers) in our conditional actions looked too similar to other fields, so we made some tweaks to the design to better differentiate them.
That covers the highlights of the new Uncanny Automator 3.7 release, but as is usual, there are many additional improvements and features. The full list of changes is available at https://automatorplugin.com/knowledge-base/uncanny-automator-changelog/.