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Automator Pro 4.13: Formatter, ThriveCart & Typeform

In yesterday’s Uncanny Automator 4.15 release, we introduced a huge number of new features, including a new log system, 2 new integrations, new tokens and more. It was perhaps our biggest release of the year and of the 4.x series, and today’s Automator Pro release is also a big one. We’re excited to announce 3 new integrations, including a new action that will make it a lot easier to work with and manipulate dates, text and numbers in your recipes.

Introducing the “Formatter” action

Have you ever wished you could take a date like “September 5, 2022”, add 100 days to it with Automator, then get the new date back in the original format? Or maybe you’re working with some text and need to strip the HTML to use it in an Automator recipe? Those types of situations are where our new Formatter action can solve problems that would otherwise be impossible.

In the Automator Pro 4.13 release, we’re introducing 3 formatter types: textdate and number. Each of them has tons of options for taking your data and getting it into the right format (and don’t forget, once converted to one format, you can run other actions on it, then even convert it back).

Pro users will see the new Formatter action in new recipes they create. To use it, simply choose the formatting type, an input value, and tell Automator what to do with the value. The value that the Formatter returns will be available as an action token in subsequent actions. Here’s a sample of the Formatter action in use:

Uncanny Automator Formatter Action

In this example, we’re taking a date value from a Gravity Forms trigger, having Automator detect the current date format automatically, then outputting the value as a Unix timestamp. (This can be handy for performing math operations on a date, like adding 50 days to a date.)

In total, we’re introducing over 25 date output formats, 10 number output formats, and 20 text output options. The action can do things like extract an email address, remove spaces, count characters and words, escape HTML, and of course change case of text into different formats. For the full list of options, make sure to check out our new Formatter Knowledge Base article.

New integration: ThriveCart

ThriveCart is a popular online shopping cart platform that includes features like affiliate tracking, subscription support and customized checkout designs. In the new Uncanny Automator integration, we have made it easier than ever to connect ThriveCart activity to account creation and access in WordPress. Automator Pro includes 1 action for ThriveCart: Receive data from a ThriveCart webhook.

When the new trigger is added to a recipe, you can connect ThriveCart purchases to new WordPress users, access to courses, membership enrollment, group access and more.

New integration: Typeform

Typeform is an online platform that makes it easy to create engaging and interactive forms, surveys, and quizzes. It’s designed to improve data collection by making the process more user-friendly and conversational. Like the new Thrivecart integration, it includes 1 action: Receive data from a Typeform webhook.

This addition allows WordPress site owners to connect Typeform entries to account creation, access, new posts and more.

New triggers and actions

BuddyBoss gains several new triggers in this release that were requested by Automator users:

  • A guest replies to a topic
  • A user is removed from a group
  • A user joins a specific type of group

BuddyPress also gains the “user is removed from a group” trigger.

The new Charitable integration added in Automator 4.15 yesterday adds 1 new trigger: A donation is made for an amount greater than, less than, or equal to an amount. This trigger makes it easy to do things like tag a user in a CRM based on donation amount, add top donors to a social group or private webinar, or perhaps even trigger an order in WooCommerce to be shipped as a thank you for the donation.

LearnDash adds 1 very interesting action: Repair the progress of a completed course for the user. Have your users ever found it confusing that changing lessons or topics after a course completion means that the lessons and topics appear incomplete and the progress calculation is wrong? This new action can solve that. When triggered for a user and a course, it will check for a course completion, and if it exists, mark any incomplete lessons, topics and quizzes complete on the user’s behalf so that the progress record inside the course aligns with the course completion record.

Those are the highlights for the Uncanny Automator Pro 4.13 release. We hope you find the new additions useful!

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