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Uncanny Automator 3.5 is out, and it’s another big update that opens up all kinds of new possibilities for WordPress automation. While there is one big new integration, many of the new tools and features that are part of this update are just as exciting.
Divi Forms support
It took a lot of coordination with the Elegant Themes team, but we’re very excited to count Divi as our latest integration. You will need to use Divi 4.14 or higher (they had to add some enhancements to allow us to hook into form submissions), but as long as you meet the requirements, you’ll be able to use these new trigger for Divi:
- A user submits a form (for Logged-in recipes)
- A form is submitted (for Everyone recipes)
There are an endless number of recipe opportunities this opens up, including use cases like passing form submissions to Google Sheet, posting scheduled tweets from Divi forms and using Divi forms to register users in events.
As you might expect, all form fields are available as tokens, and the upcoming Pro release will add more triggers that are based on values in specific form fields. And speaking of tokens…
New token “debugging” tool
We added an easter egg to the release! When adding tokens (variables, like user first name or date) to an action, you click the * icon to the right of the recipe and see available tokens organized into groups. Common tokens include elements like email address and current time, Advanced tokens include user meta and post meta (yep, that’s in the new release too!), then additional token groups are organized by triggers. If a trigger is form submission, you would then see a group of tokens related to the form, like fields in that form.
If you’re like us, it’s very common to want to add ALL tokens to your action, especially if it’s a test or an email action. In the past, that’s been really tedious: add a token name, add the token, repeat for all tokens. In Uncanny Automator 3.5, now you can right-click a token group and Add all in this group. If you do that, you’ll see this modal:
This tells me that I’m about to add a token name label, omit the token ID, and add ALL tokens in that group to the “Body” field of my action. That’s it, all added, labelled and organized in one click.
Post meta tokens
Yes, we slipped a huge new feature into that last section. Uncanny Automator 3.5 adds support for custom post meta tokens! Here’s what it looks like:
The new token type has been added to the Advanced token group when you’re working with actions. Tokens are supported both for pulling the post ID dynamically as well as for looking up the associate meta key.
Still not impressed? This might help: the new token can work with and parse Advanced Custom Fields (ACF) fields.
Here’s a helpful article with more information about the new token type: https://automatorplugin.com/knowledge-base/post-meta-tokens/
Drag & Drop actions
Notice anything unusual about this next screenshot?
Now, when you hover over an action, you’ll see an icon on the left side that lets you “grab” the action and move it up or down in the list of actions. For now, it’s a great way to organize actions and it does control the order that actions are executed. But it’s real value won’t be revealed for several weeks; rest assured that this addition paves the way for an incredible new upcoming feature.
New Integrations page
New plugin discovery can be difficult right now with Uncanny Automator. When you create a new recipe, we show you integrations that are available to you based on the plugins you have installed and what non-WordPress apps you can connect to. If you want to see what else you can connect to, however, you have to visit our website and look through dozens of listings. It’s a bit of a chore.
Automator 3.5 adds a dedicated Integrations page right inside WordPress so you can see what else is available for Automator at a glance.
Finally, there’s a new setup wizard for new users that will help sites connect an optional free account.
And that covers the major highlights of the 3.5 release. Make sure to checkout the changelog for the full list, and look for a big Pro release in a few days!