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Pro 4.14: ARMember, RafflePress, WP Download Manager & Search/Replace

Hot on the heels of the Uncanny Automator 4.16 release, Uncanny Automator Pro 4.14 is now available for download. This release adds several integrations to Pro for the first time and it also introduces a powerful new Formatter action: Search & Replace.

New triggers

RafflePress adds a new trigger for someone entering a giveaway with a specific action. Want to tweet a thank-you message to new Twitter followers and send a coupon code to users that refer a friend? No problem.

RafflePress actionsGroundhogg users, now you can trigger a recipe when a note is added to a contact. Want to be notified when someone else has added a specific note to a user’s contact? Automator can do that.

For WooCommerce Subscriptions, there’s a new “A user renews a subscription to a product for the nth time”. Want to send users a bonus or award free access to something on their 12th monthly payment to celebrate their 1-year anniversary? Now you can do that. If you’re thinking, “I could just do that by using an existing renewal trigger and setting the number of times to 12”, what makes this new trigger better is that it will consider prior renewals–not just from when the recipe was activated.

WordPress Download Manager adds a trigger for “A user downloads a file”. This complements the existing trigger in our free version by specifically targeting logged-in users and allowing easier user targeting in recipes.

New actions

Yes, Pro rounds out the ARMember support we introduced in Uncanny Automator 4.16 by adding actions to “Add the user to a membership plan” and “Remove the user from a membership plan”. These are the missing links that will allow you to add/remove users from memberships based on ecommerce purchases or even donations, course activity, even something like watching a video on YouTube via RafflePress.

That leaves the new Formatter action, which is really cool: Search and Replace. Here’s what it looks like:

Formatter Search & ReplaceTo use the new action, you would first pass in some type of text. You can use tokens here, and it could be anything from a short string to an entire blog post.

Then you can tell the action what to look for and what to replace it with. You can add multiple strings to search for and replace, and you can also control whether or not to make the search case-sensitive. The reformatted text after the search and replace can then be used in other actions in the recipe.

This new feature could be used for anything from cleaning up blog posts with a revised term or company name to something like removing/replacing unsupported special characters in incoming webhook data before passing it to BuddyPress xProfile fields. It’s going to be a very useful utility for a lot of sites.

And the rest

WooCommerce actions involving new orders get tokens for payment URL and direct checkout URL, making it easy to have Automator create orders and then send a link to users to complete payment.

For Automator users deploying sites with Automator Pro via WP-CLI or in automation scenarios, there’s new support for a license key to be added in wp-config.php so that it doesn’t need to be activated manually.

There are also new filters to disable some sanitization from fields and other tools for developers to do things like modifying the webhook header return response. For a full list of changes, make sure to check out the changelog.

And we’ll have news soon about the upcoming 5.0 release!

Ryan Moore from Uncanny Owl

Ryan Moore (MA, PMP, BCom) is the Cofounder and Director of Uncanny Owl, creators of Uncanny Automator and a suite of popular add-ons for LearnDash. Since 2013, Ryan has helped thousands of companies add elearning and automation capabilities to their WordPress websites.

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