Automatically add links from emails to Safari Reading List

Click here to see the ifttt tasks

Click here to see the Mail Rule

This is kind of a stripped down version of Read It Later or Instapaper, but functions perfectly for my workflow.

Requirements

  • Apple Mail
  • Apple Safari (with Reading List Support)
  • ifttt Account

First I’ve set up actions in ifttt that forward Links I favorite in Twitter or Google Reader, to my personal Email and prepend the subject with “#ReadLater”. Next I constructed a Mail Rule that acts on all messages who’s subjects begin with said keyword. The Mail Rule will invoke the following Applescript, mark the message as read and move it to the trash.

using terms from application "Mail"
	on perform mail action with messages theSelectedMessages
		tell application "Mail"
			repeat with eachMessage in theSelectedMessages
				set mailbody to content of eachMessage
				set theUrl to paragraph 1 of mailbody
				tell application "Safari"
					add reading list item theUrl
				end tell
			end repeat
		end tell
	end perform mail action with messages
end using terms from

Use cases

  • Read newsfeeds on iPhone. Save longer or interesting articles for later by clicking the favorite star.
  • Interesting item pops up on twitter, but you don’t have time now to read the containing link right now.
  •  While walking in the street you see a URL you want to remember, just mail it to yourself with the appropriate keyword in the subject.

About Florian Beer

I am running my own company 42dev where I provide web application development & hosting services for my clients.

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