"Stay hungry. Stay foolish." - Steve Jobs
My friends and I use a shared folder I have on Dropbox (called our “Flash Drive”) to share files between one another. I have Growl, which notifies me any time something gets added already, but my friends don’t, and don’t check the folder nearly as much as I do. Instead of waiting a couple days/weeks and asking “hey, did you know ____ was in the Flash Drive?”, I decided I wanted to send them automatic emails.
The first place I looked was IFTTT, but unfortunately they only work with the Public folder on Dropbox at this time. I also looked at using a combination of Wappwolf and IFTTT, but by the time I was at that stage, I felt it would be a cop out.
I settled on using AppleScript and OS X’s built-in Folder Actions. Here’s what I did:
Just like that, I and my friends now get notifications any time anyone (not just me) shows up in that folder. Plenty of other real world applications for this handy hack.
Posted: Sunday, Oct 21, 2012