AppleScript, Email Announcer

Here’s a little AppleScript I wrote to announce new emails in Mail.app. It pauses the iTunes if it’s playing, speaks the name of the sender if the message is not marked as junk and then resumes the playback.

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on performmailaction(info)
    -- see if iTunes is playing
    set itunesplaying to false
    tell application "System Events"
        if (get name of every process) does not contain "iTunes" then
            set itunesplaying to false
        else
            tell application "iTunes"
                if player state is playing then set itunesplaying to true
            end tell
        end if
    end tell

    -- pause iTunes if needed
    if itunesplaying is true then tell application "iTunes" to pause
    tell application "Mail"
        set themessages to |SelectedMessages| of info
        repeat with amessage in themessages
            set thesender to extract name from sender of amessage
            if (junk mail status of amessage) is not true then
                say "Mail from " & thesender
            end if
        end repeat
    end tell

    -- resume iTunes if it was playing before
    if itunesplaying is true then tell application "iTunes" to play
end performmailaction

Keep in mind that the script might turn up to be quite chatty depending on the amount of mail that you receive every day. One way of dealing with this is to apply the script only to those emails sent by people in a certain group (Friends, Family, Colleagues and so on). Here’s one of my email rules:

Email From Family Rule

October 27, 2005 |

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