File Pickup

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File Pickup

ThinkAutomation can pickup files placed in a specific folder. Files are processed by ThinkAutomation as new messages and then deleted from the pickup folder. Any type of file can be placed in the pickup folder.


Click the File Pickup option on the Ribbon bar.




Click the Enable File Pickup option to enable File Pickup.


Select the Pickup Folder on your PC that ThinkAutomation should watch for new files. Enter the File Mask or enter *.* for all files.


Click the Delete Files After Pickup if you want ThinkAutomation to delete any files that it picks up for processing.


ThinkAutomation will then check the folder every x minutes (depending on the 'Check For New Mail Every' entry). Any files that match the 'file mask' will be read and parsed. They will be processed as new messages. Files will be deleted after they are processed.


EML Formatted Text Files

RFC 2822 Message Format


For EML files the format and structure of a basic Internet email message, as defined in RFC 2822, looks like this:




Subject: Blah blah


body text


The first section contains the headers. Each header must end with a : (colon). After the headers is a blank line followed by the body text.


You can test the file pickup option of ThinkAutomation by creating a text file using Notepad in the above format. Save it to the folder specified on the File Pickup tab. In a minute or so the file will disappear and be processed by ThinkAutomation.


Microsoft Outlook MSG Files

If Outlook MSG files are placed in the File Pickup folder (or dragged and dropped from Outlook itself), ThinkAutomation will convert them to EML files before processing. Outlook does not need to be installed on the ThinkAutomation computer. Supports Outlook 2003 and higher.


Note: MSG file reading requires .NET Framework 4.5


Text & HTML Files

Any text or HTML files placed in the File Pickup folder will be converted to EML files before processing. The file contents will become the body of the message (either plain text or HTML). The subject will be set to the file path & name.


Other Files

Any other files placed in the File Pickup folder will be processed as an attachment to a new blank message. The subject will be set to the file path & name.



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