Airtable Livestorm Zapier Integration

How to Automate Your Life and Everyday Tasks with Zapier

Every day, we perform numerous little jobs. On their own, they don’& rsquo; t take much time. However they can build up, specifically if you think about that time for a whole year. But we’& rsquo; re technologists and it’& rsquo; s 2020. How can we utilize tools like Zapier to make robots

What can we do with Zapier Zaps?

The brilliant part about Zapier is each app combination makes its API readily available through Zapier to other app combinations offering you a lots of choices to connect and build powerful workflows.

Especially, we're going to discover how to do a couple of things:

Sending out a text every morning if it's going to rain

Set up a weekly print task to keep your ink fresh

Get emails for new tasks on Smashing Magazine's job board

While each of these jobs are small, they end up saving you a lot of time. And if you're imaginative, you can build on these workflows to personalize a lot more.

What is Zapier?

Zapier is an automation tool that links all of the apps you enjoy and builds effective totally automated workflows. Whether it's automating sending out an email or making sure that brand-new post gets a tweet, we can remove the manual actions of mundane jobs to focus on other things that art essential.

Each time you create a new workflow, you're developing a “& ldquo; Zap & rdquo;. It's basically Zapier's way to provide a name to the workflow you create.Beginning with a Zapier account

Before we enter into setting up workflows, you'll need an account.

Registering for Zapier is complimentary and you get 5 free Zaps to begin, so we do not have to fret about cost here.

Now let's enter the Zaps.

Zap 1: Get a text if it's going to rain with Zapier

To get an idea of how this works, we'll start with something easy. We're going to set up a Zap that will send us a text if the weather condition predicts rain.

To start, click the huge Make a Zap button on the leading left of the page when you're logged into your account.

Making a new Zap Here, Zapier wishes to know the first app we wish to link. Given that we're going to base our Zap on the weather condition, look for “& ldquo; weather condition & rdquo; and select Weather condition by Zapier. Selecting the Weather by Zapier combination It will then ask you to select a Trigger Occasion, where you'll select “& ldquo; Will It Rain”Today? & rdquo;, then you can click the Continue

button. Choosing the Will it Rain Today? event When picking Weather as an event, it needs a bit of information to provide us a personalized forecast. Especially, it requires your Latitude and Longitude, which we can look up using latlong.net Finding latitude and longitude with latlong.net You can then enter your Latitude and Longitude into the Customize Forecast screen of Zapier, select your Systems which defaults to Fahrenheit, and then click the big Continue button.

At this moment, you can click Test Trigger, which simply makes certain it's working, and click Continue again.

Now we're going to inform Zapier what to do with the information once it knows it's going to rain.

In the Do this ... panel, look for “& ldquo; sms & rdquo; and select SMS by Zapier

. Choosing SMS by Zapier We're going to leave the App and Occasion as the defaults, so the next screen you can just click Continue.

SMS App and Occasion Now, for Zapier to send you a text, it needs to verify that your phone number belongs to you or that the contact number is purposefully signing up for these texts. To do that, it sends you a one-time PIN that you'll go into.

So click Check in to SMS by Zapier, which will open a popup window.

Here, enter your phone number, and pick Sms or Call as the confirmation approach at which point it will contact you with a PIN.

Sign in to SMS by Zapier and send a PIN With that PIN, enter it into the field and click Continue.

Going into the SMS verification PING At this point the window will close and move you back to the initial circulation. Here, click Continue again.

Now we get to tailor the text that we receive.

In the From Number field, Zapier offers a bunch of contact number you can utilize. You can either pick one number to always send from, which you can set up as a contact so you know it's Zapier, or you can pick Random, which will use a random number each time.

Then, click within Message, and it will bring up some choices. I wish to know whatever possible if it's going to rain, consisting of the probability, max temperature level, and summary, so we can pick all or as much as we desire and again click Continue.

Setting up Weather condition message Lastly we get to evaluate if our Zap worked. At this point whatever must be configured, so click the Test & & Review button and you must get a sample text!

Keep in mind: If you pick a single From Number, you might be limited in how regular you can receive texts, so if you don't get it immediately, that might be why. Setting random helps avoid that issue, however the the number isn't constant.

And when you more than happy with the configuration, you can click Switch on Zap.

Switching on the SMS Zap You'll now get texts in the early morning if the weather condition is predicting rain!

Zap 2: Print a test each week with Google Cloud Print

This one doesn't sound interesting, but have you ever gone through a long period of time where you didn't print something, only to end up with dried out printer heads or worse yet, a now unsalvageable printer?

We can avoid this by just running a weekly print job that keeps our printer ink good and fresh.

For this, we'll utilize Google Cloud Print. To make this work, you'll require to already have this configured with your Google account.

Let's create a new Zap and this time for our “& ldquo; When this happens & hellip;” & rdquo; search for and choose Arrange by Zapier.

Choosing Schedule by Zapier We can then choose a Trigger Event of Every Week and click Continue.

Setting Trigger Occasion as Weekly Next, you can select the Day Of The Week and Time Of Day you want to print. I personally run this task weekly at 8pm on Sundays right prior to the start of a new week. As soon as set up, click Continue.

Configuring Zapier schedule At this moment, we can click Test trigger, which much like before makes certain it's working appropriately, and after that we can click Continue.

Now, for our “& ldquo;” Do this & hellip; & rdquo; we want to print, so search for and choose Google Cloud Print

. Selecting Google Cloud Print And for the action, select Submit Print Job.

Setting Submit Print Task as Action Event At this moment, you'll require to sign into Google Cloud Print. This will open a window and have you visit through Google so that Zapier can user interface with the service.

As soon as connected, click Continue.

Now we can configure out print task. Here we'll wish to define what we print.

Configuring Print Task in Zapier In the above, we're configuring:

Which Printer: the printer we wish to print to linked to Google Cloud Print

Material: this can be a URL to a file, HTML, or plain text. I'm utilizing a URL which is a basic test page I made that has some color in it

Material Type: you'll want to set this depending upon what you set in Material. If you set a URL like I did, it ought to be URL

Title Of Print Job: the name of the job so you can see it in the print logs

Number of Copies: most likely simply want 1 so it doesn't waste ink and paper

Color or Black and white: you'll wish to clearly set this if you want color. The idea is to refresh all of the ink cartridges, so just printing black won't help the color ink, so in my case, I chose color

The rest of the fields are optional, do not hesitate to personalize to your taste.

With our configuration set, click Continue, and comparable to in the past, we can click Test to see our print job in action and if we more than happy, we can click Switch on Zap!

Test print from Zapier print task If you wish to utilize the exact same file, you can discover it here:

https://fay.io/printer-test.pdf

Zap 3: Smashing Publication Job Signals with Gmail

If we're looking for a task, it can be a pain to have to check out every task board every day (or every hour, am I right?). However we can automate this process when the job board supports it.

Fortunately, job boards like Smashing Magazine and a great deal of others offer RSS feeds which we can hook right in to Zapier to automate getting an email whenever a new task is posted.

To get going, let's create a new Zap, and this time, look for RSS and select RSS by Zapier.

Picking RSS by Zapier For our Trigger Event, select New Product in Feed, then click Continue.

Setting New Item in Feed as Trigger Occasion At this point, we want to go into a feed URL. This will be the URL to the XML RSS feed that websites offer. For Smashing Magazine, you can discover it here:

So enter that URL above into Feed URL (you can leave Username and Password blank), and keep Different GUID picked for What Sets off A New Feed Item. Then click Continue.

Setting RSS Feed URL Like usual, now you can check the trigger to make certain it works. If the RSS feed stands, this will be smooth, otherwise you may see an error. The above URL should be valid!

Evaluating the RSS feed Next, we need to pick what we wish to make with the brand-new product. Given that we desire it emailed, we can select our email service, which in my case is Gmail.

Picking Gmail in Zapier For our action, we wish to Send out Email.

Setting Action Occasion as Send Out Email Next, you want to check in to your account, comparable to what we did with Google Cloud Print. This ought to be your Google account that you use Gmail with.

Sign in to Gmail Now when we personalize our email, we wish to consist of the following:

To: wherever you want these sent to, most likely the same account you signed into Gmail with

From: select your Gmail account

From Name: can be anything you'll acknowledge, like I'll utilize Colbybot

Topic: can be whatever you 'd like, but a practical idea might be “& ldquo; New Task Alert: followed by picking the title from the dropdown choice

Physique: you can leave as Plain

Body: I would advise consisting of all tokens you'll discover useful including the Title, Description, and Link

Setting up job notification email Once you're done configuring, you can hit continue. Then, similar to previously, click Test & & Evaluation, and you need to receive your test e-mail.

Test job alert e-mail Finally if you more than happy with the setup, turn on the Zap, and enjoy your job search!

More Ideas

Here's more ideas to get you relocating the right instructions:

Post Tweets to Slack: whenever an account tweets or somebody from a list of accounts tweets, post that tweet to Slack

File Github Bugs to Jira: whenever someone tags a Github Problem with a label of “& ldquo; bug & rdquo;, produce a new ticket in Jira with that Issue information

Post RSS Items to Twitter: do you write your own content? Establish an RSS feed to automatically publish a tweet with your new article

Not Google Assistant

The only thing that it's missing out on for me right now is Google Assistant, otherwise I would have consisted of some Zap ideas for that.

IFTTT supports Google Assistant for easier circulations, but Zapier can get more powerful.

Webhooks

Zapier supports web hooks meaning you can actually do whatever you want. Though this is a premium feature, you can establish some customized workflows based off of brand-new information Zapier sees or accept requests that you publish to set off other automations.

What's your favorite Zap?

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Airtable Livestorm Zapier Integration