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David Carlson

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I had recently helped a customer configure automatic file extraction on a Mac computer, and thought I would share the details here.


This option works for all builds of Windows, MacOS and Linux, and can be used for data files from any Symphonie data logger - including SymphoniePRO



  1. Install Mozilla Thunderbird (https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/)
  2. Search for the Add-on “attachment extractor”

  3. Install it
  4. Restart Thunderbird
  5. In the Add-ons manager, under Extensions click Preferences for the AttachmentExtractor

  6. Configure it to handle the files as you like. Note that there are many options for customizing this process.
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I'm using the VBA script below, and mail rules in Outlook 2010, to move the .rwd file to the raw data folder. Do you see any disadvantages with doing it that way David or Pearse?


Public Sub saveAttachtoDisk(itm As Outlook.MailItem)
    Dim objAtt As Outlook.Attachment
    Dim saveFolder As String
        saveFolder = "D:\NRG\RawData"
    Dim dateFormat As String
        dateFormat = Format(itm.ReceivedTime, "yyyy-mm-dd HHmm ")
    For Each objAtt In itm.Attachments
        objAtt.SaveAsFile saveFolder & "\" & dateFormat & objAtt.DisplayName
End Sub



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Hello Dave,


Thank you for your post.


There are many ways to extract data from an email account like Outlook. I know a number of customer's who also use scripting and rules to manage their data files.


I don't see any problems with this method, so if it works for you then keep at it!



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