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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Notification when you receive a new email!

This is a pretty cool Mail add-on that will display a semi-transparent fully customizable notification when you receive a new email. The program called Mail.appetizer is still in Beta but it works very well and I have only seen positive reviews. Once it is downloaded and installed, you can customize the notification in "Mail", "Preferences". There is not enough space in the Mail preferences for this add-on, so it's not in the top bar. There is a new arrow at the right, that is where you'll find it:

The settings are quite straightforward. You can adjust a lot according to your preferences: font size, transparency level, number of seconds it displays it, etc. The size of the notification is not adjusted in the preferences. You have to be in the preferences so you get the sample window, but you just have to resize that sample window. The changes to the sample window will remain.


Blogger KvAries68 said...

Mail.appetizer hasn't been updated since 2005, SO doesn't work on an Intel Mac.

May 15, 2007 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Peter Czosek said...

Doesn't the stamp in your icon say that you have a new email anyway? This seems like a useless add-on.

May 15, 2007 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

How can I post a tip?

May 15, 2007 at 11:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, this is a useless add-on.

May 16, 2007 at 1:23 AM  
Blogger Fleminator said...

It is very useful for those of us that hide the dock, so the mail icon is not always visible. I haven't tried it yet, since I have an intel, but it looks like it also shows you a snippet of the message or subject line or something (better than just a number indicated how many new messages are waiting)I had a similar thing on my work PC, and it was very useful...hopefully something like it will come out for the intel Macs soon...thanks for the great tips!

May 16, 2007 at 1:59 AM  
Blogger Chuck said...

Just use Growl notifications instead. It works for multiple apps and is still being worked on.

May 16, 2007 at 2:44 AM  
Blogger niguli said...

Just Growl ! You don't need anything else ;)

May 16, 2007 at 2:57 AM  
Blogger Joanna Ryćko said...

It's a very useful add-on: I can see WHAT is the email, that I got, and I can quick decide, if I want to read it whole and immediately or later.
And if I want to read it, I can click on the small lupe and it brings me to the open email in Aplle Mail.

May 16, 2007 at 5:33 AM  
Blogger William said...

Actually it DOES work on Intel Macs. I am currently (and have been for a while) using it on my Mac Pro.

May 16, 2007 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger MacTipper said...

I just use too.

For those of you who don't know, growl is basically an application that will notify you if a Growl capable app is doing something. There are add on's for mail and safari. Plus, there are add-on's to notify you if a peripheral is inserted. It's really nice!

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May 16, 2007 at 2:57 PM  
Blogger Mitch said...

I have growl, but I'm not sure what to do. It's running, but do I have to add the applications to the list to allow it to notify me? If so, how?

May 16, 2007 at 6:56 PM  
Blogger greepo said...

I found Growl a major pain in the arse but admittedly I haven't used it for a year or so. It didn't always work and the notifications looked dodgy. But everyone has different tastes and preferences, not just for apps either!

May 17, 2007 at 7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my mail preferences I was able to just change the size of the window and it showed just fine.

May 18, 2007 at 2:22 AM  

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