The new Notification Center promises to be just as annoying as notifications on the iPhone and iPad. If it’s not beeps and alerts, it’s Dock icons jumping up and down, vying for attention. Don’t get me started on the Mac’s Menubar. That little sliver of real estate is like trying to find comfort, solace, and solitude while walking through Waikiki in Hawaii.
It’s a crowded place, and there’s yet another free app that wants your eyeballs.
Another Unread Email Badge Alert
Here’s how email works on the Mac. You set up your accounts and Mail checks for email. When a new message comes in, you get a sound alert, a notification alert, and a little red badge on Mail’s icon in the Dock.
Isn’t that enough notification for something like email (with which we seem to have a love hate relationship)?
No, we need still more notification. It’s just too much to ask our weary Mac-using brethren to tilt the head down to the Dock to see the red badge and unread email number in Mail’s icon.
Use Mail Unread Menu on your Mac and that little red badge which displays the number of unread messages in Mail takes root in your already overcrowded Menubar.
There’s not much too it. There’s the email icon and a number beside it.
Click on the icon in the Menubar and get a pop down menu of more actions. Bring Mail to the front so you can read the messages. Or, click Compose New Message, and so on.
As simple as Mail Unread Menu is to use, there are plenty of Preferences to help make your email world go around.
There’s actually a difference between Unseen Mail and Unread Mail and you have control over the Menubar icon, font size and color, and the background color.
Unseen Mail is the number of messages that have arrived in Mail’s inbox since you last looked at Mail (and brought it to the front).
Unread Mail is self explanatory. It’s email you know about but just haven’t had the courage to read. Yet.
You can also control the count from all email boxes and even exclude specific mailboxes from being scanned by Mail Unread Menu.
So, even when priced at free, this nifty little Mail plugin does more than simply replicate the Mail badge in the Dock.