Is there a better way to handle the scourge of incoming email messages? Yes, and the solution is a remarkably clever utility for the Mac’s built-in email app that lives as donationware yet does for email that which you didn’t know could be done.
Hark, The Herald Angle
There’s nothing really wrong with getting a notification about incoming email. Growl for Mail does it. OS X Notification Center does it.
A simple notification doesn’t do much other than warn you that you’ve got even more messages stacking up, begging for attention, ready to deplete your lifeblood (it is a killer app, right?).
Herald is a Mac app that goes a few steps beyond mere notification, and gives you options you can’t get anywhere else.
You still get an attractive pop up notification with the standard From:, To:, and Subject, as well as the first couple of paragraphs of the message.
The difference in Herald is that it also gives you a handy little toolbar at the bottom of the notification to delete, reply, or mark as read.
Look at how handy this is.
The secret sauce is Herald’s built-in quick action toolbar which gives the aforementioned options, the most commonly used, right from within the notification window.
Even better, you can adjust the window’s size, change the style and font, re-position the window, change the color, shadow and transparency amount.
Simple configurations also let you dismiss the notification after a set period of time, or have it stay on screen until you click.
Herald also works on specific mailboxes so you can control which accounts get the pop up notification. Also, the first paragraph or so of each message can be viewed, but the window also allows scrolling for longer messages.
Herald represents the best of Mac donationware. It’s an app you likely need, and will definitely use, and it’s priced right.