Email is the internet’s killer applications because I’m sure there have been some deaths over the frustration of using such a time consuming and fruitless application. Email hasn’t changed much in 20 years of public internet use, but here’s a way to make it more manageable and colorful at the same time.
Must. Have. Badges.
You know how the badge works in Apple’s Mail app, right? It’s the little red badge on Mail’s Dock icon which displays the number of unread messages in the inbox.
Wouldn’t it be great if that little badge could tell you more? For example, I’d like to know which email account has the email.
Plus, I could use a visible badger that would tell me about notes and todo items. Even better would be an option to change the color so I could tell at a glance what’s in which inbox.
All that and more is available in DockStar for the Mac. Think colorful, customizable and informative badges which display in Mail’s icon in the Dock.
Of course, a single picture is worth at least a few hundred words. Check out the Mail and badges image up above. Here’s how DockStar appears in Mail’s Preferences.
DockStar has a number of extra features, but starts by assigning a different badge and color for up to five different mailboxes, including to individual email account inboxes. So, at a glance you’ll be able to see how many messages are waiting in whichever email account.
Badges can also be assigned to Notes, To Dos, and RSS feeds in OS X. Each badge can be customized for size and color, too. DockStar won’t help you read or respond to email, but it can give you a heads up for which inbox or account has the most messages vying for you attention. Forewarned is forearmed and email is a battleground of discontent.