Seriously. Email is the killer app for internet users because it’s likely listed as a top 10 cause for death among the technorati elite of our generation. Email is like the national debt. It grows like a debt, and debt service sucks the life out of our financial (insert ’emotional’ here) well being. Here’s a way to ease the pain.
Tag ’em And Bag ’em, Ducky
Assuming you’re a Mac user who also has occasional migraines thanks to an overflow of email, and a need to prune and curate your email audit trail, there’s home.
It comes in the form of MailTags, a Mac app which lets you assign tags or keywords or labels or almost anything else you can remember, to your burgeoning stack of messages.
MailTags integrates within Mail’s Preferences in OS X so it’s simple to find and setup (with a caveat I’ll mention at the end).
The app syncs events and todo items from Calendar to Mail. In a big plus, tags can be synchronized between multiple Macs that use IMAP email servers.
Assign keywords to each message and the search becomes instant and thorough when you need to dig through email to find something valuable to help cover your patootie.
Use Mail’s built-in search function to find the tags you added to messages. You can even build smart mailboxes to find, sort, and save messages by due dates, projects, keywords, or whatever.
MailTags even integrates the tags into Mail’s view list so you can see what’s what. The built-in Rule system lets you automatically add specific tags to specific messages (work, personal, school, whatever). It even works with Gmail servers, and Exchange servers and that highlights exactly what MailTags truly is.
It’s a professional level Mac app that does what heavy duty Mac Mail users need, but with a minimum of fuss and bother and setup. There is a learning curve, though, but it’s gentle, especially considering how much it can do.
If you’re merely an occasional Mail user and have little to squawk about, don’t bother. This is the app for those of us with many email accounts, a need to save every other message, and a requirement to find some of those messages regularly. It’s a power user tool.