There’s this Mac app developer I don’t know, who I think works in Maryland, who I imagine is akin to a mad scientist, circa Back to the Future.
Somehow or another, this app developer cranks out mostly free Mac utilities which all of us could use, but which few of us know about. The latest find is called FixIt II. Trust me. If you reply to or forward email messages with all those lines and arrow cruft, you need this app.
Goodbye, Mr. Cruft
For lack of a better term, I’ll define the email forwarding and reply lines and arrows inherent in Mail as email cruft.
FixIt II fixes that visual mess with a click. It’s simple enough to use FixIt II, but it’s not exactly intuitive, despite the need.
When you encounter an email message that has been forwarded and replied to a few times you’ll find text with vertical bars and arrows lined up to the left of the message.
That’s the cruft I’m talking about. That’s what FixIt II gets rid of.
It’s simple. Select the text in the message to be replied to or forwarded. Drop it into FixIt II and click the appropriate buttons to clean up the cruft.
The Simple button removes the arrows >. The complex button removes more complex cruft, including all those vertical lines. This graphic is self explanatory.
The only real issue here are those extra steps of copy paste, remove cruft, then copy paste back into Mail. I’d pay a few dollars if those could be automated with a one-click option to clean while the message remains in Mail. Otherwise, it’s useful and you can’t beat the price tag.