A co-worker is graphic designer and he raves about the many and varied plugins available to add new functions to Photoshop. His Mac is loaded with dozens of Photoshop plugins. Of course, he charges money for his designs and he can afford the add-ons.
My budget is somewhat limited, so I have developed a preference for little one-trick utilities which add functionality Mac apps but don’t cost much. Here’s a quick look at a new way to follow up items in Mail on your Mac. Are you interested in free?
Following Up Email
Does this sound like your situation? The deal with email is that I truly hate it but, like most of us, don’t have a choice. It’s how we connect with co-workers, customers, friends, and family. Email is the evil app we love to hate but we can’t get rid of it. So, it makes sense to figure out a way to make it better. That’s where add-on utilities come into play.
Let’s take a little trip down Email Memory Lane, all the way back to 1999 and look at MailFollowUp. The site where MailFollowUp is housed may look like a refugee from the last century, but the utility itself is totally 21st century. It works with Apple’s Mail app and adds a Follow Up item to the Message menu (as well as contextual menus, and the toolbar).
The menu selection works pretty much the same as the Reply or Reply all menu items in Mail. With MailFollowUp you can select a message or multiple messages from Mail, and select either Follow Up or Follow Up All from the Message menu.
That sends the message or a section of the message (you can choose either) to all those in the To:, Cc:, and Bcc fields.
MailFollowUp does even more, but that’s the basic functionality. You can use the Message menu items, or Mail’s contextual menus, or keyboard shortcuts (good for Mac power users) and it’s been updated to run with the latest version of Mail in OS X El Capitan.
The same developer also has a free MailRecent plugin for Mail which adds Copy to Recent, Move to Recent, and Go to Recent selections to the Messages menu. MailRecent dynamically updates the list of recently used mailboxes as you work.
Simple, elegant utilities like these help to make email less of a chore. But it’s still a chore.