True confession time. I hate email. I hate reading email. I hate replying to email. I even hate the little red badge in the Dock which tells me how many unread email messages are awaiting me and trying my patience.
So, why would I advocate a Mac add-on to Mail which increases the number of Mail badge numbers in the Dock icon by 400-percent? Maybe it’s because I’m a glutton for punishment. Maybe it’s because knowing which email accounts have unread messages makes the Dock icon more valuable. Let’s go with Door #2, Monte.
Badges? We Don’t Need No Stinking Badges!
DockStar has been an add-on utility for Mail for a number of years and I’ve used it and like it even though I have a growing hatred for email in general and Mail specifically. What’s to like?
The default settings for Mail on your Mac put a red badge on Mail’s Dock icon which tells you how many unread email messages are still in the Inbox. What it doesn’t tell you is which email account in the Inbox and that would be helpful so you would know which email messages to respond to quickly, and which to ignore until the cows come home.
DockStar works as a Mail plugin and gives you options you wish Mail already had. For example, DockStar can attach a colored badge to a specific email account, so you can see which email accounts to ignore and which ones to check because you can see which accounts have x-number of email messages in the Inbox.
Even from someone who hates email, dislikes Mail, I can’t tell you enough just how useful that is.
DockStar gives you options to change the Dock badge color and shape, even add a sound, and there are five badge options which display elegantly over the Mail icon in the Dock, or which show up in the Mac’s Menubar (fully clickable).
You control which email account is used for each badge, and you control what gets displayed, the badge shape, the color, and the sound attached to a specific email account. There’s no better way to know when incoming email needs to be checked and which incoming email can safely be ignored.
The badge can display the Inbox unread count, flagged out, or junk mail count for each of the email boxes. Even the size of the Dock icon badges can be adjusted and there are seven different shapes from which to choose. Badges can also be assigned to Notes and To Do items.
Other than the fact that it’s all about email, there’s much to like with DockStar.