If anyone tells you there is nothing new under the Mac sun, don’t believe it. Every now and again I run across a new Mac app that seems so obvious I wonder why there are not a dozen apps that do the same thing.
Take email. Please. Email has been around since before the dawn of the internet and it’s the certified, de facto, official app we love to hate. No single app, Mac or Windows, has been used as much as email. So, here we are in the 21st century and a few app developers decided to come out with something new for email.
Click For Unread Email
For whatever the reason, Apple doesn’t want Mac developers to monkey around with Mail. You know. “Apple knows best” and all that. Mail plugins go wonky with every new Mac Mail update. Still, clever Mac developers come up with useful plugins that extend Mail and make it better.
The very popular Spam Sieve is a perfect example of doing better than Apple’s efforts to help us control spam. But let me talk first about Mail Satellite, a Mac Mail extension which displays unread email messages from the Menubar. Not just the number. The actual message title, who it’s from, the time-date stamp, and so on.
The picture that’s worth, well, a few hundred words.
Mail Satellite displays the number of unread messages in the Mac’s Menubar. That’s ‘unread‘ as in what’s unread in Mail’s inbox. One click and you get a pop down of the most recent messages, with an option to Mark All As Read, or to Open Mail to read the rest of the message.
The only caveat here is that Mail still needs to be running, but that’s usually the case on most Mac’s anyway.
There are options to reveal, reply, or even delete messages; or just click to view the whole message. Mail Satellite is a bit like another Mac Mail utility called Herald which is free and has more features; more like a mini-Mail which pops up when email arrives.
There’s much to like with both utilities, though Herald is my favorite thanks to the lack of a price tag and more features.