Mail Appetizer – Notification for those who can’t wait
MailAppetizerI’d love to work in Apple Mail all day, but sometimes I need to take a break for word-processing, web browsing or blogging. Mail Appetizer is for those moments. Other notification add-ons (like MailUnreadStatusBar) will tell you discreetly in the menubar how many emails are waiting for you. Mail Appetizer takes a bolder approach. Whenever Apple Mail is not the active app, it brings your email to you in a splash screen as it arrives. florstik.de Here is an example:
This plug-in installs itself in the the Preferences pane of Apple Mail. You can configure the mailboxes that it watches, the fonts it uses, the level of transparency in the notification window, and so on. The splash window itself can be re-sized, and contains four little icons at the bottom enabling you to view the message in Mail, mark it as read, delete it or dismiss the window.
Some people say that productivity is enhanced by limiting the number of times that you check your email. Once every hour, or every thirty minutes, they say. This plug-in won’t help you achieve that!
It is free (donations welcome!) and you can download it from the Bronson Beta web site.
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19 Responses to “Mail Appetizer – Notification for those who can’t wait”
Allan White says:
3 September 2005, 10:25 am at 10:25 am
I think that Mail.Appetizer doesn’t work with Mail 2.x. At least, it was disabled when I upgraded to Tiger. A bummer, too – I liked it a lot. I use Growl now for email notifications, but MA was better and had more features, and grouped them all in one notification window.
Allan White says:
3 September 2005, 10:26 am at 10:26 am
I take it back – looks like the latest is Tiger-compatible!
4 September 2005, 9:36 pm at 9:36 pm
It’s working a treat for me, so that’s good to hear!
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » Two more Gmail helper apps says:
15 September 2005, 12:26 am at 12:26 am
[...] Growl+Gmail is an addition to GMail Notifier, which works with Growl to provide “flash-up notifications” on your screen as mail arrives for you in your GMail account. Rather like Mail Appetizer does for Apple Mail. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » MailUnreadStatusBar - Discreet Notification for Apple Mail says:
30 September 2005, 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm
[...] Not everyone wants their email in their face all the time, which can happen with MailAppetizer. MailUnreadStatusBar is a notification utility that takes a more low key approach. Your email is just a click away but it’s not flashed up automatically to disrupt your work flow. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » A bouncing Dock icon (or not) says:
30 October 2005, 8:03 am at 8:03 am
[...] So many notification options exists for Apple Mail — “loud” ones like iAlert or MailAppetizer, discreet ones like MailUnreadStatusBar, spoken ones like the Announce Mail or Spoken Sender Applescripts — that it is possible to overlook Mail’s built-in notification features. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » iFaces: Notification by Address Book image says:
5 November 2005, 9:51 am at 9:51 am
[...] On the notification “volume scale” I place it half-way between discreet utilities like MailUnreadStatusBar and louder options like MailAppetizer, which splashes the lot, text of the message and all, in front of you. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » Top ten things every Mail.app user should have says:
21 December 2005, 10:13 am at 10:13 am
[...] MailAppetizer. Beautiful and useful “in your face” notification. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » MailWidget 1.2.0: Dashboard mail-check and notification for Mail.app says:
2 January 2006, 9:56 am at 9:56 am
[...] Personally, I can’t see the point of this. It’s a cold day in Hell when Mail.app isn’t already running on my Mac and utilities like MailAppetizer and MailUnreadStatusBar provide more efficient notification, but widget nuts will love it. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » Gmail+Growl 1.4 says:
8 January 2006, 10:26 am at 10:26 am
[...] Growl is a utility that provides notifications, or on-screen messages , when events occur in other apps. It can also provide pop-up notification (à la MailAppetizer) for Mail.app (and a growing number of other apps). [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » MailUnreadStatusBar notification app goes Universal says:
29 October 2006, 9:04 am at 9:04 am
[...] Like Mail Unread Menu, MailUnreadStatusBar takes a low-key approach to notifications. Rather than popping up an alert screen as Mail.appetizer and GrowlMail do, it just keeps score in the Menubar, so that you can see how many unread emails you have without getting unduly distracted. [...]
Hawk Wings » Blog Archive » Getting started with Hawk Wings says:
20 November 2006, 7:19 pm at 7:19 pm
[...] Mail Appetizer – Notification for those who can’t wait [...]
7 November 2007, 10:25 am at 10:25 am
Hi, is there a plug-in update for 10.5?
Tim Gaden says:
7 November 2007, 10:38 am at 10:38 am
Bakari — not yet, but see this:
James White says:
1 April 2008, 11:07 am at 11:07 am
Got an email from the developer telling me that a new Leopard compatible beta is now available. After getting through the ensuing tears of joy, I downloaded, installed, and then came here to share the good news.
Mail.appetizer 1.3 Beta 1:
27 April 2008, 4:52 pm at 4:52 pm
Leopard compatible version now available from the Bronson Beta website.
26 April 2009, 7:51 am at 7:51 am
so i’ve had this program for a couple of years, and have enjoyed it. now i get too much mail per day and i want to turn it off. can you tell me how to uninstall?
26 April 2009, 7:53 am at 7:53 am
nevermind. i figured it out myself.
3 September 2009, 9:58 pm at 9:58 pm
Will there be an update for Snow leopard? I love the program but it will not work with it