The best tool for Mail is back!

The day I installed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was a bittersweet one for me. I had come to rely on a little tool, Mail.appetizer, to make sure that I immediately saw any messages coming into my Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus Consulting email mailbox. Unfortunately, the old version broke in Leopard.

Because Mail.appetizer was a beta application and it had not been updated since July 2005, I held out little hope of seeing a new version coming soon.

This morning I received a message from Stefan Schüßler of Bronson Beta, the developer of Mail.appetizer. He has just released a new version that works with Leopard Mail! It is still a beta, but it seems to be very stable.
The day I installed Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was a bittersweet one for me. I had come to rely on a little tool, Mail.appetizer, to make sure that I immediately saw any messages coming into my Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus Consulting email mailbox. Unfortunately, the old version broke in Leopard.

Because Mail.appetizer was a beta application and it had not been updated since July 2005, I held out little hope of seeing a new version coming soon.

This morning I received a message from Stefan Schüßler of Bronson Beta, the developer of Mail.appetizer. He has just released a new version that works with Leopard Mail! It is still a beta, but it seems to be very stable.

So what, exactly, is Mail.appetizer and what does it do?

Mail.appetizer is a plugin for Apple's Mail program. It is installed in Mail preferences and it is accessed through the Notification item.



I get lots of email ever day and while much of it is important, I need to see any messages that come into my Dr. Mac mailbox IMMEDIATELY!

Since I need to see just those, I click the Mailboxes: Custom button and configure it like this:



Now each time I receive an email, a translucent gray box appears on top of whatever is open on my desktop and I can scan the message to decide if I need to deal with it immediately.



I can control the length of time that it is displayed, how transparent it is, the font and size in which it is displayed and even more in the Notification setup panel in Mail Preferences.

If you need to keep on top of your email, I heartily recommend Mail.appetizer. Stefan Schüßler of Bronson Beta, the developer has released Mail.appetizer as donationware. If you like his product, please consider sending him a few dollars to encourage him to continue developing Mail.appetizer.

While I know that many of my readers are experienced in downloading and installing software such as Mail.appetizer, I know that some of you have never tried downloading and installing new software. Questions such as this can be handled in a troubleshooting session. Downloading, installing and configuring most applications takes less than 15 minutes. The charge would be $30.00 at Bob LeVitus Consulting.

If you would like to learn more about how to install software and what to do when faced with the many different ways new software is presented, then consider booking a tutorial session. The cost of a one-hour tutorial is only $60.00. We will use our special software that allows me to see your screen and even control your mouse and keyboard so that I can help you learn whatever you need to do on your Macintosh.

For all of those sons and daughters who need someone to give Dad or Mom a hand, consider the gift of a tutoring session or two for Mother's Day or Father's Day. Send us a message at UrgentRequest@boblevitus.com and we will help you arrange your gift.

-- Pat

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