Mailsmith Emerges from the Forge -- Bare Bones Software today announced the release of Mailsmith 1.0, the company's long-awaited email client program. Although the market for email programs would appear crowded, what with Emailer, Eudora, Netscape Communicator, Outlook Express, QuickMail Pro, and others, Mailsmith promises some unusual features. Mailsmith offers multi-threaded processing that enables it to send, receive, and filter mail while you continue to work; filters with multiple criteria and multiple actions; "fuzzy" searching; grep pattern matching in searches and filters; database-based mail storage; full OSA scripting and recording; and the essential text-editing features from BBEdit. Mailsmith has a suggested retail price of $79; existing BBEdit owners can purchase it for $59; and discounts are available for users of other email programs. A demo is available from the Bare Bones FTP site, which isn't currently accepting connections. [ACE]
Mysteriously Moving Margins in Word
In Microsoft Word 2008 (and older versions), if you put your cursor in a paragraph and then move a tab or indent marker in the ruler, the change applies to just that paragraph. If your markers are closely spaced, you may have trouble grabbing the right one, and inadvertently work with tabs when you want to work with indents, or vice-versa. The solution is to hover your mouse over the marker until a yellow tooltip confirms which element you're about to drag.
I recently came to appreciate the importance of waiting for those tooltips: a document mysteriously reset its margins several times while I was under deadline pressure, causing a variety of problems. After several hours of puzzlement, I had my "doh!" moment: I had been dragging a margin marker when I thought I was dragging an indent marker.
When it comes to moving markers in the Word ruler, the moral of the story is always to hover, read, and only then drag.
Published in TidBITS 428.
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