Mailsmith Joins Native Email Clients -- Mac OS X users looking for a powerful email application to replace Apple's bundled Mail program can now add Bare Bones Software's Mailsmith 1.5 to the list of choices. New features in Mailsmith 1.5 include one-step filter creation, support for draft messages, approximate text translation of HTML messages, random signature support, the capability to display image and movie attachments within Mailsmith, a Glossary feature for inserting frequently used bits of boilerplate text, improved scripting and grep functionality, keyboard assignments for scripts and stationery, and more. Upgrades from previous versions of Mailsmith cost $40 (free for copies purchased in 2002); the program retails for $100, with a limited-time discount price of $70 until 31-May-02, after which it will be replaced with an $80 price for owners of BBEdit, Emailer, or Eudora. A free demo is available as an 8.2 MB download. [ACE]
Mac OS X Services in Snow Leopard
Mac OS X Services let one application supply its powers to another; for example, a Grab service helps TextEdit paste a screenshot into a document. Most users either don't know that Services exist, because they're in an obscure hierarchical menu (ApplicationName > Services), or they mostly don't use them because there are so many of them.
Snow Leopard makes it easier for the uninitiated to utilize this feature; only services appropriate to the current context appear. And in addition to the hierarchical menu, services are discoverable as custom contextual menu items - Control-click in a TextEdit document to access the Grab service, for instance.
In addition, the revamped Keyboard preference pane lets you manage services for the first time ever. You can enable and disable them, and even change their keyboard shortcuts.