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]
Springy Dock Tricks
If you drag a file and hover over Dock icons, various useful things happen which are similar to Finder springing. If it's a window, the window un-minimizes from the Dock. If it's a stack, the corresponding folder in the Finder opens. If it's the Finder, it brings the Finder to the foreground and opens a window if one doesn't exist already. But the coolest (and most hidden) springing trick is if you hover over an application and press the Space bar, the application comes to the foreground. This is great for things like grabbing a file from somewhere to drop into a Mail composition window that's otherwise hidden. Grab the file you want, hover over the Mail icon, press the Space bar, and Mail comes to the front for you to drop the file into the compose window. Be sure that Spring-Loaded Folders and Windows is enabled in the Finder Preferences window.
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