Sortin' The Mail
by Gary Woods
The Apple Mail and Calendar apps are kind of bare bones. I love them in that with iCloud they synchronize to all our computers and handheld devices but compared to Outlook I'm left wanting more. To me the best thing about Outlook is the integration between your email, contacts and calendars as well as to do lists. In contrast on the Apple side, these applications are separate entities. But recently I came across a program that may finally push me off the Outlook dime and firmly ensconce me in Apple Land.
The program is called MailTags 3.0.2 (http://www.indev.ca/MailTags.html) and goes a long way to bringing those Apple Mail and Calendar apps together. First off the program adds a superb level of functionality to the native Mail app. With it you can create and assign project names, colors, priorities and even lengthy notes to any piece of Mail. Also it integrates with iCal or Calendar in Mountain Lion so you can create events including alarms and tasks for iCal reminders lists without even leaving Mail.
The integration is accomplished through commands and information in contextual menus, with the View menu's Message Attribute submenu, the Preferences menu and even the drop-down menu from the search field which will suggest categories such as keywords and projects when you start typing.
MailTags to me is the missing link when it comes to Apple Mail and Calendar. It seamlessly integrates everyday tasks which for such an elegantly designed operating system like Mac OSX are sadly lacking. You can get MailTags direct from Indev for $29.95 or give it a try for free for 30 days.
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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc