Saturday 12 April 2008

WideMail: Apple Mail Does Columns View Too

Sometimes Microsoft just seems to do things right. One such instance I can think up of is Outlook. If you have a wide screen then it makes much more sense to have a 2 column view rather than having 2 rows because it is much easier read an e-mail that is lengthy since you won't have to scroll through it.

On the mac side of life, however, Outlook isn't an option. You can only choose between Entourage (way too tardy and bloated), ThunderBird (has a lot of features but still lacks the light-weighted-ness that Apple Mail has) and Apple's very Mail. I prefer Mail as my regular e-mail client because as I've mentioned before, I love its to-do functionality, it's speed and Address Book integration.

Apple Mail however doesn't have this functionality, even though both the other competitors have it and you're pretty much stuck with 2 rows instead... or so I thought. Here's a cool little plug-in that can boost your productivity tremendously if you use Apple Mail to check your e-mail.

Dane Harnett was kind enough to write a plug-in that would put mail into column view for all those who have a wide screen monitor/laptop. It's called WideMail, and there are versions available for Apple Mail in Leopard and Apple Mail in Tiger.

Although a nifty installer is provided, you'll still have to have bit of tweaking to get the column to look exactly how you want it. But the good thing is that it's completely customizable to your taste through its very own dedicated preference pane. Neat huh?

Now all you need to do is open up Apple Mail and quickly read the e-mails without having to scroll up and down. If you're still having trouble with clearing your inbox, make sure you check out 10 ways on how to clear your inbox. This should help you get rid of all the e-mail in your inbox.

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