One of the things that I love most about Apple Mail is the way it displays a picture of the sender at the top of an email. It makes me remember that I am dealing with people. Of course it only does this if you have a picture of the person on their card in your Address Book.
Mail Pictures is a plug-in that extends this personalising touch by adding an “X-Image-Url:” header to your messages. This header points either to your .Mac image or contains an X-Face string generated by dairiki.org’s Online X-Face Converter.
It also allows you to enter raw HTML into your emails via the “Show Options in Compose Window” check-box in the Advanced section of its Preference Pane.
It’s a great idea, but its use seems to have dropped off. Under Panther quite a few people had it installed. I got to see what a lot of people on the Infinite Loop Mailing List look like.
But at one stage (10.4.1?) Tiger disabled all the bundles in Apple Mail and people don’t seem to have reinstalled it. A shame, really, as the ability to put faces to names makes the Apple world a friendlier place.
MailPictures is freeware and can be downloaded from the developer’s web site, nikwest.de.
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