iNotify.saver is either quite clever or a gimmick, depending on your point of view.
It is a third-party screensaver that polls your Mail.app accounts (.Mac, POP and IMAP all supported) for unread messages and keeps track of the number of your iChat buddies who are online.
After installation, you configure it through the Screensaver Pane of System Preferences:
You can specify which of your accounts it should poll, and how often (every 30 seconds, 1, 2, 5 or minutes).
When you unlock an account, iNotify.saver accesses your username and password directly from the keychain, so no tedious retyping is required to make use of its notifications.
You can run it over a “basic black” background or over one of the preset Mac OS X screensavers. It does look nice. The Mail and iChat graphics circle the screen and twist about :
A new version was released today that fixes a number of problems.
It no longer miscounts emails when more than one POP account is active. It now counts other server-side IMAP folders as well as the inbox (“special folders”—Sent, Junk, Trash and Drafts— are not counted).
iNotify.saver is freeware, although the developer warns that it may cost you karma if you use it a lot without donating.
You can get it from the developer’s web site .
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Tags: Apple Mail, freeware, iChat, karma, mail.app, notification, screensaver