There’s only one story in town for Mail.app users today.
MailTags 1.2 has been released.
It brings integration with iCal To Dos, compatibility with Intel Macs and greater stability. It also addresses a number of small bugs like occasional crashes when applying rules and the “dreaded flickering project popup”.
The integration with iCal is what users will notice most. It’s great. You will find screenshots and the full review after the jump.
MailTags’ panel has been redesigned to accommodate the new features.
The keywords pop-up window has been replaced with a token field that allows for easier keyword management, auto completion, and the ability to modify keyword preferences from tokens.
It also gives the plug-in greater visual integration with Mail.app’s address fields, which is nice.
The panel itself has been reorganised to allow for the major new feature: iCal To Do Links. You can now create To Do items in iCal from a Mail.app message. Links are maintained between iCal and MailTags to ensure that changes in one are refreshed appropriately in the other.
Behind the scenes, Scott has also added smart mailbox criteria related to the iCal links (Message has To Do, Message has no To Do, To Do is Completed, To Do is Not Completed).
He has also added “Mark as unflagged” and “Mark as unread” rule actions which were inadvertently omitted from Version 1.1.
Smart mailboxes and the Spotlight Importer plugin also work more efficiently and consistently now.
You get the best sense of how the links between MailTags and iCal work by a screenshot of the two together (Boris Anthony is much better in PhotoShop than I am, his screenshot has arrows and stuff):
As you can see, when you create an iCal To Do from MailTags, it is added to a calendar matching your selected project name. The due date and priority are transferred across and notes in the MailTags panel are transferred to the Notes field in iCal.
In addition — and I use this little feature a lot — clicking on the “URL” tab in the iCal To Do opens the original messages in Mail.app. Even if you move the message, MailTags remembers to tell iCal where it went. Nifty!
Of course, marking the To Do as done in iCal is transferred back to MailTags so that they stay in sync.
You can specify how often iCal and MailTags should check with other in MailTag’s new iCal Preferences screen:
I’ve said it before, but I’m happy to say it again. MailTags is the most ambitious and excellent plugin around for Mail.app. And now it is even excellenter.
Check it out – or grab the update – from Scott’s web site . MailTags is donationware. I’ve never spent a better USD 20 since I started using Macs.
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- Screenshot of the new MailTags 1.2
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