The promised new-look interface for .Mac Mail is here and it looks good.
A month ago Apple announced a new look for its webmail service, based on the look of Apple Mail, powered by Ajax and with some keyboard shortcuts Ã la Gmail thrown in.
In general, the announcement met with cautious welcome, although many wondered if it would be enough to stem criticism of Apple’s online offerings.
Now we can all see for ourselves.
The interface looks just like Mail.app except for an Address Book search field in the bottom left:
Preferences offer further options for two-pane or three-pane viewing, large or small mailbox icons, keyboard shortcuts or not, mailbox behaviours, number of messages to view at a time and more.
The most innovative new thing is the introduction of the single-letter keyboard shortcuts pioneered by the Gmail interface.
No doubt many people will find these more convenient that the multiple-keystroke combinations required in the Desktop app, both easier to remember and easier to execute.
Die-hards like me will find themselves pressing the Desktop combinations and wondering why nothing happens, but we will adjust.
Drag and drop is very smooth and welcome, especially as the webmail interface doesn’t allow for all the plugins one might otherwise use to make filing easier and quicker.
If you have a .Mac account, check in and test it out for yourself. Otherwise see Apple’s pitch on it. Is it all you hoped for?
[Derik DeLong - and just about everyone else - beat me to it]
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