Web designer and self-confessed standards fanatic Jeff Croft is not dreaming of a white Christmas. He is dreaming of the best imaginable Mail.app that might come his way in Leopard.
Of course, he is also dreaming of a better Safari, a faster Spotlight and other things that have no place on this blog.
But when he gets around to Mail, iCal and Address Book, he pulls out all the stops:
Better integration of the personal productivity and communication apps. It is, frankly, appalling that iCal, Mail.app, Address Book and iChat know very little about each other in the current Mac OS X environment. I want Google-like recognition of phrases and other natural-language idioms in e-mail. If Matt e-mails me and says, â€œwe need to have the weather page working by noon tomorrow,â€ Mail.app should prompt me to create a to-do item in iCal with a due date of 12:00pm tomorrow, a summary of â€œHave weather page workingâ€), with Matt included as an attendee and a link to his Address Book card. If I get an e-mail from Dan that says, â€œLetâ€™s chat about this tomorrow around 3pm,â€ I want a pop-up on my screen tomorrow at three that says, â€œDan is currently online. Would like to start a video chat?â€
I’ve been getting a taste for this greater integration by playing around on Zimbra at work. It cleverly displays a pop-up with your existing appointments when you mouse over text that it has parsed a date. Nice.
Much improved Mail.app. I love the overall UI of Mail.app and I havenâ€™t found anything I like better. But, still, there are several improvements that can be made, especially in terms of performance. Mail.app sucks with large IMAP folders, and Iâ€™ve got several of them. Could I break them into smaller folders? Sure. Should I have to? Hell no. Smart Mailboxes, a true gem of Mail.app, are a little underpowered. Compared to iTunes, there just arenâ€™t enough filtering attributes. Many people want a widescreen version of Mail.app, so it seems like a worthy addition, even though Iâ€™m not sure itâ€™s something I could get used to personally. And yeah, we could stand to loose the gel-cap icons (although I donâ€™t find them nearly as offensive as some folks do).
(In a spirit of seasonal goodwill towards the Mail Team, I tried to run Mail.app with the lozenge buttons again a week ago. But I… just… couldn’t… bear… it. If you feel the same, help is at hand.)
- Get weather in Google Calendar, iCal
- Project24: Dynamic iCal calendars
- Life2Go 1.6.4: Mail, news, more on your iPod
- Dates to iCal: Syncing birthdays, anniversaries
- MappingService: Maps in a flash in any app
Tags: Address Book, Apple Mail, getting things done, gtd, iCal, imap, Leopard, mail.app, Zimbra