David Coffin has written a little applescipt that “mimics” the new mail notifications offered by GrowlMail.
When I first started using Mail.app, I loved the full-on “in your face” style of notifications offered by Mail.appetizer, GrowlMail and other apps. After a while I started to find them too distracting and stopped using them.
However, there are some emails that are worth getting distracted by — emails from your boss, from your partner, from your partner containing the words “This is your last chance”, PayPal notifications of donations to defray the running costs of Hawk Wings or whatever.
The alerts that the script generates look good. It even picks up my customised Mail stamp icon.
And because this is a script, you can attach it to a Mail rule that will alert you only when emails emails arrive that match those criteria (or more sensible ones of your own).
Setting it up is easy.
Just create a new rule in the Rules pane of Mail.app’s Preferences.
Set whatever conditions who want notifications for (the screenshot below will notify me of any email my boss sends me) and select “Run AppleScript” as the action.
Navigate to wherever you saved the script from David’s site, and select it.
Now I am much better placed to react quickly to anything my boss sends. So he knows that I am always focussed on his needs and not bunking off to write posts for Hawk Wings or playing Civ IV.
Sneaky, eh? Productivity at its best.
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Tags: Apple Mail, Apple Mail Tips, applescript, GrowlMail, mail.app, notifications, Productivity, rules