Late last year, I posted about a new plugin for mail.app, miniMail which offers a minimised “iTunes-like” interface for Apple Mail.
Then it was at 1.0.2, now it is at 1.1. And its list of features gets longer and better with each update.
When the plugin is installed, clicking the green bubble in the top left hand corner of Mail results in a mini-interface just like the iTunes option:
It now boasts an impressive array of keyboard shortcuts, mostly the same as mail.app’s own, although it has some of its own:
- Return will open up the individual message in mail
- Spacebar opens up a Preview pane, or “Quickview-esque” view of the message
- Right and Left Arrows move to the previous or next message
- The Command key plus an arrow moves to the first or last message
Here’s a screenshot with the plugin’s Preview Pane on display and the list of supported Mail shortcuts:
It adds its own tab to Mail’s Preference where further options can be set, including displaying the subject and sender on separate lines for greater readability, whether to start Mail with the miniMail interface displayed by default, the font size of the main text and more.
Of course, I am always going to use my Mail beautiful, bold and big (is there a more lovely sight for a Mac user than a fully-tricked out Mail.app doing its thing?), but people who are conscious of screen real estate will love this.
MiniMail is shareware (USD 9) but offers a 30 day free demo. You can get it from the developer’s web site .
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Tags: Apple Mail, interface hack, iTunes, keyboard shortcuts, mail.app, plugin