The email notification utility Notify has just been updated.
The new release comes with a slew of new features, including keyboard shortcuts, the ability to grab photos from Address Book for its Growl notifications, smarter options for message reading and handling and better support for plain text.
Notify is at the feature-rich “high end” of the spectrum for email notifiers. Like MailCue , it is almost a mini-email client in itself.
It offers built-in support for Gmail and Google Apps, MobileMe, Rackspace and “ordinary” IMAP accounts:
The interface is minimal and well-crafted, offering options to read, delete or move messages in the menubar drop-down pane:
Buttons across the top recheck the account, launch the message in the webmail client or offer a full preview in Notify.
This new release (2.1.3) adds support for keyboard shortcuts but they are not — as far as I could see — documented. This leads to much fun with guessing and trial and error.
Preferences allow the user to set defaults for frequency of checking and message handling:
It also integrates with Growl, which does the heavy lifting for the notifications themselves.
The notifications comes in the style of Growl’s “smoky glass” Bezel.
Some people swear by the productivity and focus gains of using notifiers rather than email clients to monitor email traffic.
I am not entirely convinced. I remain a great fan of Merlin Mann’s Inbox Zero approach (he’s writing a book! ), with its stress on reducing the intrusiveness of email checks in your work. In my experience, he is right that,
“always on” email checkers have a tendency not only to blow a lot of unnecessary time and attention on scanning the horizon, but that the quality of their resulting email work often suffers.”
Still, if you have a cast-iron will and you’re looking for a notification utility, this one is nice.
Notify is shareware and is available from the developer’s web site . It normally costs USD 10, but is currently on sale for 30% less.
Tags: GMAIL, growl, inbox zero, keyboard shortcuts, menubar, mobileme, notification, Productivity