Scott Morrison has let loose the fourth public beta of the next version of MailTags, a plugin which provides integration with iCal and the tagging and productivity muscle which Mail.app lacks by default.
New features and greater stability are the hallmarks of the new beta, most notably iCal event creation from an email, a new Copy URL function and improved handling of IMAP connections and AppleScript.
The new event creation pane lets you do almost everything except set alarms. Clicking on the small plus sign under Events in the MailTags pane makes the events pane pop up:
Needless to say, each event thus created in iCal contains a hyperlink back to the email for ready reference and extra details.
To-do creation will eventually also use a pane like this. You can already create multiple events, multiple to-dos from a single email are coming soon.
Also very useful is the ability to create durable, move-proof hyperlinks to a Mail message which you can paste into other apps like Yojimbo, SOHO Notes or whatever. Oddly, I posted about this before it was released, so you can read more about this feature and see some examples in an earlier Hawk Wings post.
Less visible improvements include tweaks producing faster interaction with IMAP servers and fewer traffic jams due to too many open files. You won’t see this feature, but you’ll enjoy it.
Lastly, some kinks in the plugin’s AppleScript support have been ironed out, and Scott has added a sample script for creating a Yojimbo item that links back to the message, copying tags and the URL for the message.
The public beta of MailTags is free, although the finished release will be shareware. You can pre-order it for USD 25.
You can read more about MailTags 2.0 and its new features and download the public beta from Scott’s web site , where you will also find a forum for any questions. mail.app, apple mail, productivity, mailtags, public beta, ical, applescript, events
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