Let's face it. Email is a sad way to die. Most of us have multiple email accounts and we try our best to synchronize them between devices – Mac, iPad, iPhone and even Watch. Still, email is still an ongoing pain.
Is there a solution to the mess of emails that overtakes us all day, every day? Yes. Abstinence. That means no email. Well, no email for longer periods during the day. How about work? It. Make. Not.
Just The Alerts
The way I handle personal email is not the way I handle work email. At home or at work, I can ignore most incoming email messages. That means I can check personal emails in the morning, maybe for lunch, then again later in the evening.
Work emails are different and require some attention throughout the day. What I want is some kind of warning system that tells me about such e-mail, so I can quickly find out if I should respond immediately or put it off later. There are two simple and affordable ways to get exactly what you need.
One is Herald and the other is Howard.
Both programs are different and somewhat unique, but both serve to solve a growing email problem. Howard is a cross platform and does a basic thing. Email alerts for all your IMAP accounts.
Look? There's not much to Howard, and that's the point. All you need is a notification in the Mac Notification Center that the email has arrived and who the message is from, but nothing else. You choose to see or respond as needed. One. Trick. Pony.
Howard works with most email services, so it's a good business app; Outlook, Hotmail, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and just about any other IMAP email system you can find and use. Howard is basic at the most basic but useful especially for webmail email services. Not bad for donationware.
What if you just want a little more; Other features like a quick answer? That's what you get with the Herald, a free tool that seems like a mashup of messages meets Mail-mini.
What you want to see in a Herald pop-up alert is the From, To, and Subject standard, plus part of the message. There is also a small toolbar at the bottom of the alert.
While Herald is free and easy to set up and use, it's also feature packed with customization options.
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Not bad for free, huh?
Herald lets you see the entire message if you choose, or just a part, and the pop-up notification window means you don't have to leave the keyboard or skip to the Mac Mail app because all you need for a quick answer is right there . Appearance is customizable, and there are also message groupings and which mailbox is displayed.
Herald is not Mail, of course, but neither is Howard, which is more basic. However, you can help remove some of the mess and time spent from email on your Mac.