From AppleSupportPhoneNumber we are going to analyze the new version of the mail manager par excellence on the Macintosh platform. Do you like the new changes it offers? During the last few days I’ve been able to see both praise and criticism on twitter, if you’re up for it we’ll see what this new version has to offer.
As you all know Mail, the OS X mail manager, has undergone a radical change in its latest version 5.0 , this version is only available for Lion owners the latest update to the Apple operating system. We will now analyse this development in more detail and see what new features it offers:
At first glance Mail has suffered a general face-lift and has done so in the best possible way, acquiring several new features we were all waiting for. But has it really innovated? Or has it simply dedicated itself to implementing what other managers were already offering us? In my opinion, I don’t think he has innovated much in this sector, but rather he has dedicated himself to implement improvements that other mail managers already offered us. I refer to his direct competition Microsoft Outlook and Gmail, if you look at the new design of Mail is quite similar to one of its competitors, now showing the messages in a vertical column with the basic information and when you select one, the default content appears in another column on the right. Although the two managers may look similar, the elegance with which Apple creates its products is indisputable . Did you know this little trick? You can now select several continuous emails by simply clicking on the first one and dragging the course up or down.
One of the main improvements I’ve seen is that when managing emails, it’s now possible to group together all messages relating to a single conversation and gives the possibility to reply to, forward or delete specific messages directly within a conversation. In my humble opinion the programmers of Mail based themselves on the aesthetics of GMail when introducing this already basic novelty for all of us. Although at first you may find this grouping incorrect as the sent messages do not appear, this is easily solved in Mail -> Preferences access the display tab and check the box “include related messages” so that we have a GMail-style grouping.
Another novelty introduced by Apple, although more hidden, is the improvement of the search engine . Now when you type words or phrases into the search field, the mail no longer just looks for the text within various specific fields of the message. Mail, thanks to the Spotlight feature, is now able to search the address book, attachment names, and even send/receive dates . This seems quite complex at first glance, but once you get used to its new features it is impressive how much time you can save by searching for mail. For example, in a few clicks, we can specify a search parameter to find emails from your boss that you sent during the last month and that had the words “22@ meeting” in the subject line.
Of course, one of the new features (mainly the one that has received the most emphasis) of this new version is the ability to open the application in full screen , this is more than just a new feature of Mail, it is one of the main new features of Lion OS. By simply pressing the following key combination Control+Command+F , Mail will now take up the entire screen and the static top bar that always kept us company in every Mac OS X application will disappear. Once you’re in full screen, don’t worry about the new gestures, we can move from one application to another simply by placing three fingers on our trackpad and moving them sideways. If you’re interested in learning more about Lion’s new gestures, you can stop by our Screencast.
As you may have noticed, if you have Lion Mail now also allows you to add your webmail accounts in a much easier way iPhone style , you just have to choose your email provider (Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, MobileMe, and Outlook addresses), write your email address and finally your password, this way Mail will perform all the heavier tasks, like configuring the services (SMTP, POP, IMAP) with their corresponding addresses and ports. At the end of these brief steps, it will also offer us the possibility of configuring the address book or the calendar and even iChat.
Apart from the changes mentioned above, there are other small changes among which we can highlight the greater integration of Quick Look, as already mentioned by a colleague of AppleSupportPhoneNumber, which apart from viewing photos and attachments, now allows us a preview of the urls introduced in the text of the mail, another small novelty is the possibility of archiving emails in the pure style of GMail , this allows us to store emails because we are interested, but disappear from the main view.
The last advantage I discovered is that despite the minimalist look that Apple likes so much, this version of Mail is fully configurable , from preferences you can modify several elements like the length of the text in the preview, the size of the header buttons, the relationship of the conversations and a long etc.
Mail 5.0 is a perfect and totally balanced tool , if used properly it is powerful and equals any professional level mail manager, on the other hand if you are a novice, fulfills one of Apple’s main slogans, making computing easy for everyone , its minimalist aesthetic and its ease of use is perfect for any level of office automation.
I hope you liked the analysis and if you have any doubts don’t hesitate to ask