CakeMail is now available in Beta

I just read that CakeMail is now available for public beta testing. CakeMail is a white label email marketing platform that allows agencies and marketing companies (et al) to better run their clients’ email marketing campaigns.

Why has it taken me

so long to discover the joys of IMAP? I converted the other day because I was curious and have continued to be frustrated by POP in a multi-client multi-location email environment… and other than the fact that it doesn’t work with Yahoo Mail (my webmail client of choice) or GMail (what I would prefer to use, though it doesn’t work for me very well), it’s a revelation.

Why oh Why can’t

Apple Mail allow me to navigate with the arrow keys the way NetNewsWire does? The relationship between the feeds pane and each feed’s posts in NNW is so fast and intuitive; whereas there seems to be no relationship between the mailboxes pane and the message panes in Apple Mail.

I don’t often write about

new software, but Scott Morrison has just released MailTags 1.2, which adds a whole bunch of useful features to both Apple Mail and iCal. Tim Gaden (of Hawk Wings) and Boris have more information.

Intuitively and having played around with it a bit I can see the utility of this, but I’m curious about things that others have found useful to do using MailTags. So – what would/do you use it to do?

A couple of weeks ago

I asked for advice on how to filter emails such that known spam was deleted immediately from the server, while keeping a record in case of false positives. I hoped to do this directly in Apple Mail, but based on my research I found this to be impossible.

So I’ve gone back to using Spamfire, a program from Matterform that does just what I need. I have used it for a while, but in the past few months I started having more and more problems with it – in particular, it seemed to corrupt the mail spool on the POP server I was using. I hope it works better this time around.

Little help!

I have an email problem that I can’t seem to solve. I use a couple of different email clients on a couple of different machines to check my POP email. I also get a lot of spam. My main machine, at home, runs Apple’s Mail.app and does a pretty good job at filtering it out. The problem is that when Mail identifies and removes a spam email from my Inbox, I would like it to delete the email from the server immediately, or at least on the following connection to the server. If it did so, then when I checked email remotely using my phone, only good emails would be left, saving hassle and bandwidth (my Treo bandwidth usage is metered).

I have asked about this in Apple’s Discussion Forums and at Ask MetaFilter, but no joy yet. Is there anyone who reads here who might be able to help?

I picked up my copy

of Tiger on Saturday and, after doing a full bootable backup I installed it as an upgrade on my main drive. Unlike others, I have always had a very good experience with upgrade installs, and this time was no exception. Everything works flawlessly.

My main question now has to do with Mail. There are two new, and deeply related, features in Mail – the integration of Spotlight, Apple’s new search technology, and the Smart Mailbox functionality integrated directly in Mail. So, the question is this: is it time to ditch all my Mail folders and keep everything in one mailbox (per account) and just use Smart Mailboxes to sort everything out on an as-needs basis? It seems silly to keep things artificially segregated when I don’t have to do so. At the same time, I have tens of thousands of emails going back to 1994 or so in my system and I wouldn’t want to have performance issues with keeping so many emails in a single master list. Any advice?

Re-imagining email:

Boris makes some suggestions. I totally agree that the problem is a big one, and although there is some activity in the area (Boris points to some of this), it doesn’t seem like that much of what is being done is very innovative. Hopefully Tiger will address some of this stuff, with its reinvigorated search and updated Apple Mail. In theory it should be possible to implement a tagging system in Tiger that will leverage both Mail and the new search services.

A good reference:

Getting More Out Of Gmail by Justin Blanton. If you need an invite, by the way, let me know at mikelbyl@gmail.com (this isn’t terribly exceptional – they’re giving away invites like crazy now).

Last week, Tim O’Reilly

posted a piece about GMail that I overlooked, though many blogs I read referred to it. But it’s just the title that’s misleading – the piece itself is excellent. O’Reilly’s The Fuss About Gmail and Privacy: Nine Reasons Why It’s Bogus is about MUCH more than the privacy concerns, it’s about the whole thing that GMail represents. “Pioneers like Google are remaking the computing industry before our eyes. Google of course isn’t one computer — it’s a hundred thousand computers, by report — but to the user, it appears as one. Our personal computers, our phones, and even our cars, increasingly need to be thought of as access and local storage devices. The services that matter are all going to run on the global virtual computer that the internet is becoming.”