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MacBytes
Jun 8, 2008, 10:15 AM
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Link: Fix for Leopard Mailís broken new mail alert (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20080608111509)
Description:: The new mail alert sound in Mail.app was broken when Leopard was released last year. Three updates later, and itís still broken.

Fortunately, there is a work-around which you can use until Apple gets around to fixing the problem. Itís a bit fiddly, but not too forbidding....

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kbmb
Jun 8, 2008, 11:55 AM
Are you kidding me. We have to do 'workarounds' for something that *should* be trivial?!?

C'mon Apple, it's the freakin' new mail sound. Even email client on the planet can do it right but you?

-Kevin

Lixivial
Jun 8, 2008, 12:05 PM
Are you kidding me. We have to do 'workarounds' for something that *should* be trivial?!?

Welcome to the world of Mail.app, a continuing exercise in software frustration that seems to only get worse with every release. It is, in fact, this application that offers further roadmap insight into problems with Mac OS X. ;)

All kidding aside, Mail.app has plenty of odd bugs floating around inside it. And the worst part is that a lot of them aren't reproducible in a consistent manner, so it usually leaves the user to question their own sanity. FTFF and FFM.

coolfactor
Jun 8, 2008, 02:20 PM
Welcome to the world of Mail.app, a continuing exercise in software frustration that seems to only get worse with every release. It is, in fact, this application that offers further roadmap insight into problems with Mac OS X. ;)

All kidding aside, Mail.app has plenty of odd bugs floating around inside it. And the worst part is that a lot of them aren't reproducible in a consistent manner, so it usually leaves the user to question their own sanity. FTFF and FFM.

I've always seen Mail.app being the guinea pig app within Apple. The development team doesn't like to follow the user interface guidelines, but rather create their own.

Mail.app needs a lot of refinement, and I don't quite understand why they don't have more frequent updates between major OS releases. There's plenty of bug fixes and improvements they could be issuing. What is the team doing all this time?

termite
Jun 9, 2008, 12:23 AM
Easy workaround -- install the new growl with the growl plugin that finally works on 10.5.

dam0dred
Jun 9, 2008, 01:02 AM
How about they fix the broken AUTOHIDE FEATURE WHEN MAIL IS A LOG IN APPLICATION.

Sorry for the caps but this has been broken since Tiger and it drives me nuts. :)

Watabou
Jun 9, 2008, 01:03 AM
What are you guys talking about? It works for me...:confused:

elppa
Jun 9, 2008, 04:55 AM
I think this is an issue in some cases, not all.

I also think it worked in every other version of Mail fine, so to say Apple can't get it right is a bit harsh.

Furthermore, you'd have to hunt quite a bit to find a better Mail client than Mail.app. It's simple, uncluttered, easy to use and has some great features like data detectors, quick look, spotlight search, smart mailboxes and great OS integration.

khunsanook
Jun 9, 2008, 08:59 AM
Easy workaround -- install the new growl with the growl plugin that finally works on 10.5.


Couldn't agree more. I originally installed Growl because my mail.app alerts were broken, but I've come to like it much more than a "ding-dong". I like Growl's on-screen visual, especially when I have some music on, or the volume is turned down. Surprised that Apple can't get this figured out, but I wouldn't have found Growl otherwise :)