Is an indicator light needed for Mail?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Absolute-Zero, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Absolute-Zero macrumors newbie

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    When I used leopard/snow leopard I always kept Mail open and I could tell it was running because of the indicator light, but in Lion Mail doesn't have an indicator light. I know you can enable them from system preferences, but then every app gets a light and I really like the lightless look. Is there anyway to know if Mail is running without clicking it every time. It gets pretty annoying.
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    The numbers changing on the dock icon indicating new messages will let you know it's still running :)
     
  3. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Your Mail app will be checking for mail every so often, so I doubt it will be put into the background. Just a guess, though.
     
  4. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Kind of surprising that they don't seem to have implemented a background mail check, like on the iPhone...or have they?
     
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  6. baryon macrumors 68040

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    I wish you could just have a Mail icon in the menu bar that would notify you if you had mail natively.
     
  7. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    Pop accounts can be checked every min.
     
  8. buckers macrumors 6502

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    I'm sort of surprised they haven't implemented a iOS style notifications system on the Mac. I don't really like having to have a web-browser open all the time, purely to regularly check for Facebook notifications from family. Haven't really found a third-party app that I like enough, yet.
     
  9. KirkL macrumors 6502

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    Don't need a Third-Party app...use the one provided by Facebook :cool:

    https://www.facebook.com/notifier
     
  10. buckers macrumors 6502

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    Cheers

    Oo, thanks, I'd forgotten about this one. :)

    (my point still stands though;))
     
  11. Cougarcat macrumors 604

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    Push Notifications is coming, for App Store apps at least: http://developer.apple.com/technologies/mac/whats-new.html

    Unless you are referring to an actual Notifications Center, like iOS 5? That would be nice.

    Have you tried Facebook's Notifications app? They've stopped developing it, but it works fine for me: http://www.facebook.com/notifier
     
  12. spencers macrumors 68020

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    In 10.6 I used Growl and GrowlMail, along with the fix that this guy does every time Mail.app is updated.

    Haven't tried setting it up in Lion, as I doubt it will work. :(
     
  13. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    Well, yes, but I assume that the actual checking for mail is still handled by Mail.app and not a lightweight background process that the user isn't responsible for launching. So I guess you're only actually informed about new mail if you make sure that Mail.app is running. Which is totally fine of course, except that it seems different from the situation on the iPhone.
     
  14. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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    Correct, the OP was asking about the Mail app, which is a simple IMAP or POP email client. If the account is configured with POP it will check every min if set and check for new mail. The application has to be running to check for new mail. Some have stated you can use growl and it will pop up a message when new mail arrives. Bottom line, mail is not checked when the application is closed. It is completely different from the iPhone Mail client.
     
  15. ErikGrim macrumors 68030

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    Why not leave Mail open, but close the window?
     
  16. tkermit macrumors 68030

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    That's what the OP is doing. But with the indicator lights disabled, it is not necessarily obvious, whether Mail is open or not.
     
  17. Takuro macrumors 6502

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    I also find this kind of annoying. Without a background process running, Mail's unread count doesn't get updated if the main program is closed. You could set Mail to run at start via System Preferences, but I've still managed to run into times when I thought it was open and it wasn't. In DP4, it's crashed often, and I might forget to reopen it after seeing the crash debugging info.
     

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