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Attachment Tamer for Mac

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Attachment Tamer for Mac makes Apple Mail attachments like photos and graphics easier to handle, and also uses HTML formatting to improve readability for recipients. A basic, accessible app, it does what it promises but it can be slightly annoying, at times. Still, it's worth trying out.

One of the first things that you notice about Attachment Tamer for Mac is a window soliciting the purchase of the full version of the app. This annoying window keeps reappearing each time you open the app, even if you've dismissed it before. The app doesn't have a feature-packed menu of its own but comes as an enhancement for Apple Mail, operating quietly in the background. To use it, you must select one of the preset options available in the Apple Mail preferences menu. The main attraction of the app is that it lets you control the way attached files appear in e-mails. For example, it can make large images display as small icons, making them easier to manage and view. This trick also works with video, PDF, and HTML files. During testing, the preferences selected worked properly, and image files attached to the e-mail did not display as a large photo, but rather a smaller icon, which was easier to place and manage.

Are you frustrated by the attachment features in Apple Mail? Attachment Tamer for Mac can enhance them, making file-handling easier, for you -- as well as for the recipient.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Attachment Tamer for Mac 3.1.13.

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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best way for mac users to email attachments to PC users"

    October 16, 2013  |   By ferd farnsworth

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.1.13

    Pros

    I've been using Attachment Tamer and Iconizer before that for years. Why Mac Mail doesn't work this way to begin with is incomprehensible. As a Mac user in a still-mostly-windoze world, this tool let's me ensure recipients get attachments the way I want them to. Easily set defaults and change them on the fly when needed with a simple right-click selection.

    Cons

    I guess the free version's notification was a little annoying, but this little tool quickly became so indispensable, I was happy to pay for it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great way to insure compatibility across platforms"

    March 3, 2013  |   By Sore Loser

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.1.10

    Pros

    Easy to install, regular updates to software, and removes issues with MAC mail attachments (especially Microsoft) that do not show up on PC mail clients.

    Cons

    None: works as advertised.

    Summary

    This is an excellent product that does what it promises and maximizes compatibility across different platforms and e-mail clients.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not installing"

    January 31, 2013  |   By BilgeC

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.1.9

    Pros

    There are no pros in my case.

    Cons

    The installer app is not installing anything, and the support email id is non responsive for over 3 days. I'm not exactly thrilled.
    I use OS X 10.8.2 and Mail 6.2.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent, must-have!"

    April 19, 2011  |   By MaryaKZ

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0.3

    Pros

    Finally makes clunky Mac email program work much more smoothly, with respect to handling attachments. They are displayed as icons at the top of the incoming email, and I can choose whether to look at them or not. Other display options available too.

    Cons

    Version 3.02 had major bug; version 3.03 fixed that & works fine now. Excellent customer support from the developer!

    Summary

    I have been using Iconizer, the previous name of this wonderful little program, for several years, almost since I got my macbook in 2008. It has always worked fine. I was prompted to upgrade to Attachment Tamer a few weeks ago, version 3.02 at that time. This caused a huge problem in that I was no longer able to either reply to or forward any email that came with attachments -- clicking on either of those commands did not even bring up the mail window; nothing at all. After scouring forums to no avail, I simply wrote an email to Adam Noheji, the developer, & explained my problem. He responded within a few hours and advised me to download the next version, 3.03, which immediately cleared up the problem. So here are two wonderful things: the software works great, and the customer support is exemplary! Apple's email program is pretty awful on several levels, but at least now, with Attachment Tamer, there is one less thing to gnash my teeth about.

    Updated on Apr 19, 2011

    Addendum: Using OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Must have Mail.app plugin!"

    March 15, 2011  |   By Ergolad

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    Great Support
    Stable
    Solid performance
    Tight integration
    Super-fair upgrade policy!!!

    Cons

    None that I can think of!

    Summary

    Been using it so long in combination with Mail.app I can't imagine what it would be like to use Mail without it!

    This is a solid, ever-evolving Mail.app plugin. As a switcher, and once heavy user of Outlook, this tool solves a lot of the issues that I had in regards to attachments in Mail.app. Have been using it, and its previous incarnations from the beginning. Happy with its performance, and support, when needed, has always been prompt & truly helpful. Love the new features in V3, particularly handling rogue ATT attachments that seems to find there way into messages when viewed by Windows users.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great app that does what it says it will do"

    March 13, 2011  |   By geg102

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    Very simple app that really makes life better for my Windows dependent friends.

    Cons

    None...I love it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Attachment Tamer 3.0 - One great update!"

    March 13, 2011  |   By psr--2008

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    Suppression of attachments, unless wanting to visualize. It is just so sweet how well it works.

    Cons

    I see nothing to complain about. Attachment Tamer is perfect and a much needed addition to Mail.app.

    Summary

    This latest major release (3.0) is by far the cleanest looking interface of all, as I have used version 1.x and 2.x. Little used settings were removed and great new ones added. I particularly like having the ability to show the attachments at the top of the message. One simple right click on an icon and you have your attachment in all its glory. This is if you want to see an attachment. Many times you do not and that is where Attachment Tamer shines. Best of all, it is free to version 1.x and 2.x registered users.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "works perfectly"

    March 10, 2011  |   By rpapandrea

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    cleans up emails
    allows easier manipulation of attachments
    once set in preferences is invisible while using mail
    sets preferences that apple should have included

    Cons

    none noted in several years use

    Summary

    get it if you use Apple Mail with attachments

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fabulous! Couldn't live without it. Whither Apple?"

    March 9, 2011  |   By rdkiley

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    I use Mail for business and having full-size images and documents obscures my company's logo and branding. It also makes for unprofessional looking email.

    Cons

    Why doesn't Apple include with Mail?

    Summary

    I install every update immediately.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "App is a lifesaver!"

    March 9, 2011  |   By slarson11

    Version: Attachment Tamer 3.0

    Pros

    Makes Apple mail attachments appear for PC users

    Cons

    None that I know of

    Summary

    An important client (who uses Outlook) kept having problems receiving my attachments. It was becoming such a hassle I was afraid I'd lose that business. This little app makes my attachments into files that she can see, rather than putting them in line like Apple mail does. Attachment Tamer saved me a client!

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