MailWidget for Mac alerts users with a customizable sound notification whenever they receive new mail messages, and it works for multiple accounts. Despite a minor setup issue, this handy widget worked well.
We downloaded the widget and installed it easily, a matter of double-clicking the icon and agreeing to install it into our Dashboard. MailWidget for Mac operates like any other widget but it lacks any user guidance. We did find the link to the user manual on the developer's Web site. When we activated the widget we were able to press and hold the Shift key to adjust its size. By pressing the "i" in the lower right corner of the widget we were able to enter the settings for our mail accounts and adjust the widget. When we clicked on the "Select Accounts" option we were shown available mail accounts. We choose our Hotmail account and were asked to verify it with a password but this didn't work and the light next to it turned red. Same went for our Gmail account. However, after restarting our Mac and trying again, the verification did work for both accounts and the light next to each account turned green. Additional settings for this widget included interval settings, update settings, Growl support, and audio feedback settings, allowing us to set the volume and the audio played as a notification. When we moved the slider to adjust the volume we were able to hear a female voice announcing e-mail arrival. By dragging the file from iTunes we were also able to replace this voice with our own audio. To test the widget, we shut Mail down and sent ourselves a couple of test messages from both our e-mail accounts. After the assigned interval, we heard the notification and the red badge displayed the number of new e-mails on the widget.
MailWidget for Mac is a great addition for users who have multiple e-mail accounts they need to monitor.
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From Michael Kwasnicki:
MailWidget checks your Apple Mail accounts in the background and notifies you, when new mail has arrived. Unlike for other widgets Apple Mail does not need to be running all the time. It is able to check your POP, IMAP, Exchange 2007 and MobileMe accounts. Moreover MailWidget knows which mails from your POP account have been received by Apple Mail. This is especially interesting for those, who do not have an IMAP account and so do not remove the mails instantly from the server in order to be able to access them via WebMail on travels. In such a case other widgets would tell you something like: "There are 69 mails on the server". Only MailWidget will tell you which of those are new and have not been already received by Apple Mail.
What's new in this version:
Resolved issue iCloud accounts not being shown in Mavericks and Yosemite.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Does exactly what it says it's going to do. Small imprint, simple to use, and very helpful. Definitely the best notifier I've ever used - it's been a staple of my Dashboard for quite some time!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. After downloading the widget I found that while it gave me a voice notification, I was not getting a growl notification. The author quickly replied to my email and after some back and forth, he sent me a new version which does everything it's supposed to.
Easy to setup, clear instructions. For a free product the support was better than many paid programs.
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. I honestly can't believe this has only a 3 star rating. I've been using Mail Widget for months and find it the simplest, most elegant mail checker yet. It does exactly what it claims - gives you a count of emails in your server - and makes it easy to start Mail to find them. Sure there are widgets that will give more and I think that's great, but if simplicity is what you're looking for then I highly recommend this! Kudos to the developer!
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Still doesn't work w/ .Mac. I can't get past the friggin password screen for the .Mac account. However, my Gmail account works on it. Everything else works on the widget except for the .Mac. It's also confusing whether or not I'm choosing which account it should be checking or just putting in the password for each account. Isn't there a way to store this in your keychain?
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com. Have used version 1.3 and it worked great, currently TRING to use version 1.5 and it will not connect to my Mac email but does work on 2 of my pop accounts. Yahoo and charter mail