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★ Mail 5 for OSX Lion: 5 things Apple should fix to make it perfect.

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The new Apple Mail 5 client for OSX Lion is the one feature that I'm most excited about in the new OSX operating system. I've been waiting for a refresh to Apple Mail for a long time. I've been using PostBox for now, but it's never felt like a complete mail solution as good as Outlook for windows.

The New Apple Mail is Awesome; it's almost completely perfect.

I was blown away by it, and I can't wait to start using it exclusively. In the meantime, here is my list of the 5 areas that I hope Apple will fix before the final product is released.

#1: Allow custom keyboard shortcuts for flags.

If I could only pick only one item on my list to be implemented, this would be it. I can't tell you how convenient and efficient it is to hit a key to quickly flag a message.

Mail5 1  Assignable Flag Shortcuts

#2: Flag priorities don't prioritize

There is no real rhyme or reason to the flag priorities. Sorting by flag is supposed to sort in a particular order, but where is that order defined? If it's supposed to sort from top to bottom (orange to gray), then it just doesn't work.

Mail5 2  Flag Priorities

#3: Mark all messages as read should work at the folder level

In order to test out Mail I imported several folders from another mail client. All the messages imported, but as unread. Logically, I should be able to right-click on the folder and select the ‘Mark all Messages as read' option, but for some reason that isn't available. Right now the only solution is to go into each folder and cycle through the messages. It's very time consuming.

Mail5 3  Mark all as Read

#4: Command-Enter should send your email

Not everyone wants to use Command-D as the keyboard shortcut key to send an email, especially when Command-Enter is so common. At the very least allow us to change it.

Mail5 3  Send Mail Keyboard Shortcut

#5: How do you flag a message as spam?

One of my favorite features of PostBox / Thunderbird is the ability to hit a button right next to the message to mark it as spam. The new Apple Mail doesn't provide an easy way to do that short of using the junk button on the toolbar.

Mail5 4  No Spam Button

Closing thoughts

In my opinion, the upcoming Apple Mail will blow away anything other email app for the Mac. I will absolutely be making the switch from Postbox (unless they can hurry up and implement some sort of flagging system similar to this one).

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