Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Mailsmith 2.0.1 and SpamSieve

Mailsmith 2.0.1 is a nice little update that addresses two peeves of mine. You can now see a message’s label when it’s selected, and filters can test senders for membership in the address book and in groups. Additionally, every copy of Mailsmith now includes SpamSieve.

I was initially excited about Mailsmith’s increased control over its list fonts, but due to the way Mac OS X draws text it’s pretty hard to improve on the defaults without sacrificing readability or space. You can pick a screen font like Geneva or Verdana, but they just don’t look very good with anti-aliasing off.

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It seems MS aliases all fonts in the list, even 10 point Monaco, unlike text in BBEdit or an MS text document.

The text-smoothing preference does not seem to affect text in the list, only in messages.

Reminds me of one of Gruber's Daring Fireball entries re Safari and anti-aliasing.

Do you stick with Lucida Grande then? What about for messages?

I meant anti-aliases all fonts in the list...

You can turn off anti-aliasing in lists using:

defaults write com.barebones.Mailsmith AppleAntiAliasingThreshold 20

Right now I'm using the default Lucida Grande for the lists and ProFont 9 for the messages.

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