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eCheck is a Dashboard widget that regularly checks multiple protocol email accounts for unread messages. It does this independently and thus does not rely on any other program. Email checking is supported for the following:
  • AOL
  • Gmail
  • Hotmail
  • IMAP
  • .Mac
  • POP
  • Yahoo

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Version 1.04: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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akrobat Member IconComment+90

That's pity. Stopped working so I thought I'd go to the Developer's site to see if I could download a new/updated copy.

Here's what it said:

"eCheck is not compatible with Leopard: Development Discontinued

Sunday, 23rd Mar, 2008 at 4:59 am
eCheck is not compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), and as a result the development of this widget has been discontinued."

I'll continue to use it on my PPC.

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Version 1.04
neilatkinson Member IconReview+0

Like an idiot I paid the shareware upfront.

Don't bother. App doesn't work for both Hotmail and Yahoo accounts.

Emailed the developer requesting refund. No reply. Quel surprise.

Avoid like the plague.

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Version 0.6
Anonymous Member IconReview

"It is foreseeable that checking of these accounts will fail in the near future (due to changes in the parsing of the Hotmail and Yahoo webmail systems). Therefore this software is distributed "as is", on a try before you buy basis. Thus as a general rule no refunds shall be granted,"

My guess: they bought some developer's tools and need to recoup their expense. Whatev. I love YMail!; it's great and it's free.

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Version 0.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

This widget bases itself upon the free and OPEN SOURCE programs GotMail and Fetch Yahoo (see their license agreement) and these people charge for it. Wow, what jerks. Not only that, but their scheme of registering to get a trial code just makes me that much more sore about their program. If you're going to make a program and claim it's yours enough to charge for it, THEN WRITE IT YOURSELF YOU MOOCHES, the Open Source community does not exist for carpetbaggers. Don't support this developer. As far as the program goes, I'm not going to use it, seeing as how they aren't willing to disclose their code, and require you to give them your email address, with no guarantee it won't be resold or otherwise reused for further profits on their behalf. Get real jobs.

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Version 0.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

Well well, here they go, it wasn't enough that people charged you for refills, now they charge for widgets, 3.50 isn't that chump change. even if it has a 7 day trial i'm not trying to get use to it after 7 days, and then when the 7th day comes, i'm out clean, thanks but no thanks. i would rather spend that money on extra ketchup at burger king...

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Version 0.5
Anonymous Member IconReview

Well, I downloaded the widget to try it, but the registration requires I pay before I can use it. So I deleted it.

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Version 0.4
Gareth McClure (Developer)

You are not required to purchase eCheck before trying, simply register for a 7 day trial licence (it only takes a matter of seconds!!).

Anonymous Member Icon

Or better yet, you can have the number of new mails show up in your Dock for free, and then you don't even have to activate Dashboard to see it! It's called Mail.app, and you already have it.

If this widget were free, I'm sure someone would find it useful, but the options already out there are better and cheaper.


Mail.app can be a little bit to large (both in real screen estate as memory usage) to let it sit around on your desktop all day long, and besides it doesn't support all of the protocols this little widget does.

Anonymous Member Icon

Well, you have to open Mail.app to actually read and write e-mails anyway... I keep it open on my Mac, and I have noticed no ill effects.

And what extra protocols does this support? Let's see...
Yahoo - spamorama
AOL - The most powerful and versatile technology of 1986
Hotmail - Ick, M$. I hope httpmail plugin is updated to work with Tiger someday, and then this will be off the list.

All the other protocols are supported by Mail.app.

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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 7,089
Version Downloads 3,204
License Shareware
Date 07 Oct 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free