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IMAP Idle Plugin implements support for IMAP IDLE in Mail.app.

Apple's mail client (Mail.app) supports IMAP accounts, but does not support the IDLE extension (RFC 2177). IDLE is good, because it lets the server notify clients when new mail arrives, meaning that clients don't have to poll. Or at least, will get new mail more often than $POLL_INTERVAL.

The IMAP Idle Plugin implements support for IDLE in Mail.app. It opens a connection for each IMAP account, selects the INBOX, enters IDLE mode, and waits for messages. When it gets a message from the server more...

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Version 1.07: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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xSmurf Member IconComment+1

Sadly it doesn't seem to work anymore in Leopard :/

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Version 1.05
solefald Member IconComment+146

haha, now i can get my spam even faster!

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Version 1.04
xSmurf Member IconComment+1

I have noticed the "No New Mail" sound seem to pop up when IDLE returns actions other than new mail. Such as
Mail[400] IM_IDLING: john@example: 2 events


2006-10-09 11:02:13.449 Mail[400] checkNewMail: john@example

Also it might be only me, but Mail.app seems to crash more often. I'll have to look into it deep, I'll post logs when I do.

P.S. I run the GPG Bundle along with SpamSieve under 10.4.8 with a stripped x86 only Mail.app

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Version 1.02
christoph3 Member IconComment+11

Thanks a lot. Mail providers from all over the world thank you.

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Version 1.02
xSmurf Member IconReview+1

Very nice! I've been wanting this feature from Mail for ever to help reduce the load on my mail server!

Thank you very much!

On a side note: If you, like me, have IMAP and POP accounts (say GMail, hint hint Gmail we want IMAP!), you'll want to disable the "Include when automatically checking for new mail" checkbox in the "Advanced" tab of all your IMAP accounts so Mail.app will still use the automatic checking for the POP accounts and just bypass the IMAP accounts.

I give you 4 on features and ease of use because reporting the availability of IDLE should be easier (not that it personally affected me). I can't review the stability as I've only been using this for 15 mins, but as far as I can see, this is a 5 :)

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Version 1.02
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Downloads 4,869
Version Downloads 148
Type Internet / Email
License Free
Date 23 Jan 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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