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Meta provides message tagging for Mail.app.

Harness the full potential of spotlight right inside Mail! Add custom keywords to mail messages, then create smart folders for better message management.


  • Intuitive tagging: access Meta, from all the expected places; the "Message" menu, the messages contextual menu, or right-click directly inside the message.
  • Batch Tagging: tag multiple messages at one time for ease of use, and better productivity.
  • OpenMeta support: Meta utilises the powerful open-source OpenMeta more...

What's New

Version 2.0.15:
  • Updated for Mail Version 7.3 (1878.2)


OS X 10.6.8 or later

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Mfabache Member IconReview+27

Would like to give this app a higher review, but cannot as I realize I can not rely on it.

Basically, the developer(s) have not (again) kept the version up to date alongside OSX updates. The latest 10.8.5 OSX invalidates the plugin.

Therefore I cannot use this purchase
Therefore I will forget about using it
Therefore I will use something else

You have been warned.

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Version 2.0.6

Just for fun, I checked to see if Meta would be current with the recently available 10.9.3 OSX release. Total #Fail. Its not. Yet again proving the lack of professionalism of the developer.

Its unusable.

Drdul Member IconReview+448

Meta is a simple app for tagging messages, which is all I want, but it falls down in a couple of areas:
- It doesn't display tags assigned to messages in the message header or anywhere else. The only way to see the tags is to open the Edit window.
- Tags are not saved to the IMAP server, and are therefore only accessible on the Mac on which they are assigned.

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Version 2.0.5
Mfabache Member IconComment+27

When will it be LION compatible. Will look for a replacement soon!

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Version 1.3.1

Ridiculous. Update today 20110808 and NO LION compatibility!!!

Sweetp Productions (Developer)

v2.0 is now compatible with Lion.

sorry for the delay.

Dmu Member IconComment+141

I've followed the directions exactly and this absolutely does not work. My smart folders do not show up any messages with the tags I make. It doesn't make any sense why it doesn't work – and I am a power user, I'm not simply doing it wrong.

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Version 1.2.4
Ibendahl Member IconReview+7

Nice way to add tags to an email. I like it better than MailTags. The best feature is that you can tag multiple emails at once.

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Version 1.2.3
Bollywood (Developer) Member IconDev+314
Bollywood (Developer)

any ideas?

I'm thinking:

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Version 1.2.2

I say 'MetaMail'

sjk Member IconComment+995

Ought to be renamed to something less generic and more unique than "Meta".

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Version 1.2.2
Bollywood (Developer)

I may do this... at least for the MacUpdate listing.


A more unique name would also make it easier to spot in web search results. :)

Thanks for the response.

Nate Houle Member IconComment+44
Nate Houle

Just downloaded and installed Meta, works fine for me. Nice app!

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Version 1.1.1
Anon-Bud Member IconComment+599

Beware: this app significantly messes up smooth scrolling in Mail.

Good concept. Bad implementation.

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Version 1.0.2
Bollywood (Developer)

is your computer ppc or intel?
I don't see the problem you're describing on two different macbook pros, running 10.6.4.


I use a 17“ MBPro, 2.66Ghz, 4G Ram, running 10.6.4

Upon deinstall of Meta, the problem went away.

Bollywood (Developer)

do you have a lot of emails?
or perhaps just a lot of files on your computer?
the slow down may be due to spotlight indexing your files...

Bollywood (Developer)

Ive just uploaded v.1.1 to my site, which substantially reduces the amount of disk writes, hopefully that works better for you. (if you wanted to try it out that is ;) )

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Version 2.0.4
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Version 1.2.2
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Downloads 4,888
Version Downloads 124
Type Internet / Email
License Demo
Date 30 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $4.99
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