Letterbox
Letterbox 0.24b9
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Changes Mail.app to a three-column view.   Free
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Letterbox is a plugin for Apple's Mail.app that takes advantage of your widescreen monitor. It rearranges the interface into three vertical columns so the message pane is to the right of the message list, rather than below.
What's New
Version 0.24b9:
  • This version of Letterbox is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.7 and the build of Mail on new MacBook Pros.
  • Still incompatible with some Mail plugins that also use Sparkle for auto-updating.
  • The two-line combined From/Subject column doesn't play well with fonts other than Helvetica and Lucida Grande.
  • Changing the preview pane position with the menu item or keyboard shortcut does not visibly change the value in the preference pane.
Version 0.24b9:
  • This version of Letterbox is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6.7 and the build of Mail on new MacBook Pros.
  • Still incompatible with some Mail plugins that also use Sparkle for auto-updating.
  • The two-line combined From/Subject column doesn't play well with fonts other than Helvetica and Lucida Grande.
  • Changing the preview pane position with the menu item or more...
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later





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Aargl reviewed on 10 Oct 2013
Dev's site has changed, it's now: http://montivagant.com/software/letterbox/
And it states clearly:"I do not have a version of Letterbox for OS X 10.7 and 10.8. These versions of OS X support a 3-column view in Mail."

The Show/Hide function doesn't seem to work on 10.6 (though it does on 10.5), except for that, it's ok. ;-)
[Version 0.24b9]


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AmesMark reviewed on 30 Jan 2013
Used mailpluginfix and that does enable letterbox to show up in preferences, but it still doesn't work with ML
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JohnnyBadger reviewed on 06 Dec 2012
I have downloaded Letterbox for my wife's Macbook which runs OS 10.4. Having briefly enabled the Mail viewing pane to be to the right, it has now crashed Mail completely. Opening Mail brings up the top line menu but no Mail visible, so she has now lost everything. I have moved Letterbox to trash having attempted to uninstall 1st, with no effect. Help much appreciated.
[Version 0.24b9]

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AmesMark replied on 30 Jan 2013
did you get letterbox to work on Mountain Lion 10.8.2? I actually can get it to install and open in preferences using mailpluginfix, but it still doesn't work ??
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JenDoc reviewed on 25 Sep 2012
Love this plug in!! Can't live without it!! The standard Mac view truly makes no sense. Wish every Mac user knew about this little gem.
[Version 0.24b9]


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Cgc reviewed on 23 Sep 2012
The recent security update just disabled Letterbox in OSX 10.6.7 w/ Mail 4.6. Already miss it...
[Version 0.24b9]

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Mrjw34 replied on 23 Sep 2012
I feel your pain. Miss it here too.
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Aargl replied on 24 Sep 2012
You may try this:
http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/37804/mailpluginfix
(and tell us if it works for Letterbox! ;-)
Googling around, you might found a Terminal dealing with the file /System/Library/Frameworks/Message.framework/Resources/Info.plist to authorize mail plugins! (I haven't tested it neither)
Good luck and let us know! :-)
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Aargl replied on 24 Sep 2012
(I meant "a Terminal procedure")
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Mrjw34 replied on 24 Sep 2012
Pluginfix worked for Letterbox. Thanks Aargl!
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Aargl replied on 24 Sep 2012
Yeaaaaah! Great news! Thanks for your trial! ;-)
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Tipp-Flo replied on 25 Sep 2012
Doesn't work here. Mail is disabling Letterbox again.
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Mrjw34 replied on 25 Sep 2012
What OS? I'm still on 10.6.8. I probably should have mentioned that.
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Tipp-Flo replied on 25 Sep 2012
I had Mail in a subfolder, put it back in the original place - and MailPlugInFix worked. Mail is back in the subfolder. Ev'rything's fine again!
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JenDoc replied on 25 Sep 2012
I had the same issue, the plug in fix worked like magic!!! THANKS AARGL, so happy again!!!
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leocrespo reviewed on 18 Aug 2012
How come this is not available for Lion / ML? I'd pay $50 for that plugin any day.
[Version 0.24b9]

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Misha replied on 20 Sep 2012
With Lion (and Mountain Lion) Apple has basically made it impossible to hack mail to this... only they have the keys to the kingdom...

And, separately, I share your frustration. Apple's implementation is not ideal in either 10.7 or 10.8.
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Sky commented on 10 Apr 2012
Here's one more vote for a Lion / Mountain Lion version. For me, the new 3-column view in Mail is unsatisfactory - hard to read and not well integrated. For example, while I can increase font size in the Message List, this only works when Mail is set to Classic view. Letterbox was a near-perfect product for me in Snow Leopard, and I'll greatly appreciate an update moving forward.
[Version 0.24b9]

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rickybud replied on 09 May 2012
I can't agree more. I am missing WideMail (great plug-in alternative to Letterbox) with Lion. The multi-field sorting in the 3-panel view is such a great way to handle emails.
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jasimon9 reviewed on 18 Sep 2011
Letterbox is a great little program.

I agree with many of the postings here, that the Lion version of mail, while giving the 3 column view with one hand, has made the middle column useless. What a disappointment!

Problems with the new middle view:
- abandoning columns makes sorting by a column nearly useless. You can still sort, but it has no value as you cannot see the results of the sort.
- not having nice columns makes the info harder to see
- I am thinking that they decided to adopt the design used by many smart phones, without realizing that they are severely degrading usefulness
- the often-mentioned lost of the bolding function, which no longer works except in classic view

So as many others have said, the classic-plus-letterbox design is far more useable. Even with the difficulty Letterbox has always seemed to have in sizing the third pane (either too big or invisible in many cases, unless you resize the whole window to get it to behave). For this reason I am downgrading the stability rating.

So I am another one who is eagerly awaiting the new Letterbox for Lion, as I don't expect they will want to fix it at Apple.

But in case you are listening Apple: it would be really best if there was a "classic-middle" that kept the new features for the third column, but left the middle column in classic mode.
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Pugwash reviewed on 04 Aug 2011
For those wondering whether or not it works under 10.6.8; it does.
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Etang4luv@earthlink.net-Eme# reviewed on 03 Aug 2011
This is a great app! sadly it doesn't work with Lion. The reason we need it for Lion is for the reasons Carina stated. While you can change the amount of lines that show in vertical pane preview its still too wide/high and you can see your mail easily. I like the thin line of the classic way but vertical which only can be accomplished by having letterbox run on Lion. I would keep it the classic version of Mail and use letterbox to make it vertical. Im hopeful there will be a fix soon. I can assure you there are many people that don't like the new vertical view. thank you - g
[Version 0.24b9]

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Recoiller replied on 09 Sep 2011
I'm waiting for the new Letterbox before I update to Lion. For exact this reason.
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Psychos replied on 10 Sep 2011
Indeed; the new layout in Lion is okay, but the layout with Letterbox was far nicer. Even with the List Preview thing set to nothing, it's still two lines. Not to mention the new placement of the thread arrow and such, which makes threads less noticeable vs individual messages.

Unfortunately, it's either that or the classic vertical layout, which is even worse. I also held off on Lion for a bit for various reasons, which included Letterbox no longer working...but ended up having to upgrade for other reasons.

Thanks do go to the author for making a great little plugin for free, and you'd have many appreciative users if you do have time to update it for Lion!
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Ben-Marko had trouble on 21 Jul 2012
Now seems to be broken. Mail gives an incompatible plug-in error on launch and disables it.
[Version 0.24b9]


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John240 had trouble on 16 Dec 2010
I have the 0.24b8 installer on my desktop but when I try to install Letterbox I get this message:

The document “Letterbox.mailbundle” could not be opened. TextEdit cannot open files of this type.

I've had previous version of LB, which worked fine and I want it back.
This is a new one on me.

Thanks for the help.
[Version 0.24b8]


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Uranium Dragon had trouble on 10 Nov 2010
Not compatible with MacOS X 10.6.5. Mail just kicked it out.
[Version 0.24b7]

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iUseFree replied on 11 Nov 2010
add these two strings on widemail info.plist

SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs

BDD81F4D-6881-4A8D-94A7-E67410089EEB
857A142A-AB81-4D99-BECC-D1B55A86D94E
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iUseFree replied on 11 Nov 2010
sorry meant Letterbox info.plist, (located in your Library - Mail - Disabled Bundles)

the same works though for widemail plugin as well ( i prefer it)
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Maclover1.1 replied on 11 Nov 2010
Thanks.. I tried it for MailTags as well.. works fine. THANKS !
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C-Mack replied on 11 Nov 2010
worked perfectly for widemail. thx!
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Uranium Dragon replied on 11 Nov 2010
Thanks!
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Green*skeeter had trouble on 07 Jun 2010
When I attempt to download, I get this message............

Not Found

The requested URL /projects/letterbox/downloads/Letterbox-0.24b6.dmg was not found on this server.

Apache/2.0.54 Server at harnly.net Port 80

I am running Mac OS 10.6.3
[Version 0.24b6]

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Misha replied on 07 Jun 2010
Looks like the developer's site is temporarily offline.
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Kankei71 had trouble on 19 Oct 2009
I love LetterBox, have been using it since long ago. I installed this beta version (just replaced older version with this new one), Mail was back to the classic horizontal view and LetterBox was no longer on the preferences. I had to reinstall the previous version for having the 3 column view back. Not sure if I did something wrong... seems there is a problem. May someone confirm?
[Version 0.24b5]

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Dr.-Girlfriend replied on 19 Oct 2009
No prob here. Did you have Mail open or closed when you installed it? I had Mail closed and didn't have any previous versions of Letterbox installed.
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Kankei71 replied on 19 Oct 2009
Thank you. I got it... I'm still on 10.5. I thought this new version would be OK for Leopard AND Snow Leopard, which is not the case. All fine now.
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sbchavel had trouble on 16 Sep 2009
D/l, installed as per instructions, pref pane does not show up at all. Any help appreciated.
[Version 0.24b4]

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kobalt commented on 16 Sep 2009
It's not a pref pane you should be looking for, but a Preferences menu item in Mail. Most likely it will be at the end of your current Preferences window and you may have to widen that a little to see it.
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robotank commented on 16 Sep 2009
Just in case the first reply didn't get it right, I'll point out one other possibility. Do you have other Mail bundles installed? If not, it's possible that Mail isn't configured to enable bundles. In order to enable them you need to do the following (this is straight out of the readme file included with Letterbox 0.24b4): 1) Create the folder ~/Library/Mail/Bundles if it doesn't exist. 2) Enter this command in terminal: defaults write com.apple.mail EnableBundles 1

Now as long as Letterbox.mailbundle is in the Bundles folder it should work. I don't know if this is your problem. You said you installed per instructions, so you've probably already done this, but I think it's worth mentioning just in case.
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sbchavel commented on 16 Sep 2009
Thank you for taking the time to reply. I already had a bundles folder created. I copied LB 0.24b4 into the bundles folder, as instructed. Downloading 0.22 and installing that worked. Apple's Mail preferences now have a Letterbox menu or page or whatever you call it. Attempting to replace 0.22 by 0.24b4 resulted in losing the functionality again. Why 0.24b4 doesn't work I do no not know. But 0.22 does, and now that I have Letterbox, just as others have said, there is no turning back. Thanks.
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psychos had trouble on 16 Sep 2009
Letterbox allows sending anonymous data, which is okay with me. However, in the list of data to send, it shows a UUID.

So my question is whether this UUID is always the same for a given installation, or if it's uniquely generated for each anonymous data send. (I'm not okay with sending data if the UUID stays the same, because it's really not anonymous anymore at that point.)
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Tuishimi had trouble on 16 Jul 2009
Something I encountered with both Letterbox and WideMail was that resizing the message pane was very, very fickle. If I stretched the window beyond a certain size it would automatically make the message pane very wide (and messages do not get very wide) and I could not resize it to make it smaller. I could make it even LARGER, but not smaller. That was a little frustrating.

But seeing how BOTH bundles did it, I am guessing it is some sort of very odd behavior of Mac OS X.
[Version 0.22b]


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Yoxi had trouble on 04 Dec 2007
v0.22b the bundle doesn't open as an app on my mbp using 10.4.11 - it just bounces once and closes again.
[Version 0.22b]


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WebMotiva had trouble on 02 May 2007
Excellent plugin but there is a strange issue. The second pane gets strange after searching. I have to close the main window and open it again to fix.
[Version 0.16]



Jakew rated on 19 May 2011

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Myka rated on 12 Mar 2011

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Paolo Tramannoni rated on 10 Feb 2011

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Celebritarian rated on 31 Dec 2010

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craigfin74 rated on 18 Dec 2010

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Petter A. Mehren rated on 04 Dec 2010

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Date:05 Mar 2011
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Letterbox is a plugin for Apple's Mail.app that takes advantage of your widescreen monitor. It rearranges the interface into three vertical columns so the message pane is to the right of the message list, rather than below.


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