MailFX 1.2.1
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Notifier plugin for Mail replaces sound warning with animation.   Free
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MailFX is a plugin for Mail, MailFX is a notifier which replaces (or complete) the sound warning of Mail OS X by a graphic animation (Quartz composition).
What's New
Version 1.21:
  • Correction of bug (a crash could occur while clicking on the notifier).
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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ver. 1.x:
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El Comandante commented on 16 Sep 2009
Pro version was recently updated to version 2.x for Snow Leopard compatibility...And what about the FREE version (MailFX NONPRO ) ? There will be an update for Snow Leopard, or not ?
[Version 1.2.1]



FLASH1296 reviewed on 25 Sep 2008
RE: My Comment of 9/25

The software developer DID contact me to provide me with my license as soon as I posted the comment.

He was appropriately apologetic.
[Version 1.2.1]


FLASH1296 commented on 23 Sep 2008
I PURCHASED the pro version from this developer.
I have not received the registration information, and my emails bounce !
IF the developer reads this I suggest that he provide HERE an email address for sales and tech support.
[Version 1.2.1]


JetFireDX commented on 29 May 2008
Half working here. Install appears to run correctly. Mail then launches. New emails do trigger an animation to play (the default I assume) but the preference for it only says something like "pick a button first!" but then if I select it again nothing is shown.

I am using the WideMail plugin so it is possible that there is a conflict.
[Version 1.2]

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Ddomenet (developer) replied on 02 Jun 2008
I don't understand very well.
Can you post a mail at indicated, with screen copy if possible.


Leppe reviewed on 18 May 2008
this is a review for version 1.2!

*I give this software a main rating of 5.
-They fixed a lot in this release.
-The installer is professional.
-All the information you need is in the ReadMe file and in the installer.
-And the installiation works now!
-It's still free software!
-It's a very nice feature for Leopard Mail (this is personal, but I think many people will agree).

*Features: a raiting of 4. Which is still very good ;). It's all integrated in the preferences from Mail. For Freeware there are a lot features you can control and there is room for more. You can set how this software behaves on a very personal base.

*Ease of Use: a raiting of 5. It's all in the preferences and a child is able to set this up.

*Value: a raiting of 5 (of corse)

*Stability: a raiting of 3. Personal I would give it a 4 or maybe a 5, but there are still some Terminal commands "if" the installation is not working... The commands work well and will start the feature in Mail. But many people are still afraid from the Terminal.
A Terminal script in the next release could be a solution... It's very easy to make one and to compile it to a script.

So considering the previous version was buggy and hard to install with no info at all, this version is a great step forward. So I believe this software deserves a 5! It's free, it's a nice feature, it's easy to use, great feedback, friendly and helpful developers, etc.

Regards and keep up the good work!
[Version 1.2]


Leppe tipped on 19 Apr 2008
I just tried some things and went eventualy to the site from the developer.

There is a solution for this problem. But it's rather unfriendly and not for a average user.

Open Terminal and enter (or copy/paste) the following commands (each command followed by Enter):

defaults write EnableBundles -bool true

defaults write BundleCompatibilityVersion 3

Greetz ;)

To the developer, it would be usefull to add this information in the installer readme or an extra file in the zipfile called ReadMe!.
[Version 1.1]


Leppe commented on 19 Apr 2008
I'm just letting you know that the installation did nothing, except adding a rule in Mail.
No special effects, no extra preferences in Mail like in the screenshot.

The program does nothing at all.
I think there is something realy wrong with the installer!

Maybe it's better to use a 10.4 installer, because if you click on the computer icon during installation you get a message if you want to install this for all users or not.

I clicked on all users and maybe that's the problem?

The concept is good and I would love to see it work.
I did not tried the uninstaller yet.
I'll do that now and try do reinstall it just for one user.

But you need to test this more on several Mac's before releasing this. I just noticed that you had issues with the installer in the previous version too.

Having some experiance with the installer from Xcode I would advise to try a 10.4 installer in combination with a min. system combination, which is 10.5. It's much more easy to master and control a 10.4 installer (also less change for bugs).

Once you master the 10.4 installer do some tests with the 10.5 installer. As a developer you will know what I'm talking about.

Again, it's a great idea and concept!!! Even a good job!!!
Just the installer issues are not funny ;-)

Take care and thanks for the program (and for keeping it Free!!!)
[Version 1.1]

2 Replies

Ddomenet (developer) replied on 18 May 2008
Your advice was taken for version 1.2.

Thank you.

Leppe replied on 18 May 2008
No thanks ;)
The installer looks professional and the readme file is in the zip file and the installer.
Great Job!

And it works fine.

5 stars from me. It's a very nice feature for Mail in Leopard using it's powerfull engine.
I'm looking forward to see new work from the developer(s).


revision29 commented on 15 Mar 2008
I like the fact that this plug-in does not require an additional framework to run as GrowlMail does. It does not seem to be a resource hog and plays nice with Mail.

On the downside, I would like to be able to make my own animation as the ones included are not the best looking. It would also be nice if the message would say how many new messages were received and or if it is a single message to indicate sender and subject. Developer's website indicates that one can make custom animations, but I can't since my computer will not run quartz composer. This is why more options which affect the animation would be nice.

Keep up the good work.
[Version 1.0]

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Serge replied on 19 Apr 2008
Frome the site of MailFX : "The quartz animations can be modified (for those which know Quartz composer). You can also create your owns animations by respecting size(314 x 256) and by avoiding the too heavy images which can saturate memory and slow down animation."
Serge replied on 19 Apr 2008
Woops ! Typo. FROM the site...

hmfwic had trouble on 24 Feb 2009
I have installed the new Safari 4.0 beta. Every time I get a new email, Mail quits and gives me a Problem Report. It just started this morning.
[Version 1.2.1]

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MailFX is a plugin for Mail, MailFX is a notifier which replaces (or complete) the sound warning of Mail OS X by a graphic animation (Quartz composition).

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