Herald
Herald
8.0.2

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Herald8.0.2

04 October 2017

Notification plugin for Mail.app.

Overview

Note: Herald no longer works on macOS 10.14 or later. The latest supported version is Herald 8.0.2 for macOS 10.13. For versions that work on 10.12 or earlier, see the Herald website.

Herald is a notification plugin for Mail.app, Apple's macOS email client. Inspired by the excellent Mail.appetizer plugin, Herald shows you popup notifications whenever you receive new Mail. It also allows you to perform common actions directly from within the notification window, including deleting messages, initiating replies, viewing messages in Mail, or marking messages as read. Herald's appearance is highly customizable, allowing you to change the background color, text color, size, shadow, transparency, and position of the window. Herald even provides a scrolling text view so you can read full messages without having to switch back to Mail. Herald is a free download and requires macOS Sierra. Note: Mail plugins are not officially supported by Apple. While Herald has been thoroughly tested, it's possible it may cause unintended conflicts with Mail or with other unofficial Mail plugins, especially after OS updates. It's recommended that you backup your computer before installing Herald or any other Mail plugin, and always before installing any updates to Mail or macOS.

Note: While the software is classified as freeware, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Herald

Version 8.0.2:
  • Fix issue with preferences crashing if using a custom theme

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130 Reviews of Herald

5
Mkay
24 October 2013
Version: 4.0

Most helpful

I've been using it for years now and never had any issues with it. A great little quick-action tool and very configurable. Plus the author is very quick releasing updates every time there's a new Mail.app version. Oh - and it's free.
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Sonnendeck
27 April 2019
Version: 8.0.2
Dear Herald, I miss you... Hope to see you again!
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Sergesouszero
28 September 2018
Version: 8.0.2
Unfortunately, it could be the end of Herald. I just read on the dev website that he now works for Apple and he’s looking for someone to take over.
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4.5
anonymous-snipe-277
03 October 2017
Version: 8.0.2
I love this plugin. I have it set so the window pops up when I get an important email. Has worked flawlessly and the developer is very responsive.
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5
cmotdibbler
03 October 2017
Version: 8.0.2
The developer (Erik) is quick to respond and provide fixes. I get lots of email that is only occasionally relevant and Herald provides a way to quickly, skim and dump without going into the full blown mail app. The default light them is nice but it is easy to make it yellow background with black text.
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4
larrymcj
02 October 2017
Version: 8.0.1
This is the nicest plugin I've ever used with Mail.app and the developer is very responsive and helpful. But unfortunately, I had to uninstall it as soon as I found out text formatting is not supported. I receive too many emails that I need to read as HTML and for that reason only, I just can't use Herald. If this doesn't bother you and you're OK with plain text, then you're going to love it!
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larrymcj
30 September 2017
Version: 8.0.1
Does Herald have a menu bar icon that shows the number of unread messages in your inbox?
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5
mht-1
03 April 2017
Version: 7.0.3
Erik updated Herald. The new version (v 7.0.3) is compatible with Sierra 10.12.4
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2stepbay
25 January 2017
Version: 7.0.2
Very helpful plug-in for OS X mail. Anyone know if v7.0.2 is compatible with latest Sierra release 10.12.3?
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artie505
24 January 2017
Version: 7.0.2
Download link doesn't work...had to go directly to developer.
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Wgibson648
16 December 2016
Version: 7.0.1
Recognizing that this is free software, it is incompatible with the newest version of Mail (10.2). Any idea when an updated version of this tremendous add-on might be released? Thank you.
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5
Steve K
17 November 2016
Version: 7.0.1
Fantastic!
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Poppayanke
24 October 2016
Version: 7.0
v.7 seems to be broken (or rather, not allowed) by the update to macOS 10.12.1.
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5
Sonnendeck
06 October 2016
Version: 7.0
Since Dockstar is dead, this is still the best Mail-Notification-App.
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4.5
StrictlyBagel
23 September 2016
Version: 7.0
Fabulous… it’s become truly invaluable to me.
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5
Screentom
23 September 2016
Version: 7.0
Great!! Thank you very much.
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Parchment Press
24 July 2016
Version: 6.0.3
Attention MacUpdate Staff: "Related Links" are broken -- currently, they all download the current 10.11-specific version of Herald, not the older versions. In order to get the older version for Yosemite, I had to go to the developer's site for the specific version download.
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Farrow
25 March 2016
Version: 6.0.3
Great to have this indispensable Mail plugin back. Hoorah to the developer for keeping on top of Apple consistently breaking useful add-ons.
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Sonnendeck
25 March 2016
Version: 6.0.2
He is back! The day is saved!
(http://erikhinterbichler.com/apps/herald/)
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Farrow
23 March 2016
Version: 6.0.2
Sadly broken in the latest OS X update 10.11.4
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5
Sonnendeck
10 December 2015
Version: 6.0.2
Merry Christmas to the developer!
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5
NedC
10 December 2015
Version: 6.0.2
Another 5 stars for the developer. This AGAIN takes care of Apple not being able to hear "NEW MAIL SOUNDS". with POP accounts with the latest el'capitan update. Again many thanks !!
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5
NedC
06 December 2015
Version: 6.0.1
Brings back the ability to hear "new mail" sounds since upgrading to el capitain. MANY THANKS to the DEVELOPER i will be sending a donation. Ned C
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5
Poppayanke
22 October 2015
Version: 6.0.1
Many thanks to the developer for this app. A great time saver. Also, the quick updates are appreciated. As noted by another poster, you must first uninstall the previous version before updating to 6.01.
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5
Sonnendeck
22 October 2015
Version: 6.0.1
The best...
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5
Dominique
22 October 2015
Version: 6.0
Mise à jour 6.0.1 pour Capitan 10.11 does not work
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Moxiesozo
30 September 2015
Version: 6.0
Disappointing that the developer immediately drops support for previous versions upon the release of a new version.
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5
DOCa-Cola
13 July 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Stable and well designed plugin for Mail. Saves a lot of time for me handling my emails. Thank you!
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5
Weaztek
04 March 2015
Version: 5.0.2
I really liked Herald, but had to transition to Thunderbird on my Mac. Is there anything like Herald on that app?
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5
Sonnendeck
29 January 2015
Version: 5.0.2
Erik is the man!
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Sjd
28 January 2015
Version: 5.0.1
5.0.1 is not supported by OS 10.10.2. I'm sure they'll have an update very soon, so this is just an FYI.
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Sgginc
18 November 2014
Version: 5.0
v5.01 is available at devs website. Works with 10.10.1.
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5
Nosch
27 May 2014
Version: 4.0.7
Great tool. I've been using it for years. Just donated again. It's worth it.
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5
Mac-Freak
16 May 2014
Version: 4.0.6
Great Software Tool for Apple Mail. New Version for 10.9.3 http://erikhinterbichler.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/software/Herald.zip?v=4.0.7
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Shane-Smith
15 May 2014
Version: 4.0.6
Mavericks update 10.9.3 stops Herald from working.
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5
Jazzyguy
10 March 2014
Version: 4.0.6
Excellent New Version Of Herald.FREE as in BEER!!
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tvalleau
10 March 2014
Version: 4.0.6
Mavericks only. Too bad, because as of Feb 2014, less than half of Mac users were on OS 10.9 or later. Given that the app is free, I guess that's a rational call for the developer. However, no one who was making actual money from an app would abandon 50-60% of their customers.
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artie505
28 February 2014
Version: 4.0.5
Don't waste your time d/l'ing the earlier versions of Herald that are available from this page. As per correspondence with the dev, no version of Herald works other than the current, Mavericks-compatible, version.
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5
Jazzyguy
27 February 2014
Version: 4.0.5
Excellent Version of Herald works in 10.9.2
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Jazzyguy
08 November 2013
Version: 4.0.2
Since the latest software update of Mail.app it has been disabled by the OS.
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5
Dabluest
29 October 2013
Version: 4.0.1
Awesome plugin. I've been using since Snow Leopard and love that this continues to maintained. Keep up the good work.
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Jimw
28 October 2013
Version: 4.0.1
In principle I like this product but it does become irritating at time as it seems to show its window even when I am in mail or if I am viewing a mail link in Safari. With Mavericks the left screen sidebar feature has does give the notifications in a smaller format and allows me to work in other apps with less intrusion than Herald with Mail activated, so I am trying that for now. However the lest screen bar does not have some of the features such as junk mail and delete handling directly from the alert box. For my needs the title of the message is mainly what I need which can alert me if I want to immediately handle the message. Overall I seem to prefer this approach - at least for now.
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5
Mkay
24 October 2013
Version: 4.0
I've been using it for years now and never had any issues with it. A great little quick-action tool and very configurable. Plus the author is very quick releasing updates every time there's a new Mail.app version. Oh - and it's free.
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Jazzyguy
24 October 2013
Version: 4.0
Still and all it's nice when it works but unfortunately it does not.
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0.5
iamdavid
24 October 2013
Version: 4.0
I tried installing the latest version in Mavericks, and all the installer did was bounce in my dock. That said, having read the other reviews I had second thoughts about installing this at all.
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polocanada
07 October 2013
Version: 3.0.6
For those of you who are stubbornly nostalgic still running 10.6.8.. here is version of Herald that will work: http://mac.softwareweb.com/download/herald-1.3.1-EF8JS.html
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Jazzyguy
17 September 2013
Version: 3.0.6
USING FIND ANY FILE there were over 90 various files that the uninstaller left behind.They were ALL from the Developer as it had his name on most of them.
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Jazzyguy
17 September 2013
Version: 3.0.6
No reply Itook the plug in off my ail using the uninstaller provided I will use Find My File to make sure it is gone.
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Jazzyguy
16 September 2013
Version: 3.0.6
I have written the developer and hope to hear from him soon.
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Jazzyguy
16 September 2013
Version: 3.0.6
I haven't seen a single one of my emails work in Herald 3.06 yet and I have the plug in enabled and all of my mail enabled.
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Dcuwcy
16 September 2013
Version: 3.0.6
Version 3.06 seems to move all email into trash.(OS X 10.8.5)
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Flomet
05 June 2013
Version: 3.0.4
I just updated to 10.8.4 and find this version of Herald does not work, an update is needed for this great mail plugin.
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Jimw
05 June 2013
Version: 3.0.4
OSX 10.8.4 kills it.
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5
hcnero
08 April 2013
Version: 3.0.4
works great with mountain lion easy to set up, great functionality
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4
June8
02 April 2013
Version: 3.0.4
Hanging problem has been solved.
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taja
26 March 2013
Version: 3.0.2
latest update appears to have solved the hanging problem in Mountain Lion.
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0.5
June8
14 February 2013
Version: 3.0.2
Realy unusable under Mountain Lion, hanging.
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5
TigerMO
25 December 2012
Version: 3.0.2
Wish the volume was louder. With the volume load enough for the notification to be heard in another room, every other sound is ear shattering. Not consistent with system sound level.
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4
taja
06 November 2012
Version: 3.0.2
Still an excellent app under Mountain Lion, but as the user below said, it now hangs annoyingly when clicking reply or open from the notification window. Dev please fix!
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5
Jazzyguy
08 October 2012
Version: 3.0.2
Works great in 10.8.2 Better than Notifications
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4.5
keliamad
02 October 2012
Version: 3.0.1
I am running OSX 10.6.8 and Mail just updated to 4.6 Now I Herald won't work! It will not stay enabled when I quit, and even when it is enabled, I receive no notifications. I LOVE Herald! Please help!
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5
northlist
01 October 2012
Version: 3.0.1
Big shout-out to you, Erik! Wonderful tool!
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Neil-M
20 September 2012
Version: 3.0.1
Disabled in 10.7.5 update, unfortunately.
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5
gcoghill
02 August 2012
Version: 3.0
Excellent Apple Mail utility.
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5
taja
02 August 2012
Version: 3.0
Developer updated v. quickly for Mountain Lion. I'm disabling Mail in Notification Centre and returning to Herald - much more efficient, for reasons outlined below.
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5
Psychos
02 August 2012
Version: 3.0
Herald is really so much better than Mountain Lion Notifications... Herald lets you read and flag messages from its popup, instead of having to switch to Mail.app as with Notifications. This means much less time wasted switching back and forth between apps. Using Notifications simply gives you a preview, and requires you to switch to Mail.app to do anything more. For things like reading brief messages or marking spam, Herald is a huge time saver over Notifications. (Also, Notifications won't clear after you've read a message in Mail.app...you have to clear the notification manually, yet another step.)
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5
Lvdoc
02 August 2012
Version: 3.0
That was a fast update from the developer. I don't care how fancy Apple's new notification center is; Herald is, for me, more fully-featured. Give this program a try if you haven't already done so.
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5
Sonnendeck
02 August 2012
Version: 3.0
Yeah!! Herald is working with Mountain Lion. Good work!
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5
2stepbay
03 April 2012
Version: 2.1.2
An invaluable addition to Mail. Being able to control which emails I immediately see, and decide if I want to reply, leave unread, mark read or delete, makes this a great add-on. If OS affects Mail, developer is very quick to update the plug-in.
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5
baxsur
02 February 2012
Version: 2.1.1
Best app of it's kind!
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5
Stig77
02 February 2012
Version: 2.1
Love the app. Does what it's supposed to and is really helpful.
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2.5
Chrisreunion
23 November 2011
Version: 2.1
Don't works with Mail (5.1) and Mac OS 10.7.2
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5
Jolly-joker
14 November 2011
Version: 2.0.3
Great App! If the developer will add the diversified mail indicators, like in dockstar, it will be the fundamental all-in-one plugin for mail!
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5
Vitaly-Khristenko
31 October 2011
Version: 2.0.3
Very useful app. Installation is simple as well as usage. Reccomend
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4.5
ehd
18 October 2011
Version: 2.0.3
Works with latest update of Lion. EXCELLENT support. The developer worked me to solve a problem that was due to my stupidity.
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3.5
Bassrun
13 October 2011
Version: 2.0.3
Installation of Herald 2.0.3 (released today) failed. Running 10.7.2 on a MacBook Air.
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5
HACK-Design
07 October 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Great plugin. Useful and fast, notifications of the app are very comfortable ...
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5
Zoidbert
04 October 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Love it -- find it more useful than Growl Mail, because it actually lets you do something -- but would still like to see a Print button added to the options.
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4.5
Planet-X
21 September 2011
Version: 2.0.2
I use it for about a year and still loving it. Only since I upgraded to Lion and the latest version if i press "zoom into message" the message pops up but after closing the message mail does not go back to the inbox. In the previous versions on Snow Leopard it was always going back into the inbox. Could that be fixed please?
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5
taja
07 August 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Best Mail add-on I've used. Big timesaver, light on RAM usage with heavily customisable interface. But could you add hyperlink detection? Then you wouldn't have to switch to Mail just to click on a link...
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5
Sonnendeck
22 July 2011
Version: 2.0.1
It works with Lion. Great! Thank you, Erik!
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Bushwhack
21 July 2011
Version: 2.0
can we get a 2.0 link uploaded somewhere so that i can download this?? this is essential to my work flow and apparently the site is suspended...
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Jobby
21 July 2011
Version: 2.0
Download links produce "this site has been suspended". Looks like we used all his bandwidth :(
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4
Theothertim
20 July 2011
Version: 2.0
Herald isn't the prettiest notification system out there, but it works very well. The developer does a good job of keeping it current with the OS and Mail updates. I personally prefer GrowlMail and the many styles that are available, but Herald wins in the features department. A good piece of software that extends the usefulness of Mail.app on the Mac.
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5
gcoghill
19 July 2011
Version: 1.3.2
Super handy to keep an eye on your email inbox for info junkies like myself. The Spam button itself is worth the install. I've gladly donated to the developer for this.
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5
OBCraig
06 April 2011
Version: 1.3.2
Newest version works with Mail 4.5 -- uninstall the old, install the new. Awesome, thank you!
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3.5
Jeffe01
24 March 2011
Version: 1.3.2
Great program, but now disabled with latest Mail update. Hoping it comes back!
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Cyann
22 March 2011
Version: 1.3.2
It's the first time I use Herald because Mail disable GrowlMail, and it seems to do the same good work. Herald is much more reactive than GrowlMail after an update, thank you. Could it be possible to resize the window (too large)?
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ivanovitch
22 March 2011
Version: 1.3.2
Lovely to get such a fast fix for each iteration of OS X.
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Robotank
22 March 2011
Version: 1.3.1
Herald has been kept pretty up to date, so I'm sure the dev will release a compatibility update for 10.6.7/Mail 4.5 soon enough. In the meantime, however, you can simply apply the process in this hint to get the current version of Herald (or any other bundle) working in the updated Mail: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100823103751355
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Zerohectic
22 March 2011
Version: 1.3.1
Rendered incompatible by the 10.6.7 update.
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ivanovitch
22 March 2011
Version: 1.3.1
Doesn't work with Leopard 10.6.7. :-( Waiting for an update.
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5
Weaselboy
27 February 2011
Version: 1.3.1
I have been using this plugin several months and yesterday received my new 2011 MacBook Pro. It had a new version of Mail that broke Herald. I emailed the dev and got a reply in just a few minutes. I sent him a couple info.plist files from my machine so he could ID the changes and less than an hour later he sent me this updated version of Herald with the 2011 MBP compatibility patch. Great plugin and a very responsive dev. Donation sent.
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5
dustie
24 February 2011
Version: 1.3
Herald is 100 percent fantastic, and I love it. It's allowing me to use Mac Mail at last, after bouncing around for the past few years. I had a (stupid) question for Erik yesterday and emailed him, and he got back to me in a few minutes. For me, Herald is perfect, and I happily sent a $12 donation.
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June8
12 February 2011
Version: 1.3
It works on 10.6.6 but it does not notify for the first message(s) just after the Mail.app opened even it is on the background. Notifications for next messages are okay.
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taja
09 February 2011
Version: 1.3
Any chance of adding hyperlink recognition to this? That would make it pretty much feature complete...
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Roro01
08 February 2011
Version: 1.3
The best one! Many thanks!
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Sonnendeck
08 February 2011
Version: 1.3
Great! This is the best mail notification.
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5
taja
08 February 2011
Version: 1.3
Brilliant! Lots of new features and still no bloat.
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4.5
EndoLab
02 February 2011
Version: 1.2.3
Very useful and nice "little" app.Congratulations to Erik Hinterbichler.
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Eab00
21 January 2011
Version: 1.2.3
Excellent little app. Replaces Growlmail. Clean, simple and so far very reliable. Does just what it should and does not suffer from bloat. I just donated US $10.00 to the developer. Better than many other paid apps.
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