TruePreview
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Per-account mark-as-read preferences for Mac OS X Mail.   Free
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TruePreview is an ideal resource for users left unsatisfied by Mail.app's lack of message-previewing capability.

Apple's OS X Mail program is a good e-mail client overall, but it has its share of annoyances. Apple does not provide a published or supported way to extend or modify Mail's behavior. Thus, these annoyances persist until a developer takes the time to dig into Mail's innards to find an underhanded solution.

One of the most common shortcomings/omissions/bugs/failures in Mail is the inability to truly preview messages. If the preview pane is displayed in the
What's New
Version 1.8a1:
  • Alpha release with initial (crippled) OS X 10.7/Mail 5.0 support
  • Reply, forward, scrolling/clicking options are unimplemented and disabled
  • Drop support for previous versions of Mac OS X, Mail.app
  • Uses new PackageMaker installer
Requirements
  • Intel
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Mail.app 5.0 or later



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ver. 1.x:
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Jozgta commented on 23 Oct 2013
Unfortunately no longer working with Mail 7.0 (OS X Mavericks). Hope it gets fixed soon as this thing is/was GREAT.
[Version 1.8a1]


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Aargl commented on 01 Oct 2013
Note that version 1.6 works on PPC 10.5 (no way on PPC 10.4 even older versions).
[Version 1.8a1]


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Aargl commented on 04 Jul 2013
On the dev's site, there's a 1.7 version which is supposed to be the last stable one (over the 1.6 marked here).
[Version 1.8a1]


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Eveningclouds commented on 20 Sep 2012
TruePreview 1.8a4 is now broken and disabled in the new Apple Lion update 10.7.5. Mail 5.3 disables TruePreview. Great little program and hope it comes back to Lion soon!
[Version 1.8a1]

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Eveningclouds replied on 22 Sep 2012
Developer has just fixed this. Wonderful!
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Kapomuk reviewed on 09 Feb 2012
I do not love this, it's more: I need it! I cannot live without!
But I have to: It's gone since Apple's update to 10.7.3 …

PLEASE, don't wait any further week to give us a working solution (alpha is OK :-)
[Version 1.8a1]

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Rondfranks replied on 03 Apr 2012
Jut downloaded 1.8a3. Works with Lion!
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Randyharris reviewed on 23 Aug 2011
thank you, thank you, thank you.
[Version 1.8a1]


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Gary L. Gray reviewed on 29 Jan 2011
This is an essential utility for Apple's Mail since it eliminates one of the most annoying features of Mail. You can have different settings for different accounts and it just works perfectly. This, along with MailHub, is the the perfect combination for Mail.
[Version 1.6]


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Michael Haeusler reviewed on 29 Jan 2011
An absolute must-have bundle for anyone who uses Apple's Mail. I especially love the possibility to add specific rules for different email accounts. Kudos. AAA.
[Version 1.6]


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Aargl had trouble on 04 Jul 2013
For anyone having difficulty installing, try MailPluginFix. ;-)
[Version 1.8a1]


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Tubo had trouble on 08 May 2011
New version available for 10.6.7:
http://christianserving.org/system/files/project/release/TruePreview-1.7.pkg.zip

Beside of that, didn't find any notice on this site regarding compatibility with PPC or (only) Intel.
[Version 1.6]



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sjk rated on 29 Jan 2011

[Version 1.6]


Downloads:3,296
Version Downloads:1,784
Type:Internet : Email
License:Free
Date:23 Aug 2011
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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TruePreview is an ideal resource for users left unsatisfied by Mail.app's lack of message-previewing capability.

Apple's OS X Mail program is a good e-mail client overall, but it has its share of annoyances. Apple does not provide a published or supported way to extend or modify Mail's behavior. Thus, these annoyances persist until a developer takes the time to dig into Mail's innards to find an underhanded solution.

One of the most common shortcomings/omissions/bugs/failures in Mail is the inability to truly preview messages. If the preview pane is displayed in the message viewer window, as soon as a message is selected and displayed, it is marked as read. Most every other e-mail client on the planet provides an option to delay marking messages as read. This particular issue has been the one nagging annoyance that has bothered me for years now. With every OS X upgrade, I have anticipated Apple finally adding this necessary functionality, only to be disappointed.

Enter TruePreview. I am the developer who finally took the time to dig into Mail's innards to find an underhanded solution. TruePreview adds a preference panel to Mail's preferences that allows you to mark messages as read immediately (Mail's default), never, or after a delay. Additionally, it allows you to immediately mark messages as read when replying, forwarding, opening in a separate window, or scrolling the preview pane. Finally, it allows you to specify these settings independently per-account, if desired.


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