Here’s another example of another way whereby humans love to hate. I hate Mail. I hate email. Both are necessary evils of modern technology. Email is a time waster, but since everyone uses it, email sticks around.
Worse, Apple’s OS X Yosemite Mail upgrade is dead dog slow on my aging email Mac (an original aluminum MacBook from way back when– all it does is make Mail and email portable), so there’s another reason to hate both Mail and email.
For Mac users who also love to hate Mail and email but don’t want to spend any more money on any app, utility, or tool to improve email handling (trust me; it cannot be improved; only tolerated), there’s the free Mail Satellite, which lets you view unread email messages from the Mac’s Menubar (which means you don’t need to switch to Mail, which must be running for Mail Satellite to work, to view messages).
There’s not much magic going on here. Mail Satellite displays unread messages with a click to the Menubar icon. That displays a drop down window which lists all the messages.
Because Mail Satellite resides in the Mac’s Menubar it’s available from within most Mac apps, so there’s no need to switch from whatever you’re doing to Mail, just so you can view messages you probably don’t want to see anyway.
The only real negative in Mail Satellite, and it’s not much of one considering the price tag (free), is that it’s an AppleScript Extension for Mail, so Mail still needs to be running for it to display the unread messages in the inbox. Otherwise, it puts a little more distance between you and Mail and email in general, and that’s a good thing.