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MsgFiler Review on Macworld and Betalogue

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Catching up on great reviews of MsgFiler on Macworld and Betalogue. Dan Frakes gave MsgFiler a 4.5 mice rating!

MsgFiler is the fastest way to move, copy, and label messages in Mail. It also offers useful features for navigating and managing mailboxes.

Betalogue’s review of MsgFiler covered the MsgFiler’s transition from an Apple Mail Plugin to a Mac App Store application. While there were some initial bumps and bruises with the launch, the current 3.0.2 release is pretty stable on Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

There do remain some problems with MsgFiler and the current Developer Preview 3 of Mac OS X Lion (namely filing via AppleScript and not using the MsgFiler Engine). I have filed several bug reports with Apple, and I’m hoping that these will fixed in a future Developer Preview. I for one hope that Apple does not release Lion at WWDC next month, since that would leave me and other app developers scrambling to rewrite our apps with inefficient workarounds. With the App Store review process taking anywhere from one to two weeks, there’s not much time between now and WWDC next month. I’ll be there for the third consecutive year, so I’ll be sure to talk to Apple’s Mail developers at the conference.

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MsgFiler 3.0.1 Now Available on the Mac App Store

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MsgFiler 3.0.1 is now available on the Mac App Store. This version brings compatibility with Spell Catcher along with lower memory usage and performance improvements with loading and creating new mailboxes. Users are recommended to upgrade to the latest version of MsgFiler on the Mac App Store.

Those of you who routinely file to remote mailboxes will also be interested in downloading and installing the MsgFiler Engine Mail Plugin. The Engine is an Apple Mail plugin that speeds up filing with MsgFiler 3. If you’re a fan of the original Mail plugin, you’ll want to install and use the Engine.

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MsgFiler 3.0 – Coming Soon to the Mac App Store

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Update February 27, 2011: The wait is over. MsgFiler is now available on the Mac App Store!

While I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, I’m happy to announce the upcoming release of MsgFiler 3.0, available exclusively on the Mac App Store. I submitted the app for approval last week, and it’s currently awaiting review.

Astute readers might stop and ask, “Wait a minute, aren’t Mail plugins not allowed on the Mac App Store?” You’re right that they aren’t, but MsgFiler is no longer a Mail plugin! In a way, MsgFiler has come full circle. The original release was a separate application built using AppleScript Studio. MsgFiler 2.0 was rewritten as a Mail plugin. Now with MsgFiler 3.0, it’s back to being a separate application that communicates with Mail via AppleScript. Longtime users should not worry; there’s still tight integration between MsgFiler 3.0 and Mail.

I’m excited about the new features in MsgFiler 3.0, many of which were direct requests from users over the years:

  • Favorite mailboxes
  • Recent mailboxes
  • Ability to create new mailboxes from within MsgFiler
  • Configurable default action
  • Exclude mailboxes
  • Match on mailbox names only
  • Restrict search to selected accounts
  • Full keyboard access

Check out the MsgFiler 3.0 product video. I’m sure it will get you pumped up and ready to buy it when it becomes available!

There will be a special introductory price of $4.99 for MsgFiler the first week it’s on the Mac App Store. That’s right, you’ll be able to get MsgFiler at 50% off for one week only!

I’m really excited about this new release, and how it’s going to help Mac users save time decluttering their inboxes!

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MsgFiler 2.0.8

MsgFiler 2.0.8 has been released.

This version is qualified for use on Mac OS 10.6.5, although you may need to re-install the plugin. Recent updates to Mac OS X Mail have a tendency to disable all mail plugins, even if they are compatible with the current OS.

In addition to a general compatibility fix, there is one additional new feature. Many users have been asking to do away with the double press of the Return/Enter key if there are multiple mailbox matches. Previously, if your search came up with several matches, pressing the Return/Enter key would move the cursor from the text input field to the mailboxes pane. You would then use the arrow keys to find your match before pressing Return/Enter to file the message.

Now, there’s an option in the Preferences window to do away with the double keypress. Longtime users of MsgFiler will have to retrain their muscle memory, but try it out and see if this makes filing faster!

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MsgFiler 2.0.4, Compatible with Snow Leopard

MsgFiler 2.0.4 was released a few days ago. It’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. There were a lot of behind-the-scenes changes to how Mail plugins work, and with the help of a number of people (thanks Steve, Scott, Dane, Joar, and more), I was able to get MsgFiler updated right under the Snow Leopard release date today.

If you’re looking for a fast way to file your messages, look no further than MsgFiler. If you require more significant control over processing your messages, take a look at Scott Morrison’s Mail Act-On.

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MsgFiler versus Mail Act-On 2.0

Mail Act-On 2 was released today, and it includes some features very familiar to MsgFiler owners.

Move/Copy Messages to Mailboxes
Mail Act-On 2’s powerful interface includes the ability to move or copy messages to any folders by keystroke, even if you don’t have an Act-On rule for a particular mailbox. Just bring up the appropriate Mailbox Menu, autocomplete the mailbox you want and hit the return key to move.

Mail Act-On 2 will remember your recent destinations so you have even quicker access those mailboxes you use frequently. Recent mailboxes can be accessed with the number keys for quick work.

Competition is good, and I applaud Scott Morrison’s work on this new release, as it certainly is a more powerful tool than the previous version of Mail Act-On. I want to point out some differences between the two applications for existing users and prospective buyers:

  • Focus: MsgFiler is focused on one task and that’s quickly filing your messages. Future development of MsgFiler will always be focused to this end.
  • Speed: MsgFiler users have come to appreciate the fast searching capabilities of MsgFiler. Wildcard searching makes filing messages within deep, nested mailboxes a breeze.
  • Cost: MsgFiler is $8 versus $19.95-24.95 for Mail Act-On 2. If all you need is to quickly file your messages, MsgFiler is more affordable.

One of the difficulties of being involved with so many projects is finding adequate time to devote to all of them. Between my support for my existing consulting clients, work on my documentary film, and my forays into iPhone development, I often find it difficult to allocate the necessary time for older software projects like MsgFiler. For me, MsgFiler is focused and works great. For customers who want more of a kitchen-sink approach to Apple Mail organization, now there’s an additional option with Mail Act-On 2.

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