Mockup: Mail Notifier

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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I amm usually always busy, and never see my desktop. I have a SuperKaramba theme there that shows how many new emails I got.
It is not very useful when I hardly ever see it. I often forget to check my mail, and occasionally, there is mail there I need to answer pretty quickly.

I got this idea:
A KDE system tray applet that pops up a small notification whenever you get a new mail.
Functions I think would be cool to include:
- New mail notification *
- New mail amount *
- POP Support *
- IMAP support
- Support for many mail clients, such as Thunderbird, KMail, and perhaps web browsers for those that have webmail and pop/imap. Support meaning that you can click that mail clien's icon or name on the notification and it starts.
- Themability, so the icon in the system tray and the notification can look however the user wants them to look.

Functions marked with * should be mandatorily included, the rest are not that important, and can be excluded.

I hope someone who can code (unlike me) picks up on the idea and makes it a reality. I'm sure it would get popular, and would be pretty useful.

janet

13 years ago

A ticker that shows the headers of the newly downloaded mails would be nice - like in The Bat! and FoxMail for Windows. It seems there's not one Linux program that has such a feature.

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tbd

11 years ago

I'm almost sure you would be interested in having a look at this: http://www.nongnu.org/mailnotify/ It is in Debian as the mail-notification package. The problem I have found is that it does not recognise the way that kmail tags mails in the maildir format. If it could, it were just perfect for me.

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faust

13 years ago

Kbiff works perfectly for me!
It allows you to monitor different account (with ssl also) and rings when a new email arrives.
http://www.granroth.org/kbiff/
http://www.granroth.org/kbiff/#download

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AndreSomers

13 years ago

Did you try Korn?

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nbensa

13 years ago

setting, configure kmail, appearance, enable system tray icon.

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hlwoodcock

13 years ago

you may want to look at mail-notfication. I use this and it does basically what you are after. It works with Gnome and KDE.

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pcavdwel

13 years ago

If you are using thunderbird for your e-mail, check out the following extension: http://moztraybiff.mozdev.org/

Works well for me. I use it in KDE.

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pcavdwel

13 years ago

If you are using thunderbird for your e-mail, check out the following extension: http://moztraybiff.mozdev.org/

Works well for me. I use it in KDE.

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Renze

13 years ago

Another option is kbiff:

http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=28931

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Renze

13 years ago

Another option is kbiff:

http://www.kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=28931

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Superstoned

13 years ago

we'll have these kind'a things for KDE 4. maybe you can have a look at kde-artists.org and join the discussion there?

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Renze

13 years ago

Korn ships with KDE and does most of these things.

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DaBlade

13 years ago

Never heard of it.
I tried running it now, and there's no such app on my system at least. I compiled KDE from source.
Are you sure it ships with KDE?
And where's it's homepage?

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Renze

13 years ago

I built KDE from source too (I use Gentoo), and every version of KDE I've had has come with Korn. I use it in my system tray to monitor four email addresses (two pop3, one pop3s, and one imap).

Look under KMenu -> Internet -> More Applications -> Korn

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Superstoned

13 years ago

google it. you'll find it. here. http://www.ph.unimelb.edu.au/~ssk/kde/korn/

anyway, kmail can do such a thing, too. and in KDE 4 many more ways for notification will be added. so this'll be easy. you can by the way even set Kmail to show a passive popup, in kcontrol you can find system events config or something like that. i guess kmail is in there, and will alow you to make some sound, popup, taskbar flash, run script - whatever you want.

i see its in kmail too - configure notifications in the settings menu.

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xis

13 years ago

Hi,
With the dcop interface (and themes in nearly future) it would be possible to do with MetaMonitor. Of course you have to wait for new release (0.5 at least) till all the plans will be implemented if you want to use it.
But communication with other apps (or even custom commands) is one of points, MM want to reach :)

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DaBlade

13 years ago

Ok, great. Looking forward to the next MM release :)
I hope you also include the button function in the notification, so that people don't have to minimize everything to start their mail clients, and that you can make the buttons like the logo of the app.

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jLisec

13 years ago

Probably you didnt know(I foundout this very recently): Kmail has function to "sitt" in your system tray, and every few minutes(you can set this up)check for new nail, if you get new mail it will show number of new mails in a popup window, ald later number will bew added to systemtrtay so that it will always remind you.

How to make it:
Settings-> Configure Kmail... -> Appearance -> System Tray(Last Tab)-> Check "Enable system tray icon" ->Mode: "Always show kmail icon"

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DaBlade

13 years ago

Yes, but I don't use KMail. I'm sure there are quite a lot of others that don't either.

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