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I confess (not that you might not know, but still…) that I am a mac user. I have been for some time now and I quite like it. As such I have got used to using Mail.app for checking my email although I am well aware that it is by no means the best email client ever. Nonetheless, I do use it, and I do in conjunction with some useful plugins such as TruePreview and Universal Mailer that help improving the experience. TruePreview lets me scan an email without marking it as read, whereas Universal Mailer removes some annoying ATT00001.htm files that recipients get and correctly formats messages with attachments and inline images. They both work quite well… until Apple decides to upgrade the Mail.app and disables the plugins. One thing that you can do when this happens is to shake your fist in the air, curse a bit and wait until the plugins get updated. Or… you can try this and hope that the plugin starts working by adding the correct Universally Unique Identifier, or UUID, to the plist file. Here is how and please note that the UUID values quoted are valid for Mail.app 6.6 (OS X 10.8.5):
Type: cd Library/Mail
If you request a list of the files (using ls) you should see a folder like “Bundles (Disabled)”
Type: cd Bundles (Disabled) – Note that the folder may be numbered, so check the contents…
If you are trying to fix TruePreview then type: cd TruePreview.mailbundle/Contents
If you are trying to fix Universal Mailer then type: cd UniversalMailer.mailbundle/Contents
This may also work for other plugins… so check the correct folder.
Once you are in the correct folder for the plugin, type: open -e Info.plist
The command will launch a text editor and you will be able to edit it. Go towards the end of the file and add the following lines:
Aha… now that I have posted about Gmail contacts and iOS, it seems that some of us are having questions about syncing with Mac OS… Well, here is a brief post about this.
OPTION 1 – Synchronize with Google
Open the Contacts App and go to “Preferences”. Go to “On My Mac” and you will see the following window:
Select “Synchronize with Google”, you will need to accept the terms and conditions and then authenticate your account. Note that, this method will bring all Gmail contacts under All Contacts (which includes everybody you have emailed) and they will be pushed to your Mac OS X address book. If you want to keep your Gmail and iCloud (for instance) or any other account separate from each other, then the next option is for you.
OPTION 2 – Separate Accounts
If you want to keep your Gmail contacts separate, then go to the “Preferences” in the Contacts app and follow these steps: