Apple took the wraps off its next-generation operating system, code-named Tiger. The desktop version of Tiger sounds like it's got some neat features, particularly an improved system-wide search function and something called Automator. Automator sounds like the Macro Recorder I used to use on WordPerfect for the PC back when an IBM XT was the hot machine in the office. Automator will let those who do not know the Tao of Applescript to reach the same state of zen when it comes to avoiding repetitive tasks.
I have two suggestions, though, for Apple's commendable Mail application.
The first should be super simple for those smarty-pants Apple folks:
Please, dear Apple developers, let me move from an open message to the next message in my list with a simple keyboard command. Every major e-mail client, save Mail, lets me do this. Instead, if I have a pile of mail, I have to open-close-select-open to get through my Mail mail when I'd really like to just COMMAND-] or COMMAND-something to get to the next message. Please can someone write that little bit of really good functionality into the application?
Here's my second request, and one which, if implemented, will really set Mail apart from the pack. Let me explain:
The Tiger version of Safari will support RSS, so that you can assemble and create RSS feeds in your browser.
But who wants to read all that in your browser when it's so much easier in your mail application? Why not let Mail also retrieve and display RSS feeds? Over on my PC, where I”m using Outlook, NewsGator integrates terrifically well with Outlook, letting me drag and drop RSS feed items, save them, forward them and do everything else that I would normally do with any mail in Outlook. Can Apple's Mail do the same thing? I hope so!