Communications - Gmail Checker

Description: This widget shows you how many unread messages you have waiting in your Gmail account. You can have as many as you want for different accounts. Click on the widget to open your account.
Author: aidos
Version: 1.6
New in v1.6: - Universal build
Uploaded on: January 17th 2006 at 11:03 PM
Rating: (4.4 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 3162 (all versions), 1607 (this version)
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Pointless. Much better gmail widgets out there (not great ones, but better then this one).

Sorry, but this lacks effort.

-propynyl

Posted by: propynyl on Jun 24, 05 (2:47 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

That's cool. Thanks for your constructive criticism!

One of the main reasons I built this was because none of the other gmail widgets support multiple accounts properly. To the best of my knowledge this is still the only one that does... please correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 24, 05 (10:34 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Understated and useful. I love it - much better than other garish mail checking widgets.

Posted by: bboros on Jun 24, 05 (10:48 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Finally a widget that supports multiple accounts!!

Tell me....do you think you could change it to look like a flower pot?

Posted by: Axon on Jun 24, 05 (12:37 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

This is great, exactly what I needed. But... could you make a 'mini' version for those of us on 12" screens?

Posted by: becky on Jun 24, 05 (2:54 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks Becky! That too is my major gripe with it - I'm also on a 12" powerbook and it does use a lot of space. After all it shouldn't really be bigger than a real postage stamp smiley. I will be putting up a smaller version as soon as I find the time to make it - within the next couple of weeks.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 24, 05 (4:32 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Haven't tried it yet but it looks nice. If I were you I'd make the effort to put in a count of unread mails where a stamp's penny value is situated, mostly because it would look cool.

Posted by: maxmax on Jun 25, 05 (11:07 PM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Cheers... that's the other thing I'm going to do for the next version.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 26, 05 (1:02 AM) for version 1.0 (previous version)  

Man this is awesome now!......nice one for making it smaller.

Still though.....I would prefer it to look like a flower pot.

Posted by: Axon on Jun 26, 05 (7:06 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

haha. maybe one day if you're very lucky I'll make you a flower pot version. If you like the new version so much feel free to rate it smiley

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 26, 05 (7:34 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Being an expat Brit, I really like the look of this widget. However, I would suggest a couple of graphical improvements:

There's a standard image of a Royal Mail stamp on www.royalmail.com which has a couple of the perforations on either side missing (which is how these stamps are now) - that would be a nice touch.

Also, how about having "p" after the number, so that it looks more like the price of the stamp?

Great widget though smiley

Posted by: dbj1000 on Jun 26, 05 (11:50 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Being an expat Brit, I really like the look of this widget. However, I would suggest a couple of graphical improvements:

There's a standard image of a Royal Mail stamp on www.royalmail.com which has a couple of the perforations on either side missing (which is how these stamps are now) - that would be a nice touch.

Also, how about having "p" after the number, so that it looks more like the price of the stamp?

Great widget though smiley

Posted by: dbj1000 on Jun 26, 05 (11:50 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks. Interestingly it took me a couple of days to decide to take the perforations out in the first place! I may well put them back in for the next version as I do have a soft spot for them.

The "p" thing has caused me some unrest too. Not really sure, do you think that it could be a little misleading?

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (1:52 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

It's not really going to be misleading, now is it? Nobody's going to try to stick your widget on their next postcard smiley

Putting "p" next to the number is no more misleading than making the widget in the shape of a Royal Mail stamp in the first place.

Posted by: dbj1000 on Jun 27, 05 (2:13 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

fair call smiley I'll certainly try it to see how it looks next time I'm working on it.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (3:29 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

You did it (added the count), much obliged, and now I use only this as a Gmail widget. As for the missing "p" why not put some other letter, a "g" maybe?

Posted by: maxmax on Jun 27, 05 (8:02 AM) for version 1.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

A "g"?!? So that we'll have a postage stamp on our Dashboard that costs 3 grams? I don't think so!

Posted by: dbj1000 on Jun 27, 05 (1:52 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

haha. bit of a heated issue this whole letter thing!

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (2:28 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

I have but one request. As soon as I discovered that Gmail supported POP/SMTP, I started retrieving and reading my Gmail with Eudora, which works fine. Trouble is, the mail still shows as unread after I retrieve it, so I have to access Gmail thru the browser and mark all as read for this widget to reset to blue.

Is there any way this widget could handle this and show only truly new mail, ie mail that has neither been read directly or fetched via POP?

Other than that, this is a fine widget, although I would prefer to see it scaled down to maybe 64 pixels, as I keep it on the desktop of my 12-inch powerbook.

Posted by: sprindle on Jun 27, 05 (4:49 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

hmmm... interesting idea. I'll look into that for you and let you know how I get on.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (4:57 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Um, just so you know, your claim of being the only multiple account gmail widget is baseless. My widget, which I am not really trying to plug here, gotMailG, also supports multiple accounts without issue. You can find it here at http://www.dashboardwidgets.com/showcase/details.php?wid=572.

Posted by: holetse on Jun 27, 05 (5:18 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Yeah. I installed your one the moment it was first released and I believe that at the time (the first version) it didn't support multiple accounts. I noticed a couple of days ago that it does now (and has for a while). Sorry about that smiley

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (5:58 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

In the meanwhile, the only way to easily see what's new in your Gmail account and then reset the count without opening Gmail is to use NetNewsWire. Of course, this may be much ado about nothing, since if you're using the Gmail widget you're perforce online, and can open Gmail speedily by clicking on the widget.

Posted by: sprindle on Jun 27, 05 (6:12 PM) for version 1.1 (previous version)  

Actually this particular postage stamp is free. The number really stands for something else.

Posted by: maxmax on Jun 27, 05 (10:30 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

You're right, the number is actually for the class of stamp (1st, 2nd etc).

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 27, 05 (10:35 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

I love it! I agree with everyone else it should be a little smaller, but otherwise great! (Think you could give the option of which country the stamp is from, like the American Flag Stamp?)

Posted by: EricNau on Jun 28, 05 (7:38 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Just to put my tuppence in on the size matter; I do not think you should make it any smaller. Not all of us are small-screened. And let someone else do an American stamp widget. Liz is fine as she is, and I'm not even British.

Posted by: maxmax on Jun 28, 05 (8:22 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

I have to admit that there is very little chance that I'll be looking at making the widget any smaller. I personally really like it at it's current size (i'm on a 12" powerbook)... maybe if you're running out of space on your dashboard you could consider getting rid of a couple of dancing widgets or animated flags smiley

There's not really any chance of changing the stamp itself either. I also think Liz is fine as she is (and I'm not British either). Interestingly, according to the logs almost all the downloads have been from America and Europe - not so many from the UK.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jun 28, 05 (11:19 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

Thanks for this. Smaller is now better, the unread count as "price" is also a nice touch.

Looks very nice, a postage stamp suits the screen nicely. it *is* a world-classic design after all.

smiley

mick.

Posted by: mickangel on Jun 29, 05 (11:33 AM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

hey aidos, I noticed you are storing passwords in clear-text. Might want to change that. Contact me if you want to talk about ways to do it. Or just look at what I do in gotMailG. Nice widget btw.

Posted by: holetse on Jul 11, 05 (10:00 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)  

I am a big fan of the widget, so I rate it with a full 5 stars, however since upgrading to 10.4.2, I have started experiencing a problem. Previously, I could click on the widget and be taken directly to my gmail inbox. At this point, I click on the widget and recieve the following message: "The page you requested is invalid." One of the biggest advantages of the widget for me was the ability to simply click on the widget and not having to type in the URL for gmail followed by entering my password, etc.

Posted by: felixderkater on Jul 13, 05 (2:58 PM) for version 1.2 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

It works perfectly now. Thanks for the quick update.

Posted by: felixderkater on Jul 14, 05 (1:12 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

Functionality is great, and while I agree that no major changes are absolutely necessary, size or otherwise, I do think an added bonus would be the ability for users to choose their own pics (2 so the color can still change) to stick in the stamp, sort of like a fusion between the mail-counter and the photo frame. However, this is not to say I don't like what's already there...the color choice and texture are great. I'm just a customization freak.

Thanks for the useful widget. <("<smiley

Posted by: BagOfHammers on Jul 15, 05 (7:21 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

The only letter you should consider adding to the digits would be , I think. Because it's botha currency and an E for email. If you guys really must have letters on your widgets. smiley

Posted by: Lundmark on Jul 15, 05 (1:59 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Lundmark, you're suggesting putting the Euro symbol on a British stamp?!?

I think the Queen would have something to say about that!!!

Posted by: dbj1000 on Jul 24, 05 (1:46 AM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

haha - yeah, i think she might do, most of Europe probably would too.

I've actually already been sent a couple of pretty cool mods, Superman being my favourite. I'm planning on tidying it up a little to make modding easier. BagOfHammers - contact me if you're really interested and I'll send you the templates for making your own mods.

Posted by: aidos (developer) on Jul 25, 05 (3:52 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)  

I truly love this widget--if only it came in a yahoo mail flavour too.

Posted by: femurific on Aug 04, 05 (5:18 PM) for version 1.3 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Very elegant widget, does just what it's supposed to and looks really cool on my dashboard. God Save The Queen!

Posted by: chubbybat on Dec 01, 05 (1:42 PM) for version 1.5 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Thanks for producing this lovely looking widget. It is still the best-designed stamp in the world.

Posted by: mickangel on Jan 18, 06 (8:13 PM) for version 1.6 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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