Application Interfaces - POP

Description: POP regularly checks any POP email account for unread messages. It does this independently and thus does not rely on any other program (such as Mail or Entourage). The number of unread email messages is displayed on the front of the widget & preferences are set on the reverse side. When the front is clicked it opens the default email client allowing the user to easily access unread mail.


Auto-checking of email at a user defined interval
Status connection messages to inform user
Informs the user of available updates unobtrusively (via the use of an XML-RPC Web Service)


Perl, Applescript, Shell scripting, XML-RPC Web Service
Author: gajm
Version: 0.3
New in v0.3: Colour swatch added and the ability to enter any hexadecimal color code; allowing the front face to be set to any colour.
Clicking the front face now launches the default email client correctly.
Uploaded on: July 8th 2005 at 12:04 AM
Rating: (3.38 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 1153 (all versions), 857 (this version)
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Finally! It doesn't look nice but who cares, finally the widget is here...

Oh yeah... I get excited easily.

Posted by: ZicklePop on Jun 26, 05 (5:58 AM) for version 0.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

Fantastic that someone finally created a POP mail checker. You get 4 stars for that alone.

I know beggars can't be choosers, but here are some suggestions that might change your widget from great to fantastic:

SSL support: Every one of my pop servers requires it, so I really can't even use the widget at the moment.

The ability to launch mac mail or any other mail client when you click on the widget

Perhaps a smaller footprint, adjustable colors, better icon? GotMailG comes to mind.

And lastly, any chance on IMAP support as well?

Thanks for the great widget.

Posted by: ZildjianKX on Jun 26, 05 (3:31 PM) for version 0.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

I like this widget but I have a couple of comments. It works flawlessly, let me say that first of all.

However, I agree that the image is a bit large (just a little smaller would be even better).

Also, for me, I have five email accounts I'd like to use. If I could configure 5 emails into one widget that would be great. However, even the ability to have the widget open five times (but each one a different color) would be great so I can tell which one is which.

So...the ability to add colors would be a major plus, also the ability to display the email pop name too!!

Posted by: cgmpowers on Jun 26, 05 (4:02 PM) for version 0.1 (previous version)   View Detailed Rating

So, could someone explain to me why it says I have 25 unread messages, which I can't for the life of me seem to be able to actually see?

Posted by: SiliconX on Jul 02, 05 (8:21 PM) for version 0.3 (current version)  

Great thing. It would be even nicer if you could choose to make it invisible or very small if the mailcount is zero. That way you could show it all the time (through the debug mode) and use it like an email notifyer.

Posted by: Ivar on Jul 05, 05 (7:56 AM) for version 0.3 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

1. unnecessarily large. maybe 2 options (larger, smaller)?
2. really, really ugly. it's great that it's minimalist, but even minimalist doesn't mean it has to be unattractive. how about using a nicer font and making it more aqua-styled?
3. doesn't work in Amnesty under 10.3.9. bummer!

Posted by: stainboy on Jul 05, 05 (6:22 PM) for version 0.3 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

great app, excellent concept and execution! works perfectly, EXCEPT:

occasionally (i.e. a couple of times an hour), It will hog *all* of my CPU, using upwards of 90% and draining processing power away from whatever else I am doing and making the screen choppy. I can flip the widget fine, and click "Test" - It sometimes connects fine, but I am sometimes stuck on the "Connecting..." message, and have to cancel the connection. Either way, the widget still takes up the same resources.
The only thing to do is to wait about 5-10 minutes for it to settle, or close and reload the widget.

Posted by: postglock on Jul 21, 05 (8:32 AM) for version 0.3 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

I'm fine with the design and I like the originality, but for some reason it says I have 89 unread messages (sounds similar to SiliconX's problem). But my Mail inbox says I have 45 messages.

Posted by: DJP3221 on Jul 29, 05 (2:34 AM) for version 0.3 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Mine says I have 558 messages, but I really have 0 unread messages. So um... that's not really helpful.

Posted by: zweben on Aug 19, 05 (11:34 PM) for version 0.3 (current version)  

I can't really recommend this in its current state.

1) Succesfully connected to my .Mac email, but it thinks I have 330 unread messages, which is not correct.

2) It could not connect to my gmail at all.

If you ironed out the last of the bugs (and made it a little prettier) you would have a wonderful little widget. The idea to do one straight from POP is great, as oppossed to all the gmail specific ones.

Posted by: ArcherCricket on Oct 31, 05 (7:51 AM) for version 0.3 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

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