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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail Apps
The new Mail.app in Panther (also in 10.3.1) makes attachments "Read Only" when dragging from Mail onto the desktop. If you use the "Save All" button in the header instead, the privileges are set correctly.

Also when composing new mail, don't drag attachments into the mail message if you plan to send the mail to a Windows users. If you use the Attach button, you'll see a new "Send Windows Friendly Attachments" checkbox at the bottom of the dialog box.
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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: kconboy on Nov 17, '03 11:17:24AM

as far as windows users go.. i have no idea what that means, but i've been sending attachments to windows users every day, multiple times a day and have had no errors reported to me.

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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: twenex on Nov 17, '03 11:34:47AM

I just sent two identical emails, one with each method (D&D, Attach) and the results were identical. I'd suspect it merely doesn't send the resource fork in the case that the file has one, which tends to mess up Windows users 'cause they see two files not one, one of which is readable, the other is "garbage" to them.



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: webBarista on Nov 17, '03 11:41:59AM

I send a PDF'd x-mas list to my mother in-law who thought she was missing something as two files showed up in her email, one that did nothing. I'm assuming the "send Widows friendly..." bit will keep out that erroneous extra attachment.

I will definitely make use of this for emailing my less-than cyber-fluent Windows using relatives in the future to save me from an erroneous extra explanation ;)



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: vmagdic on Nov 17, '03 11:59:59AM

You can set mail.app to always use "windows" friendly attachments, by going:

Mail.app->Edit->Attachments->Always Send Windows Friendly Attachments

I suspect, if this is turned "on", then whether you drag/drop or use the attach button it will always send them in a windows friendly way.



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: luhmann on Nov 17, '03 12:02:52PM

I believe it has to do with the resource forks. I've had complaints from Windows users that they've gotten attachments which they couldn't read - in addition to the one I sent. So it must be creating second attachments from the resource forks, which show up on Windows machines, but not on Macs.



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: mproud on Nov 18, '03 06:38:40AM

I could be wrong...

...but resource forks are really a thing of the past. Apple has done away with resource forks since OS 9.

It's true that in the past, anything with a resource fork would have to be stuffed or bin hexed for the net... but OS X doesn't use resource forks (if you exclude carbon apps, of course), right?



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: simonpie on Nov 18, '03 11:22:48AM

The most obvious place where ressource fork are still used in macosx is in non generic icons. If you change the icon of a file to something else than the generic icon, this icon resides in a ressource. I believe all HFS+ mete-data will be send this way, as a ressource file, by mail.

Some vintage file type are also ressources. .icns, .pict, .webloc to name just a few.



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: el bid on Nov 17, '03 02:36:32PM

IMHO "Send Windows Friendly Attachments" is a misnomer, and might put many Mac users off.

The truth is that Mac mail clients have traditionally sent Internet-unfriendly emails, by adding a resource fork that is meaningless and confusing to _all_ other operating systems out there. The resource fork should stay where it is usefully meaningful, on the Mac. The _default_ should be to strip it off -- unless you know for sure you're sending to another Mac system.

Bottom line: there shouldn't be a menu item to "Send Internet friendly attachments". Mail.app should just do this -- optionally with an override for the special case where the recipient is known to be able to make use of resource forks.

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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: finne on Nov 17, '03 05:25:59PM

sorry, but what a stupid design of the Mail app: settings are set in the preferences, but attachment prefs are set directly in the edit menu. Really, where has the renown apple human interface consistancy gone?



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10.3: Don't drag and drop attachments to/from Mail
Authored by: mooresan on Nov 17, '03 05:39:36PM

I send a lot of email in a certain asian language for which I am so grateful for i18n support in OSX. (It's one of the primary reasons I left my gentoo boxen behind for my nice iBook) That said, some of my friends who are stuck using windows (would like to switch but their business runs on it) can't read attachments with unicode filenames. In fact, they can't even manipulate the files to give them a different name... I have to re-send the message using either some broken proprietary encoding *cough*S-JIS*cough* or else rename it to use the boring ascii set...-_- wonder if the fix is for that?



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