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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery Apps
When composing a new message in Mail with one of the stock stationery templates, several of them allow a few choices in appearance. For instance, when the Daisies stationery is applied from the Birthday group, if you click in the window, the color of the background changes from pink to orange to green. There are a few other stationary selections that allow this as well.

[robg adds: The only other customizable stationery I found in a quick test was the Bamboo design in the Photos section. Personally, I won't be using stationery, but for those who will, well, you might be able to customize its appearance at least a little bit.]
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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: bkemper on Oct 25, '07 08:08:57AM

What I'd like to know is if there is a way to set up your own templates? I might want one with a company logo that follows the look of the company's actual stationary, for instance. I can write HTML, and I assume the templates exist somewhere as HTML Web Archives or something, along with a plist I would guess?

I would think there might also be a market for selling templates, or maybe a Web site for exchanging interesting templates.



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: Morwen on Oct 25, '07 08:54:49AM

How do these emails look to users on other operating systems, Windows etc? I know when I get stationary emails from friends using Outlook in Windows, neither Mail.app or Entourage display them quite right for me.



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: bkemper on Oct 25, '07 09:29:59AM

I'd like to know that too. In the current Mail.app, setting the default display font only changes how your outgoing mail looks to you, and Outlook users see it in Times Roman. Even changing it via the font panel often doesn't work, if you are trying to change it to the same font as you have set for the default. I was hoping that with Mail templates, we would at last have font defaults in the html of the message that would carry across to Outlook users.

I also would like to know what the messages look like after someone replies to it. I sometimes get back replies in which all the lines of text have large spaces between them, and there is no way to fix it. Maybe Mail and Outlook use different default CSS, or different HTML structures. Sometimes the size of the font changes drastically too (probably being specified in two different ways). Hopefully, with custom authored templates (I hoping they can be custom authored), these kind of problems can be overcome easier than they are now.



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: BrentT on Oct 25, '07 12:32:28PM
I believe the page will appear fine in any mail browser that can display html. If not the page will just display the text. MacWorld Mail first look

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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: bkemper on Oct 26, '07 07:32:49AM

I hope you are right, but I'll believe it when I see it. The Tiger Mail.app has HTMl too, but it's default font information does not seem to carry over into Outlook, and also gets its text margins and line spacing messed up when replying or being replied to.



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: budlande on Oct 25, '07 09:35:23AM

I believe that you can modify a new email message and then you will be able to save this as a custom template.



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: jiclark on Oct 25, '07 10:26:59AM

I think this feature has the potential of being the most problematic of all in Leopard...

So much potential controversy, eh? I can't believe that Apple can claim in it's online demos that these emails will look great to everyone using other platforms/email clients! It's simply impossible to claim!!! I can forsee a bunch of new class-action lawsuits from users complaining about how bad this feature actually works!

Lots of interesting issues ahead regarding this one...



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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: iuseapple on Oct 29, '07 09:01:27PM

I wrote a post that outlines mostly everything someone will need who wants to start designing new Stationary for Mail in OS X Leopard. Hopefully, this will turn into an ongoing series about making new Stationary templates in Mail...

Join the discussion at iUseApple.com.

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10.5: Modify the appearance of certain Mail stationery
Authored by: UberFu on Aug 11, '08 08:19:19AM

This is a decent set of instructions_ However - the file path is slightly off_

The Library in the HD Folder is the start of the file path_

HD >> Library/ Application Support/ Apple/ Mail/ Stationary/ Apple/ Contents/ Resources/

Then I was trying to modify the band-aid "get well" file_

So for example to get to that I continued to:

/Sentiments /Contents /Resources

this lists out the different "templates" in this category_

- Thank You
- Trophy
- Get Well
- Heart
- Flower

including an English.lproj Folder and a PList File_

then simply show Package Contents on which ever one you want and after you dig thru that there is a set of images and HTML and PList files_ Make Copies and modify as you see fit_

I simply wanted to get rid of the heart on the band-aid [a little photoshop on a copy of the image and done]_ With Mail.app still open I simply went to it and opened a new blank message chose the stationery "get well" and it was changed when it opened_
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I admit that you should know a little of how to navigate the deeper parts of the system and it's pretty much modifiable like anything else deep in the system_ Do it at your own risk_

I do wish Apple to add an option to make our own templates in a soon updated revision_

In the meantime - if you know what you're doing - make your own company stationery or whatever you want_



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