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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures Apps
This is a simple enough trick, I think it must have been suggested previously, but it was new to me. I don't know if this hint applies to systems prior to 10.5.6.

Mail.app's preferences do not allow attaching links to signatures on the Signatures preferences tab, but will accept pastes containing linked text and graphics. I wanted a graphic in my signature that when clicked would open a new mail window with my address in the To header.

Instead of creating a signature in Mail.app's preference pane, I used a new message composition window (File » New Message), dragged in a graphic file, and added a mailto:myemail@mywork.com link to the graphic with Edit » Link » Add. I then selected and copied the linked graphic, and pasted it into a new signature on the Signature tab of Mail's preferences panel. The new signature retained the graphic and its link.

I suggest using a png or jpg image, rather than a tiff (which is the default for the OS X clipboard), so your message isn't excessively large -- tiff files are sizable. If you create your graphic and save it in a compressed format, you can drag the file containing the graphic to the new message window in Mail.app; Mail will retain the image's compressed format.

[robg adds: When I tested this, it worked, but I couldn't use Edit Link in the Signature window's contextual menu. Any attempt to edit the pasted image/link would simple remove the image completely.]
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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: palahala on Apr 21, '09 08:27:38AM

Not my cup of tea (I really dislike images in signatures), so I did not test. Still, some things you may want to check:

- Are you sure that the new message (which you used temporarily) is not in your Drafts or Deleted Items? And if it is: does the image still show if you fully delete that temporary message?

- Does this yield an attachment rather than an inline image in any non-Mac mail client?

(And note that the domain example.org is designated to be used for examples; no need to have spambots capture other people's domain names from this site.)



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: michelle_eris on Apr 21, '09 09:05:37AM

Try this.
1. Paste the graphic into the content area of a new outgoing message.
2. Click on the graphic to select it.
3. Choose Edit-->Link-->Add
4. Type the URL (e.g., mailto:invalid@invalid.com) into the resulting dialog sheet, and click OK in the sheet.
5. Copy the graphic (command-C).
6. Open mail's preferences and click the Signatures tab/icon.
7. Click the "+" button at the bottom of the second column. Optionally rename the signature.
8. Select all the default text in the third column.
9. Paste in the third column.
10. Drag the signature from the second column to an account in the first column. Repeat for as many accounts as you wish to have this signature appear in.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: cooter on Apr 21, '09 01:12:38PM

Hey you could make it flash, too. Now that would really be cool.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: tc_nyc on Apr 21, '09 02:13:53PM

Maybe a YouTube video too!



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Please... host the image don't fill up my inbox with it!
Authored by: tc_nyc on Apr 21, '09 02:05:10PM
Ugh. I despise embedded graphic signatures so very much. Every single email you receive from an offender is usually about 10x-20x larger than a 'regular' non-rich text email. If you need to archive your mail, this adds up fast!

For the sender who archives his emails, think about how large your Sent Items folder is going to be after a year of piling up all those embedded images!

I sincerely ask anyone who insists on having a rich email signature to use this hint instead. It works great, and results in a signature that is almost as small as a simple text sig.

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Please... host the image don't fill up my inbox with it!
Authored by: mzimmer on Apr 22, '09 07:12:17AM

Hey, it's not always about you!



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Please... host the image don't fill up my inbox with it!
Authored by: palahala on Apr 22, '09 09:50:20AM

Like the sender is going to ask all recipients?



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Angst
Authored by: vramin on Apr 21, '09 03:28:16PM

Well, in my defense, I agree that graphical signatures should usually be avoided. My default sig is set to none.

But, I wanted to make a sig for emails to send to my family, I may never use it, and the jpg image I ended up installing was only 6K. What really interested me was finding a way to get mail to accept linked graphics in signatures. There is an implication in mail.app's programming that setting links in graphics pasted into/dragged into the sig pane should work, but they don't. This was just a small victory.

I am not offended by emails that contain graphics unless they are megabytes big. Life is too short and my 1TB start-up drive isn't especially impacted by large emails.



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Angst
Authored by: palahala on Apr 24, '09 02:32:19AM

Original comment by: baltwo

Then, if that's the case, this AppleScript application (which uses Safari, as an example) does the same thing without the cryptic URL tags. Change the bounds to suit your needs.

tell application "Safari"
  activate
  set the bounds of the front window to {552, 106, 1567, 1004}
end tell

Put it on the Dock and you're good to go.



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Angst
Authored by: palahala on Apr 24, '09 02:34:34AM

Ooops, wrong topic. I guess I should not bother trying to restore comments ;-)



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: lordofdotmac on Apr 22, '09 02:52:22AM

More annoying is the fact that in your mail, every message with an image signature, displays like it has an attachment (which it has). So if you add a 'real' attachment there is no visual difference.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: palahala on Apr 22, '09 03:53:07AM

When properly done, images can be shown without such attachment indicator. But is surely isn't worth the effort, as all other disadvantages still apply.

(I do send people screen captures of my Mac Mail showing this paperclip though, so make them stop using such images.)



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: ghay on Apr 22, '09 02:58:41AM

I look at the argument like this :

email was designed for plain text, it like plain text.
Pushing html into email clients is hacking.
If you read emails on a text console, the html will not be rendered, so you end up not actually communicating.

if you want to use html, go define a new email protocol, DESIGNED for html or whatever you want.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: palahala on Apr 22, '09 03:56:01AM
Well, the "new" email protocol has been in place for many years: Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions, http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc1521.html (which does not imply that we should like it...)

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Authored by: ghay on Apr 22, '09 12:28:35PM
Funny, I can read - mainly the word "extension" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIME

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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: palahala on Apr 22, '09 01:45:19PM

I'm not sure what you're trying to say here. But I assume that even most people who are reading on a text console do enjoy MIME for its attachments or non-ASCII characters. So, I don't feel MIME is some non-standard extension.

(Though I don't fancy HTML emails either, and Opt-Cmd-P is my best friend in Apple Mail.)



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Authored by: ghay on Apr 25, '09 03:15:31AM

er my point was, design a new protocol, your response was 'the existing one is already extended'

But thanks for playing.
If you have ever read a multipart mime message in elm or pine then you'd know why this extension doesn't work for all users.

Perhaps you think users with screen readers should also not have access to emails?

The only reasonable solution is a new email protocol.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: palahala on Apr 25, '09 04:23:39AM

I would not fancy a new protocol that is only to be supported by specific mail clients (I don't like multiple email adresses for different protocols). And I wonder if a new protocol that is to be supported by all major clients, would not yield the same problems. For example: I assume that screen readers are smart enough to handle MIME's multipart/alternative messages. However, currently some (or many) email clients (and notably many website newsletters as well) do not correctly include a text-only version of the message as well. I'm afraid the same would happen with a new protocol.

So, I'm afraid that a new protocol would have the same bad implementations. :-(

Or are there actually still email clients out there that do not, officially, support MIME?



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: sojourner on Apr 22, '09 01:14:26PM

While I'd prefer no graphic files in signatures, this hint sounds like something I could use for creating a signature which would automatically attach my resume.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: rab777hp on Apr 23, '09 07:53:18PM

this is unrelated
but id just like to say- congrats on kicking out those pwners- wat happend?



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pwners
Authored by: j-beda on Apr 23, '09 07:56:19PM

That was weird - Strange GWB images, and a single reload later they are gone, but so was today's new postings.

I am guessing that a quick restore from the most recent backup is what got us back to yesterday - hopefully the hole that was exploited was also closed?



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pwners
Authored by: cryptlib on Apr 23, '09 08:05:37PM

Yes, I'm sure that the Easter Bunny got to work right away on patching the code while Santa Claus was kicking ass and taking names.

Change yr passwords everywhere they're set identical to here.

---
% kill -H -1



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pwners
Authored by: robg on Apr 24, '09 04:49:10AM

To the best of our ability to tell, passwords weren't compromised. The hackers merely gained access to the admin side of Geeklog, which doesn't allow any access to the passwords.

However, changing them is never bad advice.

-rob.



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Authored by: ghay on Apr 27, '09 01:36:36PM

You are clearly missing the point, or trolling, I'm not sure which.



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Authored by: palahala on Apr 27, '09 02:43:07PM

If you're still referring to our little discussion on MIME, as that was the last reply in this topic: I wish you well with your outdated elm or pine and your hopes for a new protocol, and hope you'll let the rest of us enjoy this decade's internet.



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: ghay on Apr 30, '09 07:33:34AM

So you ARE a troll!

Remember your beloved HTML mail runs on what was NeXTStep - from 10 years ago!!!!!!!

How's that for feeding a troll?



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Add linked text and/or graphics to Mail.app signatures
Authored by: Cartoonasaurus on Apr 28, '09 01:00:09PM

The BEST way to add graphics/links is to make an HTML signature and host the images yourself or through a free service and open the html file in Safari, then "Save as" a Web Archive OVER a signature you've previously saved in Mail.

Ta-dah! An HTML signature you can use whenever you want.

Forgot where I learned this - could've been right here at Mac OS X Hints, probably...



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