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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 28, '07 03:29:53AM

Also, try dragging the icon to somewhere else in the message - it'll snap back to being inline :(

AND, it doesn't arrive as an icon at the other end anyway, even if you do have it display as one. Mail.app really is quite stupid in this regard - try attaching a photo and a single page pdf, then choosing medium or small for the photo size - the pdf will resize as well! Idiotic!

Also, try printing an e-mail with attachments (not just pictures). There's no way to stop it printing the attachment as well as the body, and what's worse, the body will often re-size to match the attachment size, and be totally unreadable.

The number of Windows users I get complaining that they can't open the pictures I send is ridiculous. Why on earth they can't just be sent as simple attachments is beyond me.

Mark



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: mbenchoff on Nov 28, '07 08:19:37AM

For your issue with Windows users, do you have "Always Send Windows-Friendly Attachments" checked in the same Edit->Attachments menu? I'm running 10.5, but IIRC, it's available in 10.4 as well...and 10.3 and earlier was too long ago for my feeble memory.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 28, '07 12:20:47PM

I do thanks, yes.

I think the issue isn't so much that the Windows users can't open the attachments, it's that because they appear inline (and this hint still puts them inline - just inline at the end of the message), they try double clicking on them, and nothing happens.

OK, so they're stupid Windows users of course, but given that most people are Windows users, why can't Mail have an option to send attachments the way virtually every other e-mail client does?

Plus, for pictures you don't want actually inline in the body, or for other documents like pdf's, it's so much cleaner to have icons attached than images.

Mark



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: sezme on Nov 28, '07 04:55:44PM

Actually, the 'Windows friendly' option still often results in photos that appear inline and don't appear as attachments. The answer I've found is to make sure the message is sent as plain text rather than rich text.



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10.5: Send 'real' attachments in Mail messages
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 29, '07 01:46:11AM

True, but that in turn destroys any formatting I've included (no, I don't want to start an argument re plain text vs. rich text/HTML in e-mails!) and need to retain.

Another workaround is to zip up the attachments before sending, but the real solution is for Apple to get it right.

Mark



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