Plug-ins, plug-ins, plug-ins…
They are one of the best things an app can have. Ever expanding the abilities of an app to do things that the original authors perhaps not have thought of.
The updates for Thunderbird keep coming and the updates are a nice change, but it’s really making it hard on the plug-in developers to ensure their plug-ins work with Thunderbird with each release.
I have compiled a list of plug-ins that are going to make Thunderbird, a great e-mail application, in to a much greater e-mail application and in the process, make you better at managing your inbox.
This is a main stay of Thunderbird; why this function isn’t built-in to Thunderbird is something will simply remain unknown. If you are using Thunderbird and Gmail; you need to have this plug-in loaded by default. It allows you to access you’re Google calendar events, create appointments, modify them and also does pop-up reminders, so you don’t forget your to-do’s.
Getting emails from strangers can be interesting sometimes and not everyone that receives an e-mail knows who sent it, and from where. But if you has the ability to make an attempt to confirm the source of the e-mail geographically; by it’s IP address.
Clicking on the flag icon there, you get this nice geo-location Google map below.
Composing e-mails quickly can be a hazard. Hastily composing an e-mail can lead to bad spelling, grammar, missing words, or just a bad message altogether; what you need to do sometimes is wait, or maybe you just need to time/schedule your e-mail to be delivered. SendLater can do that for you…
Xobni is offering an enhancement to Microsoft Outlook with their plug-in, but they haven’t shared any of that love with Thunderbird. Luckily, an author decided to help out the Thunderbird with his plug-in. Making contacting, finding, and researching contacts and attachments very easy.
This plug-in puts a sidebar on the right of Thunderbird so, when you click an email, you get to see stats about the person that sent you the e-mail, all conversations, attachments, URL’s and other great information.
Another plug-in that I have noticed that has come to be more valuable is the follow-up plug-in. You can be viewing an email; see that it’s important or has a date factor to it and then immediately jump to setting a follow-up date to it. E-mails can be set as tasks or events. The calendar events are placed on your system locally, not the Google calendar, but still very helpful.
There’s one last plug-in right now that I’m having fun with and that’s the WiseStamp. It’s an email signature enhancer. This plug-in has lots of options for getting the latest RSS feed in to the signature, or your latest post from your blog; you can share lots of information with it; it helps provide some exposure to your social connections that might not have been there.
If you’ve got a favorite plug-in for Thunderbird; drop me a comment below… to help everyone.
I really appreciate it…
Larry Henry Jr.
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