Room with a view #RMNP
Publishing obscure academic journals is a licence to print money. But when research is funded by the taxpayer or by charities, the results should be available to all without charge.
Sparrow for Mac, my default client for over six months now, got a huge update today. Dropbox now joins CloudApp as an option for uploading attachments, you can (finally!) block remote images¹ but opt to show them from specific senders (and you get ‘once’ or ‘always’ options, unlike Mail), and you can now use Gmail-like search tools to focus your queries.
I became a Mail user and fan almost immediately after switching to the Mac in 2003. But Mail has been lagging the last few years when it comes to all the little details, which frustrates me as an Apple user. For example: Gmail has been out since 2004, and despite Mail finally gaining Archive support in Lion this summer, it still creates a top-level /Archive folder when you archive Gmail messages. Yes, even under 10.7.2. Yes, Apple’s name is still on the product.
Sparrow does an incredible job of keeping its default options and interface simple, yet allowing more advanced users to pull some levers to get serious work done. It’s some of the best $10 I’ve spent on software.
If anything, this Sparrow promo video is really slick. Also: inspiring. Great style and polish, and it reminds me of Realmac Software’s promos for Analog](http://www.realmacsoftware.com/blog/something-new).