IMAP-IDLE 1.03 for Apple's Mail.app
Saturday, September 30, 2006 • posted by Michael Rothwell @ 1:20 PM
Version 1.03 of the IDLE-support plugin for Apple's Mail program is available here (link disabled; see version 1.04 link, below) To whoever listed version 1.02 on MacUpdate, could you please update the entry? :)
The changes in this release:
- Reliance on Applescript for certain functions has been completely removed. The plugin now uses the Mail API exclusively.
- Handling of online/offline, active/inactive much improved
- Threading bug fixed (caused crash in certain situations).
- It is much slimmer: the ZIP file for this version is only 40k rather than the megabyte or so of previous versions.
This plugin adds IDLE support. It works by opening a connection for each IMAP account, selecting the INBOX, entering IDLE mode, and waiting for messages. When it gets a message from the server indicating that new mail has arrived, it causes Mail.app to check for new mail in the appropriate account.
Check your console.log (/Applications/Utilities/Console) if you want to see what it's doing. The messages it logs include information on whether your IMAP server supports the IDLE extension. Here's a page describing how to tell if your server supports IDLE. Long story short: iPlanet and DotMac do not! Exchange does, as does cyrus and dovecot. This plugin is untested with Exchange. I'll verify it functions with Exchange in a future release.
** UPDATE 2006-10-11
Version 1.04 has been released.