[MlMt] Bounties

Mike Petonic petonic at yahoo.com
Fri May 27 10:56:05 EDT 2016

Kee Hinckley wrote:

> First of all, I just want to say that Benny is amazing. I wrote one of 
> the first multimedia email applications on Unix a long time ago, and 
> for many years I've considered doing a more modern one. MailMate makes 
> that moot. It's an amazing application, and with the new HTML features 
> coming down the road, it's even more so.

Sheesh, I remember Poste back in the day.  Nice to see that both you and 
I have gravitated to the best Mail UA in OS X!

In the late '80s, I was using Emacs and reading mail that way.  My lisp 
proficiency sucked, but hey, at least I could bang around in my .emacs 
and customize a bunch of stuff.

> Secondly, I want to say that I've put my money where my mouth is, and 
> I'd like to encourage everyone else to do the same. I live in email, 
> and I'm sure many of you do. Benny is making his living doing a really 
> hard thing; writing an application that competes with something that's 
> available for free. MailMate will always be a niche application 
> targeted at hardcore mail users, and we need to support that. When 
> MailMate started supporting the features I needed to use it at work I 
> bought several extra licenses I didn't need. Because I need this 
> application, and I need Benny to be able to make a good living 
> supporting it. It was wonderful that I was able to hack MailMate to 
> work with HTML mail before. It's even more wonderful that I don't have 
> to anymore. If you find MailMate invaluable for your work—and I know 
> many of you do—please contribute more.

I agree 1000%.  I did not realize that we could do this. I'm in a 
similar mindset as you and I suspect that many of us who chose MailMate 
are.  A tool that works with my style, that can be extended and 
customized...  Priceless.

I've made a number of requests to Benny...  It'd be great if Light House 
allowed us to make a pledge associated with a feature enhancement 
request.  That would allow Benny to take into account that component 
when prioritizing additions to MailMate.

For myself, my priorities would be:

* $30 - "makeNewViewerWindow:" binding that could be used in compound 
key bindings.

* $10 - "recenterLine:" to recenter the currently viewed message in a 
message list binding (works in normal Cocoa programs).

* $50 - Programmatic way to access messages (and message components such 
as Subject, Body, etc) using some API.  Either Applescript (via the 
performCommand binding) or whatever.  This would allow me to duplicate 
some of my workflows from Mail.app

The bounties shouldn't be the only factor that Benny should use.  I 
would hate to see MM evolve into a purely "bourgeois" model where those 
with the most amount of money get a voice in feature requests.

Great idea, Kee.

BTW: My other favorite tool is Karabiner.  Both Benny and Karabiner's 
author have a lot in common.

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