Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

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Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

Postby KNTRO » Thu, 12 May 2016, 02:50

Hi there,

I've been playing a while with the Opera Mail email client and I've got to confess it: I felt in love with it. :oops:

Seriously, it's a fantastic email client:
  • A few options to start and use, which makes it ideal for those webmail users who are still "afraid" of using standalone email clients
  • Really, really lightweight, not more than around 30 MB in RAM
  • And last but not least, it's as simple as ****, don't ya believe me? Take a look at this screenshot! No need to remove any clutter! :thumbup:

Now that Moonchild Productions has in mind to create another web browser, I'd love to see a mini FossaMail email client, like Opera Mail, with fewer options and a very clear GUI, and easy on resources needs.

For the time being, I'd like to suggest a feature from Opera Mail to be included in FossaMail. When someone using Opera Mail receives a new email, the icon at the taskbar changes, with a small envelope over the Opera Mail icon:
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Once the message is read, it switches back to its original icon.

I think this is a smart idea of call my visual attention smoothly about a new email. I'm not talking of add a small envelope to FossaMail icon, you could also think of changing the FossaMail icon's color o adding a green exclamation sign, or a golden star, or something else.

What do you people think about this?

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Re: Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

Postby Thehandyman1957 » Thu, 12 May 2016, 03:02

I got to admit that it would awesome to have a small email client in Pale Moon. I use Thunderbird 12 as I can't stand all the extra junk they put in the later ones.

I can't use Fossa Mail because I have Windows XP.
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Re: Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

Postby Moonchild » Thu, 12 May 2016, 10:19

Fossamail already has a new e-mail icon notification in the system tray (although it may get automatically hidden by Windows trying to be "helpful")...
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Re: Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

Postby KNTRO » Thu, 12 May 2016, 19:02

Thehandyman1957 wrote:I use Thunderbird 12 as I can't stand all the extra junk they put in the later ones.

I can't use Fossa Mail because I have Windows XP.


I'm not sure if Opera Mail is still compatible with Windows XP. If it is, you definitely should give it a shot.

Moonchild wrote:Fossamail already has a new e-mail icon notification in the system tray


True.

Moonchild wrote:(although it may get automatically hidden by Windows trying to be "helpful")...


This is true too. And that's why I'm thinking this taskbar icon changing thing would be nice, because Windows could hide the system tray icon but the one at the taskbar will remain changed until the message(s) is/are read.

Even more: the FossaMail taskbar icon could add (1), (2), (3)(9), (10) & (+10) indicating the unread, new messages.
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Re: Suggestion: Taskbar icon change for new email notifications

Postby Moonchild » Fri, 13 May 2016, 01:28

A task bar icon is not supposed to be a dynamic status icon, though. That's not what application icons in the task bar are for. This is exactly why we have the system tray :P (it's called the "notification area" for a reason!)

In addition, because it's not designed to be changed on the fly, implementing this may be tricky and become ambiguous -- think of e.g. how this is supposed to be done if you have multiple windows open; which one should get a change?...
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