Mark up mes­sages in Mail

An­no­tate your at­tach­ments in Mail and send files that are too big for email

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An­no­tate your at­tach­ments in Mail and send files that are too big for email

Mail in OS X has al­ways been a sleek, un­clut­tered email client com­pared to many al­ter­na­tives, and fea­tures Ap­ple adds tend to be re­ally use­ful. Of­ten they’re things you hadn’t even re­alised you needed. Markup in OS X Yosemite’s ver­sion of Mail is handy for mak­ing notes or high­light­ing ar­eas on an at­tached im­age or PDF with­out hav­ing to open it first in an­other app, such as Pre­view. Say you want to at­tach a pho­to­graph and point out a per­son, or add some text notes. It’s eas­ier to do with Markup than by writ­ing lengthy ex­pla­na­tions in a mes­sage.

Mail Drop is an­other use­ful tech­nol­ogy that’s new in Yosemite, and it works al­most in­vis­i­bly. When you are signed into iCloud on your Mac – which you al­most cer­tainly will be al­ready – Mail de­tects when you try to send an at­tach­ment that’s large (typ­i­cally over about 20MB) and of­fers to upload it to Ap­ple’s servers rather than risk­ing re­jec­tion by your ISP for go­ing over size lim­its. If the re­ceiver has Yosemite, the at­tach­ment down­loads to their Mail app au­to­mat­i­cally. If they don’t, they re­ceive a link to man­u­ally down­load the at­tach­ment. It’s an ex­cel­lent so­lu­tion to send­ing large files. Hollin Jones

An­no­tat­ing things with Markup is eas­ier to do than writ­ing lengthy ex­pla­na­tions

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