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Force Apple’s Mail to add images as attachments instead of inline

Mail attachments
One of the longest-standing complaints I see about Apple’s Mail app is that it places any images you drag into an email as inline images (which means the image appears in the email wherever you actually drag & dropped it) instead of as a standard attachment (which appears as an icon at the bottom of the email regardless of where you drag & drop it). The problem is that inline images (and PDFs) don’t always work well with all email apps on the receiving end. Some people complain that the image quality gets degredated, and in some cases the image doesn’t come through at all.

Apple doesn’t offer a way to change the feature easily. You can choose the “Send Windows Friendly Attachment” option when attaching the file, and even right-click on the image and choose “View as Icon” – and it’s still iffy if it’ll work.

Cheap Solution (works better)

Clive Galeni has the only GUI solution I could find called AntiInline. It’s a plugin for Apple’s Mail app and it solves the problem perfectly. Once turned on in the Mail preferences, all files placed in an email (regardless of how you do it) show up as true attachments at the bottom of the email.

AntiInline also has the option of allowing to keep images in your email signature remain as inline images so they show up the way you would expect. You just have to include “email-signature” (without quotes) in the filename of your signature image.

AntiInline is offered in a version for macOS ElCapitan, Sierra and High Sierra and costs $14.90 and runs on up to three Macs per license.

Free Solution (works, but works too well)

There is a FREE solution, and it’s simple if you’re familiar with using the Terminal app. Fire-up the terminal and enter the following:
defaults write com.apple.mail DisableInlineAttachmentViewing -bool yes
Just know that this turns off inline images entirely, including any images you may have in your email signature. To revert back to the default inline mode, simply replace the “yes” at the end with the word “false” (without quotes).

I’m not a fan of images in email signatures, so I’ve decided to just turn off images completely using the Terminal code method.

What’s the best size for fonts in email, web & TV?

Just because it looks great and is readable on YOUR screen, doesn’t mean that’s the case for your viewers. I like to stick with 14-16 point text for emails and web, and about 28-32 for PowerPoint/Keynote presentations being viewed on large-screen HDTVs. Anything smaller and you run the risk of your carefully crafted text being unreadable. There are exceptions, of course—but I almost always stick with those sizes.

font sizes for the web

Font sizes for the web: It’s all about the x-height

There’s actually a science behind the best font size for the web. There’s a lot of geeky gibberish in the article (which I personally found interesting), so if you don’t care about all that just scroll down to the bottom of the article and you’ll find a chart of recommended sizes for desktop, laptop, phone and TV viewing.

Where to find email Drafts on your iPhone

iOS email drafts

When you don’t have time to finish typing an email on your iPhone, you can hit the Cancel button and save the email as a Draft to finish it later. What’s not obvious is where to actually find the email Draft once the window closes.

Your email Drafts are hidden under the Compose icon at the bottom right of the iPhone screen. Simply tap and hold the Compose icon to bring up a list of your email drafts, then tap on the one you want to continue typing.

Write full emails using Siri on your iPhone

Email with SiriIf you thought Siri was a gimmicky feature of iOS, think again—you can do more than schedule an appointment, check game scores, and search the web.

Paul over at OSXDaily has posted a simple tutorial to show you how to use Siri to author a complete email without touching the keyboard on your iPhone.

The trickiest part of using Siri is remember the commands necessary to use Siri to do a ton of different things.

In defense of email

Interesting read. I’ve worked for a few companies that tried having an “email-free day,” and even one that tried substituting various web-based messaging services for it. None have worked. Personally, I think it’s because people are too hung-up on sharing & communicating, and tend to procrastinate.

TechCrunch shared some interesting thoughts In Defense of Email.