Mac Mail app doesn't like EPS attachments

Mac Mail app doesn't like EPS attachments

Summary: There's no accounting for taste. Mac Mail apparently chokes up when you try to attach an EPS file.

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TOPICS: Apple, Software
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A recent Apple Support Note warns users that Mac Mail in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) will "stop responding" when users try to add an EPS (Encapsulated Postscript) file as an attachment. There is a workaround.

As a workaround, use a different attachment type, or access your email account through a web browser and attach the file.

Alternatively, first compress the EPS file and then attach the compressed (.zip) version of that file to the Mail message. To compress it, select the .eps file in the Finder and then choose File > Compress.

This talk of attachments reminds me of ChungaSoft's ForgetMeNot, an interesting Mail plug-in that scans your e-mail before you send it and checks if you've forgotten an attachment. The company is Fabian Jäger and his brother, Paascal. The software was released last spring and costs $5.95.

Probably everybody had this feeling before: You just clicked on "Send" in your favorite email client and immediately after realized that you mentioned an attachment iny our email text, but forgot about attaching the described file to the email. What do you do now? You send another email with the files attached and something like: "Here are the attachments - finally." Forget about these embarrassing emails from now: Install ForgetMeNot and never forget about attaching files again!

If a keyword shows up in the scan and there's an attachment, then the message will be sent; otherwise, ForgetMeNot will ask you if there should be one. This magic is done through a keyword dictionary, which comes knowing many common keywords such as the permutations of "attach" and users will (must) add others. There's a field to add custom keywords in the ForgetMeNot preference in Mail prefs.

Topics: Apple, Software

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  • Ironic given that both EPS files and Macs

    are big in the publishing world
    William Farrel
  • Random plug?

    That random plug was odd.

    Back on topic: that's a pretty dull workaround.

    I have to say, of all the Mac apps I've used, Mail is the absolute worst. It's always a huge pain to set up self-hosted email solutions on. Not to mention the manual process of adding web-based ones as well. Poor search function, hard to configure UI... it's a mess.
    Fools_Muse
  • Or just use Office 2013

    "Probably everybody had this feeling before: You just clicked on "Send" in your favorite email client and immediately after realized that you mentioned an attachment iny our [sic] email text, but forgot about attaching the described file to the email."

    The feature of scanning the outbound email contents for attachment-based wording, and warning prior to sending, is built into Outlook 2013.
    TechNickle
    • Re: Or just use Office 2013

      Nobody uses Office 2013.
      ldo17
  • Windows Mail

    For Windows 8 also has the scanning of email and ask you if there should be an attachment.
    schultzycom
  • Thunderbird has had this functionality for years

    Thunderbird (a free open source mail client for Windows & Mac) has had the functionality to scan outgoing mails for attachment keywords for ate least two years now. Plus its free so cant complain.
    vivektanavde
  • If ESP attachment can crash email app

    Then it's just a matter of time for someone code an exploitable attachement and run remote code execution on it.

    And all this talk remind me of exploiting a blog post that also feature ads - A work at home opportunity, discovered by a single mom, that uses an amazing weight-loss blueberries properties to whitening grandma's denture. I recommended to my grandma but the side effect was so awesome that it ended up ripped my grandma's abs in 10 days... And now my biology professor hates me.

    Seriously, not sure if this post is just going off on a really bad tangent

    or just an ad for ForgetMeNot(tm)
    Samic
  • Shows How Divorced The Mac Has Become From Its Desktop-Publishing Roots...

    ...that they didn't even bother to turn this up during testing any more.
    ldo17