Using Mountain Lion’s Mail and Reminders, you can create a system that will alert you when something important happens. With MailTags 3.1.2 in the mix, you have yourself a complete task management system.
Reminders is Mountain Lion’s concept of what used to be tasks. Instead of integrating it with Mail or iCal, it’s become a separate app. If Mail is your central hub for managing communication around projects and tasks, Reminders will be your friend. By simply dragging a message heading to the Reminders window, you can create reminders easily.
If you want Reminders to notify you of an imminent task or deadline, then all you need to do is set a notification date and optionally a due date. You can also have Reminders alert when you leave or arrive at a location. For this to work, the system needs to know where you are, and on the first use will ask you politely if it can set your location using your wired or wireless network. When you set one of these events, Mountain Lion will use its Notification Center system to alert you of the event at the precise time you specified, or when you left or arrived at the location you entered in the dialogue sheet.
It’s a good system for basic task management, but there are two problems with this approach:
- Your reminders and notifications always appear at the far right of the screen and stay visible for a non-customisable duration
- You need to have Reminders open and running for the system to work.
If you want to have a complete Mail driven task and project management system that lets you handle all tasks, projects and reminders within Mail, and which integrates with other apps as well as with iCal, Spotlight, OmniFocus and Think, then the 22.00 Euros spent on MailTags 3.1.2 will pay off.
MailTags on Mountain Lion: how to get Tickle Dates alerts via Notification Center
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With MailTags you can set a tickle date on a message. The message will slowly take on the colour you set in the Tickle date colour preference panel, but MailTags will not automatically integrate with Mountain Lion’s Notification Center.