Easy Customizing of Apple Mail Stationery

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In this Instructable, I'm going to demonstrate a process to de-gender the Birth Announcement Stationery by adding pink and yellow versions to it. You will need Photoshop or a similar editor to make the graphic changes. It would also behoove you to install Apple's Developer's Tools package from the original Mac OS X Install DVD to use the Property List Editor tool. You can edit the Property List files with a text editor, but it's much less intuitive and elegant...

When Apple first introduced Leopard (Mac OS X vers. 10.5), one of the really neat features was the Stationery feature in the Mail application. They had supplied a number of professionally designed templates making it very easy to send out very cool emails. Some of them even had the ability to change the base color! This was especially important in the "Birth Announcement" Stationery.

At some point over the seven updates to Leopard, the original Stationery were replaced with even better constructed templates. Unfortunately, one of the sacrifices were that fewer of them had the color change feature. Most disappointing is that the "Birth Announcement" is now only available in blue! What if you want to announce a girl? What if you're announcing your new High-Def Entertainment System? You're going to need/want something other than blue!

Last week, I set out to learn how to make my own Stationery files for Mail. Part of the process is to understand how the current stationery works. It a lot easier to modify what's already there than to create new from scratch. The results are also instantly gratifying like we've grown to expect in this day and age.
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staginabag11 months ago
Great set of instructions.... but the download file is wrong for some reason.... a .tmp file extension doesn't make sense.... Would be good to see a good file and share this MAC feature more widely...
staginabag11 months ago
Great set of instructions.... thank you! I have adjusted a template and will be emailing out next week with the results.
im4ncst81 year ago
I am unable to open the installer packages. What could I be doing wrong?
Do keep in mind that, whether you're on a Windows PC, a Mac, Linux, BSD, or whatever, using "stationary" in email means you are sending an html page. This is one of the easiest ways to get your email blocked because it looks like spam to mail server filters. If it's business email, leave off the stationary, and send plain text (not html, and not rich text) if at all possible.
LasVegas (author) 5 years ago
Edit: I just made a change to Step 8. A paragraph was added to define the Letter Rectangle. This feature prevents the colors from changing while you're trying to edit your message. Trust me... Without this, editing can be quite frustrating! :)

Also, There are now installers available in Step 9 to install this and a similar edit to the Sticky Stationary. You're welcome to download and use these on your own system. If you want to share it with others, refer them to this Instructable.
Sandisk1duo5 years ago
. Lorem Ipsum (or, as LV said, pseudo-text filler)
LasVegas (author)  NachoMahma5 years ago
Yea! That's the term! Thanks NM. :)
LasVegas (author)  Sandisk1duo5 years ago
Oh! It took me a bit to understand the question. The answer is no. The text in the Stationary is pseudo-text that just acts as filler to show how the document is supposed to look. When the stationary is selected, you would replace that text with your own.

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