Email notifiers seem like an unnecessary luxury, or obstacle. However, in some businesses there are applications with real critical needs to know about the incoming mail, even quickly.
I thought this would be easy, that a few apps would fit, and I could choose one. However, it turns out that the quirky quotient is high, and things can be a bit puzzling. Also I really wanted a program that still had support, even a forum, as this was going to be used by compatriots and I did not want it to flatten out 6 months later on new software versions, etc.
There are many features in some programs that I did not care about at the moment. Working with one gmail account, I bypassed whether they handled a dozen accounts, or a dozen other email vendors, or calendar notifications, etc.
About 5 programs were tested that simply were not ready for prime time. The best of this bunch was Spiffy. Others were Kwerty, Popman, Gmail Notifier Plus, Mail Notifier. Another 10 programs were bypassed because they were clearly defunct or had a major disqualification.
I ignored gadget based programs. Multi-Email Notifier from India might be a good program. However, the surrounding info was too sketchy. And now I see the comments here: https://www.youtube..../watch?v=dTYbgqXnkLY
. Google discontinued some program they had.
One neat feature is when the email notifier responds to particularly "labels" within the gmail account. That is a bit of a sleeper consideration for existing accounts.
(My gmail account had already been designed to handle only this important mail.)
Tablet is another issue. I would like a good one for Androids and Airpads.
3 Programs were left for Windows
Gmail Notifier Pro - Patrik Engstrom - http://www.gmailnotifier.se/
Forum - http://gmailnotifier...c.php?f=4&t=1875
Cost - http://www.gmailnotifier.se/register.php
This may be the richest in overall features. The post explains why it is currently out of consideration, which for many would be a minor issue.
Pop Peeper - Jeff Meier - http://www.poppeeper.com/
Pro - http://www.esumsoft....ucts/pop-peeper/pro/
(license required for biz use)
Forum - http://www.esumsoft.com/Forums/index.php
Plugin - Skin Notifier Plugin - needed for flexibility
This is very nice, with skins, the architecture can be a bit puzzling, since the skin sort of replaces the traditional notification. I have an email to Jeff about the best set-up.
PopTrayU - Jessica Brown - http://poptrayu.sourceforge.net/
Forum - https://sourceforge....poptrayu/discussion/
Plugin needed for Gmail - https://sourceforge....iles/latest/download
Extension of PopTray - http://poptray.org/index.php
- many of the Poptray plugins should work.
Rather plain. It was a little difficult to set up at first, because of the plugin need to get gmail to work. And also changing some settings. Used the forum.
At this time it is the leader as it is free (we will have 3 or more users) has support and can handle the specific need.
That is the overview, at this time. The cost is modest for a small business of the first two. All three have strengths, limitations and weaknesses.