Selecting your preferred mail client

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NeoOffice includes a few features that interact with your mail client. Unfortunately, the way 2.x was designed, there is no "simple" UI available to select your preferred mail client (as there had been in NeoOffice 1.x).

Moreover, since a number of Mac mail clients do not support the standard functions for creating attachments programmatically, not all mail clients will work with the email integration and NeoOffice cannot simply ask Mac OS X for your preferred client.


Functional mail clients

By default, the email functions in NeoOffice 2.x will use Mac OS X Mail (aka If you use Eudora or Entourage, you can select these clients instead. Other clients may or may not work properly, depending on whether they support the required commands; Mozilla Thunderbird and the Mozilla Suite/SeaMonkey do not support the required functions.

Mail clients known to work with NeoOffice 2.x

  • Mac OS X Mail (default)
  • Eudora
  • Microsoft Entourage
  • GyazMail (reportedly)

If your preferred mail client is not on this list, you can test its compatibility by running the following Terminal command:

open -a Appname filename_to_attach

e.g., for Eudora and a file test.txt on your Desktop, the command is open -a Eudora ~/Desktop/test.txt

If your client opens a new mail message with the document you specified as an attachment, then your client is compatible. If that's the case, let us know and we'll update this list. If your client fails, you might file a bug report with your client's manufacturer (see the report on Thunderbird mentioned below for an example).

Changing your preferred mail client for NeoOffice

If you don't use Mac OS X Mail, follow the steps below to configure NeoOffice to use your preferred client. (If you use Mac OS X Mail, you do not need to do anything.)

  1. Choose Preferences… from the NeoOffice menu
  2. In the left-hand pane, click on "Internet" to expand that section
  3. Then click on "E-mail" to activate the mail client pane
  4. In the right-hand pane, click the "..." button to bring up an Open dialogue
  5. In the dialogue, navigate to your preferred mail client
  6. Select the application in the Open dialogue and then click the "OK" button
    N.B. In NeoOffice 2.0 Aqua Beta and earlier, if the path that is returned has spaces in it, you need to edit the path to enclose it in double quotes. This is not necessary in NeoOffice 2.1.
  7. Click the "OK" button in the "E-mail" preference pane to save your choice and close the preferences

You can now use options like Document as E-mail... in the Send sub-menu of the File menu to create a new email in your mail client with the current document as an attachment.


If you've filed a bug report on your favorite client and the bug database is public, we can add the url to your report here.

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