Are you annoyed that gmail only lets you setup a very dull email signature?
I personally think that flat format text signatures are long winded and just fill emails with thousands of words of *cough* crap. I especially hate people who waste hundreds of bytes of storage with instructions “not to print this email because it will save a tree“, or that “anything they say is their own words and nothing to do with their company blah blah blah”. However, I have always liked a small business card type graphic at the tail of an email with a link to the author and/or their company. A Picture paints a thousand words and all that…
Gmail is the best free email service on the web – with over 7GB of storage, a super fast interface, really neat email search functions and integrated document editing it blows hotmail away – IMHO of course 😉
But my only niggle has been it’s apparently inability to allow rich HTML style email signatures. Whether you like email .sigs or not, this excellent little FireFox add-on (http://blankcanvasweb.com/pages/id_9/n_gmail_signatures/) quite simply transforms GMAILS signature functionality.
I’d tried unsuccessfully to get the GreaseMonkey srcripts working in the past so decided to try this one out of frustration. Boy am I glad I did…
Two minutes after installing the excellent Blank Canvas Gmail script I had setup my new improved email signature.
My old signature was:
followed by emails, telephone numbers, skype info, contact information, address, blah blah blah
but now, courtesy of this terrific little add-on it appears as:
I love my new sig and dont think it’s as obtrusive as some of the massive email signatures I receive on a daily basis containing names, address, telephone numbers, a long waffling legal blurb and even worse the dreaded ‘please think about the ecosystem before printing this message’
My new super-sig has the link to this website, a link to email me and two social networking links.
How to install:
- OK – so this is an add for the Firefox Browser and I’m currently using Version 3.0.7 (the latest version as at March 2009)
- Download and install the Blank Canvas GMAIL Addon working perfectly at 1.11.12 you can check that it’s installed and running by clicking TOOLS | ADDONS in Firefox.
- Surf off to your gmail account – mail.google.com
- click on COMPOSE MAIL and you will notice there is now a little button saying EDIT SIGNATURE. You can paste your HTML code here and Voila! Google Mail has a smart signature.
I love tools like this – it ticks all the boxes of my application design coda; simple to install, works out of the box, clever code behind the scenes and great results!
Kudos to the Blank Canvas Crowd!