Joe KissellSenior Contributor, Macworld

Joe Kissell is a senior editor of TidBits and the author of numerous ebooks in the Take Control series, including the just-published Take Control of Apple Mail.

Clean out old e-mail messages

So far, you’ve reduced the volume of incoming mail, created a filing system, and started using a simple process to deal with the new messages you receive. But what about all those messages still in your inbox? It’s time to take care of them now.

Speed up e-mail replies

When it comes to organizing a large inbox, controlling the e-mail that comes in is only half the solution. You also have to manage the e-mail that goes out. Here's how to take to work out of replying to e-mail.

The fast way to file your e-mail

When you first started using your e-mail program, your inbox may have seemed like a convenient and hassle-free storage bin for all of your incoming messages. But hundreds or thousands of messages later, you’re probably finding the task of managing all of those messages rather unwieldy.

Master Mail’s reminders

If you rely heavily on e-mail to keep track of your projects and responsibilities, then you’ll appreciate Mail’s new ability to create notes that hold important snippets of information.

Turn down the volume on your e-mail

Maintaining an empty (or nearly empty) inbox can make you more productive, result in fewer lost messages, and reduce stress by letting you focus on your most important e-mail. While it may take some initial effort to get there, changing the way you deal with e-mail doesn’t have to be difficult.

Review: SyncTogether 1.0.2

If you're not a .Mac member or if you want to sync in ways .Mac doesn't permit, Mark/Space's SyncTogether 1.0.2 may meet your needs.

Sync your iPhoto libraries

Because of the way iPhoto stores your photos, keeping two libraries in sync takes special effort.

Review: ChronoSync 3.3.6

ChronoSync 3.3.6 is a full-featured synchronization program. It's easy enough for a novice to use immediately, but has enough geeky options to satisfy the most demanding propellerhead.

Review: FoldersSynchronizer X 3.6

FoldersSynchronizer X 3.6's small, unassuming, single-window interface belies a full-featured and reasonably capable file synchronization utility.

Automating Word with AppleScript

Unfortunately, Word 2008 doesn’t support VBA. The good news is that, with a little tinkering, almost anything you could do with a VBA macro in previous versions of Word, you can now do with AppleScript in Word 2008.

Corral group calendars

The version of iCal included with OS X 10.5 (Leopard)—version 3—has some surprisingly powerful features for managing group schedules—whether you’re trying to organize a family or a large business.

Set up your OS X calendar server

OS X Server 10.5 includes iCal Server, a full-featured yet easy-to-configure CalDAV server. Beyond the ordinary requirements for OS X Server, though, iCal Server has some additional qualifications.

Set up a free CalDAV server

Apple’s Darwin Calendar Server (DCS) is a free, open-source CalDAV server that works with iCal. It’s not the only one, but it’s a good choice—as long as you don’t mind a bit of command-line tinkering.

The browser bunch

So what constitutes a solid Web browser these days? All modern Mac browsers can competently display HTML pages, interactive Flash animations, and QuickTime video. But they should also be able to protect your security and privacy; facilitate your ability to fill out forms; integrate well with your operating system, applications, and various Internet services; provide extensive search capabilities; and allow oodles of customization options to let you conform them to your every whim.

Automating Word 2008 - Extra AppleScripts

We didn’t have for all of Joe Kissell’s AppleScripts for Word 2008 in the magazine. Here are three more. These scripts are all in the enclosed download file.