Dress Up Your Mail

Dress Up Your E-MailKathy Yakal, special to PC WorldElectronic stationery--a combination of fonts, graphics, and margin settings that affect e-mail messages--is nothing new. But Outlook Express 5 lets you create your own stationery instead of limiting you to boilerplate options. (Remember: Your e-mail recipients may not all be able to accept HTML mail, so don't send rich-text messages to just anybody.)

Benchmarks

Speedmark 3.3 Adobe Photoshop 8.0 Cinema 4D XL 8.5 Compressor iMovie 4.0.1 iTunes 4.6 Unreal Tournament
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE RENDER MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE
17-inch iMac G5/1.6GHz 150 2:02 3:24 11:17 0:42 2:06 33.5
17-inch iMac G5/1.8GHz 162 1:51 3:02 10:00 0:40 1:52 33.6
20-inch iMac G5/1.8GHz 163 1:51 3:02 10:05 0:39 1:53 33.6
20-inch iMac G4/1.25GHz 121 2:20 6:16 13:10 1:10 3:20 21.6
Power Mac G5/dual-1.8GHz 194 1:29 1:32 5:03 0:41 1:17 32.6
Power Mac G5/dual-2GHz 212 1:21 1:23 5:06 0:42 1:11 38.9
Power Mac G5/dual-2.5GHz 237 1:07 1:06 4:20 0:37 0:59 71.4
Power Mac G5/dual -1.8GHz (old) 197 1:26 1:32 4:59 0:40 1:17 32.6
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BEST RESULTS IN BOLD. REFERENCE SYSTEMS IN ITALICS.

Speedmark 3.3 scores are relative to those of a 1GHz eMac G4, which is assigned a score of 100. Cinema 4D XL, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes, and Photoshop scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.3.5 with 512MB of RAM. We exported a 1-minute-and-40-second movie to QuickTime: Email using iMovie. We tested MP3 encoding with an audio-CD track that was 45 minutes long, converting it from the hard drive using iTunes’ High Quality setting. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 75 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Unreal Tournament’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. We used Compressor’s Fast Encode preset. For more information on Speedmark 3.3, visit www.macworld.com/speedmark.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith

  • Select Tools, Options, Compose.
  • The Stationery Wizard opens. Follow the prompts, selecting the following:
  • Picture. Use one of the options provided, or browse for your own. Select the position and title for the picture from the drop-down lists provided.
  • Background color.
  • Font.
  • Margin settings.
  • A name for your stationery.
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