One of the primary gripes about Gmail is the lack of HTML support in email signatures. And it sticks out like a sore thumb.
Obviously, Google has heard this complaint for a long time from it’s huge user base especially from the power users. And they haven’t still addressed this user request despite making other useful changes and incorporating some popular Greasemonkey scripts right inside Gmail such as the Label Colors.
Some of us have been relying on Greasemonkey scripts for Gmail to get HTML signatures and other features like Folders4Gmail, Gmail Macros, etc. But, it wasn’t very straight forward or user-friendly enough for widespread adoption.
Black Canvas’ Gmail Signatures Firefox extension is set to change all that. As soon as I tried it, I bid farewell to the Greasemonkey script I was using.In fact, this extension was born out of a previous Greasemonkey script.
Let’s see what Gmail Signatures can do for us:
- Automatically inserts HTML signatures into your Gmail messages – works on Compose, Reply & Forward
- If you use multiple Gmail address, create up to four signatures per email address
- It can detect which address you are sending from and automatically add the respective signature
- Real-time signature preview while editing the signature HTML (great for those unsure of html code)
- Option to choose to have the signature inserted above or below the quoted text
- Option to custom label four signatures for each email address
- Support for special characters
- Available in multiple languages
Here are some useful resources put together by the helpful author of this add-on Jerome Dane.
- Getting started – with pictures
- HTML tutorials – won’t help you learn HTML completely, but will help you enough to create a signature
- Templates – a few samples that you could use to create your own HTML signature
- Forums – if you had further questions, issues or even suggestions, visit the forums.
I would really like to see an export/import option for this useful Firefox extension so I can set this up and once and just import the settings into my other computers. I use 2 at work and 2 at home!
Something that was just used by power users who were comfortable with editing Greasemonkey script files, etc is now in reach of everyone who can take a few minutes to create a HTML signature.
Go ahead and try it. If you need help in creating one, let me know in the comments.
If you are a blogger and make use of FeedBurner, now you can even make use of Feedburner’s new Email Signature headline animator in your HTML signature that will show off your recent posts.
Completely Revised Top Firefox Extensions
As you may have noticed in the footer in the site, Top Firefox Extensions is the most popular post here. I took the much needed time last week to add some new categories and update with some of the best Firefox add-ons out there.
Of course, this list will be only as useful as you see it and I will appreciate it if you could take a moment to look over and suggest add-ons that you consider the best and something you can’t live without.
Let’s make it better and something you could come back to anytime when you need find some of the Top Firefox extensions.