This page gives you a short tutorial on how to set up an account in Mac OS X Mail to use LoaPost. The Mac Mail program is sometimes called or Mac Mail.

LoaPost will work on all Mac OSX platforms from OS X 10.5 (Leopard) up to and including OS 10.10 (Yosemite).

To use anything but the free version of LoaPost, you will need to set up a PayPal account first. After that, follow the instructions below.

Power-User Install

If you're pretty good with computers, just use this the following five steps. If you want more detail, see below.

  1. Get Loa PowerTools and install it as you would any other application.
  2. Run Loa PowerTools and set up your free demo account.
  3. Tell it what SMTP port to use (we recommend port 2525).
  4. Configure your mail application to use localhost as the SMTP server using the port you chose in Step 3. If your setup includes a checkbox labelled "Automatically detect and maintain account settings" (introduced in Yosemite), turn that off.
  5. Once you have tried Loa PowerTools, upgrade your account to give you more capacity.

If you wish LoaPost to run all the time, tell your system to launch LoaPost whenever your computer runs: open the '''System Preferences''' control panel, click on the '''Users & Groups''' icon, and add it to the auto-launched applications button to the '''Login Items''' panel.

These simple steps are usually enough for advanced users. But if you'd like more-detailed instructions, please continue on below.

Detailed Install Instructions

1. Get LoaPost

    1. You must get LoaPost from our Web site. The most-current version is always kept here. Be sure to download the Mac version.
    2. On a typical Mac, LoaPost will appear in your '''Downloads''' folder as a file called LoaPost.dmg.
    3. Double-click this file and follow the prompts to install it.

2. Launch LoaPost

On Mac OS X, you don't have to do anything special to Loa PowerTools to configure it properly. But you do have to run it to get it to work:

  1. Find LoaPost in your Applications folder, and launch it.
  2. LoaPost will download the latest updates from the Internet. It won't take long.

3. Create a Loa Account

Once Loa has updated itself, it will present a dialog box that (among other choices) will ask if you want to create a new Loa account. From this dialog:

    1. Click on "Create New Loa Account".
    2. Follow the prompts in the account wizard

When you open your account, we only need your e-mail address and password, but the rest of the information would be helpful to us, if you don't mind sharing it (we have a pretty good privacy policy, which you are encouraged to read).

You'll eventually return to the dialog from Step 1 (above).

    1. Fill in your e-mail address and password, and click "Login". You should see a dialog box giving you some hints on setting up your mail client.
    2. Click on OK and launch Mac OSX's Mail application.

4. Tell Mail To Use Loa PowerTools To Send Mail

    1. Launch Apple Mail and choose "Preferences" from the "Mail" menu.
    2. Select "Accounts", and then select an account you wish to use with LoaPost.
    3. Pull down the "Outgoing Mail Server" popup. Choose "Edit Server List". If you do not have a server called localhost, then create it. Whether you have to create localhost or you already have a server called localhost, select "localhost", click the "Advanced" button, then set the Server port to 2525.
    4. Be sure Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is Off and Authentication is set to None.
    5. If your setup includes a checkbox labelled "Automatically detect and maintain account settings" (introduced in Yosemite), turn that off.
    6. Click on the OK button.
    7. For each of your accounts, change the name on the pull-down menu for Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) to localhost. (Note that LoaPost can even be used with IMAP accounts.)
    8. Close Mail Preferences.

That's it! The e-mails you send will now use LoaPost to send mail.

Mac uninstall

To uninstall the LoaPost application:

You can, if you wish, throw away the preferences file (which contains your password and a few details about how you set up LoaPost). This is a good idea to do: the Library folder is always filling up with leftovers from old applications, and this will keep things tidy.

That's it!


Mac install