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This time, I won’t ramble about some point of details that only a handful of specialists have thought about. This time, this article has the potential to touch ten thousand of normal people across the world (I only exaggerate a little of course). This time, I will blog about GMail signatures.

Ever wanted to have a nicely crafted signature in your emails? Outlook has the feature. I guess other fat softwares have the feature. Guess what? GMail doesn’t. If you don’t believe it (neither did I at first), just try to create a signature that displays something completely extravagant, like a mailto hyperlink for example. You will find out you can’t since the text area only accepts plain text. HTML you could type won’t be treated as such but encoded to plain text. Strangely enough, the mail itself accepts HTML so I really don’t understand the reason behind this limitation.

Anyway, the first solution is to have somewhere a file where you can type your nicely crafted signature and paste it into every mail. But software is my trade, and it didn’t feel too satisfying…

Since I couldn’t possibly be the first (or the only one) to have this problem, I went on the hunt on the Internet and found Wisestamp. First, let’s say it is available for Firefox and Chrome, so if you don’t use one of them, tough luck.

Wisestamp has the following features:

  • HTML signature creation
  • two settings to alternate between business and personal signatures
  • GMail integration: a button appears in your GMail inteface
  • other web-based mails are supported: Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL
  • widgets for social networks
  • inclusion of a hyperlink for the latest link of a RSS feed

Compared to most similar tools, Wisestamp doesn’t just paste the signature below your mail. If you choose another signature (or even if you update it), it really will replace the  previous signature. It won’t add the newer one below the old one.

I only got one complaint: I would like more than two signatures so I can, for example, use different languages for my business signature. Then, the product is free so I consider myself lucky!

I can’t resist the pleasure of showing you my own signature:

PS: notice the Wisestamp integration.

If you have the same needs as me, I can only recommend the product.

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  1. David
    April 19th, 2010 at 10:33 | #1

    Thank you for a great tip!

  2. April 19th, 2010 at 19:01 | #2

    You should put in two dashes and then a space as the first line so that email clients pick it up as a signature, otherwise it is just more body to them:


  3. ArnaudD
    April 20th, 2010 at 09:35 | #3

    Didn’t know WiseStamp, thanks ! Have a look at http://siggyfeed.com/ it will display the most recent items from your blog, and should integrate nicely into WiseStamp.

  4. Roshan Shrestha
    April 20th, 2010 at 22:28 | #4

    Wisestamp seems to add its url to the signature. I think the “Blank Canvas Signature” add-on is better: http://blankcanvasweb.com/pages/detail/id_9/n_gmail_signatures/

  5. April 20th, 2010 at 22:31 | #5

    FYI, the customization brought by Wisestamp (the URL it adds like you describe) can be disabled in the plugin settings.

  6. April 21st, 2010 at 20:24 | #6

    Hi Nicolas,
    We loved this review thanks on behalf of all the WiseStamp crew it is an honer to have users like you!
    Josh 🙂

  7. April 21st, 2010 at 20:27 | #7

    @Roshan Shrestha
    Hi @Roshan and here is how you can remove it – http://www.wisestamp.com/usage-faq#faq_33
    Enjoy 🙂

  8. April 21st, 2010 at 20:38 | #8

    Yours is a good product and I think it can help many. Anyway, for the future, I suggest some features:

    • having more than 2 signatures
    • labeling the signature as you want
    • storing your signature online, very useful when you have more than one computer
  9. Kenny JK
    August 20th, 2012 at 02:53 | #9

    For signature i use Brandmymail ( http://www.brandmymail.com ), which has full control over email signature and overall template 🙂

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