I am currently an Entourage user - which I enjoy although it is overkill for the features I use.

I recently tried Mail 2. It is just what I need although it has a few features missing - for my needs. I miss not receiving a visual hint when Mail is checking or sending email. Is there a way of doing this?
Secondly - is it possible to attach images as attachments instead of the attached image appearing inside the email message?

Entourage does both of these but is too bulky for my basic needs.

Thank you.