The love hate relationship with email can’t be a healthy thing. Most of us are afraid to throw away email or discard messages and attachments because, “Well, you never know. I may need that message some day to keep me out of jail.” What this country needs, besides honest, single-term politicians, is a good email archive app.
Organize, Archive, Sweat
Tell me the truth. You have email messages that date back to the last century still lurking around on your Mac, right? I feel your pain.
Organizing and archiving email messages just isn’t what Sunday mornings were made to do.
Wouldn’t it be nice if some enterprising Mac app developer understood that and automated the process?
MailWing is almost that solution. It’s an organizer and archiver (just like my wish) that moves messages from any On My Mac mailbox to a corresponding archive folder on your Mac (stored anywhere you want).
Basically, you organize the mailboxes in Mail however you want, and MailWing makes copies, stores them someplace you designate on your Mac, and deletes the rest (placing them in a Mail-Safe Archive for safety).
Each email message is saved as an .emix file, which also retains the attachments. If you need to open a saved message, find it in the Finder, and double-click. It opens right up in Mail. Mail is stored in year-numbered folders, with month-numbered folders, with day-numbered folders, so they’re easy to find.
What’s not to like? Well, where do I begin? MailWing’s interface smacks of 1999, and you won’t gain immediate confidence by the MailWing web site which smacks of 1994.
That said, MailWing words. It puts email messages where you want them and keeps doing it, so they’re copied and archived for safekeeping. Very slowly.
MailWing is not the quickest app on the block so if you have plenty of email that needs to be archived, start it and go out for pizza. And beer. And the hangover. The time will be well spent.
Assuming you’re really worried about backing up or archiving your massive email collection, check out How Many Ways Can You Backup Your Mac’s Email (and iTunes, iPhoto, Documents, Address Book)? or How To Backup Email For Every Major Mac Email App (is your email app on the list?) for other options.