It was intra company only, but everyone loved it as a new way to communicate and leave a useful audit trail. That was then, and this is now, and email is mostly hated by all of us today. What we need is a new way to do email.
Use Airmail Instead Of Mail
Apple’s built-in Mail for Mac is actually decent. But it’s gained some feature weight in recent years and it’s anything but friendly, Apple style.
Maybe that’s why, in the past few years, new email apps have popped up on the scene. Some are lean and fast. Others are good for power email users. Others are IMAP only.
The latest is one you might like because it’s easy but has plenty of typical email features. It’s called Airmail.
What Airmail does that special is to give you features you want and need (a list in a minute or two), but keeps them out of the way to make the interface easier to, well, use.
Airmail handles Gmail and Yahoo! email accounts and makes it simple to switch between accounts. The unified Inbox is a welcome relief to apps that handle multiple accounts but one at a time.
Airmail doesn’t look much like Mail, but the basic functions are similar. All the accounts are listed in the left sidebar, and one click views the Inbox for all accounts.
You’ll like Airmail’s organization options, too. Everything is custom and resides in the sidebar so you can organize your email in ways useful to you.
For Accounts, Airmail does multiple accounts, each with custom, editable HTML signatures, with all messages displayed in a unified Inbox.
Basic Interaction means quick replies to emails, multiple levels of undo, and messages can be copied between accounts. You’ll love the Shortcuts, too, which are custom or specialized to match Gmail. Attachments? We don’t need no stinkin’ attachments! But Airmail does them, fully drag and drop, including inline photos.
Messages can be grouped by Conversation, which is a big time saver. And you’ll appreciate the multiple Visual themes for messages and composer. Notifications can be setup per account, and it uses Notification Center, too.
Import Addresses from Contacts and Gmail, and Compose messages in text or HTML (custom set per account). Message management is enhance by folders, nested folders, and custom folder colors (take that, Apple).
Search is handle by Global search or quick filters using the User Scope filter. And, of course, Airmail does full screen, and is Time Machine friendly.
In other words, feature rich without the clutter, and easily worth the less-than-a-coffer price tag.