If ever there was a killer app of the 21st century it’s email. Any email app. I’m increasingly concerned that email is a viral scourge by beings from another planet intent upon conquering mankind in the most painful way possible.
Email takes up too much time and effort, and for those of us blessed with multiple devices, too difficult to keep all the messages in sync. Thankfully, there’s an easier way.
Two Words: Unibox. IMAP.
If the adage of ‘nothing improves without change‘ then we’re required to try something new from time to time (unless whatever we do and how we do it is perfect).
For Mac users with email problems, and for those of us not satisfied with all the bells and whistles in Apple’s official Mail app, there’s Unibox.
Instead of managing messages the old way with cluttered inboxes, multiple threaded messages that go on for days, Unibox takes a simpler approach.
First, it’s IMAP. That means it handles Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Exchange, Hotmail, Outlook, and other IMAP email servers so you don’t have to worry about backing up your messages or synchronizing them between devices.
Second, Unibox is a one window email app which focuses on people instead of messages, a simple interface instead of a monolithic toolbar with dozens of options.
Messages are composed in the same window so there’s less screen clutter.
Unibox is good for Mac users with multiple email accounts. Incoming messages are listed by person (including contact photo). There’s also a built-in attachment list, threads by user, an easy way to find and preview attachments, and options for multiple accounts and identities (aliases) on a single account.
All in all Unibox is an elegant and somewhat simple way to manage email messages with less screen clutter and fewer options mucking up your work flow.
That’s the good news.
Bad news? There’s no support for SpamSieve, my all-time favorite spam catcher. The by person focus on user threads takes some getting used to but is worth the effort (unless you deal with hundreds of different people in email).