Email is the killer app. Not because it’s such a great way to communicate with anyone in the world. Email apps are such a pain to use and manage that we feel like killing someone (or, that email might kill us first). Is there a better way? Here’s one that might replace Mail.
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For all of Apple’s focus on innovative ways to make easy that which is difficult, our favorite maker of Macs has yet to tackle the dreaded and deadly Mail app.
After all, the road less traveled is often less traveled for a reason. Email on Apple’s Mail might just be impossible to defeat.
Mail Pilot for Mac tries and tries really, really hard. Instead of just managing messages, Mail Pilot approaches email with a task-oriented solution which works a bit like a todo list.
When a message comes in you can change status from Incomplete to Complete. Within Mail Pilot you can set a reminder for a particular message and get a prompt later to take care of it. Just like a todo list.
Organizing email in Mail Pilot is different than in Apple’s Mail app. You can organize messages based on message status, groups of related messages (good for many accounts), or the standard folders and labels method.
As you can see in the screenshot image above, Mail Pilot is visually less complicated than Apple’s Mail.
The toolbar at the bottom lets you manage each message by completing it as done, set it aside for later, or remind you to take action on it at another time.
Unlike Apple’s Mail, however, Mail Pilot is IMAP only and doesn’t handle POP email accounts. But that also means it connects to Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo Mail, AOL mail and most IMAP or IMAP-enabled Microsoft Exchange email accounts.
I like the alias capability and the keyboard shortcuts, but Mail Pilot is not without a few teething issues. The app icon is red and so is the badge indicating email inbox count. Apple’s Mail has far more preferences and configurable settings and, frankly is faster– both scrolling through messages, downloading and uploading.
Still, the advantage of being able to handle messages as action items and setup reminders is a more productive way to manage email, and for that Mail Pilot is worth, if not a bit pricey.