There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but ditching Mail is the most difficult effort I’ve ever put into using a Mac. It’s not that Mail is so good. It’s OK, as in adequate, as in I can live with it for awhile longer. If I had to drop Mail today this is what I would use.
Postbox To The Rescue
Most major mail applications for the Mac focus on one thing. Feature creep. Every year new features are added to the app with features I didn’t master from last year’s upgrade.
If I had to drop Mail I would probably go with Postbox because it’s the most like Mail. Say what? Doublespeak much?
Unlike Mail, Postbox rethinks the user interface for those Mac users who are stuck in email far too many hours a day.
There’s a long awaited Favorites menu for mailboxes that are frequently used. Postbox sorts mail more ways than Mail (including Gmail labels; and it even uses Gmail keyboard shortcuts).
Postbox loves Evernote and Dropbox, too.
Any message in Postbox can be turned into an Evernote note and all you need to do is click. For Dropbox, Postbox makes it easy to share large files with email recipients.
Message threads and conversations are collapsible for better visual organization. Email can be viewed in tabs. Quick Reply lets you reply without opening the message in a separate window or tab.
There’s much to like in Postbox, especially if you have multiple email accounts, and are a heavy Gmail user. Even better, the price tag is about one quarter what it once was which makes it attractive enough to try.
Weening yourself away from Mail’s feature list isn’t easy, but there are alternatives and Postbox is a good one and cross platform.