Once or twice a year I’ll dig around to see what’s new in email apps for the Mac. Mostly it’s the same old same old. Inbox, multiple accounts, different interface. Obviously, innovation hasn’t spread to email apps, Mac or Windows. Unless you count Unibox.
Email By Person
The list of basic email management features in Unibox reads like a who’s who or a what’s what of every other email app you’ve ever used.
Unibox looks nice, supports IMAP (Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo!, Exchange, Hotmail, Outlook, Fastmail et al), and displays what you hate to read in a single window.
Single window. Yes. Even compositions– new email messages– are contained within the single window.
OK, that’s a bit different. What else?
Many of the other features– save one– are similar to what you’ll find in Mail. Multiple accounts, unified inbox, and so on.
What’s different is truly different.
The most unique feature in Unibox is how it displays email messages. It’s people centric. Which means messages can be organized– not just in descending chronological order– but by people. Including the contact list.
Instead of just reading email as it comes in, read email by person and by conversation thread. That’s different and it’s refreshing, especially for any Mac user who has far too much email from far too many different people.
Wait. There’s more!
Unibox also does attachments differently; not only as a part of the email message, but two other views– icon view for small attachment previews in a grid, and list view so you can see more details about the attachments.
Unibox has a familiar look so it’s not exactly a jump or leap of faith from Apple’s Mail app. But it does give you the option to view email differently, organize according to contacts, and that makes it easier to digest an overflowing inbox, and prioritize how you want to respond to a message.