Well, that’s not totally true. Mail says nothing, but I have more than a few choice words to describe our relationship and Mail’s performance under OS X Yosemite, and most of those words are not fit for print, blogging, and definitely NSFW. Mail needs an alternative.
Free, But No Beer
Through the years I’ve tried every email alternative to Apple’s Mail app, but with little success. There are many suitors for my email affections.
Some are too expensive, others are devoid of the features I need and love in Mail, others not sufficiently stable, or seldom updated (mostly orphan-ware).
There are times I feel like Linda Wolfe, but for email apps instead of husbands.
Back to Mail I go, only to get jilted with the next release (Apple, please fix the plugins so they don’t break with every update), and then off I go to find solace in the arms of another email love.
That is, if anyone can love Thunderbird as their email app.
Thunderbird is a free email app for Mac and Windows PCs, that is loaded with plenty of standard bells and whistles, including IMAP and that famous Mozilla Firefox Windows-like layout and design, but it’s open source and free so what’s the beef?
What Thunderbird boasts, besides the lack of a price tag and Windows-like familiarity, is much of what’s in Mail– IMAP, POP, SMPT, sidebar account management, toolbar search filter, and multiple email accounts– but also some touches that come in handy.
The app also boasts many Mozilla add-ons which, unlike Mail plugins, play nice-nice with each other and Thunderbird. There’s phishing protection and junk mail filtering– built in. Messages you don’t want to keep but can’t throw away can be stored in the Message Archive. Email account setup is almost as easy as Mail, but the use of tabs alone make it worth a look if Mail is giving you some issues.
Setting up, learning, and using Thunderbird is not an Apple experience. There are more options and a more cluttered interface and more visual items to worry about. But email is email and Thunderbird is not Mail. But it works well, delivers decent performance, updates automatically, comes with plenty of options and add ons, and did I mention that it’s free.
Thunderbird may not be good enough to love, but it’s a pleasant respite when separated from Mail for awhile, disease free, priced right, and when you move back home to Mail after OS X’s next update it does make you appreciate the little things Apple does right (stationery templates, anyone?)