Amazingly, there are plenty of alternative email apps for Mac users, some light fare with limited features, others that are bulked up with functionality not found in Mail. So, if Mail isn’t your cup of tea, then you might fight more success with the latest version of Postbox.
Why A Mail Alternative?
To be honest and fair, Apple’s Mail isn’t all that bad. It has plenty of useful features, handles most POP, IMAP, Exchange, Gmail, and Yahoo! accounts with ease, and is able to store tens of thousands of messages (I know because that’s how many I have in Mail).
The problems I’ve had with Mail in recent years have to do with stability. Every now and again it goes wonky, crashes, hangs, or chokes when trying to open the dozen or so email accounts I have.
Every now and again I start looking at alternatives. The criteria is simple. Import Mail’s messages, handle multiple accounts without choking, do signatures, do searches fast and simple. I don’t care much about stationery or other more esoteric Mail functionality.
A few years ago Postbox came on the Mac scene with great promise, but less delivery. The latest version is the best yet. It’s comfortable and familiar, importing accounts and messages from Mail, has a few features and functions Mail does not (pre-made responses, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box integration, word counter, focus pane, archive, power user keyboard shortcuts, and favorites come to mind).
Postbox has a simple toolbar and a standard three-pane window– mailboxes in the left sidebar, details in the center and main windows. Even Contacts can be displayed inline in Postbox.
The focus pane lets you see only unread messages based upon your own criteria. Email can be segregated by topic, project, event, team members, co-workers. Search is advanced– by subject, sender, date range, project name, or whatever. Multiple account groups make it easy to juggle work and personal accounts, and Postbox does… insert drum roll here… tabs. Nice.
Links can be share via the aforementioned Dropbox, OneDrive, or Box accounts, which saves you disk space. And, for Mac email power users, Postbox has macros that include text, HTML formatting, or anything else you want to create with a click or two. One feature that is near and dear to me is called Domain Fencing– a handy option that prevents personal email accounts from using work email (Hillary Clinton should’ve used this).
There’s lots going on in this new version of Postbox and worth a try. Fortunately, you can try before you buy, and buying isn’t all that expensive anyway.