With all the hatred for email why don’t we Mac users rise up in revolt and switch to different email apps more frequently? Because once you get a few thousand email messages archived, you’re not inclined to try something different. There’s pain involved with switching. Here’s a way to ease the pain for 99-cents.
Divide And Conquer
Right up front, let me disclose the obvious. I hate email, too, but switching from one email application to another is fraught with fear, anxiety, and the unknown; which is why most of us keep using what we’re using.
Part of the problem is that not all email storage methods are created equal. Apple’s Mail uses the time honored but misunderstood Unix Mbox file to hold messages. It’s a file format which reduces the message to plain text.
Unfortunately, there are a number of variants and not every email app treats messages the same way and some won’t import Mbox formatted email files. Enter Mbox Splitter, a 99-cent utility which simply splits the standardized Unix Mbox file or an Mbox package export from Apple’s Mail app into single messages in the odd but often used .eml format used by Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Thunderbird, Postbox and others.
Using Mbox Splitter is straightforward, too. Select the Mbox file you want to split (using Mail’s Export Mailbox feature; Mbox files are usually stored in the Library > Mail > Mailboxes folder), wait a few minutes for the splitting to finish and you’re good to go. .eml files can be imported easily into Mac mail apps which may not import Mbox files.