Maybe you can see where this is going. What’s a Mailsmith? Someone who is good at, well, mail? Or, email? In this case Mailsmith is an email application for Mac users which does basic email quite well, but also does a handful of functions not found in most email apps.
What Price Email?
Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that trying to sell an application that others give away free could end up being a losing proposition, though there are exceptions to the rule. Apple’s Safari, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Photos, iTunes and other free apps haven’t stopped third party developers from trying to compete.
After all, Android is given away free to cell phone and tablet makers, and they compete with Apple’s iPhone and iPad and iOS, and the former hasn’t made much money while the latter has captured all the industry’s riches. So, go figure.
If the Mac’s Mail app isn’t your thing but money isn’t your thing either, then there’s Mailsmith, a somewhat unique– and free- Mac email client; one that’s been around a few years, but just hasn’t inspired the masses of email users as much as it has the geekier side of the community.
Mailsmith is far more robust than I expected for a free email app, sporting dozens of settings in Preferences, though most are self explanatory.
Mailsmith can import mailboxes from other email apps, including the Mac’s built-in Mail app. Creating a new mailbox is child’s play and requires a few clicks to settings.
The negative here is that Mailsmith operates more like it’s 1999. It does SMTP outgoing email with ease. And it handles both POP and APOP with no problems. But not IMAP accounts, where your email stays on the mail server.
Right away you’ll have an idea why Mailsmith is free. It’s so 1999. Creating and sending email isn’t a problem, though, but its really bare bones compared to Apple’s Mail app.
So, what’s the point of Mailsmith?
Despite the dearth of common features, and the lack of IMAP support, Mailsmith has filtering, searching, scripting, and editing features not found in many modern email clients. Processing is multi-threaded which means searches are fast. If you understand ‘grep’ pattern matching, then you’ll see why Mailsmith is still around. It’s even scriptable (OSA) and has an option to create your own extra functionality through plugin support.
Mailsmith isn’t for everyone, and apparently not even for enough Mac geeks to make its existence pay, but it’s powerful for those who prefer such over modern functions. And it’s free.