Of all the applications Apple pre-installs on every Mac, the one most of us love to hate the most is Mail. Not so much because of Mail itself, it’s a decent, full-featured email app, but because, you know; email.
So far, few email applications have made it easy or provided a compelling reason for the average Mac user to switch from Mail to anything else, despite a dozen or so optional email apps. Here is a Mac email app I’ve been using awhile on my iPad and iPhone and it’s now available for the Mac.
A Cloud Of Magic Email
A few million Apple customers have tried CloudMagic Email and it remains one of the most popular email apps for iPhone and iPad, and with good reason. It’s fast, easy, clean and uncluttered, and it’s free.
Unless you’re a Mac user, then the business model takes precedence, thanks to a price tag, but that’s how it should be. I’m willing to pay for what works.
CloudMagic Email probably belongs in the category of minimalist or distraction free apps. Yes, I know those terms are often used as euphemisms for few features, but with email that’s not a bad thing, though there is one feature lacking in CloudMagic that is a must have and soon.
First, though, the features, and they’re the basics. For example, it’s all IMAP and not POP email, so it works fine with iCloud, Yahoo!, Gmail, Outlook, Exchange, and almost any IMAP email account. The interface is clean and simple, starkly removed from Apple’s cluttered Mail interface.
Not much to learn with that minimalist interface, right?
CloudMagic Email’s claim to fame is being a good Apple citizen so notifications work and sync on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, including Handoff. Probably the coolest feature, other than ease-of-use, is the option to sync email accounts between devices (thanks to IMAP).
If you have a few dozen email accounts already setup on your iPhone then all you need to do to get them setup on iPad or Mac is to open CloudMagic and enter your account ID. The sync takes place automatically.
Microsofties will appreciate that CloudMagic Email handles Exchange, ActiveSync (EAS), and EWS (in addition to the standard IMAP which also works with Apple iCloud email). CloudMagic uses a standard unified Inbox so you can see messages from all email accounts, setup signatures for each account, and use keyboard shortcuts to handle Archive, Reply, Reply All, Mark as Unread, and Star. There’s even a built-in remote wipe option just in case someone walks away with your device and you want to make sure emails remain hidden from prying eyes.
Standard features include unread email message badges so you can see how many messages haven’t been viewed, filters to one-click star and unread, and HTML user signatures.
As good as CloudMagic Email is, and how easy it is to setup and use and keep email message synchronized between your Apple devices, there is a must-have feature that remains missing in action (and you won’t find Stationery, or email plugins like you will in Mail).
Spam filter. Apple’s Mail app uses a built-in Junk Mail filter which works well enough, but the vastly superior third party add-on SpamSieve utility is even better, but it doesn’t work with CloudMagic Email.