Without question there are Mac users who get more email than me. I just don’t know who they are. Thanks to a dozen or so email accounts the daily email management situation has reached a critical mass.
Through the years I’ve tried every email app available. Some I like, some I hate, none are worthy of my love. Here’s one that’s pretty close on the power curve usability scale. It’s called MailMate. I think it’s the email app for Mac users who really hate email.
Email From The Keyboard
As much as I hate to admit it, I keep bouncing back and forth between new email apps– I try one for awhile, then another, and then bounce back to Apple’s venerable but creaky Mail app. It’s not that I like Mail. It’s comfortable, albeit without some features that I have found to be crucial.
My latest attempt to leave my significant other email app is called MailMate. Let me get the negatives out of the way first.
MailMate has a price tag. It only does IMAP email accounts (if you must have POP, no can do). And, for now, it doesn’t do anything but text email (No WYSIWYG for you!) but it does handle Markdown so you can create rich text email with plain text, including outlines, tables, formatting, and more.
Moving forward, MailMate does plenty that those of us with too many incoming email messages need. First, it’s keyboard centric and there are keyboard shortcuts for almost everything, including simple things like changing mailbox or moving selected messages to a specific mailbox.
Try that in Mail.
As you can see, MailMate looks familiar. You know, like Mail. Most email apps these days have the standard three pane window with mailboxes on the left, messages on the top, single message below, so that familiarity is a benefit.
The real power of MailMate comes with the approach to handling email. Not only does it have more keyboard shortcuts than Mail, as noted, it also has integrated Markdown support, a plain text markup language which creates rich text emails using only plain text.
That’s good and bad. Good because Mac geeks love Markdown. Bad because MailMate doesn’t yet support WYSIWYG HTML email. Search is also faster and more granular than in Mail. MailMate does smart mailboxes, dynamic signatures (based on emails to the same recipient in the past), and special notifications with dock counters, menubar counters, and much more.
Of course, MailMate also handles multiple IMAP email accounts, and works offline when there is no internet connection. There are also additional window views you won’t find in Mail, including a nice widescreen layout, as well as message thread arcs. There’s even email stats beyond simple numbers.
For the email pros, there’s OpenPGM and S/MIME cryptographic encryption built in. I could go on but you get the idea. Switching email accounts is not child’s play, though made less painful by the IMAP requirement. I recommend that you give it a try for an email account or two, especially if you’re not into HTML email. For now, MailMate is a match for email power users, rather than the masses of Mac users, hence the price tag. It has the features Mac geeks who hate email love to use.