▪ June 23

I’ve tried a number of Mac email clients over the years before settling (for now) on Postbox, but if I were running a company, I’d definitely give Hiri a whirl. Once your company grows, however, the chances are you’re going to need Office 365 and Exchange compatibility – and that’s what the company is now working on …  expand full story

▪ February 19

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Inbox by Gmail, which Google appears to view as a replacement for the popular email client Sparrow, has been very quietly updated, notes TechCrunch, to include a native build for iPad. The app is currently only available in some countries (including the U.S.), and neither the App Store description nor What’s New entry mention the iPad build.

The app, which our hands-on last October described as “a marriage between Gmail and Google Now,” has tended to polarise views, some loving it, others hating it–with very few falling between the two …  expand full story

▪ December 13, 2013

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You would think a high profile app written by Apple specifically for OS X and supplied with every Mac sold would be as close to flawless as you can get. Sadly, this has not been the experience many of us have had with Apple Mail for quite some time – especially Gmail users.

While Apple Mail seems to have continued to work well for those with simple needs – a single email account, no filtering into folders – power users have experienced a whole succession of problems that Apple seems unable to fix.

Unread mail counts that take an age to update, deleted emails that reappear next time you click into an account, moves to folders that undo themselves, undo actions that don’t work and – most annoyingly of all – a mail list pane that remains blank when you switch account, sometimes for seconds, sometimes even for minutes at a time.

I finally lost patience with it and decided to look around at alternatives. I’d used Thunderbird before, so that was high on my list, and some googling pointed me to Postbox, an email client which uses Thunderbird as its engine but layers a prettier user-interface on top …  expand full story

▪ February 7, 2013

Mailbox, the highly anticipated third-party Gmail client for the iPhone from Orchestra, is now available in the App Store. Here’s the essence of why Mailbox is meant to be a better mobile email client:

  • Mailbox is light, fast, and mobile-friendly.
  • Swipes make checking mail from your phone a delight.
  • Snoozes let you put off an email until later and remind you when the time has come.
  • Mailbox makes getting to inbox zero, and staying there, a breeze.

The app is free, but you’ll need a reservation code to use it today. These codes were given out on a first-come, first-served basis a few weeks ago to anyone who signed up for the app in advance. This system was put in place to prevent the company’s servers from being overwhelmed, as there is substantial demand for the free app.

Screenshots and video overview:

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▪ February 21, 2012

If you are fond of handy little helper apps for your Mac like MenuTab for Facebook, Tab for Google+ or MailTab for Gmail, you will definitely want to consider adding Rasmus Porsager and Anders Myrup’s QuickMailer to your daily productivity arsenal. Do you hate having to launch a full-blown email client just to fire off a quick email message? Worry not; QuickMailer comes to the rescue (via Cult of Mac). All this little Mac app does is sit at your menu bar and wait for a keystroke combination.

As seen above: An elegant, clean compose window will pop up with the To, Subject, and Body fields, and an option to attach a file, access preferences and send your message. The program works through your primary Mail.app account and looks up previous recipients to provide auto-completion. Also handy: QuickMailer can remember fields for your next message. A 99-cent download from the App Store, QuickMailer is a real lifesaver. One more screenshot is right below the fold.

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