Even though there is a wide range of email clients that one can choose from, when it comes to such programs for the Mac OS X, Airmail takes the cake. It’s an easy to use, solid search equipped email clients dar comes with different functions and support several email providers.
Platform: Mac OS X
- On the supported items list we can find IMAP, POP3, Exchange, iCloud, local accounts, Gmail and Google Apps.
- Unified inbox for as many email accounts you please
- The Option of shortcuts, whether they are Gmail, global, or custom shortcuts
- Modes, themes, and layout options you can use to customize it to your liking
- Advanced token mode and preview, but also a global search feature, alongside filters.
- Integration with Reminders, Spam Sieve, OmniFocus, Evernote, 2Do and Calendar.
- Contact photos at a pretty big size
- Colors, Flags, Gmail labels, and folders are also supported
- Droplr, Google Drive, CloudApp and Dropbox, all have integrated support.
Where it excels
Airmal is similar to Sparrow, which now doesn’t operate anymore. It’s strong point is its customization options, which are vast and useful, ranging from tags and labels, to folders and shortcuts. You can change the way it looks, and how its shortcuts operate. Also, you can get the latest beta versions from the developer’s website, to be permanently on top of what’s new. With some work, you can personalize Airmail until it screams you.
Where it falls short
Airmail fall short when it comes to support, as it doesn’t exactly offer the best support, nor do its support forums help very much. Aside from that, an issue with Airmail is that its buttons aren’t very obvious, thus being somewhat difficult to understand what does what. The Prefferences section, where you customize the client, is hard to navigate and also hard to understand at times, therefore setting up your client just the way you want can be quite of a struggle. The good part is that you only have to do it once.
Apple Mail is, of course, a competitor. It is similar to another client, MailMate, but has more problems and also less features to show. But hey, MailMate costs $40.
MailMate ( $40) is one of the previous top players in the email client area. It might be the one for you if you like Apple’s MailApp, but do not like its lack of features and various problems. MailMate is practicly that, but without the problems and with added features that are actually quite good. It has an outstanding search function, with many types of filters and rules you can use. Almost everything can be shortcut operated, and you can even change the layout with a shortcut. Although the Gmail support isn’t that great, it compensates in so many ways. It checks the last signature used for a specific person and uses that instead of a standard signature. Sometimes, however, it may not be very intuitive, it only supports IMAP at the moment and you have to deal with a few navigation problems, but aside from that and its threaded messages, it’s a good pick.
PostBox($9.95) is pretty much MailMate with a lighter price tag, being capable of the same searching capabilities that MailMate excels at. It also brings features you won’t find in any other email client, such as the Summary Mode, or Focus Pane, as it is called, which filters the message by type/subject.
MailPilot (19.99) is also a good pick, as it includes workflows, reminders, to-do lists and such, being more task oriented, helping you organize your files in many way. You can put it somewhere between Airmail and Postbox.
Although they don’t integrate with Mac OS X just as well as other apps, Outlook and Thunderbird also deserve a mentioning, as both pack some good features.