Is there a worst offender against personal and job productivity than email?
Back in the day I switched my email from Eudora to Microsoft’s Entourage then to Apple’s Mail. Since then I’ve flirted with a few other email apps, but always end up heading back to Apple for comfort. Email apps are cluttered, cumbersome, and feature laden. My last fling was with Sparrow, a lightweight IMAP email app that was the opposite of Apple’s Mail. Clean and neat. Then Google bought Sparrow and I’m back to using Mail again.
Is there a better way to manage email than Apple’s built-in Mail app? No. Sparrow was close. Mozilla’s Thunderbird is going in the wrong direction. So is email.
To say Sparrow is a minimalist email app is to say that former President Bill Clinton should be appointed by President Obama as Secretary Of Explaining Stuff.
Sparrow is IMAP (and POP, but that is so 1996) so your email stays buried forever in the cloud. Sparrow handles multiple email accounts (is there anyone left on the planet with only one email account?).
Inbox? Only Sparrow gives you an option to customize the inbox (Mail is all or nothing). And, it integrates nicely with Facebook (is there anyone left on the planet not on Facebook?).
For Dropbox and CloudApp users, Sparrow makes large file attachments a thing of the past. And there are shortcuts, labels, stars, send and archive, and more.
Then, there’s Google.
Sparrow is primarily an email app for your Google Gmail account. Maybe that’s why Google bought Sparrow. And that’s what has me back to using Mail again. It’s a matter of who you can trust, and, to put it politely, Google cannot be trusted.
Somewhere down the road I expect Google will have their own Mac email app and it will be based on Sparrow. But it won’t be lean and mean, though it’s likely to be free (Sparrow has a free ad-supported version, and a version with a price tag).
Email apps are cluttered enough without having to wade through Google-like advertisements to manage my email.