It’s not that Mail is a bad email app. It’s one of the best.
But if nothing improves without change then it pays to look around to see what others do the their email apps which make them Totally Try Worthy. With the latest Postbox email app I found that Apple is mostly ignoring the social revolution and leaving it up to other apps to pick up the slack.
This one bills itself as the world’s best desktop Gmail client for Mac and Windows (which also works with IMAP, POP, Yahoo!, iCloud, Hotmail, and others; so it’s safe to try out).
First, Postbox looks familiar. Email accounts in the sidebar, but it uses Google Calendar, Gmail Labels, even Gmail keyboard shortcuts.
Second, Postbox is more socially adept. It imports profile photos from Facebook, Gravatar, Linkedin, and you can update Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter from within the app.
Thirdly, Postbox integrates Dropbox so you can send bulky email attachments and files which might gum up your recipient’s email inbox (or, never show up at all).
Postbox has the familiar Conversation View which brings fragments of email threads into a single, unified view. It also cleans up those cluttered Re: Fwd: RE: Fwd’s threads which get messy in the back and forth of email communication.
Very handy, too, is the built-in email message to Evernote notes function, so you can archive messages, and have them available on remote devices.
These are all nifty little functions not available in Apple’s Mail app, but which useful to many Mac users with more social awareness and a willingness to try something new.