Killer app? In that email came from an alien race which decided to end human life on earth by numbing our minds on an endless array of needless and unproductive messages. Yeah, that’s a killer app, right?
As email apps go, Apple’s Mail app is decent, but screen clutter and tools grow with every update. Yes, it does HTML email, stationery and templates, and folder management. And it’s free. Is there a better way? Not if you stick with Apple’s Mail.
I’ve been trying out a few different email apps and I like Airmail. It’s inexpensive at less than $2.00. It’s easier to use than Mail and the Toolbar is not a cluttered mess of options.
Therein lies the secret to email. Less is more. By reducing the feature set to just the basics, Airmail becomes the elegant email app you wish you could use. It’s email. So it’s familiar, yet refreshingly light. Like 7-Up after a week of Coke every day.
Airmail comes with a unified inbox and you can set up as many email accounts as you need. It does Exchange, IMAP, POP3 which means Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo! AOL, Outlook and most other email systems should work OK.
Unlike Mail, Airmail handles Winmail message previews as well as some online storage services for attachments. It threads messages by conversation and yet it groups by subject. It also integrates address books from Exchange, Google, and Apple’s Contacts.
When creating a message you can use text, Markdown, HTML and set up custom settings per account. In other words, minimalist Airmail is not. But it’s not cluttered so it’s actually easier to use.
My previous favorite non-Apple email app was Sparrow, bought and killed by Google. Airmail looks and feels similar.
Alright, enough of the platitudes. I like Airmail. I don’t like the most recent update which has caused me and a bunch of other Mac users more than a few headaches. Therein lies another issue with third party app developers who take on Apple with a less is more app.
Quality control. Still, for less than $2.00 it’s an alternative to the pain inflicted by those aliens from outer space who gave humans email in the first place.