If you use Apple’s Mail for Mac OS X, then you’re in good company because that’s what most of us use. From time to time I’ll dilly and dally with a different email app, an action born of the daily frustration of, well, you know. Email.
I’m beginning to think the problem with email isn’t the app. It’s email in general. If that’s the case, then the app doesn’t make much difference unless you’re a heavy duty power user where time is money and you devote too much time to handling email.
It’s either become more disciplined at dealing with email or find a new email app that does it better. The former takes work. The latter is the norm. The latest to grace my aging Mac is called Unibox, and it does email with a twist or two.
First, Unibox handles the basics. Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo!, Exchange with IMAP, Hotmail, Fastmail, and most standard IMAP servers. Visually, Unibox uses a single window (no more popup just to send an email message). I like that.
Organizing email messages is always a pain in Mail. That explains why I have over 100 mailboxes. Unibox stores email by person, making it people centric. Click on a contact and view messages from or to that person.
Instead of hunting for attachments and hoping to find them embedded in an email message, Unibox displays attachments in two additional views akin to an attachment browser on a grid. The built-in filters are handy, too, because you can view all messages or focus only on a single account or folder. Or, just view messages that are unread. Or, only those with stars or attachments.
These are very useful features not found in many email apps, and I found it easier to navigate between messages in Unibox than in Mail. Unibox comes with a price tag and it’s Mac App Store only, but the developer does provide a 15 day working trial. That’s all you need.