Apple keeps tacking on features I don’t use because feature creep is a real disease among app developers and someone on the OS X team must be inspired by the lengthy feature list in Microsoft Word.
How else do you explain that we’re 20 years beyond the introduction of public email for internet users and we still hate to use email?
If you’ve had enough of Apple’s Mail and seek an alternative, be pre-warned– it’s a jungle out there. Recently, I tried two ends of the email spectrum. The expensive and feature-laden MailMate and the less expensive but Mail-like Airmail. Try either app and you’l probably come to the same conclusion.
I hate email.
Of the two, MailMate is the more robust (which reflects the robust price tag) and comes with scads of keyboard shortcuts, deep message searching, dynamic signatures, special notifications, multiple layouts, and even offline access.
There’s much to like for anyone who lives, breathes, eats, and sleeps email every day. It’s a power package of features just beyond the reach of Mail users.
On the other side of the coin is Airmail, which was once light and airy (pun intended), with just the right blend of features you need, and nothing you don’t. Unfortunately, Airmail has contracted featuritis, a form of feature creep, and now has an extensive list to justify the new and higher price tag.
Airmail syncs accounts between Macs using iCloud, has a unified inbox, and unlike MailMate which is IMAP only, also handles POP3, IMAP and most other mail protocols.
Airmail has Gmail keyboard shortcuts, works with Exchange, and imports email from Mail.
After using MailMate and Airmail I ended up with the same distaste for email that I had with Mail. I’m a firm believer in different strokes for different folks, but email is a scourge, not a way of life, so I’m back to Mail.