Here’s the deal and it’s one we can all agree upon, right? Email is bad for your health. At best it’s tedious. Normally it’s just frustrating. At worst it can cause mail rage which is like road rage but aimed at the seemingly bottomless inbox.
So, I have two ideas on how we can eliminate email as a problem for Mac users. The first is to get President Obama to advocate mandatory email accounts for everyone. The Republican led Senate and House will respond immediately with a bill to outlaw email, or make it opt in instead of mandatory.
Problem solved, right?
There’s a slight chance that Obama won’t agree to my proposal, what with being a lame duck and all, so I have a second and more pragmatic approach. Manage email from the Mac’s Menubar using an inexpensive and attractive utility called MailBar.
There’s not much to MailBar because it does what you’d expect a Menubar app to do. Be minimalist but useful at the same time. The Menubar icon tells you how many messages are waiting in the Mail inbox. Click and view the messages. Click the menu to respond, forward, mark as junk, archive, delete, etc.
MailBar lets you view messages, respond to messages, search for messages all without leaving the app you’re using, and without switching over to Mail.
Preferences are straightforward, too, and include a custom sound for new messages, shortcuts, and other basic options.
MailBar is a clever way to get you through the bulk of incoming email without having to switch to Mail or leave the app you’re using at the moment. It’s simple to master and easily worth the lunch money price tag.