Postbox bills itself as “first class email,” offering its users more focus, organization, and the opportunity to “be awesome.” As IMAP and POP email clients go, Postbox is definitely awesome, offering many of the same features as the OS X Mail app, but adding so much more, such as social integration, Evernote integration, a Focus pane, Labels and Topics, and a conversation view that helps you keep your messages in context and reply from within the message thread. For true IMAP email services such as iCloud, Hotmail, Yahoo, and ISP-based email, you probably won’t find a friendlier yet powerful email client. In addition to working with IMAP and POP based services, Postbox works remarkably well with Gmail as well, with support for Labels, the Important mailbox, and Gmail keyboard shortcuts.
If you’ve ever lost an attachment, you’ll appreciate Postbox’s icon view, which takes an email folder and shows all of the images attached to messages within that folder, giving you access to save or forward those attachments. Never lose another emailed photo again!
Postbox adds all of these innovations all whilst keeping the interface lean, attractive, and uncluttered. The Focus pane helps you squeeze more useful information into your widescreen view of your mailbox, adding quick sorting by topic, sender, and filters such as attachments or unread. Keyboard shortcuts to add Topics or Labels to your messages make it a breeze to sort messages as you read them. Read a message, apply a Topic, and then onward to the next message, and so forth. If you deal with large volumes of email on a daily basis, or need to whip your inbox into shape, this is a fast and efficient way to get a handle on what your emails are all about, and then narrow your focus and tackle one topic or concern at a time.
Sending Dropbox links is also a breeze. Instead of cluttering up your recipient’s inbox with huge attachments, and risking returned mail because of too-large attachments, dragging and dropping files from your Dropbox folder results in links within your message, by which your recipient can easily click and download the file, with the added advantage of always having the latest revisions to the file easily available.
I should also mention how easy it is to make a nice signature in Postbox. Using basic HTML (instead of sending an image file embedded in my mail), all of my messages bear this signature:
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- Ronald C. Schoedel III