Email might be the killer app we love to hate, but we all have to deal with it. Apple’s Mail does a decent job for most Mac users with a broad array of eye candy features.
Mac users who need more email management, productivity, and efficiency should take a look at MailMate. It’s a powerful Mac email app that lives and works on IMAP. If you’re not overwhelmed with email or up to your knees in message management, don’t leave Mail. If you need more, MailMate gives more.
Keyboard: MailMate can be keyboard only so you can read, reply, and navigate through your messages only using the Mac’s keyboard.
Markdown: Built-in is support for Markdown, a plain text markup language. That means your email messages can contain very rich text including outlines, tables, even programming code.
Search: Search is fast and focused. Search for any email header in all mailboxes in all accounts.
Mailboxes: Email management can be a pain, but MailMate helps ease the tension with custom smart mailboxes so you can organize your messages to match your needs.
Signatures: Apple’s Mail does signatures right. So does MailMate, but it gives you shortcuts to select customer signatures.
Notifications: Math is important. MailMate displays multiple dock counters, menubar counters, even Growl notifications.
Layouts: Everyone has an idea of how they want an email app to look, so alternatives give you options. Widescreen? Threads? Statistics? Multiple panes? Check.
Multiple Accounts: Duh. Who has only one email address? I have dozens to manage and need an app that makes it easy. It’s cumbersome in Mail, but easier in MailMate (which also handles SSL/TLS server certificates).
Offline: We’re not always connected to the internet when we travel with our Macs. That usually presents a problem with IMAP email apps, but MailMate makes it easier by holding all messages, responses, and changes until the Mac is connected again, then it syncs each account.
MailMate is a surprisingly enjoyable email app, more suited for the email jockey than average Mac user, but worthy of try-before-you-buy, and highly recommended.
The only upfront negative is that MailMate is IMAP only, but if you’re an email jockey then you know the advantages of IMAP and won’t mind.