If Mail is the Mac app we love to hate, and email is the Devil’s way of punishing mankind for not always submitting to his will, and not being as nasty as we could, then we Mac users have three choices. Dispense with email altogether (somewhat impractical these days). Muddle along as always with the accompanying and ongoing torture. Or, tack on some add-on utilities which make Mail and email more manageable, more malleable, and somewhat more submissive to our collective will.
Here’s a quick look at a few Mac Mail utilities which add to the email experience, but in a positive way. The first add-on is free and not to be believed it is so good. Meet your new email app. Uh, utility. Um, pop up window.
Herald is much like a mini Mail notifier with some street cred. It notifies you of incoming email in a pop up window, but also gives you options to delete, reply, forward, read, and customize the display window.
Amazingly, Herald is free.
Not free, but deserving of the price tag is a spam catcher that works better than Apple’s built-in Mail Junk Mail filter. It’s called SpamSieve and it has all the bells and whistles to trap spam messages at the inbox door. Nothing works better. Nothing. Well, except no email at all.
SpamSieve has a blacklist, a whitelist, notifications, and it learns from your incoming mail which ones are good and which are not. There’s even a simple slider bar to lighten the restrictions or clamp down hard on spam mail.
There are plenty of preferences and settings, though SpamSieve works well out of the box with not adjustments, but once setup and running, can be set-it-and-forget-it.
One of my favorite newcomers to Mail is growing in popularity because it does what no other email add on does (that I’m aware of). Send email messages later; according to a scheduler. It’s a function built-in to a suite of email tools called MailButler a bit of a hodgepodge of email features that are subscription based. There’s email tracking, email notes, attachments to the cloud for storage, email signatures, and the one feature that makes it all worthwhile, email scheduling.
That’s right. Email can be scheduled to be sent when you want it to with MailButler. Right next to the Send button in Mail is a Send Later button. Click it and you can choose the time for SendLater to send your email message, well, later.
You still need to leave your Mac running for the scheduler to work, but it works great, and is perfect for Mac users who respond to a message right away, but don’t want to give the appearance of always being available, and want to schedule the email message to be sent at a later time.
Collectively, these email add-ons for Mail can turn that ongoing email problem into a multi-faceted solution.