Even with the increased stability of Apple Mail (Mac Mail?) with Yosemite and its updates, Apple Mail is still a less-than-stellar mail client.
I’m thinking it’s time to say goodbye to Apple Mail. I’ve wanted to do this in the past, yet no applications seemed strong enough. This time, it looks like there are options.
Nice-to-have email Features
Aside from the basics expected from email solutions, I’d love to have some additional features.
I would love, love, love OmniFocus integration. How many emails are really tasks? For me, many of my messages are tasks, yet it makes no sense for my email client to be a task manager. I can’t remember how long it’s been since I’ve been easily make an email into a task. It probably goes back to my pre-Apple/pre-Mac days. (I think Outlook for Windows had a GTD add-in that allowed me to make an email into a task.)
I also use Evernote, so integration with my mail app would be convenient.
One of my criteria for all my data (my programs and online interactions) is that I don’t have all my apples on one basket, including Apple’s. Google gets a thin slice of my email traffic, all my contacts, very few of my online documents and the browser information from Chrome. Apple gets a lot because of my iPhone, iMac and MBPro, though I don’t use Contacts, iPhoto, Calendar. I’m not actually sure how much stuff makes it onto iCloud. (Note to self: someday, check how much of my data Apple has access to on iCloud.) Most of my email is through my own domains, but those currently go through Apple Mail, adding to the amount of the data pie that Apple can taste. I barely use Safari, but I am a regular user; it’s my #2 browser.
Alternatives to Apple Mail
I looked at Postbox (one review) and Airmail (one V1.x review). I knew that MS Outlook for Mac was out of the question. Thunderbird seemed old and weak (and web-based?). With IMAP, it’s less of a commitment to switch, but would be nice to not waste my time. I’ve looked a iOS apps, like Brewster and Mailbox, but they don’t have desktop equivalents.