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MailMate is an ambitious, powerful email client for OS X. It is designed for and only supports IMAP while still working in full when offline. MailMate has state-of-the-art searching capabilities and correspondingly advanced smart mailboxes. Extensive keyboard control and dynamic signatures ensure a highly efficient workflow when reading and answering emails. Alternative message viewer layouts and a browser-inspired design ensure easy and rapid access to related messages.

Shortlist of features:

  • Universal mailboxes: One Inbox for all of your IMAP accounts.
  • Extensive keyboard control: Switch mailboxes more...

What's New

Version 1.7.2:
  • Integration with Calendar/iCal, BusyCal, and Fantastical.
  • Integration with Evernote, Things, and The Hit List.
  • Support for SmartyPants when using Markdown with HTML generation.
  • Drag'n'drop email/mbox files to a mailbox to trigger importing.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • IMAP email accounts

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In the last two updates, MailMate has added functionality that is simply incredible, so it is time for me to write another review. If you have not tried MailMate in the last 2 months, it is also time to run it through its paces again in the light more...

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Version 1.6
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Macott Member IconReview+2
Macott
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This has been my goto email client exclusively for the last 7 months. Search is great, rules for smart mailboxes are very powerful, and it works flawless with my yahoo/gmail/icoud/countermail account. Add in the built-in menu to send an email directly to OmniFocus (and other services, but OF is my tool of choice), and you have a winning application. It also has the best support for encryption that I have found.

Developer is very helpful, responsive and engaged in discussions on the mailmate mailing list.

Overall I would recommend this for anyone who wants a very powerful email client.

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Version 1.7.2
OneAfter909 Member IconReview+18
OneAfter909
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I initially thought MailMate was overpriced. After 5 days, I believe it's worth every penny.

I've tried 9 email applications since upgrading to Mavericks. Mail with Mail Act-On had been my go-to app through ML, but is barely usable now (even with the 10.9.2 update). MailMate is the only email app I've tried that has the performance and features I need for efficient work.

It's easy to file messages and to quickly open any folder in any account. Fortunately, you can change the font and line-spacing in the Mailbox and Message panels. And the search and smart folder functions are brilliant.

I purchased it after using the demo for only 4 days because it has helped me save time. I only wish I hadn't wasted so many weeks on all the other less-expensive email apps.

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Version 1.7.2
PlakatV2649 Member IconReview+1
PlakatV2649
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I wish I could use this app, but it appears that it does not work if you have large volumes of e-mail on your imap server. The beachball spins and spins, and the program is unusable. After wasting a lot of time trying to troubleshoot, I finally found other users complaining about the same problem on MailMate's bug listserv, and the developer explaining that the program wasn't optimized for large volumes of mail. Something about all the mail being indexed in a single pool, and memory management issues. A real shame, since the features look great! But despite all the reviews that describe this as a power user's program, it looks like it's precisely power users who will have trouble.

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Version 1.7.1
Tvalleau
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This review would be more helpful if "large number of emails" were actually a number. 1000? 2 million? At what point does it start slowing down?

OneAfter909
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One discussion from 2012 in the listserv mentions 200k messages as a point at which problems may be encountered. I found one person who complained; his thread indicates there were probably other factors leading to the performance issues. (Speaking of that listserv, the developer seems to respond promptly and thoroughly.)

I have two 2008 iMacs. One is running Mavericks and the other one uses Mountain Lion. I have six email accounts. The largest has over 55,000 messages and the total number of messages is a little less than 100k. I haven't had problems with MailMate; perhaps I would if I had twice as many messages stored.

When I began using MailMate, the account with the largest number of messages had a beachball that was spinning more often than the other accounts. I tried different sync schedules for that account (right-click the account under SOURCES and select Synchronization Schedules); there is now much less beachball activity, due to the sync schedule changes or due to MailMate having sufficient time to sync the numerous messages. By the way, when the beachball is spinning, it does not seem to affect performance and I am able to use that account just as if there was no beachball.

Tomeck Member IconReview+93
Tomeck
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I just wanted to add my voice to the praise of this excellent email client. It might for some users not that eye candy but what you get is a sophisticated and most reliable email client with tons of features and a responsive developer. Highly recommend for business users but for private users, too! I recommend any interested user to give the test version a serious try!

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Version 1.7
Sherman Wilcox Member IconReview+171
Sherman Wilcox
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Just a brief review to say that this application is wonderful: clean, powerful, a keyboard-user's dream. It feels lean and yet has some subtle and very effective power features. Amazing technical support from the developer. Support this application!

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Version 1.7
Tomeg Member IconComment+36
Tomeg
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1.7 MailMate update fails. System Alert says the update has an "internal inconsistency" therefore update can't be completed. Downloading from developer's site similarly fails when 1.7 updated app launches.

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Version 1.7
Benny Kjær Nielsen
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I have no other reports about this. I would appreciate if you could contact me by email if you have time to help me find out why it doesn't work for you (go to the contact page on the homepage). Thanks in advance.

Tomeg
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No problem since I updated to Mavericks! Whatever it may have been no longer is a problem. Thanks again for your (I think) help! Love this app!

Macmath17 Member IconReview+37
Macmath17
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Caye has said it in a nutshell, and things have only improved since I wrote my review of the previous version (below Caye's).

Many of the items mentioned in the reviews below have been addressed (such as seeing how the viewed email is going to look).

This is not the Mac App Store; give it a test drive.

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Version 1.7
Caye Member IconReview+8
Caye
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Yes it is powerful, but don't let those "for the power-user" reviews turn you away. MailMate delivers power with ease of use as well.

MailMate is very fast and has search, smart mailbox (with smart submailboxes), and tagging capabilities better than any I've seen. I love the correspondence view, and the availability of Markup within the composer.

The developer is extremely active and is adding capabilities all the time, as well as honing the existing capabilities. He is also extremely responsive.

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Version 1.7
Macmath17 Member IconReview+37
Macmath17
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In the last two updates, MailMate has added functionality that is simply incredible, so it is time for me to write another review. If you have not tried MailMate in the last 2 months, it is also time to run it through its paces again in the light of this functionality.

I process a lot of email in a day with something at least 40 emails going out and 60 or so coming in (not counting spam or emails that I don't wish to read). Since I like a clean inbox, and I like to organize what I see coming in, that volume of mail could be very time consuming. However, with MailMate I am able to read and organize my email and keep a clean inbox with little effort and without the time-consuming hassle of moving emails to folders. This is possible because MailMate has added Tagging, and because its search functionality and its extremely smart SmartMailboxes. Some email goes with a particular project, which I tag with the project name; email which is critical but which can't be immediately answered gets a tag of 'critical' (and a tag of its project name, if it goes with a project); email which I've responded to but which I will need to move along further after I receive a reply back is tagged 'followup' (and a project tag, if relevant). Once the email is tagged, I archive it and it is no longer in the Inbox. Tagging is very quick (perhaps a keystroke) as is removing an old tag and adding a new one.

Emails are now categorized by some tag of relevance and some tag of what level of reply is needed. I have a smart mailbox for Critical mail and Followup mail, and for some important projects. MailMate can organize the mail within a smart mailbox by any criteria by which you can search: header items, tags, dates, subjects, contacts, the mailer used to sent the message..., the list is almost endless. So, when I look into my Critical smart mailbox I can see all the critical mail organized within folders by Project. I can have another Critical smart mailbox which is organized inside by what day or what month the email arrived (some things are more critical than others ;-) ). So if I can put some organization behind the smart mailbox with essentially no effort.

The search capability is amazing due to the ability to search by all those same items as mentioned above, as well as the nest the searches. It is next to impossible to lose any email if you remember anything about it at all.

Viewing your emails is also very convenient. There are a number of layouts available, and it is possible to write your own layouts as well. My favorite is "Correspondence" in which while you're reading an email you can see (in another pane) a header each for any other email correspondence with the sender. Another layout that I use sometimes shows at a glance the relationship between each email in a thread (which was a reply to which).

I don't know what others use, but I now have any functionality that I used in other email clients, and then some. [That is not to say that MailMate has every functionality of Mail (for instance), but I am sure that it has some that Mail does not] Within MailMate, it is possible to write using markup language, and not only that but it has a WYSIWYG view pane below so that you can see how it will be seen by the people reading the email. It is also easy to place pictures inline in your emails (drag-and-drop while writing as a MarkUp email). [Drag-and-drop also works from an email that you are reading to your desktop.] After writing your email you can also set a time when the email will be sent.

I don't know what more I could ask it to do. I want for nothing, and I have a lot more time back since I left Mail almost 3 years ago: both because it is some much easier to use while keeping on top of your mail load, and because it is more spry in handling my 90,000 messages over 3 IMAP accounts. I am sure that I missed some items, but the review is too long already.

The developer is very responsive, and that is one of those things that can't be bought (except through a license fee to this developer :-) ).

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Version 1.6
massachute Member IconReview+11
massachute
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Oh how I wish the designer of this software didn't have philosophical objections to WYSIWYG email text entry. It's really a fantastic program in all the ways that other reviews have described: quick, stable, with wonderful search capabilities. But not being able to see what your message will look like before you send it, to check that bullets, italics, indentation are all in the right places, makes it impossible for me to use the program. The developer outlines his aesthetic, moral and ethical objections to WYSIWYG for e-mail, but I honestly don't get it, and found MailMate sadly unacceptable for composing mail for this -- and only this -- reason. Please, at least make WYSIWYG an option?

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Version 1.5.4
Caye
+2

Write to the author and ask for a link to the current beta. Currently, there are two panes and you can see in the second pane WYG from what you type in the first pane.

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Version 1.7.2
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Version 1.7.2
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Version 1.7.1
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Downloads 15,431
Version Downloads 1,050
Type Internet / Email
License Shareware
Date 17 Dec 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $49.99
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