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Mail Perspectives extends Mail's user interface to tame window chaos and make it easier to monitor your important mail and mailboxes.

Our experience of working with Mail has taught us that organizing email involves more than just tagging, categorizing and acting on messages. It also requires quick and easy access to important emails and mailboxes. We have found that traditional Mail browsers are very Inbox-centric and it is too easy to forget about key messages no longer in Inbox. Access to these messages is difficult and slow, especially when there are numerous mailboxes to navigate.

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What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Provides compatibility for Mail 7.3 on OS X 10.9.4
  • Fixes issue when preview window not showing correct message from a Mail Perspective list view selection if messages arrived after selection made.
  • Fixes issue with first message being marked as read on first click perspective viewer after launch.
  • Fixes issues with using Mail Act-On to move messages via move more...


  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • Mail.app

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polocanada Member IconReview+26

Freezes the whole Mail application.

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Version 1.2.2
Kenmacgilroy Member IconReview+5

I really like Mail Perspectives.

When I first opened Mac Mail with Mail Perspectives installed, I was about to agree with some that it adds clutter. But then I read the QuickStart Guide and actually tried Perspectives. It is extremely customizable and has lots of options and shortcuts. Mail Perspectives was very well thought out and extremely well designed! Since I telecommute and keep Mac Mail open all the time, Mail Perspectives saves time and desktop space.

The question you should be asking is NOT "Will you like Mail Perspectives?", it is "Do you need Mail Perspectives?"

Here's my prediction if you will think Mail Perspectives does NOT add efficiency to your use of Mac Mail:

If you have little or few mailboxes "On My Mac", and don't use Smart Mailboxes or Flags much, and use only one or two email accounts, and if you spend most of your Mac Mail time working from your All-Inbox, and you don't plan to change how you use Mail, your email is so simple that you may not need a time saving utility like Mail Perspectives.

If your email is complex and you want to save time, then I suggest you download the Mail Perspectives demo and read the QuickStart Guide and actually spend some time exploring Mail Perspectives. I also bought MailTags and Mail Act-On years ago. Since I use email as my main tool to communicate at work, all three are invaluable to me. All three work very well together and simplify and make using Mac Mail more efficient.

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Version 1.2
TombstoneDrug Member IconReview+1

Gets in the way, more than it helps.

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Version 1.0.2

Agree. I found Notify (www.notifyapp.com) to be less intrusive... Alas, it is now abandonware and I count the days for the app to stop working with one of the future Lion updates.

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Wondering when a Lion Update will be available?

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Version 1.0.2
Jan Bergeron Member IconReview+7
Jan Bergeron

This is my second try at posting a review. I guess they don't like negative reviews, so they don't post them. But I do want to get my message across, so I'm giving it another try. If they delete this one, I guess I'll know for sure that they don't like negative reviews.

As far as I'm concerned, this is a waste of money. It adds more clutter instead of helping. The app reconfigured my mail window every time I restarted my Mac, so I had to spend time resetting everything. This was in spite of saving the settings and turning off everything that I didn't need or want. At least the developer had the foresight to include an uninstall function.

Please save your money. Apple mail is just fine the way it is, this is certainly no improvement.

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Version 1.0.2
Bucky Pucky, Jr.

And, pray, who are "they", if I may?

Jan Bergeron

The implication was that MacUpdate removed (or didn't post) the review, perhaps under pressure from the developer. The bottom line is that I have no idea why it was removed. All I know is that I posted the review, which was very pointedly a non-recommendation for Mail Perspectives (no profanity or anything that would have gotten it pulled), and it appeared shortly after I posted it. The next time I looked, the review was no longer there, which is why I made the comment when posting it a second time,

Indev (Developer)

Thanks for your comment.

I was not aware of any previous comment and I don't think MU is in the habit of removing comments from software unless they are inflammatory or offensive. In fact, as far as I know, MU doesn't remove comments at the request of developers -- it would not be impartial if they did so.

As to our software, we are sorry to hear that MP didn't work for you -- it isn't everyones cup of tea. We find that some people love the flexibility that Mail Perspectives give their workflow and some people don't agree with the UI changes that MP implements.

But users can download and try the software for 30 days, plenty of time for them to make a decision about the value of the software. And as it doesn't make any permanent changes to Mail, it is easy to uninstall if it isn't to their liking.

Rbarthle17 Member IconReview+1

I like layout better with multiple smaller windows for my inboxes. BUT... the search utility is completely useless. Any search returns all my messages every time. If I open up a new mailbox window and search through the Mail.app search, it works fine.

Fix the search and you've got something here.

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Version 1.0.2
Tomy_doe Member IconReview+45

I tried it and it adds clutter instead of improving the overview. Never knew how good the default Mail is until I tried this app. Unfortunately this app / Mail-plugin ?? is totally attention-craving and disrupts my usual workflow. I will revert to the usual red badge on the dock icon to check if a mail has arrived.

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Version 1.0.2
Nicmart Member IconReview+18

Not my cup of tea, based on a short time with the fully featured demo.

It seems to add clutter without great benefit. If you want to view newly arrived mail from multiple mailboxes, you either have to instruct MP to dump them into one window, or float different windows for each mailbox. This is not as efficient as Apple's design. I have not found a way to select several messages to delete at one time in the MP Inbox, so I have to return to Mail's Message Viewer, which is inefficient. Quick View is more troublesome than just selecting a message to view in Mail. The small benefits of this add-on, such as an alarm when new messages arrive, don't improve the original app much in my view. Bells and whistles for the sake of noise, rather than improved efficiency.

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Version 1.0.2
Myka Member IconReview+84

MailPerspectives replaces InDev's MiniMail plugin (and, as I discovered yesterday, this app is a free upgrade for MiniMail 2 owners. Just download from the developer's website and install).
The huge amount of thought and effort invested into this app shows the first time you launch Mail after the installation: you're taken on a short interactive tour of the app's main features (it remains accessible later through Mail's help menu if you need it!).
So, what happens to Mail after installing MailPerspectives?
The standard Mail viewer is replaced by 2 small windows and a compact toolbar:
1) A compact window of your Inbox ("Perspectives" window). You can easily set this window to show whichever mailbox—and as many mailboxes—you want). This window replaces the standard Mail viewer. If you want Mails' "normal" interface back, just click the zoom button [+] up left. Want to go back to compact view? Right, click the [+] button again.
2) Recent Mail window that shows the recent mail in your chosen mailboxes (you can customize it to show which/how many mailboxes, and determine what is "recent" mail).
3) A short, dark toolbar titled Mail Actions with mail actions icons (new message, note, to do etc.). It's customizable.
You can arrange these 3 windows however you want on your screen, save the arrangement, and restore it with ease (to restore click the home icon in the Mail Actions toolbar).
-There's also a wonderful feature called Quick Look window: if you select a message in a window and press the space bar, you get a fully functional Quick Look window of the message, where you can tag it with MailTags, view attachments, and more (if you hover your mouse over the bottom part of the Quick Look window, pops up a cool floating toolbar that allows you to perform more actions).
I find that most of the time I turn off the Recent Mail window; the compact Inbox (="Perspectives" window), plus the Mail Actions toolbar, are mostly enough for me.
There's an option to float the windows in all spaces. I wish there was an option to float only in one space (I tried to accomplish it with the Afloat app, but it doesn't work so well for me).
I have a widescreen monitor, so I find MailPerspectives even extra-useful (btw, since I mentioned widescreen—I also use Mail's Letterbox plugin. Works fine with MailPerspectives).
To sum it up: If you're a Mail user looking for a solution for viewing Mail in a compact way—either in one space on your widescreen monitor, or floating in all spaces—while having a plethora of mail actions at your fingertips, I highly recommend that you try this app!

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Version 1.0
Indev (Developer)

Thanks for the great review!

Something you didn't mention but seem to imply is that you are limited to only 1 perspective window for the inbox -- far from it, you can create multiple perspective windows for different mailboxes. For example, right click on a smart mailbox and select Open in New Perspective Window. I often have 4 or 5 Perspectives window open -- one for each inbox I have, one for messages I am waiting for response on, one for messages I need to follow up. It makes monitoring these mailboxes easy


Indev: You're absolutely correct, I forgot to mention the multiple Perspectives windows. Thanks for reminding me. And thank you for a wonderful extension of Mail!


Myka, your review is spot on :)! Wanted to thank you for taking the time to share the review, and noting that Letterbox plugin plays nice with Mail Perspectives! I'm still trying it out Version 1.0.2 but, so far, I've found it awesomely amazing. I'm wondering if it will work with Lion Mail when it's released. Thanks again for sharing what you did with the rest of us :).

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Version 1.1.2
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Version 1.0.2
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Downloads 5,667
Version Downloads 103
Type Internet / Email
License Shareware
Date 28 Jul 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $24.95
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