MailSteward
MailSteward
13.3

4.3

MailSteward free download for Mac

MailSteward

13.3
09 July 2019

Archive your email text in databases; three versions available.

Overview

MailSteward will archive all of your email in a database for easy retrieval. Click on the Store Email button and MailSteward will go to work storing copies of all your email text, HTML, attachments, and raw source, into a relational database file. MailSteward has a wealth of features for importing, tagging, saving, and exporting, including the ability to export your vital email information to a number of standard data formats.

  • Safely archive your large volume of vital email information.
  • Easily access your email database with fast, sophisticated searching.
  • Protect your precious email data from data format obsolescence.

If you are running OS X 10.8 or later, and you are using the Mac OS X Mail program, or can export mbox files from Microsoft Entourage, Eudora, or other email clients, and you have thousands of emails to keep track of, then MailSteward is exactly what you need.

What's new in MailSteward

Version 13.3:
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some graphics embedded in HTML from being listed as attachments

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Gordon142
12 May 2010

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Mailsteward has an upgrade strategy that is rather…unique, to say the least. Basically, they just kind of stick new features in the application more or less at random. Periodically, they decide they want more money, bump the version number up without making any significant changes, and make you pay a substantial upgrade fee. They justify this by saying that they periodically add new features to the application without charging. In theory, this arrangement could work, the problem is that you are really being asked to take a leap of faith with regards to paying for a new version that changes virtually nothing. It's more or less a subscription - if you want bug fixes and compatibility updates, you need to keep paying for each version bump. I might be OK with this if the developers had a history of adding highly compelling features in between paid releases. The problem is, they rarely do. Between 8.0 and 9.0, about the only improvements I noticed were those to the search feature. These were very welcome, but they were also long overdue. Search is one of the most important features of a mass archiver, and until recently, search in Mailsteward was really bad - anything beyond very basic queries involved manually entering a MySQL Search string. 9.0 offers pretty much nothing new, and I no longer have a lot of hope of seeing any significant changes in the near-future (for instance, an interface redesign is badly needed). Basically, the standard static feature-set until a paid upgrade model provides a good incentive for developers to provide a strong host of improvements in order to entice customers to upgrade. I feel that the Mailsteward model removes this incentive, and means that improvements to the app come very slowly. Mailsteward has proven to be a reliable app for archiving large amounts of mail, but I would highly recommend carefully considering the alternatives before putting down any money for this application, mostly due to their annoying upgrade model.
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Version 9.0
pnn314
19 February 2019
After upgrading Mac OS to Mojave MailSteward 13.1.5 does not show MailBoxes in Accounts panel.
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Version 13.1.5
1 answer(s)
Pubblog.com
Pubblog.com
04 June 2019
You just need to grant MailSteward Full Disk Access in the Security and Privacy system preferences. It's a new requirement in Mojave.
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Jgrove
01 November 2018
This has been my default Mail backup client for as long as I have owned a MAC. The developer releases periodic updates, with new releases that require a small fee for upgrade. The program works very well (I would recommend MailSteward rather than the lite version) you can set schedules, set up databases etc. It has full search handling and will also store attachments etc. Like any database program it can slow while searching, especially if you database is big. Mine is currently around 8 GB and it takes a minute or two to search for emails. It has never crashed on me, and you can export files, print etc from within the program. I wouldn't be without this program. The initial purchases fee is high, but you are getting a stable program with minor upgrade fees between major version changes. Well worth the money I paid for it.
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Version 13.1
1 answer(s)
Norby
Norby
04 March 2019
Just discovered this morning (3/4/19) that I have the exact same issue. After trying all kinds of things I solved the problem by adding MailSteward to the list of applications that have Full Disk Access. This is done in the System Preferences Security and Privacy preference pane under the Privacy "tab".

By default Mojave does not let applications like MailSteward have access to the User's Library folder and therefore MailSteward cannot see/locate the mbox files. Giving MailSteward this access by adding it to the list of applications that have Full Disk Access restores the ability for MailSteward to see the mbox files.

I hope this helps.
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Gilles9
14 October 2018
EXCELLENT
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Version 12.3.8
info-2178
25 July 2018
Utterly horrible experience. Having archived your emails with this company and paying them $50.00 to do it, a couple of years later with literally no perceivable update to the UI and using something that works at a snails pace on the fastest Mac available, they hijack your archives and charge you another ¢20.00 and to add insult to injury, the serial number they sell you to access your archives doesn't work and tells you it isn't on their database... you email them as you need to access the database you paid them to create and nobody answers... what a bunch of total ransomware scumbags
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Version 12.3.5
mtacustomer
12 March 2018
I hate this app. I would give it minus four stars because the developers seem to be extremely greedy and to use a very manipulative tactic to make money. This app might as well be a subscription service because essentially I am charged $20 every 3-4 months. I bought the pro version and have been using it for some time. I cannot say that it is easy to use. But what bugs me the most is that they have VERY frequent upgrades and charge $20 per upgrade! Essentially, I am being billed (knowingly but extremely begrudgingly) every three months or so. The latest upgrade which is at the time I am writing this review is for 2 bug fixes and costs yet another $20. Also, when you get the app, you get to store emails until 2020. In 2020, there will be yet another upgrade. So expect, to pay every 3-4 years for the annual upgrade, and every 3-4 months $20 for a couple of bug fixes with no major overhaul of their interface!

The developer has been extremely responsive to my questions, so that is definitely has not been an issue for me.
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Version 12.3
3 answer(s)
Pubblog.com
Pubblog.com
16 March 2018
None of this is true. The most recent paid upgrade was almost two years since the last paid upgrade. No paid upgrades have ever been less than a year after the previous upgrade.
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wfred458
wfred458
11 April 2018
You should try Mail Backup X. Been working with it for past 5 months and it is pretty easy to use, at least, easier than this application. I tried the free version of Steward but its quite confusing to obtain the exact mail folders. While Mail Backup X picked everything automatically.
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Michael-Vilain
Michael-Vilain
01 January 2019
I paid for the program ONCE. After that, upgrades within the same major version were free. I also got the PRO version which stores my email and attachments in a MySQL database. It's plenty fast but I'm only storing 20K messages. I have the database locally, but I could just as easily store it in the cloud or on AWS. I also do a weekly extract and store that in the cloud on encrypted storage. For that "Oh crap" moment when Time Machine failed to backup my messages, it was worth the cost to set this up. The other mail archive utility just left the market and discontinued their product, so this is all that's out there unless i want to write it myself. Not worth it when someone else has done it for me. The few negative reviews I've seen for this app seem unfounded and more like the poster just wanted to vent than worth any technical detail. I've posted those kinds of reviews, but mostly for products that didn't do what they said they would. For me, this product fills the need for email regular backups.
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Gilles9
31 October 2017
Excellent for archiving emails
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Version 12.1.1
tatami
13 March 2017
I've been using Mail Steward since 2010 and found it to be robust and reliable. When I've run into issues, the developer has been responsive and helpful. I think Mail Steward Pro (the version I'm running) is well worth the investment and I'm subtracting half a star only because the interface could do with an overhaul.
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Version 11.4.1
Springlaner
10 March 2017
Potentially a good application but buggy and with extremely poor support. I paid $50 for this, and have continual problems with it being unable to open my mail to archive it. I have contacted Mail Steward several times asking for help but they just ignore the emails.
Oh well, $50 just written off.
My advice is to avoid this application.
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Version 11.4.1
4 answer(s)
Pubblog.com
Pubblog.com
10 March 2017
To my knowledge we have not received any email from anyone that has not been answered immediately.. Whoever this person is, we would be happy to help them or to issue a refund if they are unhappy.
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Springlaner
Springlaner
11 March 2017
I have contacted several times, and although I had a swift initial response (that unfortunately did not solve the problem), I have had no replies to succeeding emails. I will try once more.
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Springlaner
Springlaner
11 March 2017
The developer has now refunded me and requested me to remove this review.
I have tried to comply, but cannot see how to delete the comment.
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info-2178
info-2178
25 July 2018
Their serial on the $20.00 new serial I just bought to top up my initial $50 investment in the software doesn't work and nobody, literally nobody has answered my emails, if you archive your email with this proprietary software, I guess they can charge you whatever they like to access your emails as often as they like and even then having paid them, it doesn't give you access to the database. utterly greedy an unable to supply a serial number that works. I am incredibly disappointed in this companies support.
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graphics-11
13 December 2016
Love this app, have been using it for just over a year with no problems. But we had a burglary here and had the Mac stolen which was running our copy of MailSteward (they left the external hard drive that stored the backed up database - luckily). My problem is, I have lost my license key, so I cannot re-install on my new Mac. I have all my account details and proof of purchase. But I have no way to contact the people at MailSteward because their website has no customer support contact details. I have tried emailing their "BugReport" email, but after 1 month - still no reply. I would love to keep using this great app, but with no way of contacting them, I am going to be forced to look for an alternative.,, Shame. Let's hope someone from MailSteward reads these messages and gets in touch.
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Version 11.4
1 answer(s)
graphics-11
graphics-11
13 December 2016
UPDATE: After trying another email address (features@), John Seward got back to me within the hour and helped me out by telling me my license key.
What a life saver.
Thanks
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Doms
29 August 2016
Since last update, version 11.3.2 everything is fine again: scheduling works. So rating is up! The app does the job but I really don't like the user interface: not the apple's way first and old fashioned and not powerful.
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Version 11.3.2
$49.95

4.3

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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