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Mailsmith
Mailsmith
3.3
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Robust email client from the makers of BBEdit, now free.

3.3
Based on 19 user ratesRead reviews & comments

Mailsmith overview

Mailsmith is a Internet email client for Mac OS X which offers unparalleled filtering, searching, editing and scripting capabilities. In addition to the strides made in these areas, Mailsmith breaks new ground in making powerful email-handling capabilities accessible to users of all levels.

Features
  • Compatibility: Standards-based
  • Multi-threaded processing
  • Distributed Filters
  • Approximate ("fuzzy") searching
  • Advanced Querying for Mail: including options for using 'grep' pattern matching
  • Powerful OSA scripting:
  • Advanced text composition
  • Integrated Spelling Checker
  • Develop your own Mailsmith Plug-ins
  • Integration with Internet Config System

What’s new in version 2.4.3

Updated on Jun 12 2018

Version 2.4.3:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9.5 or later.

Fixes:
  • A latent bug in which some internal application data was stomped during application startup.
  • A bug in which parsing of RFC822 commented-format email addresses (e.g. user@example.com (User Name)) didn't work correctly.
  • Nonfunctional printing.
  • Broken font panel behavior when running on macOS 10.12.
View older Mailsmith updates

Information

License

Free

Size

25.6 MB

Developer’s website

http://www.mailsmith.org/

Downloads

32054

App requirements

  • Intel 32
  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
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kingjj
kingjj
Sep 20 2015
2.4
5.0
Sep 20 2015
5.0
Version: 2.4
Have been using 2.4 for a while now, both in pre-release (which I never had a bug to report), and this release build. And it remains awesome. For those who need it spelled out, it's BBEdit, minus the coding features, for free. So if you used BBEdit for word processing (like myself), it's a pretty wonderful thing. As a cherry on top, it's also probably the best POP app for OSX. It has a ridiculously robust feature set for both text editing, and e-mailing. As stated in my review below, if all of that means nothing to you, then Apple's Mail app is probably just fine for your purposes. For the rest of us, Mailsmith is the biggest bargin the Mac has to offer.
Shock-J
Shock-J
Sep 18 2015
2.4
0.0
Sep 18 2015
0.0
Version: 2.4
MacUpdate needs to remove the tagline, "Robust email client from the makers of BBEdit." Barebones, the makers of BBEdit, transferred ownership of Mailsmith to Stickshift Software in 2009!! To continue to "tout" this app as a Barebones product is ridiculous and misleading.
antonm
antonm
Jul 2 2015
2.3.1
1.0
Jul 2 2015
1.0
Version: 2.3.1
Tried it, didn't like it. The user interface looks like it was designed to around the time Mac OS X 10.2 or 10. 3. It looks like Mailsmith only supports the antiquated POP protocol as I cannot find any support for IMAP or Exchange protocols in Mailsmith's accounts section. The product hasn't been updated since 2011 so I can only assume that the developer is no longer supporting the product and that partly the reason why it is free now. A reviewer below (kingjj) said that this product was to the most expensive Mac mail client around before the license was changed to free. If I had of paid for this product I would be slightly cheesed off with the last of basic level of support for standard email protocols.
wickedsp1d3r
wickedsp1d3r
Jun 24 2015
2.3.1
1.0
Jun 24 2015
1.0
Version: 2.3.1
Confusing and un-user friendly as a whole. Even the latest pre-release version crashes every minute or so. Trashed and doubt if I'll give it another try.
Pjot
Pjot
Oct 27 2014
2.3.1
0.0
Oct 27 2014
0.0
Version: 2.3.1
Doesn't open in Yosemite.
kingjj
kingjj
Dec 21 2013
2.3.1
5.0
Dec 21 2013
5.0
Version: 2.3.1
What used to be the most expensive e-mail client available, is now the cheapest (free, even). And, for someone like me who's always wanted to become a Mailsmith user but found myself in the wrong tax bracket, this is very good news. I can put what's attractive about Mailsmith very succinctly, as it gives you most the text editing powers of BBEdit (which are many) in an e-mail client. If that sentence means nothing to you, then you probably won't care about Mailsmith. Like BBEdit, it's spartan and utilitarian. But like me and the thousands of other BBEdit users, we only care about what's under the hood. Now with that said, there's a few things that bug me about the program. The inability to reorganize the mailbox list or toolbar is a little bothersome, and I wouldn't call it's functionality exactly intuitive. But then again, having multiple clipboards and hot-keyed clippings more than make up for it, so I'll chose not to sweat the small stuff. Also in interest of full disclosure, I feel I should mention it's spam filtering capabilities are limited. This is a feature not terribly important to me, but others seem to live and die by it. They do include a demo of SpamSieve as a consolation (which I find more annoying than spam itself. Luckily, being an old Powermail user, I've learned to turn that thing off in a quick hurry). But I've found the in-program filtering to be sufficient. Anyway, if you've read this far, you should at least give it a try. Like BBEdit, there's a bit of a learning curve. But there's numerous rewards for riding that curve out. If you're serious about your e-mail composition, this program is as serious as you.
MacDefender
MacDefender
Oct 21 2011
2.3.1
5.0
Oct 21 2011
5.0
Version: 2.3.1
I really love MailSmith and hope that it stay what it is: A tool for the pros. There are enough tool/apps with blinking elements and funny popups but without all the features needed by the pros. Mailsmith is the ONLY mail program I know (and I have tested a lot if not all for Mac) that can handle my 420 SMTP accounts combined with just 1 POP3 account. It can pass all my mails through my own scripts using the shell. It's one of really few clients that displays raw content without all these stupid HTML-Elements. If you request HTML you also want to have a build security hole. I don't want my mail in HTML. And Mailsmith is really fast. I have over 5000 mails in my archives and can search in < 30sec in all these mails for any term. Summed up: Mailsmith is for the pros. If you search an 'app' don't use this as this program provides features not fun. Without some knowledge in POP3,SMTP,Shell,RegEx.. you possibly even don't know what to do with all these features. Bought this years ago for a lot of money and although it's free now I don't regret that I payed for it.
Pacman
Pacman
Apr 16 2011
2.3.1
0.5
Apr 16 2011
0.5
Version: 2.3.1
This kind of user-interface (whereever that is!) makes me angry. Sluggish, impossible to find the functionality you're looking for (eg. setting up accounts), etc. Everything is malplaced and slow. Won't recommend.
Lee123
Lee123
Apr 12 2011
2.3.1
0.0
Apr 12 2011
0.0
Version: 2.3.1
It is my understanding that this email client will Not do IMAP. Is this true? Obviously this would be a disadvantage to people that use imap (this should be everyone btw).
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Dec 28 2010
2.3
4.0
Dec 28 2010
4.0
Version: 2.3
Mailsmith has gotten better, not the least because it's now free. But it still has some quirks that bother me. To begin with, it will display an HTML message only as an attachment, which means extra clicks and windows to deal with. Also, mail message window size is inconsistent and after considerable experimentation in the preferences I could find no way to standardize it. Among the application's strengths is support for SpamSeive, a robust spam filter. Other than window width, the interface is quite flexible, though there appears to be no way to customize the menu bar. It is another program, like Text Wrangler, that BareBones has set free, for which I commend them. It remains to be seen if the "new" company in charge of it will continue development.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Dec 27 2010
2.3
0.0
Dec 27 2010
0.0
Version: 2.3
Release notes are here: http://www.mailsmith.org/support/mailsmith/arch_notes_23.html
Penguirl
Penguirl
Aug 21 2010
2.2.5
0.0
Aug 21 2010
0.0
Version: 2.2.5
After reading all of your comments ProgramHappy I think you should consider changing your nic to ProgramUnhappy.
Dimfil
Dimfil
Jan 6 2010
2.2.5
0.0
Jan 6 2010
0.0
Version: 2.2.5
Great application. And fast too... But, please, add IMAP support...
Markie205
Markie205
Jan 6 2010
2.2.5
0.0
Jan 6 2010
0.0
Version: 2.2.5
...did I miss something, or am I unable to change the font style for individual words. Whenever I tried to bold a word, the entire message was bolded. Also, I wasn't able to paste images inline. Both of those issues are dealbreakers for me, even though the software is free.
Big-Mac-XXL
Big-Mac-XXL
Dec 15 2009
2.2.4
0.0
Dec 15 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.4
Mailsmith is Freeware!
Programhappy
Programhappy
Dec 15 2009
2.2.4
0.0
Dec 15 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.4
Developer, can you please add the option to sort all messages in the inbox by EMAIL ADDRESS, not just by "sender"? I run a business, and deal with hundreds of different customers every day. I need to sort by email address! Can you please add an optional "Email" column? You'll be my hero! I'm sure that countless other people would also appreciate this sorting option. If you add that option, I will buy the program immediately. Thank you!
Peternsteinmetz
Peternsteinmetz
Nov 10 2009
2.2.3
0.0
Nov 10 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.3
I'm also a fan of BareBones and purchased Mailsmith back when Mail was very slow. I would likely consider going back if it supported imap. I believe there are several open source libraries to do imap, so don't quite understand the lack of this support still at this time.
Zx81
Zx81
Sep 23 2009
2.2.2
0.0
Sep 23 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.2
This version crashes on launch on my MacBook Pron (Mac OSX 10.5.8).
Likos
Likos
Aug 20 2009
2.2.1
0.0
Aug 20 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2.1
Hi. I like Barebone's apps. Text Wrangler is awesome as is BBEDIT for serious work. I would like to comment to Barebones about releasing a previous paid for app as free. It is a nice gesture that the app is now free. email is something that for most of us here is indispensable. To offer up this previous paid app for free is nice but allot of us would like to know what the future is for the app. Are you planning to make a paid version? Are you planning to keep the free version? Are you going to open source the code? Basically even a free mail client requires a commitment to maintain before most of us will be willing to switch. Because lets face it at some point we are going to have huge archives and if there is no support for issues the whole thing will be useless. I don't want to rain on your parade. Quite the opposite actually. This happens to be what I first thought of when I saw this here. Wow that's great but what happens in 6 months if I do switch to Mailsmith? Mail.app will still be supported, even if there are glaring bugs. Will Mailsmith? email apps are different from most anything else. BBedit is a great tool but if tomorrow it stopped getting support (God forbid) all the work will be readable in something else. Unlike mail clients where its more difficult to move your archives over should it stop getting support.
Espiridion
Espiridion
Aug 19 2009
2.2
0.0
Aug 19 2009
0.0
Version: 2.2
From what I understand, Stickshift Software, LLC was created by a person (or people) from Bare Bones. As has been mentioned, it seems to be a case of too little too late. I purchased Mailsmith years ago. IMO it was worth it considering the alternative email clients back then, and the inclusion of SpamSieve. After 4 years without any updates this new version is available, now free of charge, but I have no desire to go back to Mailsmith. Once upon a time Mailsmith and PowerMail were two of the best email clients on the Mac platform. PowerMail's fast searches were impressive, and Mailsmith's sophisticated filtering/processing/scripting is great for power users dealing with text-based email. It's great to see a new release, but I'll keep on using Entourage.
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