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Postbox 3.0.9
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Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done.

Macworld review of v3.0.5: Postbox offers a serious alternative to Apple's Mail app

It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Key Features
  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
What's New
Version 3.0.9:
  • Several stability improvements
  • Fix Twitter authentication
  • Fix dictionary compatibility issues
  • Fix "Attach To" to work for multiple selection
  • Confirm discarding edits when clicking on the Favorites bar
  • Added support for outlook.com to Automatic Setup
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later



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RustyIron reviewed on 14 Mar 2014
I really wanted Postbox to work for me. The way it handles and displays multiple accounts is superior to Apple Mail. However, there were a handful of things that were deal breakers for me.

Handling of images is abysmal. Postbox can adjust the way an image "looks" in an email, but it's size in bytes remains constant. If you drag a 20MB file out of iPhoto into Postbox, it will send that 20MB file. The user needs to resize images in other software before emailing them, adding another step.

You can't "lookup" or "spellcheck" from within Postbox.

Time Machine doesn't work with Postbox.

Documentation is virtually non-existent. If you're persistent, you can figure it out, but setting up new software shouldn't be such a chore.
[Version 3.0.9]


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OneAfter909 reviewed on 08 Mar 2014
I've been trying out Postbox and several other email applications over the past week. Mail with Mail Act-On had been a perfect solution for several years, but that changed with Mavericks.

Postbox is the best of all the apps I've tried. Easily sending emails to folders of various accounts is critical, and Postbox is almost as good as Mail Act-On for this. Most email apps fail miserably at giving you the ability to quickly file messages.

Postbox occasionally lags a bit for some tasks. Indexing a folder seems to take an inordinate amount of time. I was unable to get it to work with an IMAP-enabled Exchange account's outgoing server, although MailMate (which, like Postbox, is not capable of handing Exchange accounts) had no trouble with it.

But no other app comes close as a replacement for Mail.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Mar 2014
Thanks for the kind words, we appreciate it!
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Baccaroeja reviewed on 05 Mar 2014
Mail 7.x is plain rubbish. Everybody who think it is rubbish too should try out Postbox. Not free but worth every little penny !

My fav Mac mail client. Period.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Mar 2014
Awesome!
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chrisdslonly.net3095 reviewed on 27 Feb 2014
I just downgraded from Lion to Mavericks and found that Mail no longer supports RSS feeds. I don't want a separate RSS reader as many people are recommending as the fix and went looking for an email app that also has RSS.

On the good side, Postbox has this.

On the very bad side, Postbox has zero support. They claim that support is now only self-help via the FAQs, the guides, and their knowledge-base. There are no support forums, not even community forums, and there is no one-on-one support via email, website or phone. No real support, none, notta. zilch if you have an issue that isn't resolvable with their self-help content, which is really pretty lame for the most part. You will find yourself Googling to try and find someone out there who has asked your questions and been answered with something helpful somewhere on the internet. What you will find are questions and not many answers, you will find some reviews rating the app well done by various online zines. You will find a lot of reviews and rants here and there by people who are very unhappy about a long list of unresolved bugs (and no way to report new ones) and the lack of support. You will find that the app is littered with a mix of seemingly random behavior that for some has resulted in data-loss due to the archiving bug(s).

I tried the app to see for myself, there is a free thirty day trial so go for it, but back up your email with another app regularly. Give the app a spin for a while, for me it was less than an hour in before I found issues preventing me from deleting a folder simply because it has the same name as something else in the trash, can't edit the recipient list went editing a draft, the password database keeps malfunctioning and you have to delete the password for the email account from it and then re-enter it next time you connect, etc. No way to talk to support so I dumped it within two days. And am back to searching a solution.

I would say give it a try, if your expectations are low maybe it will work great for you and you will never miss not being able to contact support and ask why the archive feature sometimes deletes your email and never writes it to the archive and then sometimes works. Why you have to shut down and restart the app every now and then, and other oddities. But, make sure that if your email is important to you, you have it backed up with another app. There are several here on MacUpdate for archiving email.
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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Mar 2014
Chris,

Thanks for the feedback. You’ve outlined a bunch of points here so we’ll try to address them one by one.

If you have a question about purchasing Postbox, volume discounts, site licenses, finding or installing your license key, refunds, etc., you can always contact the Postbox Store and you’ll be answered promptly.

If you wish to request a features, you can do so here:
http://postbox-inc.com/support/feature_request

We have a number of complimentary self-help resources, including:

* User Guides
* Knowledge Base Articles
* FAQ
* Trouble-Shooting Steps that we recommend all Postbox users follow

Additionally, you can work with your ISP, Web Hosting Company, or IT Administrator to identify issues that you may be experiencing in Postbox that are common to all email clients.

We do not currently have a user forum, because there is a potential for user recommendations to result in data loss. For example, if an IMAP user makes a recommendation to remove an account, a POP user who follows this advice will permanently lose all of their mail!

With respect to one-on-one support, we made a decision to slash the price from $30 to $10 so that we could get Postbox into the hands of more people, especially those who do not have a lot to spend on software. To enable this, we had to discontinue complementary one-on-one support, however, we’re currently experimenting with a pay-per-incident model that will provide direct support resources to those who need it, while keeping product prices lower for those who do not (the vast majority of Postbox users).

You can learn more about how to get help with Postbox here:
http://support.postbox-inc.com/entries/21694767-How-to-Get-Help-with-Postbox

With address your other points:

* Data loss issues are extremely rare, usually related to file corruptions due to failing hard drives, disk cleaners or system optimizers that change the permissions or file structures, etc. Please be careful about making blanket statements about data loss.

* Many email servers will not allow for two folders with the same name to reside in the same location. This is a server issue unrelated to Postbox.

* Password database issues are usually related to people changing their passwords on the server without updating Postbox’s passwords, or issuing 2 step authentication passwords out of sequence. Our Support Portal has a number of articles that help users address these issues.

Thanks for listening!
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Tim27 commented on 25 Feb 2014
This is a great alternative to Apple Mail.
The one thing that annoys me is that it keeps popping up a bar at the top of the window asking my to sign in to facebook and twitter and linkedin. I don't want to use any of those services with this app, yet it keeps asking me to do so.
Is there a way to turn that off? I looked in the preferences and it doesn't look like there is.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Mar 2014
Tim,
You can dismiss those prompts simply by clicking the "No Thanks" button, and they should not return a second time.

If they are returning, you could have a disk permissions issue that is preventing Postbox from writing out to its preferences file. Try resetting your permissions to see if that helps.
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Tim27 replied on 13 Mar 2014
It has asked me 4 times now for different ones. How many more times is it going to ask me? I wish there was just a preference to turn this feature off.
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RustyIron reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
I was looking for something that would overcome some of the limitations of Apple's Mail. Postbox looked like it might fit the bill. Indeed, it installed easily and bagged all the preferences from Mail. The problem arose when it took forever to download some emails. Some would download quickly, some would give me a spinning beach ball. After experiencing this on several messages, I chose to stick with Mail. Maybe it's an issue that could have been easily resolved... or not. I didn't have the inclination to putter with it.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 05 Feb 2014
RustyIron, did the issue occur only while downloading messages? Or was the program indexing? Did it look like this was occurring repeatedly on the same message?
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RustyIron replied on 05 Feb 2014
Yes! I went back and tried again, and it appears that Postbox WAS indexing. Activity Monitor reported something going on. It took probably 10-20 minutes, and then Postbox began responding properly. I'll give it another shot, as I REALLY like the way that Postbox shows folders for different accounts in the sidebar.
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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Mar 2014
Ok, great. Please run with Postbox for a while and let us know if your opinion changes over time!
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Katbel reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
Postbox could be good but...
The list of problems is long,
1) starting with ZERO support or even any way to contact them with issues or suggestions. Loads of FAQs, which seem _never_ to address the problem you are having, no Users Support Group where you could look for folks having the same problem you have.
2) I imported all messages from Mail and now I have tons of duplicates and cannot get rid of those(beside deleting one by one..)
3) Impossible to create- or at least I didn't find the way- a filter that works for different accounts, without having to re-create it several time for each account.
4) Account settings are impossible to save; when I relaunch Postbox and check them again , there are back as they were previously.
There are several good features but with all these issues I have to go back to Mail in Mavericks. I bought Postbox yesterday hoping in better results: I hope my "two cents" (10$) will help to solve some of the issues. At least create a User forum group where users can help each other: redirecting to the Thunderbird forum does not help at all!
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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 05 Feb 2014
Katbel,

With respect to #3, this is correct, Postbox's filters are account specific. There are pros and cons to this approach. The pro is that you can create filters that only run on one account, allowing for a greater degree of flexibility and control. The con is that filters for the same content type will need to be set up within each account. Perhaps this is something we could support in a future release.

On #2 and #4, these could be related. If Postbox's preferences cannot be saved to disk, then there could be a 3rd party utility that is interfering with Postbox's operation. Utilities that could potentially do this are disk utilities, disk cleaners, backup software, and virus checkers.

Try temporarily turning those utilities off, start Postbox, change a preference, quit Postbox, then restart Postbox to see if the preference is preserved.
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Katbel replied on 05 Feb 2014
Thanks for your reply Postbox developer.
To answer your suggestion:
I don't have any disk utilities, disk cleaners, backup software, and virus checkers that interfere on my computer because I don't use any of those. I use Mac since many years when MacUsers knew to avoid similar extra software..
The only thing I did was to import the settings from Mail automatically.
I should start from scratch and enter everything manually
and see if it still do that... but it takes time and will to do that again
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CareyB reviewed on 04 Feb 2014
Fantastic!

Occasional reboots required to clear stuck emails in out box. And I do mean OCCASSIONAL! This is NOT a deal breaker.

If you're tired of Mac Mail hogging all the resources; if you're tired of using plug-ins to organize your mail; if you just want a faster interface - this is for you.
[Version 3.0.9]


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Maxter commented on 03 Feb 2014
Powerful. A good alternative to Mail.app.
But I have my address book on a CardDAV server and I couldn't make Postbox to handle it. Pity!
[Version 3.0.9]


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Mikoi reviewed on 02 Feb 2014
After some tries with Airmail and two bad experiences with Apple Mail and Mail Pilot, I returned to Postbox. It just works for me. The only issue is that it is slow in opening the first message or not reacts promptly when clicking on the notification banner.
Hoping this last update fixed it. As for the support, I don’t link the model, but googling something like “postbox support email” i found a working mail address and the answered me in a couple of days. Not the quickest, but reasonable.
For italian speakers (and google translate users) see the review in progress by Paolo Attivissimo
[Version 3.0.9]

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Prlab replied on 02 Feb 2014
Pretty much sums it up for me.
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pprofpopp had trouble on 12 Feb 2013
How to add serial number?

Installed Postbox again after 'thinking about it' for about 6 months. I have full licence from old $30 days but can't see how to add the serial number. Tried preferences and tried About, click on 'License' just takes me to web licence terms

Can anyone help? Thanks Philip
[Version 3.0.7]


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Klagreca had trouble on 16 Apr 2012
Seems like when you move messages from Inbox to another folder (label) in Gmail, it adds the additional label, so that the message will still exist in Inbox.

Which is different behavior than Mac Mail. When you move a message in Mac Mail, it removes the original label.

Does anyone now how to make Postbox's default drag-and-drop behavior a true "move?"
[Version 3.0.3]


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22duke had trouble on 02 Nov 2011
dear postbox,

how can I get support from you? I have a lifetime serial number which does not work after the upgrade. if I lodge a support ticket it gives me autoresponder e-mail which does not address my issue and tells me to e-mail postbox support just to receive the same auto responder message again.

every trouble ticket I Lodge from your website is automatically closed as soon as it's lodged.

what's going on here???????
[Version 3.0.0]


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Septimus had trouble on 20 Jul 2011
There's definately going something wrong here. When I switched between Classical and Vertical view I first got wrong senders, eg email from MyFonts appears to be sent by Postbox, then I only could select 2 emails at a time or even 3 at a time. Now I see that all mail in column view is listed twice..

Any chance grouping of email by day is going to be emplemented? Please with ability to turn it on/of. Makes browsing email so much easier.
[Version 2.5.1]


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Wighta had trouble on 14 Jan 2011
Postbox 2.1.2 b1 crashes upon launch on my MacMini under Mac Os 10.5.8.
The system requirements are listed on the developer's website as ,

"Macintosh
Mac OS X 10.5 and later
Intel Core processor family
At least 1 GB of RAM
At least 200 MB of available space on your hard drive (large email accounts may require more space for indexing)

My system exceeds these requirements
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[Version 2.1.2b1]

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Postbox, Inc. (developer) replied on 18 Jan 2011
Wighta, we're very sorry... we neglected to update the release notes. The 2.1.2 b1 beta only works with 10.6, but the final 2.1.2 release will work on 10.5. Again, sorry about the mix-up.

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Mammut rated on 13 Apr 2014

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Aaron-T. rated on 16 Feb 2014

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Mikoi rated on 03 Feb 2014

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rcrooks1969 rated on 15 Aug 2013

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Croyce rated on 02 Jun 2013

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Postbox is a new email application that helps you organize your work life and get stuff done.

Macworld review of v3.0.5: Postbox offers a serious alternative to Apple's Mail app

It has all the elegance and simplicity of Apple Mail, but with more power and flexibility to manage even the most demanding workloads.

Key Features
  • Ultra-Fast Search - Instantly find messages, attachments, images, links, and contacts.
  • Conversation Views - Make sense of email threads through chronological message views.
  • Better Organization - Tabs, Topics, and To-Dos help you stay organized with less effort.
  • Works Great with OS X - Postbox integrates with the Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, and Quick Look. Postbox even works with OmniFocus and Things!
  • Quick and Easy Setup - Postbox will automatically determine your connection settings for you!


Postbox is available in English, German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish.

With all the time you spend in email each day, you owe it to yourself to try Postbox today!


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