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PowerMail 6.2.1
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PowerMail is built on top of the PowerMail Engine, a robust cross-platform foundation encapsulating 11 years of messaging and directory experience, PowerMail is continuously enhanced with the following objectives:
  • Establish a lean, mean and efficient alternative e-mail client for people who care about e-mail
  • Acknowledge the importance of our user's data accesibility by offering reliable storage, high-speed indexing and the ability to export to a variety of standard formats
  • Design and implement a clean, robust Macintosh user-interface with best-of-class Mac
What's New
Version 6.2.1:
  • Casual-use styled-text to create HTML-formatted messages.
  • Optional indexing of HTML-parts.
  • Modern Finder-like lists.
  • Ability to find and view message threads.
  • Quick Look display of text, graphic and multimedia attachments within the application.
  • Display of messages in Finder and FoxTrot Professional without PowerMail launched.
  • Address book synchronization with MobileMe and e-mail coexistence with iPhoneMail.
  • Batch import of mail databases and address book from Apple Mail and Thunderbird.
  • Match and merge imported folders into existing folders.
  • Two-click export of all mail folders and address book to Apple Mail and Thunderbird.
  • Mail archiving to circumvent the 2GB single-database limitation.
  • Service messages and notifications via Growl.
  • A filter debugger can log in clear text how a message is processed.
  • Made the application self-updating upon launch; download once and auto-update to revised builds.
  • Automated purchasing/registration process using Kagi within the PowerMail for immediate satisfaction.
  • OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, and 10.6 compatible
Version 6.2.1:
  • Casual-use styled-text to create HTML-formatted messages.
  • Optional indexing of HTML-parts.
  • Modern Finder-like lists.
  • Ability to find and view message threads.
  • Quick Look display of text, graphic and multimedia attachments within the application.
  • Display of messages in Finder and FoxTrot Professional without PowerMail more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.6 or later



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PowerMail User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 6.x:
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Hervé 5 reviewed on 21 Sep 2013
Handling thousands of mails on more than a dozen accounts with the only bayesian filter that beats Apple's own (and started earlier than them*), Powermail has been my baseline for years.

Once that I was setting a linux emailer unproperly and its first connection erased more than 1000 mails from a server where I did want to leave them, I connected through IMAP with Powermail and re-uploaded everything, in a single pass.
I just never found a software as powerful than Powermail.
(*) Powermail search capacity also is instant among Gbytes of mails (and compatible with Spotlight, of course)
[Version 6.1.5]


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Pirx commented on 08 Dec 2012
Finally! Kneel down with me and praise The Lord! The mercy he has bestowed on us in His infinite wisdom: An update of PowerMail...
[Version 6.1.4]

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Oldmiller replied on 09 Dec 2012
What are you talking about? This is the 3rd update in 5 months for OS 10.8,. see http://services.ctmdev.com/VersionChecking/PowerMail/rnotes.html
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NotUsed reviewed on 03 Aug 2012
Update to earlier review. The 6.1.1 update has major keychain issues. The great folks have corrected the issues with the 6.1.3 update.

Version 6.1.3 is a fast and stable as ever. Great app.
[Version 6.1]


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NotUsed reviewed on 01 Aug 2012
OS10.6.8 users with Powermail 6.1.0 BEWARE!!

I love Powermail. I've been using it since version 3 and have never had any issues with it. However, the 6.1.1 update wreaked havoc on my mail. Couldn't send or receive. Constant error messages. I had to use a backup and revert to version 6.1.0 in order to get ANY mail services to work again. Beware of this update and have a backup before applying it.
[Version 6.1.1]


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Pirx reviewed on 24 Jun 2012
I of course could not bear to stay with MS Outlook, so still stuck with PowerMail. I sent a humble request for support to CTM 10 days ago. No reply. Managed to solve the problem myself. Also asked them if PowerMail is still being actively developed. Also no reply.

Is this abandonware?
[Version 6.1]

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Oldmiller replied on 01 Jul 2012
No, it's not. They released a beta for 10.8., see http://www.mail-archive.com/powermail-discuss@ctmdev.com/msg17845.html.

Also you will find support (from CTM as well as from users) on their mailing-list. But active support is indeed not their strength and outside the list almost not existent.
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Francisco Medina Espinosa reviewed on 29 Feb 2012
Working at the International Desk of the largest non profitable NGO in Mexico means to me to deal with thousands of emails every year. I tried several email clients during the last years but none was strong enough to professionaly cop with my heavy work... until I found PowerMail. It's really amazing, how quickly I can find now (in seconds!) the right mail I need. I'm absolutely satisfied with it: it's got a intuitive interface, it doesn't split my several accounts, it's simply powerful and it perfectly integrates with Spamsieve and Devonthink Pro Office. The people at CTM have defined a high standard. It's not a matter of "works" but of quality and efficency. Thanks a lot!
[Version 6.1]

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Pirx replied on 24 Jun 2012
You will discover shortcomings, such as printing of e-mail messages: There is no way to change the default settings. Creating HTML messages with inline pictures: Not working. Encryption: No integration/plugin for GNUPG, no MIME support.

If you need support, they won't reply.

Then, if you ever want to change the e-mail client: So far there is none that can import PowerMail mail database.

There seem to be a lot of people with more problems.

I am playing now with PostBox to see, if it can replace my PowerMail.
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Oldmiller replied on 01 Jul 2012
@Pirx
You say "Then, if you ever want to change the e-mail client: So far there is none that can import PowerMail mail database."

Please see menu bar > File > Database > Export. There you can export the database or selected folders or messages to many formats. PowerMail has more export options than any other mail client I know.
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Pirx replied on 01 Jul 2012
@oldmiller:Good idea and yes, I know. As a whoole you can only export as PowerMail database, all other options greyed out. Only if you export folder by folder, then you have choices. Folder by folder export/import promises to be a nightmare.
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Oldmiller replied on 01 Jul 2012
@Pirx,
you don't have to export "folder by folder", select as many folders you want and PowerMail will export them all at once in one process.
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Francisco Medina Espinosa replied on 01 Jul 2012
You say "You will discover shortcomings, such as printing of e-mail messages: There is no way to change the default settings. Creating HTML messages with inline pictures: Not working. Encryption: No integration/plugin for GNUPG, no MIME support."

IMHO, it's a matter of how you use the tools you have and what for. For example, I don't like HTML messages and, therefore, it's exactly what I want. I neither use e-mail to send attachments (I provide links instead in a "Filemail"). But certainly, It would be very good to have the possibility of using encryption.

As I said, it's perfect for me at work, where I have to deal with thousands of serious e-mails. I also use it at home as my prime client, except for my .mac account, where I use Gyazmail, but there is no comparison in the amount of e-mails I receive there: much less.

On the other hand, regarding backing-up, I personally have not had any trouble. The main difference (and very important to me!) is that the attachments are not contained in the database, and this is very good! Why? Because every time I receive an e-mail with attachments I simply move it (not copy nor save as) to a desire place where all the related documents of the project rest. When I do a back-up, I never have duplicated files. I have saved a lot of space in hard drive thanks to this excellent approach (which I haven't seen yet in another client).

I hope this would be useful. This is a professional mail client, and I really hope it will continue developing in that line. I've been using e-mail clients since the middle 1990's, and this is the best I've found.
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Mikael B replied on 06 Aug 2012
Francisco Medina Espinosa, How does it matter that one doesn't want author HTML messages but one still get them? Granted, PowerMail does its best, but I finally found PM 5 to not be good enough and moved on.

Moving on and exporting messages is dead simple, Pirx! Don't spread disinfo based on your ignorance.

I use 5 accounts in Apple Mail now and I haven't looked back once. I have no issues and can focus on my messages. Sometimes, I send simple RTF-messages with bold text. Thia is OK for me, because I'm not religious about it, as is some PowerMail users. I find that unsightly.

The internet moves on and evolves. Get used to it.
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Mikael B replied on 06 Aug 2012
Pirx,

"printing of e-mail messages: There is no way to change the default settings."
This is still there? Stupid.

"Creating HTML messages with inline pictures: Not working."
Invalid as PM isn't designed to author HTML messages.

"Encryption: No integration/plugin for GNUPG, no MIME support."
I used GnuPG and didn't see the need for integration. That would have been nice.

"If you need support, they won't reply."
True.

"if you ever want to change the e-mail client: So far there is none that can import PowerMail mail database."

That is just wrong information. It's extremely possible to export messages and attachments.
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kspope reviewed on 06 Aug 2011
I've given this program heavy use over the years and been very happy with it and with the customer support.
[Version 6.1]

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Pirx replied on 06 Nov 2011
Owing to CTM obviously not working on Powermail any more apart from the barest necessary updates, I am on the verge of quitting PowerMail and changing to (gag...choke) Microsoft Outlook.
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Pirx reviewed on 18 Jun 2011
Finally CTM seem to be working on an update. Its alive!

My humble request - apart from the obvious update needs - would be to have a Swiss-precision GNUPG integration or at least a plugin.

Having gone through several e-mail clients, to me Powermail is still by far the best e-mail client on OS X.
[Version 6.1b1]


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Mikael B commented on 09 Jun 2011
I just can't be bothered anymore. Mail is not that good, but it doesn't get in the way and most importantly, it's puts IMAP at the same standard as POP.
It beats me why they never opensourced PM.
[Version 6.1b1]


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Pirx commented on 15 May 2011
How about 64 bit?
[Version 6.0.6]

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Mikael B replied on 09 Jun 2011
What difference would that make? Lame question. PowerMails are way harsher than 64 bit.
burypromote

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Mikael B replied on 09 Jun 2011
Should read: PowerMails' problems are way harsher than 64 bit.
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litljohn had trouble on 20 Nov 2008
Same here - the beta DMG will not mount using OS X 10.4.11 PPC
[Version 6.0b1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 20 Nov 2008
I've downloaded this file three times today, the third time was just a few moments ago. Each time the .dmg mounted with no issues using Safari Version 3.2 (4525.26.12), OS X 10.4.11 on a MBP C2D.
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litljohn commented on 20 Nov 2008
Interesting... I'd just finished posting my problem with the .dmg and noticed a reply to the previous poster from MacUpdate Admin regarding their success with their .dmg mountings... They said they're using Safari 3.2 and it got me thinking. I had just updated to Safari 3.2 myself but decided to revert back to 3.1.2 the other day. (Pithelmet not working yet with 3.2) SO, turns out that the file I receive using that Safari 3.1.2 is called pm6.dmg.bz2 - it won't mount - tried it at least 6 times. ANYWAY, I have another (clean) machine available using Safari 3.1.2 & OS X 10.4.11 where I've NOT installed Safari 3.2 and guess what - I downloaded the file once again and it's called pm6.dmg and it mounted just fine on that machine! I wonder what THAT's all about?! ;)
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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 20 Nov 2008
http://unsanity.org/archives/mac_os_x/my_dmg_is_bwoken_after_download.php

If you download what should be a .dmg and it shows up on the desktop as a .dmg.bz2, you must remove the .bz2 suffix and then the downloaded .dmg will mount.
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litljohn replied on 20 Nov 2008
Wow, you're right! The teeth gritting part for me was that the .bz2 would create the .dmg that wouldn't mount! lol Knock off the .bz2 and it mounts perfectly... AND it has nothing at all to do with my switch back to Safari 3.1.2 from 3.2... ONE can never presume can one? thanks once again :)
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Lord Kyron had trouble on 20 Nov 2008
This Beta's DMG is not recognized. I sent an email telling them about it, but have not heard back yet.
[Version 6.0b1]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 20 Nov 2008
I've downloaded this file three times today, the third time was just a few moments ago. Each time the .dmg mounted with no issues using Safari Version 3.2 (4525.26.12), OS X 10.4.11 on a MBP C2D.

Marcus-Mir rated on 03 Apr 2013

[Version 6.1.4]



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Edeerly rated on 07 Aug 2012

[Version 6.1.3]



Dzdork rated on 18 Jan 2012

[Version 6.1]



Singsong rated on 24 Mar 2011

[Version 6.0.6]



+2

Kliere rated on 27 Dec 2010

[Version 6.0.6]


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Version Downloads:385
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License:Demo
Date:02 Dec 2013
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $66.00
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PowerMail is built on top of the PowerMail Engine, a robust cross-platform foundation encapsulating 11 years of messaging and directory experience, PowerMail is continuously enhanced with the following objectives:
  • Establish a lean, mean and efficient alternative e-mail client for people who care about e-mail
  • Acknowledge the importance of our user's data accesibility by offering reliable storage, high-speed indexing and the ability to export to a variety of standard formats
  • Design and implement a clean, robust Macintosh user-interface with best-of-class Mac OS X support
  • Contribute to the on-going diversity of mail clients on the Mac
  • Evolve our code base on a regular basis to meet customer needs
  • Excel in supporting multi-lingual, world-wide mail using Unicode standards
  • Support advanced Mac OS 9 technologies as well native multi-tasking and memory protection on Mac OS X
  • Provide a smooth migration experience to users of Microsoft Entourage, Outlook Express, Claris Emailer and Netscape Communicator 4.x


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