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Unibox Reviews

1.9.2
14 October 2018

Email client with messages organized by person.

JasonE
10 December 2013

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Great potential in this app. We would be interested in this mail client, if it supported pop accounts as well as imap accounts.
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Version 1.0.1

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ahmedhatata-ah
20 May 2019
Still the best email client for me as student , quickly and easily navigate through my daily emails , reply , group them by people make it very easy to reply to all . Very powerful and convenient email client for me , just need the dark mode. Definitely 5 stars and no issue at it .
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Version 1.9.2
Aargl
27 April 2019
I've just found another issue: URLs that you paste in a mail won't be recognized as such in any mail manager under MacOS 10.4.11 PPC (I couldn't test 10.5) — tested Mail.app, Postbox and Thunderbird — and won't be clickable by the recipient. They are probably somehow malformed. I've tested the same text sent by Mail.app, Postbox or Thunderbird: no problem. The funny thing is that the only one I've found that has the same issue is the old Sparrow, from which Unibox is very "inspired"... ;-) You might say that very few people still use Tiger, but who knows if the issue is not present in some other OS? Anyway, using an app that you can't rely on at 100% is quite daunting... :-(
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Version 1.9.2
Zoidbert
03 January 2019
Still love this app. It's a regular launch for me when I want to cut through my emails pretty quickly, but it's not my go-to mail app (that's still Apple's own Mail) because it doesn't handle filing and etc. as seamlessly as it could.

Still and all, it's unique in the field and a great app. I won't call it dead in the water -- the developer did just update it in October 2018 -- but its feature set seems to have stalled and, like a few others, I've not received any feedback on feedback.

FWIW, Eightloops does have a Twitter account, but there's never been any activity. I'll keep checking it, this page, and their site, and hope they continue development -- it's a good app and well worth consideration.
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Version 1.9.2
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Zoidbert
Zoidbert
12 June 2019
Checking back in; still a regular launch -- even holds a place in my Dock. Still not my go-to email app b'c of reasons noted above.

If you're a casual email user, it's perfect. If you're a heavy folder/filing email user, it's challenging but still usable.

I'll keep hoping for updates and any feedback from eightloops (I've never received anything other than an acknowledgement email that I submitted a ticket/request). I'm also in the Beta program but have never received a beta of any sort.

I don't want to call it abandoned, but it feels like it's sitting at the curb and the author is about to drive away.

If nothing else, I hope Apple or anyone adopts the "email arranged like Messages" layout. There's nothing better for quick cleaning of a clogged mailbox.
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Aargl
15 November 2018
I'm on my way to switching from Mavericks to El Capitan and tried this last version of Unibox: it doesn't see or import the mail accounts from version 1.5.2 — and probably from any other version! :-o Apple Mail 9.3 is horribly slow compared to Maverick's but I don't have time to set up again my many accounts in Unibox, just because the dev didn't even think that former users might someday update their app... ;-) Luckily v1.5.2 still works ok in El Capitan.
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Version 1.9.2
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Aargl
Aargl
18 December 2018
I found the solution!
You have to move your Unibox Application Support folder and preference file, respectively to:
~/Library/Containers/com.eightloops.Unibox/Data/Library/Application Support/
and
~/Library/Containers/com.eightloops.Unibox/Data/Library/Preferences/com.eightloops.Unibox.plist

The idea came to my mind because I've already had the issue with some other app... ;-)
What I don't get is why they don't include some checking and automatic copy of the data to the required places instead of leaving the user on its own... :-(
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Aargl
Aargl
18 December 2018
P.S.: you also have to delete the database files for old messages to be displayed (~/Library/Containers/com.eightloops.Unibox/Data/Library/Application Support/Unibox/Database)
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lazk
04 November 2017
NEW version November 3, 2017 - 1.8.2
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Version 1.8.2
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larrymcj
larrymcj
31 December 2017
Might be a new version, but I just downloaded it to try it again and it's still has many problems under High Sierra. Main UI window won't stay sized or positioned where I put it, most of the preferences won't stay selected and keep reverting to the default preferences. This used to be a great app, but I have my doubts that it will ever be great again, which is sad, since it always had a lot of potential.
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zlazkow
zlazkow
01 January 2018
To larrymcj...I hope developer reads your comment. I'm using Spark, not Unibox. But would like very much to use Unibox. Regardless, I never rush to update my OS, so I'm still with Sierra. Maybe even I'll skip HS and wait for the next version.
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larrymcj
larrymcj
01 January 2018
@zlazkow: Something tells me he won't read it ☹️ It's a shame, because Unibox is a really nice email app that I'd like to use. I've tried Spark several times as well, trying to like it, and while it's also nice, the font size in the main UI is just too small for my farsighted eyes and there is no way to change it. Newton is the best email app on the planet, but not for $50/yr!
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zlazkow
zlazkow
01 January 2018
to larrymcj: I don't use any application with subscription. It's a pure greed. But contact Unibox developer. He replied to me. Tell him what would you like to see in Unibox. Maybe he won't reply right away, so email again.
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larrymcj
larrymcj
01 January 2018
@zlazkow: I've already sent my comments to the developer about the things that don't work using Unibox with High Sierra, but no reply yet. Regarding subscriptions, for me it just depends on how useful the app is. Out of 60 apps I have only two subscription apps (1Password for Families and TextExpander). Simply my choice as I use them both all day long and I always have the most current apps on both my Mac and iPhone with a subscription..
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lazk
23 August 2017
I posted today a reply(not comment) that Unibox developer responded to my question about the development. It's in work, updates...etc. So I think it's a good news.
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Version 1.7.2
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anonymous-swan-3164
anonymous-swan-3164
03 October 2017
Haha, what a joke. They‘re saying this since months or years! It‘s abandonware...
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lazk
lazk
04 October 2017
to Lucas-mueller...it works great, does everything that other programs don't.
Sometimes when there is not much to update there, then an update once or twice a year is enough. Last update was in April. So, this is fine. Canary Mail and Spark get updated too often, mostly to fix this and that. I contacted the developer. If all who are interested in keeping Unibox alive would care to contact also, then the developer will know that there are customers who want to use it, but reluctant. So, contact him.
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anonymous-swan-3164
anonymous-swan-3164
04 October 2017
you don't know how often I did this :-) asked for swipe gestures and much support in general.
support is non-existent and no new features and same bugs since the introduction (both macOS anbd iOS apps)...
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anonymous-swan-3164
anonymous-swan-3164
08 October 2017
unibox is crashing under high sierra (at least on all of my macs)... now you'll see how good the support is :-)
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lazk
lazk
23 October 2017
To Lucas-Mueller: to tell the truth, when I left my comments, I was only trying Unibox. I liked it, but decided to ask the developer about future updates. Despite assuring me that it's being developed, but not seeing any other response here, I of course did not buy it. I also used Canary, but stopped my choice on Spark. This is the best. Tried Airmail briefly, didn't like, too many features that I don't need.
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Aargl
17 July 2017
After leaving it aside for a few months, I've recently started using Unibox 1.5.2 on a daily basis. I really love the clear and simple interface, it turns the daily use of mails into a delight! Having no support for Spamsieve, it means that you have to have Apple Mail (or Postbox ;-) ) running in the background, and run to those apps when you have some complex stuff to do. So, it is not a Mail replacement for demanding users, but rather a pleasant interface for it, and it's ok when you think of it that way — though it's probably perfect for common users with 1 or 2 accounts (but those probably don't feel the need for an Apple Mail replacement...) Unfortunately, they stopped supporting OS 10.9.5, so this review is for v1.5.2.
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Version 1.7.2
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Aargl
Aargl
17 July 2017
I forgot! It would be nice additions if we could set a delay to mark as read, and disable quoting!
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lazk
lazk
23 August 2017
I'd like to use it, because I like the way it is designed. But the big obstacle, the developer is not replying to email, doesn't post here if it is being developed, or what...
I was using Spark, but realized it is consuming quite a lot of CPU. Canary much less, but still much more than Apple Mail.
Interesting how much CPU Unibox uses ?
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lazk
lazk
23 August 2017
GOOD NEWS!
The developer has finally emailed me, that Unibox is in development.
They keep updating the application based on customer feedback.
and their main focus is to get rid of bugs and ensure OS compatibility.
That's very encouraging. They must know that UNIBOX is a very unique application, and there is a future for it, more than any other email applications.
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lazk
11 July 2017
I'm trying Unibox at this moment. The first few minutes of looking how brilliantly this application works, I'm totaly amazed! It took 30 seconds for Unibox to identify all my gmail settings and then presented me with absolutely fresh idea of sorting the email in the most efficient way, sorting it 'from/sender". Sure, Apple mail has all kinds of sorting, even "from". But NOT like Unibox does it.
It's not only by "sender", but also chronologically. If you get an email from Jerry, it goes on top, and all emails from Jerry are included. A number on the right side shows the total number of Jerry's emails. So, here you have a very easy opportunity to clean up all your emails.
So, so far it's brilliant and super effective!
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Version 1.7.2
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lazk
lazk
13 July 2017
update: after initial excitement I looked again at what it does, and realized that it is indeed a unique applications.
Most of emails I get are not from people, but mass mailing from websites, newsletters...etc. For that it's fine, since I'm getting about 30 every day.These are on top of inbox. The rest of emails are down down the list, the ones which are infrequent.
So, this creates a problem, since I don't notice them. For now I don't yet if I'm going to use.
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anonymous-swan-3164
08 January 2017
probably abandonware... nothing new since many months. it once was under active development, but that was like 2 years ago..
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Version 1.6.2
Pjot
23 November 2016
I purchased Unibox a while ago, liked the way it handles mail but wasn't happy completely. I discovered some minor bugs about which I sent mail to the developers but never received an answer so I stopped using it. After a recent crash I reinstalled Unibox from a backup, opened it once and returned to my present standard mail programma. After clicking on a mail link on a websit Unibox opened. Eeh? I checked the settings of Mail and indeed, Unibox had promoted itself without my consent to my standard mail program. I changed the setting in Mail back to my standard mail program only to find out that Unibox again had returned as the standard mail program. I repeated this several times but to no avail: Unibox kept coming back as the standard mail program. This is unheard of. So I removed Unibox completely from my system and believe me, it will never return there. Pity as it has a lot of potential. For the software as such I could easily give 4 stars, the arrogance of the developers to ignore reactions from users and the impossiblity to remove it as standard mail program scales the rating down to half a star.
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Version 1.6.2
Aargl
09 October 2016
At first try, a really nice app but still no support for Spamsieve and their blog doesn't look like they're doing active development... :-/ (last update 10 months ago...) Their FB page and Tweeter are full of messages from happy customers, which is great, but I'd rather see some news about what the devs are working on, instead. ;-)
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Version 1.5.2
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Aargl
Aargl
17 July 2017
I realize that I was actually trying v1.3.2 when I wrote this! But I can't see anything new in v1.5.2... ;-)
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Noraa
08 August 2016
The price listed is incorrect. The app currently costs $15.99 on the App Store.
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Version 1.5.2
Max29
19 May 2016
5 stars for the cool email client but unfortunatelly 0 stars for the not existent support. Support doesn't reply to any requests. Products without support are worthless.
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Version 1.5.2
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lazk
lazk
12 July 2017
I commented yesterday, July 11, while trying Unibox, I did not encounter any problems. It works straightforward out of the box, and works brilliantly.. I did email the company asked them to add a comment for future updates. But the latest update was back in April 2017, so this shows me that Unibox is fine and updated from time to time. So far I don't see any problems what so ever that require any customer support. It's a second day of my trial, and it's perfect.
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This replaced Mail and all of the other options well over a year ago and I've been content with it since. It has its bugs, but it is so far above the other options as far as keeping things in a consolidated location that I have been able to overlook any of the glitches.

And I have to say that my glitches probably simply stem from managing a much larger number of email addresses than most folks. :)

Oh, and their support team is rather responsive to boot.
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Version 1.4.2
Bfulop
13 October 2015
I've been using Unibox for about two years now. The concept has been working great for me. The idea is that all your emails are grouped by contacts so email looks like more like an instant messaging app. This for one encourages you to write shorter emails. It's when I open my inbox in another client like mail.app I realise how messy it is! In Unibox it looks nice and organised and you have the impression that there's much less email in your inbox. Read the "inbox zero" article on their FAQ page to get this auto-organising working. I used this setup about two years ago, and didn't touch anything ever since. No complicated folder structures, smart folders, auto whatever. Recently they added more keyboard shortcuts and now you can everything without touching the mouse. I'm on the beta channel and there's an update almost every week, it feels good to know the app is being very actively developed.
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Version 1.3.2
polocanada
02 September 2015
Very refreshing take on email app for Mac. It's not a one-trick pony and unlike the others, this offers departure from traditional email views which become less and less useable today. Yes, it misses many other things I like about some other apps such as...

1. Postbox - ability to file to Evernote client (LOCALLY)
2. Mail app OSX with EverMail plugin - ability to file to another non-local Evernote account (REMOTE account)
3. Opera Mail - TABBED interface option (yes, I still do like it so much and I find the tabbed approach to email in certain situations very useful, if need to work on a project and sift through information in different emails in different threads etc)

But overall, this app looks great.

Perhaps one last thing on my wish list would be integration with Linkedin, so I could see the person's profile and click button "Connect" to send the invite.. (well at least somewhat similar to what the Tipbit app does today on iOS).

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Version 1.2.1
larrymcj
24 November 2014
Regardless of whether I initially liked it or not, for me Unibox is absolutely compelling to use. At first I was turned off by its people-centric way of arranging email by contacts (and I still don't care for that...but see the second paragraph). This concept probably works just fine for most casual users of email because it's more like chat or instant messaging, and in that regard it's actually better if you'll just give yourself time to get used to it. For business and professional email users like me, this concept most likely won't work because we get a lot of daily email and most of it needs to be acted on and then either labeled (Gmail) or put into folders (other email types). Fortunately, Unibox has recently recognized the existence of this email user demographic and made preference changes that allow Unibox to function more like a classic email client. (The most important preference change to help this type of user is found here: https://www.uniboxapp.com/faq/organizing-emails/inbox-zero) What will eventually win you over to Unibox (despite its high price tag of $17.99) is its absolutely beautiful user interface. The developer has uniquely managed to put everything into one single window, even the message creation window when called up. So writing a new email or replying to an existing email, allows you to focus on the email you're creating instead of bouncing around between multiple windows. No other email client does this. Last, but not least...email providers. Very few email apps support all email providers, but Unibox "automatically" found all of my email addresses (Google, iCloud, Outlook.com, Yahoo, Hover Mail, personal IMAP server, and even Exchange (IMAP enabled). It needed a little help configuring my DOVECOT IMAP server account, but only to the extent I had to add the specific IMAP and SMTP addresses as the account is intentionally configured a bit strange in that regard. Is Unibox perfect? Of course not...nor is any email app. But it's as close to perfect (for me) as I've found and it has become my email app of choice because it's easy to look at, efficient, font selections are uniform between inbox and messages, and it supports all my email addresses. Add to this the developer is very responsive to email support questions (a rarity these days) and I think Unibox is certainly headed in the right direction. The Apple ecosystem is filled with email apps, but Unibox is a true breath of fresh air.
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Version 1.2.1
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Dana_Nau
Dana_Nau
01 June 2015
Is there really just *one* window? That absolutely wouldn't work for me. There are too many times when I need to work concurrently on several different replies to several different emails. For me, being able to open multiple windows into different parts of my email archive is something that Apple got absolutely right.
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larrymcj
12 November 2014
Love the user interface of Unibox, but have too many things going on in my email life to live it without folders. Unibox needs two versions...one for people oriented and the other for the rest of us who just want email to be like it's always been. Still, props for the beautiful UI.
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Version 1.2.1
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larrymcj
larrymcj
13 November 2014
To continue, Unibox is absolutely infectious! I've spent a lot of time today trying to make it work for me simply because it has such a beautiful and compelling user interface. Turning off the "Unibox" option and viewing the "Inbox" option instead makes it appear more traditional for those of us who need to put dozens of messages daily into folders.

I'll probably purchase Unibox just so I can turn on the beta features in hopes I'll get to hopefully see some of the things I'm hoping for. Very responsive developer, another rarity these days.
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TCalhau
01 November 2014
Unibox is my default email application! I love the way he centralizes the e-mails in the senders. In addition, the application works perfectly stable. Never witnessed errors during the months I've been using! However, he does not yet support the OpenPGP (GPGTools) Although developers have already informed that will add support for OpenPGP
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Version 1.2.1
aaffonso
10 September 2014
I really love the simplicity of this app, but the lack of SpamSieve integration doesn't allow me to use Unibox as my main email client.
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Version 1.2
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Uncoy
Uncoy
28 July 2016
You can create a SpamSieve drone (look it up on Michael's site) which will work remotely. You can then put spammy email in a TrainSpam folder and false positives in a TrainGood folder. You do need a second Mac running somewhere. My remote Mac with the drone runs Apple Mail under 10.6.8 with SpamSieve.
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MacMec
16 April 2014
Finally an end to all the mess. Archived 3500 E-Mails today and I relay like the conversation view. No manual needed, it is intuitive and great UI.
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Version 1.1
wickedsp1d3r
01 March 2014
Why use PKG as trial installer? Weird.
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Version 1.0.1
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larrymcj
larrymcj
13 January 2015
One star because of the installer? Why not help users with comments on the functionality of the app itself, which is the purpose of discussions here. It's hardly fair to berate a very good app simply because of the way it installs.
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Sasasushi
12 February 2014
I love the concept of this app, organizing mail based on contacts. It is intuitive, attractive, fast, low resource and the search feature works very well. It has now become my default mail client.
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Version 1.0.1
aka
01 January 2014
A trial version is aviable at https://www.uniboxapp.com/trial
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Version 1.0.1
JasonE
10 December 2013
Great potential in this app. We would be interested in this mail client, if it supported pop accounts as well as imap accounts.
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Version 1.0.1
Robertcoogan
26 October 2013
It advertises organization by contacts, but doesn't say if you can also go to a date received view. There seems to be a lot going for it, it has some really nice features. But limiting the Inbox view like that really is a turnoff. Also there is nothing about spam filters, yet again (and not just this app, it is just a nut Apple hasn't allowed us to crack yet). And it would be nice to have a demo available. Even for $10.
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Version 1.0
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Lumac52
Lumac52
08 November 2013
You can currently download a recent beta here: http://mac.softpedia.com/progDownload/Unibox-Download-138841.html
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GranadoMJ
GranadoMJ
14 December 2013
Lumac52, thanks for the link!
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