Postbox

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 20 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    8,644
  • Date Added:
    Jun. 02, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $9.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    16.62MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    24
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Using Mozilla's own code, Postbox rivals Thunderbird for alternative desktop e-mail clients. Or at least, it wants to. Make no mistake, Postbox introduces some innovations that Mozilla could learn from. Much as Songbird changes Firefox's tune for audiophiles, Postbox takes desktop e-mail hard toward Web 2.0, with fast links to upload contacts to Facebook and pictures to Picasa.

Click on an e-mail, and the preview pane not only shows the text, but extracts all links, images, other attachments, and contacts into a Compose Sidebar for easy management. From there, you can upload to Twitter, FriendFeed, MySpace, Delicious, and Google. Postbox is also obsessed with tabs, so that each new mail can open traditionally or in a tab of its own. Searches get their own tabs, too. Postbox will ask you to import e-mail, contacts, and other messaging data from Thunderbird, Outlook, Google, and Yahoo when it starts. Two other innovations are worth highlighting: you can globally extract attachments, links, images, or contacts into a single tab, and there's a remix of Thunderbird's Labels feature. Called Topics, it automatically searches across folders for messages with the same tag. This can't be done without extra effort in Thunderbird.

Postbox gained Thunderbird's extensibility in beta 13, but it's currently limited. There's heavy customization is limited, although Postbox does now have it's own slightly-buggy version of Thunderbird's Lightning calendar plug-in. There's also support for the Provider for Google Calendar plug-in. All the add-on talk may be a major interest for some, or much ado about nothing, but the beta won't be free for much longer: Postbox plans to go premium in the fall of 2009.

 
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User Reviews
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2 stars

"Slow and lacks necessary features"

June 25, 2015  |  By kagy

 |  Version: Postbox 4.0.2

Pros

More like neutrals - Postbox seems no better than any other mail program. It's downloads and uploads your mail.

Cons

It is frustratingly slow at retrieving mail. And it is not intuitive at all, especially when attaching photos, which cannot be resized within the app, meaning that if you're trying to send a couple of very large jpeg files, chances are good that your client will refuse it because of the size.

Summary

Stick with Apple Mail.

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5 stars

"excellent! ahead of many others!"

June 01, 2014  |  By premaveraj

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

has all the necessary features! simple, clear and easy to use! quick to navigate!

Cons

wish it had also the beautiful and many options of themes and add-ons thunderbird offers

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4 stars

"Nice eMail package."

January 23, 2014  |  By GCG1000

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

1. Works well in Win 8.1.
2. Clean, easy to use, GUI.
3. Comprehensive eMail & Social Media capabilities.
4. 'Quick Reply' is a very nice capability.

Cons

None at this time.

Summary

Looking for an easy to use, fast and complete eMail Client with a well thought out design? Try Postbox, it fills the bill.

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2 stars

"Lacking ability to restore mail"

December 12, 2013  |  By Charro2012

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

The Program appears to be well though out in most aspects.

Cons

There are no means of backing up mail for future use should there be a computer malfunction. Unlike other programs which have the means to regularly backup, this program will leave you high and dry.

Summary

With all the other good features, its a pity the developers forgot to consider mail backup as an essential feature.

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2 stars

"Works sort of, no support, no way to offer suggestions"

August 13, 2013  |  By louploup2

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

Access multiple accounts.

Cons

Where are the attachments? Difficult to get answers
NO support AT ALL
NO way to make suggestions
NO separate windows (can't track multiple accounts on screen)
NO way to stop mail check in process when it screws up and forgets it already downloaded those 550 emails (so I can go erase them directly on server first)

Summary

I loved Eudora; Still looking for a good replacement. This is not it, it's close to cr@p.

Updated on Aug 22, 2013

Reduce to ZERO stars--frustrating and harmful software.

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2 stars

"Nice concept, poor execution"

June 28, 2013  |  By Brian Fisher

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

Much better interface than Apple Mail for those with multiple accounts

Cons

Really buggy, zero support

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4 stars

"Best Desktop email client"

May 25, 2013  |  By petersellmer

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

Allows me to access all my email accounts through one desktop interface. Simple to setup, simple to operate.

Cons

Yes it's buggy but there are solutions. No customer support other than online FAQ's but if you do specific searches you can usually find the answer to a problem

Summary

I was having problems with my account but found a simple solution: Eliminate all add-ons and just use the standard layout. In other words just download it and use it - don't add any bells and whistles. Has been working flawlessly since following this rule

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1 stars

"Buggy, Aging Badly"

May 05, 2013  |  By joomlatte

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

All your email addresses in one place
Alternative to Outlook

Cons

Buggy
No tech support

Summary

I had been such a fan of this product that it's sad for me to say Postbox is not as good as it used to be. More and more issues have been cropping up, especially with security certificate pop-ups. There may be way to resolve these and other technical problems, but it's not likely that you'll find all of the answers you need on Postbox's Help, FAQs or Knowledge Base. Contents of those resources may be several years old and refer to features or navigation that don't apply to the current version.

I loved Postbox because I manage several different email addresses and it let me view all my mail in one place. But now, the security certificate pop-ups are preventing some accounts from downloading new mail. Google searching some of these issues have found others like me who are frustrated that we can't get these problems resolved. What used to be a simple and elegant program is now plagued with hidden traps.

It may work great for you. Like me, you'll probably fall in love with Postbox. Your 30-day trial will end and you'll be glad to pay the very reasonable $9.95 subscription fee. Then a few months later, after you're depending on Postbox as your everyday email client...an issue will pop-up. You may, like me and other users, find it impossible to find out how to resolve your technical issues - and no way to communicate with tech support.

And, perhaps like me, you'll decide to move on and try to find a more dependable program supported by a company who cares about users.

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1 stars

"Expensive, Glitchy & No Customer Support"

February 16, 2012  |  By Jibaku

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.2

Pros

none that you can't find in free software

Cons

No Customer Support
$30 Per Person

Summary

We purchased Postbox because we encountered a conflict trying to set up our POP mail through free programs, and being free we could not get support for help troubleshooting. We paid for the software exclusively for the purpose of having a place to seek help should the need arise.

There were frequent minor issues - program quirks - which arose more often than I had time to report them. For the most part they were not serious, only mildly aggravating and an inconvenience. Occasionally I submitted a request for help, which was not always fruitful, but at least they were responsive.

The problem arose when I tried to submit a support request (for the sudden appearance of a duplicate sent folder with different content for the same mail account) and was informed that the ticketing system had been discontinued. I went to their main page and looked for a contact link, only to be routed through pages of FAQ.

With some effort I located a "Bug Report" form and submitted that, only to learn that our account had been flagged for improper use because I had made reference to more than one person using the program. They allow you to install it on up to five computers, but multiple users are forbidden - you are supposed to purchase a separate License for every individual who uses the program even on the same machine. Considering the $30 price tag, I found this an unreasonable request. All the moreso when the one feature I felt worth the cost had been scrubbed.

Postbox is essentially a Paid version of Thunderbird. It doesn't work as well, doesn't offer support for the money, and is unreasonably priced.

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4 stars

"Great; not seamless"

November 19, 2011  |  By annabananaruth

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.1

Pros

-Free
-Functional
-Decently user-friendly (plus online help for the stuff I couldn't figure out)
-Visually, it's adequately appealing and organized

Cons

-When in French language mode, some options are still in English
-Could be a little more intuitive (I usually don't have to consult "help" sections as much as I have with this product.)

Summary

I've tried out all the reputable free email clients out there. Postbox Express is the best of those, in my opinion. I'm considering upgrading to the paid version, I like it so much. I have several email addresses, and like Postbox as a way to keep them all organized.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.2
  • Disables older language pack add-ons that were causing XML errors on launch
  • Fixed an issue with accessing iPhoto menus
  • Fixed errors that could occur when deleting an account
  • Error console now available via keyboard shortcut command/control-shift-j
  • Added time/date stamp to error console
General
Publisher Postbox
Publisher web site http://www.postbox-inc.com/
Release Date June 02, 2015
Date Added June 02, 2015
Version 4.0.2
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 16.62MB
File Name postbox-4.0.2-win32.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 8,644
Downloads Last Week 24
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $9.95

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