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Postbox for Mac

Free
Download Editors' Rating:
Editors' Rating:
Very good
Average User Rating:
out of 19 votes out of 0 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.0.8
  • Total Downloads:
    6,090
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 14, 2016
  • Price:
    Free to try; 39.95
  • File Size:
    25.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    6
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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Postbox for Mac's streamlined interface and automatic syncing to existing accounts makes it a good e-mail manager. Additional features, including social media integration, further add to the program's appeal.

Postbox for Mac's main menu includes a row of buttons along the top that operate all of the common e-mail features. These include syncing to the Internet for new mail, archiving, replying, and forwarding, among others. A bar on the left side allows users to see which e-mail accounts are active, and to switch between them. The response time for changing accounts was quick. The main window contains all of the messages for the active account, which are displayed clearly. Users can also change the size and format of message information, as well as view things like to-dos, images, and e-mail attachments. The ability to add multiple e-mail accounts from services like Gmail and Apple Mail, as well as manual e-mail server setup, is an excellent feature, allowing users to see their new messages from a number of sources in a single program.

In addition to working well as an e-mail account manager, Postbox for Mac's ability to work with multiple e-mail addresses will appeal most to savvy computer users with a number of different accounts.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Postbox for Mac 3.0.8.

 
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4 stars

"Very good but for one bug"

March 12, 2016  |  By rlosch

2016-03-12 08:43:42  |  By rlosch

 |  Version: Postbox 4.0.7

Pros

Very similar to Mail -- easy to use and it has a simple interface.

Cons

It does not like deleting emails. Frequently when I delete an item it pops right back into the Inbox as a new unread email. Often if I leave Postbox and come back to it later they are gone, but often some are still there.

Summary

I went to Postbox because Mail frequently would load HTML emails as text, despite the settings being set for HTML. This started after I upgraded to El Capitan, although all the experts say that is just a coincidence. Postbox displays all my mail beautifully.

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2 stars

"PostBox 4.0.X crashes frequently..."

October 18, 2015  |  By JimInSanDiego

2015-10-18 09:18:22  |  By JimInSanDiego

 |  Version: Postbox 4.0.5

Pros

Fast
Generally good user interface.

Cons

Crashes frequently when I try to delete Junk.
Fails to save copies of outgoing mail. Re-indexing the data base solves this temporarily.
Online manual woefully inaccurate.
Accounts need to be deleted and recreated often when PostBox won't connect to them.

Summary

In all honesty, I am disappointed with Postbox 4.0.X. It frequently crashes when I try to delete spam from the Junk folder. It looses the ability to save copies of outgoing emails a lot. I generally have to reset indexing several times a week to get it working again. The online manual is woefully wrong in many parts. For example, there are directions on how to get colored icons to display on the Mac version but the menu choices they instruct you to try don't exist. And why in 2015 are colored icons not a default item. Several times I have been forced to delete an account and recreate it because it will not connect to the server. This has happened with gmail, yahoo and iCloud accounts. Fortunately I always store my emails at the source or I would loose everything.

I have reported all of the issues to PostBox many times. I have followed their suggestions to fix things but even after completely trashing the ~/Library/Application Support/PostBox folder and starting from scratch, these issue rapidly occur again.

I switched from Apple Mail to PostBox to avoid email troubles. I wonder now if I should have spent the money on PostBox.

Jim

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2 stars

"Wasted 3 hours - no support, no dedicated user forum"

February 14, 2015  |  By manofdogz

2015-02-14 01:31:49  |  By manofdogz

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.11

Pros

Looks good, useful features, feels snappy, imports accounts from Mail (although didn't import my iCloud account for some reason - despite importing 3 other accounts very quickly)

Cons

Refused to recognise Gmail password despite doing all the google confirmations
Couldn't see how to assign individual SMTP servers to multiple accounts
Keeps asking for passwords on re-boot
Very frustrating that there is only 'pay per incident' support and no dedicated forum

Summary

Ran the trial with Yosemite 10.10.2, spent best part of an afternoon and it only partially worked. Could not resolve the issues I had so have decided to stick with Apple Mail - which I was looking to ditch due to current 'thread mix up' issues. Should add that I'm a web designer by trade and am very used to setting up hosting with emails in all email clients - Mac and PC. I would be very happy to pay more if there was some means of getting problems sorted or even a dedicated forum but the lack of proper support is no good. The advice for confirming accounts with Google (to solve issue of Google not recognising password) is out of date and frankly of no use - this would not happen with a dedicated forum. Shame I had high hopes

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1 stars

"OK, but no support."

March 19, 2014  |  By hawkiman

2014-03-19 03:54:08  |  By hawkiman

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.9

Pros

Works slightly better than Thunderbird which the code was forked from.

Cons

No support. I have several issues that I wanted help with. Nothing on there web site. No forum. The only way to get help is to pay $30 for one-on-one. Personally I think that is unacceptable. Why not offer a forum with some level of moderation (really don't think it would take that much or your precious time)

Summary

Too many other apps that offer support.

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5 stars

"Overcome Apple Mail's shortcomings."

February 09, 2014  |  By RustyIron

2014-02-09 11:45:01  |  By RustyIron

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.9

Pros

The BIG reason I moved to Postbox was because of the elegant arrangement of accounts and folders as opposed to Mail's ugliness. Now all my folders are arranged the way I want them, and there is no extra "flagged" or "vip" folders that I'm forced to see. Wading through mail is now MUCH easier.

HTML signatures just WORK, with no silly hoops to jump though.

Works with add-ons, such as Spamsieve.

Cons

Rules/filters are not as powerful as Mail's. Specifically, Postbox needs to be able to send notifications as part of a rule. VIP integration would be good, too.

Lookup in dictionary doesn't work as smoothly as in Mail.

Resizing images in an mail changes the displayed size, but not the number of bytes of the file.

Summary

If you're fed up with the lack of flexibility built into Apple Mail, then Postbox might be for you. It's free to try and will configure itself according to Mail's settings, but you'll have to spend a little time tweaking everything to make it run perfectly.

The first time you run the software and download all your old mail, it will take a little while to index all those messages for later searching. Postbox might seem slow and unresponsive at this time, but let it go for a while; the wait is worth it.

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3 stars

"POST BOX is SLOW"

January 30, 2014  |  By bhuv

2014-01-30 00:11:26  |  By bhuv

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.8

Pros

The interfaces are very nice -- and syncing features with Google are better than Mail -- once deleted, email remain deleted unlike Mail

Cons

Search is not ass good as in Apole mail-- can definitely improved.
Apple mail provides some nice drop down options while entering search terms.

Postbox keep sort of freezing up -- particularly after I delete a couple of messages -- and is definitely slow to sync new messages compared to Mail and Opera - that i have used.

Overall - getting tired of this -- planning to go back to Opera.

Summary

This speed issues needs to be addressed.
Lack of a feedback point in PostBox is definitely frustrating.

Getting disappointed with the performance day by day.

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3 stars

"Pretty nice but one major pet peave"

September 06, 2012  |  By artbay

2012-09-06 13:35:17  |  By artbay

 |  Version: Postbox 3.0.5

Pros

Nice interface
Relatively easy to use
Pretty Fast

Cons

NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT
I can understand not having full time live support. But when a paid app has no support of any kind what so ever, then something is out of whack. The manual and FAQ is fine up to a point, but no one is perfect, and they have no process for resolving issues, to me is just a bad idea.

As an example I am trying to figure out how to put a signature above the reply. The manual shows options that are not actually in the program itself. Can't find a reference to it, and can't find a way to contact Postbox to ask them directly. I think that any company that is selling an app and offers no direct contact, is doing a big disservice to their customer base. Hope they change their policy.

Summary

Good product, bad company attitude with no direct contact possible. Shame

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5 stars

"The Only email client I'm going to pay for!"

November 30, 2010  |  By ilgaar

2010-11-30 16:46:49  |  By ilgaar

 |  Version: Postbox 2.0.2

Pros

Fast, simple and user friendly interface, much less buggier than thunderbird, extra useful functions. And best of all Mac friendly :)

Cons

It's a bit too expensive! if they only lowered their prices a little it would have been perfect.

Summary

overall it is a good application and I think if you are looking for a professional email client, this is the right one.

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1 stars

"good app-but DON'T buy till they amend policies"

October 29, 2010  |  By tannerc

2010-10-29 13:21:46  |  By tannerc

 |  Version: Postbox 2.0.2

Pros

potential to be a great alternative to mac mail- add-ons are promising-

Cons

very shady customer relations
When some users, voiced concern @ being asked to pay for upgrade, just 3 weeks after purchase -PB-inc, rather than work w/paying customers for resolution-just deleted the feedback& users accounts- not smart business

Summary

censorship- -even at this level, is not worth supporting

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2 stars

"still not usable"

August 12, 2010  |  By hrabeX

2010-08-12 14:11:56  |  By hrabeX

 |  Version: Postbox 1.1.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
- image attachments are not resized
- total attachments size is not displayed
- very basic filter categories
- no iPhoto/Aperture/iWork support /share/
= mail.app is still much usable

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.0.8
  • Code signing for Postbox on Windows, so warnings do not appear during install
  • Added Protocol Logging to the Trouble-Shooting Panel
  • Improved the usability for URL Autocomplete in Compose
  • Improved the first load results for Contacts in the Compose Sidebar
  • Fixed a regression that caused an issue with File and Image Views
  • Fixed an issue where context-clicking a folder and selecting New Folder or New Subfolder would default to the parent folder
  • Reduced interface jitter introduced with show/hide links in Accounts / Folders Pane
General
Publisher Postbox
Publisher web site http://www.postbox-inc.com/
Release Date March 14, 2016
Date Added March 14, 2016
Version 4.0.8
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 25.56MB
File Name postbox-4.0.8-mac64.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 6,090
Downloads Last Week 6
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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