Postbox for Mac

Postbox for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 16 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.0 beta 13
  • Total Downloads:
    4,995
  • Date Added:
    June 29, 2009
  • File Size:
    23.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    24
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

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 still no heavy customization and no way to get calendaring in Postbox. This may be a major drawback for some, or much ado about nothing. We'd like to see some kind of bidirectional calendar support for Google Calendar, at the very least, and hopefully Flickr will join Picasa soon, too.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"OK, but no support."

March 19, 2014  |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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

 |  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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5 stars

"Excellent product"

March 10, 2010  |  By emerge3d

 |  Version: Postbox 1.1.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This app runs rings around Mac Mail and has enough polish over Thunderbird to justify the price. There are a few small interface quirks but these should be ironed out in time. Thoroughly recommended as the best Mac email client.

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4 stars

"Sadly, Postbox 1.1 is not quite what I was hopin..."

December 05, 2009  |  By MacInTalk Pro

 |  Version: Postbox 1.1

Summary

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This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I use two different mail clients because I get enormous volumes of e-mail every day (about 5000 for work and probably 500 a day for personal/other endeavors.

I used to use Eudora on my Mac. I loved that program despite its flaws. It was the fastest mail client with a GUI I've ever used and had absolutely no problems with all the e-mail I get and archive (I keep much of my mail back to 1994.)

When it went open source (became a Thunderbird pet project) I had to give it up and I was very sad about that.

I went looking for another mail client that was as fast and that had a reasonable GUI, paid OR free.

I moved my personal e-mail over to Apple Mail and have been quite happy with it (it isn't perfect, but it really does work well and have a good UI especially in Snow Leopard). However, I didn't want to mix my personal and work e-mail anymore and needed some other solution.

I tried all of the available paid e-mail programs for the Mac and none of them worked well for my needs.

I ended up with Thunderbird 2.0 for my work e-mail not because it was the best choice (the UI absolutely stinks) but because none of the paid options were any better and so I decided to stick with free, all other things being equal.

I recently heard about Postbox from a friend and thought, hey, I'd love to have a Mac e-mail client that works well and has a decent UI, so I downloaded v1.1 and told it to import my Thunderbird e-mail and it went to work.

It wasn't all that long before everything was imported. Unfortunately there seems to be a bug after import because the folders were all listed in Postbox, but the right side of the screen where the mail should be was blank (dark grey, no UI elements)/ Not knowing the program I fussed with it for a bit before figuring this had to be a bug.

I quit and reopened Postbox and there was all my mail. Great. It imported everything from Thunderbird, mail, address box, filters, everything! Yay.

My initial impression was the program was pretty nice. I like the threading and the UI is something of an improvement over Thunderbird. I like the auto threading of e-mail conversations. Unfortunately, it is Thunderbird at its core and a lot of the bad UI choices remain in Postbox. I can forgive that since this is a new product. It will take time to build something truly great.

Since the developer is currently offering 25% off anything you buy, I came "this close" to purchasing Postbox. With lifetime upgrades for my family the total cost came to just under $65. Again, not a problem for a product under active development with lifetime upgrades.

However, at the last second, something told me to try the product some more before committing myself.

I'm glad I did because it was only after some use that I noticed flaws that make the product not worth the money to me.

1) v1.1 is still slow. I tried opening the trash on my work e-mail (containing a couple thousand messages from today). I got the old classic Mac OS "watch" icon (meaning, I'm working on this, please wait) so I waited... and waited and waited. I have an early March 2009 Mac Pro with the fastest processor option and 12 GB of RAM running Snow Leopard. There's no excuse for poor performance. I went back to Thunderbird 2 and opened the trash and it came up immediately. So I quit Postbox and restarted and it still took a very, very long time to open the trash folder. Other folders with lots of messages took a similarly long time to open.

2) There are too many bugs. I tried emptying the trash and the process failed to do anything (the mail remained in the trash, no warnings, no indication of the program still working on my request). I tried opening an address book contact and the display was garbled the first time. I had to go to something else and go back to that contact to get the display to work properly.

3) Despite the improved UI, it's still not a true Mac program. I'm guessing the developer is using mostly Thunderbirds non-standard UI elements or has written the program in Carbon, because things just don't work like they should on a Mac. On top of that there are still a number of Thunderbird's ill-conceived UI choices left in the program (take, for example the bizarre little pop-up sheet that warns you that Postbox isn't the default client. Checkboxes and odd scrolling elements, exactly the same as Thunderbird. Additionally, not all of Postbox's configuration items are in the Preferences like they should be. Some are under tools (as they are in Thunderbird). There's more but this post is already rather long.

So I decided to take a look at Thunderbird 3.0RC2 that was just released. I discovered that Thunderbird 3 has several of the UI and feature improvements of Postbox 1.1, not all, but many. Plus, Thunderbird 3 looks somewhat more like a real Mac program than v2 (still not great, but closer). Considering that Thunderbird is completely free and much, much faster than Postbox right now I just can't see spending the money.

Here's the thing... I desperately WANT to find another e-mail program that has a great UI, blazing speed and handles heavy e-mail loads for the Mac. I'd gladly pay $129 for it if there was such a thing.

It might be that some day Postbox will be everything I need and more and if so, I'll be happy to pay immediately and switch, but I just cannot recommend this program for serious e-mail use.

If you get a normal volume of e-mail and you're big into social media then Postbox is a great choice and I encourage you to take a look.

Unfortunately, I'll be sticking with Thunderbird for some time to come, it seems.

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4 stars

"Great build"

December 01, 2009  |  By robio

 |  Version: Postbox 1.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
1.1 is a great upgrade to Postbox. I'd already chosen Postbox as my email client after a long hunt for a Eudora replacement. This version adds tremendous speed improvements and other upgrades. The tabbed browsing is fantastic (keep several mailboxes open at the same time), and the sidebar of attachments, links, images (with instant search for recent messages from the same sender) is great, and the Conversation View makes reading a long thread easy. The learning spam filter could be stronger, but that's one of the very few even remotely weak points. Oh, that and iPhoto doesn't recognize Postbox as an email app for one-click mailing. Well worth the price, and the developer offers an purchase option that includes upgrades for life.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.0 beta 13

Version beta 13 supports add-ons and dictionaries, importing settings from Mail.app, saving multiple attachments at once, grabs Twitter avatars, incorporates Firefox 3.0.11 security updates, and other bug fixes.

General
Publisher Postbox
Publisher web site http://www.postbox-inc.com/
Release Date June 29, 2009
Date Added June 29, 2009
Version 1.0 beta 13
Category
Category Communications
Subcategory E-mail Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 23.19MB
File Name postbox-3.0.11-mac64.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 4,995
Downloads Last Week 24
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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