Postbox


Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.4
out of 19 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
3.0.8
File Size:
16.47MB
Date Added:
April 30, 2013
Price:
Free to try (30-day trial); $9.95 to buy
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
7,663
Downloads Last Week:
12
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    3.4

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current Version:

    2.9

    out of 7 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 1
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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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