Around this time last year, we took a look at an email client for Mac and Windows called Postbox. Expectations were set rather high with the application costing £25, which is unusually steep for an email client. Despite this, we were won over by some advanced features, such as image and attachment searching, that can’t be found in other free clients.
This time around, we’re looking at the new Postbox 3, which has been given an overhaul to compete with the new Mail 5 found in Lion.
So what’s new? Firstly, Postbox is now fully compatible with Lion. The button images have been replaced with ones that blend in with Lion’s theme, and you can enter full screen mode natively, too. Although this transition has been made without any issues, the compose email window doesn’t look as polished as the one in Apple’s own Mail, which slides down from the top of the screen. In Postbox 3,the compose window just appears over your inbox and looks like a regular, non-full screen window.
If you’re a Gmail user, then you’ll definitely want to make the upgrade to Postbox 3 from the previous version. As well as offering native support for Gmail, the new version fully supports Gmail labels, too.
If you’re forever sending attachments to people over e-mail but have to send them in separate batches as they’re too big to fit into one message, then you’ll get as much use out of Postbox’s Dropbox integration as I do. Since installing the latest version, this has been a lifesaver that I couldn’t do without. Whenever you want to send a large file to someone, it will be attached to the email using a public Dropbox link (hooked up to your Dropbox account, of course), meaning that theoretically you could send someone an attachment sizing well over 10GB depending on your online quota. This is something that email providers simply couldn’t support reliably, so it’s great to have the option of a Dropbox link instead, without you having to paste the URL manually in to the email.
Also worth a mention is the new favourites bar, which sits on top of the Postbox window and provides quick access to your favourite folders and accounts. If you manage multiple accounts each containing multiple folders, then this can be a real timesaver.
For those wanting to be as productive as possible when it comes to email, Postbox 3 offers some really great features mentioned above, in addition to all of the features that were available with Postbox 2. If you can get past the asking price of $29.95 (approximately £20), then it’s well worth a punt. Don’t forget that there’s a free trial available, too!