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Ask HN: What macOS email client do you use?
7 points by harrychenca on Mar 20, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 19 comments
I have tried Polymail, Front and others. I haven't really found anything better to replace Gmail on Chrome.

Mail.app. I haven't found anything else I like as much for handling inboxes from multiple accounts.

Heya, I'm the PM for Nylas. We have a Mac mail client called Nylas Mail that's totally free that we launched on HN a couple of months ago: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13417616

Built on Electron and the code is open source: https://github.com/nylas/nylas-mail

Happy to answer questions about it if you have any -

(And, yes, we are working on getting Windows and Linux out - even though it's an Electron app, there's a lot of platform specific stuff we need to do so that it doesn't go all T Rex on your memory and CPU.)

Hi, had a couple of questions:

* Any plans to offer an app to purchase vs subscription model? I need support for Exchange and rules but can't justify the monthly price tag * Is the app downloading the messages directly or do you store them on your server? From your website, it implies the latter.

* No plan for a one-off purchase option at this time. * Nylas Pro (formerly N1) stores messages on the server; the new Nylas Mail downloads directly to the client.

Mailplane has been my go-to--it's basically a native wrapper around Gmail, but has integration with a number of popular Mac apps and native-style keyboard shortcuts and easy account switching if, like me, you have multiple GApps/GSuite logins.

Kiwi is similar, but doesn't have quite the level of integration Mailplane does although it has a more modern interface.

That said, I missed extension interoperability with Gmail enough that I largely just access the Gmail website directly through Chrome or Safari now.

Well I tried inbox by google for a while and must admit i preferred it over normal gmail.

But recently I switched back to Mac own mail app and am very happy.

i do plan on giving ms outlook for mac a try sometime though after reading this:


I recently switched to Spark, which is both on macOS and iOS.

Same here. It's the only one that I've tried that actually syncs correctly with gmail and handles multiple accounts well.

It seems like Spark doesn't support "labels"? Only inboxes?

I also use Spark, I love everything except their "Compose a new email" button. To me personally it is a bit hidden. But as I mostly respond to mails, it's not that big of a problem to me. Btw tags never worked for me anyway, but Spark has cool functions regarding bringing the really important (personal) mails to your attention. Also, their function not to jump to the next mail when you finish reading one is brilliant. I hate accidentally opening a mail I don't intend to read at the moment and then having to mark it as unread.

I've been using Airmail for about 2 years now and I like the markdown mode.

But right now, I'm testing both Polymail and Nylas because they both have these specific features that Airmail lacks (and that are deal-breakers for me):

- inbuilt open tracking - templates / canned responses - rich contacts (like Rapportive)

I much prefer a desktop client than the native web interface for email.

Let me know if you have any feedback about Nylas Mail :)

I like Airmail (http://airmailapp.com), they have a markdown mode which I enjoy since most the tools I use involve markdown

I just use webmail clients that come with the mail services I subscribe to. This gives me portability across any number of clients.

Mail.app but only because integrated GPG support (with OpenGPG tools).


Windows Live Messanger

mu4e, in spacemacs.


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