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First Thunderbird, Now Sparrow

July 20, 2012

What a month! The Sparrow Team just announced that they are moving to Google:

We’re thanking our lucky stars that we didn’t name Postbox after a bird.

Is Desktop Email Going the Way of the Dodo Bird?

Why are so many desktop email clients calling it quits on the innovation front? Is this due to a massive and sudden migration from desktop email to webmail? We don’t think so.

Sparrow focused on providing a Gmail-like experience for Mac desktops and mobile. Google knows that email is important, and they needed to make Gmail on mobile devices better, so hiring the Sparrow team to work on Gmail or “other projects” seems logical.

Thunderbird was having a difficult time supporting Mozilla’s mission of keeping the Web open and free, or at least in ways that had similar impact to Firefox.

From our perspective, we’re seeing more demand for desktop email than ever before. The desktop enables Postbox to provide a unique and powerful email experience, on both Mac and PC, for serious email users who require a high level of usability, integration, privacy, and control.

In fact, many of our customers are previous users of Gmail and other webmail services.

The World’s Best Desktop Email Client for Mac and PC

If you are currently a user of Sparrow, Thunderbird, Gmail, or any other desktop or webmail solution, we encourage you to give Postbox a try!

For our Gmail* users, here are some of the Gmail-specific features that Postbox supports:

  • Gmail Label support makes organizing easy
  • Dedicated Important view for high-priority messages
  • Send and Archive your messages in just one step
  • Add detected dates to your Google Calendar
  • Support for Gmail keyboard shortcuts for the power user

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* If you don’t have Gmail, no worries… because Postbox works great with any POP or IMAP email account, including Yahoo!, Hotmail, MobileMe/iCloud, AOL, Comcast, Dreamhost, Rackspace, Zimbra and many more.

New Low Price!

Postbox is now only $9.95. Twice the features of Sparrow, same great price.

And with our Volume Discounts, you can pick up Postbox for as little as $4.95 per user. That means you can outfit a team of 30 for only $148.50!

Visit our website, or our Online Store, to pick up Postbox today!

 

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An Awesome Alternative for Thunderbird Users

July 9, 2012

The Web is buzzing about the recent Thunderbird announcement:

But the news isn’t all bad. Mozilla will still address high-risk/high-impact security vulnerabilities through their Extended Support Releases program for one year.

However, it’s clear that continued innovation in Thunderbird is not a priority for Mozilla’s product efforts.

If you are a Thunderbird user, now is the perfect time to try Postbox! It’s the most intuitive, powerful, easy to use, and drop-dead gorgeous email application available. But don’t take our word for it, hear what our converts have to say about Postbox.

And now, we have some really nice news to share…

NEW! - Our “Almost Free” Price of Only $9.95!

Postbox 3 is now available at an incredible “almost free” price of only $9.95!  We can’t think of a less expensive way for you to take control of an overloaded inbox, improve your workflow, and achieve peace of mind.

Seriously, $9.95!  That’s less than a movie ticket or a nice glass of wine. We’ve seen small blocks of cheese that go for more!

So What Makes Postbox So Awesome?

If you are new to Postbox, here are some of the features that make it great:

    Innovative Gmail Support

    Innovative Gmail Support

  • Gmail Label support, including a dedicated view for “Important” labels
  • Send and Archive functions
  • Support for Gmail keyboard shortcuts
  • Send detected dates to Google Calendar

    Postbox Integrates with the Apps and Services you use most

    Integration with Apps and Services

  • Send Dropbox links instead of the files
  • Use Date Detection to quickly create events in iCal, Google Calendar, or Lightning
  • On the Mac, send message content to Evernote, OmniFocus, or Things, and Postbox works with Alfred and Growl 1.3 too

    Social Connections that Add a Personal Touch

    Social Connections that Add a Personal Touch

  • Import profile photos from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gravatar, and the Address Book
  • Message Inspector displays job titles and company names from LinkedIn and the Address Book
  • Quick and easy access to social profile pages
  • Post status updates to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

    Postbox Unified Account Groups

    Unified Folders and Account Groups

    Postbox lets you combine messages from multiple accounts into one Inbox. Accounts can also be organized into Account Groups, so you can keep your work and personal messages separate.

    Postbox Conversation View

    Conversation View

    Postbox Conversation Views are more powerful, actionable, and easy to read. Postbox gathers conversation fragments from multiple folders and presents them within a unified view. Quickly bring yourself up to speed and jump into discussions with more information, context, and insight.

    Vertical Thread Pane

    Double-Row Vertical Thread Pane View

    Postbox supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays. To see it in action, select “Layout” then “Vertical View” from the View menu.

    Postbox Favorites Bar

    Favorites Bar

  • The Favorites Bar provides fast and easy access to your favorite accounts and folders
  • Useful when hiding the Accounts and Folders pane
  • To add a folder to the Favorites Bar, simply drag and drop the folder into the bar

    Postbox Focus Pane

    Focus Pane

    The Focus Pane lets you break your Inbox (and workload) into smaller, more manageable chunks. Easily organize the Focus Pane by your highest work priorities — such as projects, clients or events — then focus on these messages without losing track of what’s happening elsewhere.

    Postbox Compose Experience

    Better Compose Experience

    The Postbox Compose Window has been completely redesigned. It features a new addressing widget, a simplified formatting toolbar, drop-zone for attachments, and new styling. You’ve got to try it for yourself!

    Postbox Quick Move

    Quick Move

    With Quick Move, you can file messages without using your mouse. Just type the letter “v”, enter the first few letters from the target folder, and the message will file to your auto-completed selection. The Quick Move panel defaults to the last used folder for even faster filing.

    Postbox Quick Reply

    Quick Reply

    Quick Reply lets you reply to a message without the need to open a separate compose window, which is perfect for short, snappy responses such as “I’ll see you at eight,” or simply “thanks!” And it all happens inline within a message or conversation, so that you can get right back to what you were doing.

    Postbox Summarize Mode

    Summarized Replies

    Postbox’s Conversation View simplifies message viewing, and now, “Summarize Mode” extends these benefits to message Replies and Forwards. Summarize provides a clean and beautifully formatted who-said-what-when email that lets message recipients jump into discussions with more clarity, context and insight.

    Postbox Canned Responses

    Canned Responses

    Create a set of pre-built templates specifically tailored for message replies. These are super useful for replying to common inquiries, for example, if you’re selling something online and wish to provide the same information to all buyers.

    Postbox OS Integration Features

    OS Integration Features

  • Support for Mac OS X Full Screen Mode, Trackpad / Mighty Mouse Gestures, write access to the Mac Address Book, iPhoto and iCal support, Drag-to-Dock message creation, and more!
  • Windows 7 Jump Lists and improved interoperability with the popular Minimize to Tray Add-on.

The Postbox 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We know that Postbox will provide a terrific email experience for you, so in addition to our free 30-day trial, we also offer a 60-day money-back guarantee.

If for any reason you would like a refund, simply submit a refund request within 60 days of purchase and we’ll promptly refund your order—no questions asked!

So what are you waiting for? Download Postbox 3 for Mac or Windows and give it a try today!

FAQ

How does the Mozilla announcement impact Postbox development?

Postbox was founded by the original Thunderbird team close to five years ago.  At that time, a version of the source code was forked and the team has been innovating in its own direction ever since.

As such, we expect that the Mozilla announcement will not materially impact Postbox development, and we welcome all Thunderbird users to give Postbox a try!

Is Postbox Open Source?

Not entirely, however, a source code version of certain portions of Postbox that may constitute “Covered Code” (as defined in the Mozilla Public License) is available for anyone to use, modify, and distribute free-of-charge at: www.postbox-inc.com/coveredcode under the Mozilla Public License and other open source software licenses.

Is there a Linux Version of Postbox?

We do not have plans for a Linux version at this time, however, we will continue to monitor customer demand.

What languages are available for Postbox?

Today we support English, but community-translated Language Packs are available in German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish. We will evaluate demand for additional languages over time. If you would like to help us localize Postbox, please visit our translations page.

Are there add-ons available for Postbox?

Yes. Please see our Add-ons Center for a list of third party add-ons developed for Postbox.

Do you provide support for add-ons?

Postbox cannot guarantee the functionality of third party add-ons, as these are not developed by the Postbox team. If an add-on isn’t working as you expect, or if an add-on is causing problems within Postbox, we recommend disabling the add-on or contacting the add-on developer directly for assistance.

Do Mozilla add-ons work in Postbox?

Unmodified Mozilla add-ons do not work within Postbox at this time, sorry!

How do I get help with Postbox?

Self-help support is provided through our User Guides, Knowledge Base Articles, and FAQ. Additionally, Postbox is currently evaluating forum solutions that will allow the Postbox community to interact and support one another.

(We’re sorry, but one-on-one support offerings are not currently available for new customers at this time.)

 

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Postbox 3.0.4 Now Available

June 25, 2012

Postbox 3.0.4 is now available for Mac and Windows users. This is a free update for all Postbox 3 customers. Here’s what’s new in this release:

Enhancements

  • Updated versions of the Lightning Add-on for Mac and Windows
  • Added a keyboard shortcut for marking a message as Pending (Shift + M)
  • Added ability to drag and drop an .eml file into the message list pane to copy a message into a folder
  • Added ability to redirect and resend .eml files opened in Postbox

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where IMAP attachments could get corrupted on download for Gmail and Exchange servers
  • Fixed an issue with the new account setup wizard when trying to create a POP3 account
  • Fixed an issue where filters on subject would fail to fire correctly
  • Fixed an issue with Creating a Filter by right clicking on a Favorite contact in the focus pane
  • Fixed an issue that prevented several Mozilla dictionaries from being installed into Postbox on Windows
  • Fixed an issue to correct new LinkedIn and Dropbox authorization window sizes
  • Fixed an issue that caused Address Book notes to overflow
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the header area from updating when Topics were applied via filters
  • Fixed an issue within the Account Wizard that prevented the account type from being modified
  • Fixed an issue that allow the Archive command to appear in contextual menus within Gmail accounts
  • Stability improvements

How to Update

  • On Mac OS X, select “About Postbox” from the Postbox menu, click the “Apply Update” button once the download is complete.
  • On Windows, select “About Postbox” from the Help menu, click the “Apply Update” button once the download is complete.
  • Alternatively, you can visit our website and download Postbox 3.0.4 by clicking the red TRY or DOWNLOAD buttons, then install Postbox over your existing version (don’t worry, your mail data is stored in a different location).

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Connect your Email to Evernote

March 23, 2012

By using Evernote and Postbox together on Mac OS X, you’ll create a productivity powerhouse that lets you manage projects and message content with ease — a huge win for getting things done!

To convert a message to an Evernote note, select the message and click the Evernote toolbar button, or right-click the message and select Add to Evernote from the contextual menu.

Postbox will include the following attributes:

  1. Subject — Since Postbox’s conversation view strips out Re: Fwd: RE:‘s etc., your note title will accurately reflect its content. You can also create a new title for your note.
  2. Topics — Postbox Topics are automatically translated to Evernote Tags. If the tag does not yet exist in Evernote, it will be created for you.
  3. Body — Postbox will include the full body text of the message, or just the important text that you select.
  4. Attachments — Files attached to the message will be added to Evernote. Please make sure that Display Attachments Inline is not selected within the View menu.
  5. Message Link — A custom link gets you back to the original message in a flash.

Here’s what the translated elements look like in Evernote:

Evernote Support in Postbox

It’s really that simple! Postbox is the perfect companion to Evernote to help you stay organized and on top of things.

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Advanced HTML Signatures Styling

March 7, 2012

Here are some advanced HTML formatting tips to create beautifully styled signatures in Postbox! To get started, go to Options or Preferences / Composition / Signatures and click the Plus (+) button.  Next, click on the code button, which looks like this: </>

Now we’re ready to enter our HTML, so let’s first create a simple signature, wrapped within the DIV tag:

<div>
Sto Akron:&nbsp;Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.<br>
phone:&nbsp;415-526-2339<br>
web:&nbsp;www.postbox-inc.com<br>
twitter:&nbsp;@postbox
</div>


Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Next, let’s add some links:

<div>
Sto Akron:&nbsp;Button Pusher at <a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">Postbox, Inc.</a><br>
phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339">415-526-2339</a><br>
web:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">www.postbox-inc.com</a><br>
twitter:&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/postbox">@postbox</a>
</div>


Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Not terribly interesting, and kind of bobo isn’t it?  So let’s add an image. As you’ll see below, we’ve added margin, padding and line-height properties to the DIV style, and also some padding around the image itself. In this example we’ve used a remote image, but you can also use a local file as well:

<div style="line-height:16px; margin:6px 0; padding:8px 8px 8px 8px;">
<img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5343867277_d35595a2c6_z.jpg" style="float:left; padding:0px 12px 15px 0;">
Sto Akron:&nbsp;Button Pusher at <a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">Postbox, Inc.</a><br>
phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339">415-526-2339</a><br>
web:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">www.postbox-inc.com</a><br>
twitter:&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/postbox">@postbox</a>
</div>

Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Next we’ll add some font styling to the DIV tag, and let’s jazz up the name a bit by transforming the text to uppercase and making it bold:

<div style="line-height:16px; margin:6px 0; padding:8px 8px 8px 8px; font-family: 'Lucida Sans', Lucida Grande, Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif; font-size:11px; color:#555555;">
<img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5343867277_d35595a2c6_z.jpg" style="float:left; padding:0px 12px 15px 0;">
<strong style="color:#333333; text-transform:uppercase; font-size:10px;">Sto Akron</strong>:&nbsp;Button Pusher at <a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">Postbox, Inc.</a><br>
phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339">415-526-2339</a><br>
web:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com">www.postbox-inc.com</a><br>
twitter:&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/postbox">@postbox</a>
</div>

Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

To make the signature feel more modern, let’s color the links with a softer blue. If you use a HEX color value in Postbox, it will automatically convert to RGB. Also, the !important tag is really… umm… important, so be sure to include that:

phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339" style="color:rgb(0, 136, 204) !important;">415-526-2339</a>

Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Next, let’s soften the underline on the links a bit by adding the following styles to each link:

phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339" style="text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom:1px dotted #AAA;">415-526-2339</a>

Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Finally, we’ll add some borders to the top and bottom of our signature within the DIV tag:

<div style="border-top:1px #aeb1a6 dotted; border-bottom:1px #aeb1a6 dotted;">

Here’s the final code and finished product:

<div style="line-height:16px; margin:6px 0; padding:8px 8px 8px 8px; border-top:1px #aeb1a6 dotted; border-bottom:1px #aeb1a6 dotted; font-family: 'Lucida Sans', Lucida Grande, Verdana, Arial, Sans-Serif; font-size:11px; color:#555555;">
<img src="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5247/5343867277_d35595a2c6_z.jpg" style="float:left; padding:0px 12px 15px 0;">
<strong style="color:#333333; text-transform:uppercase; font-size:10px;">Sto Akron</strong>:&nbsp;Button Pusher at <a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com" style="color:rgb(0, 136, 204) !important; text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom:1px dotted #AAA;">Postbox, Inc.</a><br>
phone:&nbsp;<a href="callto:415-526-2339" style="color:rgb(0, 136, 204) !important; text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom:1px dotted #AAA;">415-526-2339</a><br>
web:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.postbox-inc.com" style="color:rgb(0, 136, 204) !important; text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom:1px dotted #AAA;">www.postbox-inc.com</a><br>
twitter:&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/postbox" style="color:rgb(0, 136, 204) !important; text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom:1px dotted #AAA;">@postbox</a>
</div>

Sto Akron: Button Pusher at Postbox, Inc.
phone: 415-526-2339
web: www.postbox-inc.com
twitter: @postbox

Do you have tips or code samples to share?  Let us know in the comments!

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Summarize Mode in Postbox 3.0.3

March 5, 2012

Summarize is one of the coolest features in Postbox! It enables you to send simple, clean, and beautifully formatted who-said-what-when digests to message recipients, which is much nicer than quoted replies that get messy over time.

This post will touch on what’s going on under the covers with Summarize, discuss some of the changes in Postbox 3.0.3, and some tips that will help you get the most out of this feature.

Postbox Summarize Mode

To start, it’s important to note that Conversation View is different from Summarize, even though they appear to work similarly. Conversation View will display every message within a particular discussion, for example:

  • John emails Sam and Karen with information about focal reviews
  • Sam replies to John, and :CCs Karen, with questions about raises
  • Karen replies to John, but not to Sam, with questions about promotions
  • John forwards these emails to his boss Barbara, but removes Sam and Karen from the discussion

As you can see, a lot can happen during the course of a conversation! While this discussion would display in its entirety in Conversation View, Summarize will only include messages that respect the appropriate reply references, and this is one reason why some messages are not included in Summarized Replies.

Now, in order for a message to be included in Summarize, the Postbox indexer has to know about them, and this can sometimes be tricky from a technical perspective. For example, if you filed a message using your iPhone, the Postbox indexer will need to look within that folder in order to include that message in the Summarized Reply. But we don’t want Postbox to be continually checking each and every folder for new messages as this could impact performance.

In Postbox 3.0.3, Summarize is more proactive about gathering the messages it needs from the Sent folder. Additionally, if you would like the Postbox indexer to look for new messages within a storage folder (so that they can appear in Summarize), then simply right-click the folder, select Properties… from the contextual menu, and select Check this folder for new messages. This has the side benefit of improving Conversation View, particularly if you do a lot of server-side filtering.

Here are a few more tips for using Summarize:

  • You can more narrowly focus a Summarized Reply by first selecting an individual message in Conversation View (a blue outline will glow around the selected message) before clicking the Reply button.
  • You can set the default summarize behavior (Quote, Summarize or last used) on a per identity basis under Preferences or Options / Accounts / [your desired account] / Composition and setting the preference for Automatically quote the original message when replying… By.
  • You can control whether profile pictures are included in Summarized Replies on a per identity basis by going to Preferences or Options / Accounts / [your desired account] / Composition and setting the preference for Include contact pictures for each participant when summarizing.
  • You can control the number of messages to be included in Summarized Replies by going to Preferences or Options / Composition / Advanced and setting the preference to Include at most # messages when summarizing. On this panel, you can also set a preference to display either the oldest or newest messages first.
  • Finally, if you wish to not use Summarize, simply toggle the Quote button in the toolbar. Postbox will default to the last preference selected for all future emails. Click the Summarize button in the toolbar to revert back.

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Postbox 3.0.3 Now Available

March 4, 2012

Postbox 3.0.3 is now available for Mac and Windows users.  Here’s what’s new in this release:

Enhancements

  • Added a preference for changing the selection order after deleting, moving, or archiving a message from the message list.
  • Support for CC and BCC addresses and multiple attachments in AppleScript.
  • Improved the mechanism for logging into your Dropbox account within Postbox.
  • Added support for archiving messages across multiple servers.
  • Improved inline date detection on Mac OS X for non-US regions.
  • For new installations, Evernote should appear in the default toolbar set when Evernote is installed on Mac OS X.
  • For Gmail accounts, the Archive function is now disabled when viewing mail within a Label.
  • Changed the default search criteria in Advanced Search from “Any” to “All.”

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with “Check this folder for new Mail” not working for IMAP folders.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause messages to be re-downloaded on each restart for Gmail accounts.
  • Fixed an issue with the text cursor disappearing in the compose window when adding an attachment.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows that could cause only the first 150 characters to be copied into the clipboard.
  • Fixed an issue on Max OS X where inline date events were not being added to the default calendar in iCal.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting an Account Group was loading a blank message list pane.
  • Fixed an issue on Windows where sending a message would fail if background send is turned off, or a message is sent without a 3-pane widow open in the background.
  • Fixed an issue where “Run Junk Mail Controls on Folder” was not working.
  • Fixed an issue where attachments sent from Microsoft Exchange IMAP servers could not be opened.
  • Fixed an issue where Summarize would not always include sent messages.
  • Fixed an issue where certain special characters (UTF-8) were not displayed correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where LDAP search was not working when using Kerberos authentication.
  • Fixed an issue where Growl alerts would display for the wrong messages.
  • Fixed an issue where the Quick Reply placeholder text was being spell-checked in non-English languages.

 

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WiseStamp Add-On for Postbox

January 24, 2012

We’re excited to announce a new Add-On for Postbox: WiseStamp.

WiseStamp transforms email signatures into powerful self-expression and promotional tools. You can choose from a variety of productive and social Email Apps that adds dynamic content to each outgoing email, such as your latest eBay item, Twitter and Facebook status, recent blog post, or important cause to promote.

wisestamp

WiseStamp was declared best Social Media Gadget 2009 in Mashable’s Open Web Awards. Since its launch, over a quarter of a billion emails have been sent using WiseStamp.

Download WiseStamp today, and be sure to check out the other great Add-Ons available for Postbox!

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Postbox 3 is Now Available!

November 1, 2011

We’re very excited to announce the immediate availability of Postbox 3!

This release is even more intuitive, useful, and integrated with the apps and workflows you rely on most, including Gmail, Dropbox, Evernote, LinkedIn and more.

Download Postbox 3 for Mac or Windows and give it a try today!

Here’s what’s new in Postbox 3

    Gmail works great with Postbox!

    Awesome Gmail Integration

  • Native Gmail Label support
  • Dedicated view for “Important” labels
  • Send and Archive functions
  • Support for Gmail keyboard shortcuts
  • Convert detected dates to Google Calendar events

    More Social

    More Socially Connected

  • Profile photos from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Gravatar and the Address Book
  • Automatically displays job titles and company names from LinkedIn
  • Quick and easy access to LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profile pages
  • Update status directly to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

    Favorites Bar

    New Favorites Bar

  • Provides fast and easy access to your favorite accounts and folders
  • Useful when hiding the Accounts and Folders pane
  • To add a folder to the Favorites Bar, simply drag and drop the folder into the bar

    Postbox Integrates with the Apps and Services you use most

    Works with Dropbox, Evernote, and more!

  • Send Dropbox links instead of the files
  • Send message content to Evernote on the Mac
  • Use Date Detection to quickly create events in iCal, Google Calendar, or the Lightning Calendar Add-on
  • Support for the newest version of Growl (1.3)

    Canned Responses

    Canned Responses

  • Create a set of pre-built templates specifically tailored for message replies
  • Super useful for replying to common inquiries


    Fast 64-bit Support on Mac OS X

    New OS Integration Features

  • Support for Mac OS X Full Screen Mode and Trackpad / Mighty Mouse Gestures
  • Windows 7 Jump Lists and improved interoperability with the popular Minimize to Tray Add-on.

How to Upgrade

If you have a Postbox Lifetime Upgrades License, then simply enter your license key into Postbox 3 and you’re all set!  There’s nothing you need to purchase.

If you purchased from the Postbox Store on or after August 15th, 2011, then you already have a Postbox 3 license key! Simply download the new version from our website (the trial) and Postbox 3 will use your existing license key, mail settings, etc. There’s nothing more to set up!

If you purchased from the Postbox Store before August 15th, 2011, then you are eligible to upgrade to Postbox 3 for only $9.95. Visit the Postbox Store and enter your Postbox 1.x or Postbox 2.x license key during checkout. Next, download the trial version of Postbox from our website and enter your new license key. That’s it, enjoy!

If you purchased from the Mac App Store, instructions on how to upgrade can be found in the Postbox Start Page. Select “Home” from the “Go” menu for details (note: Start Page must be set to the default in Preferences / General).

For more information on upgrades and licensing, please see our FAQ.

Thanks for your support!

A huge “thank you” to our awesome users and beta testers for helping us define and test this release, we couldn’t have done it without you!

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Postbox is Ready for OS X Lion

July 20, 2011
Postbox Ready for OS X Lion

We’ve been busy preparing Postbox for the OS X Lion release, and today, we’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Postbox 2.5.1 for both Mac and Windows.

Improved Conversation View

Postbox Conversation Views

In Postbox 2.5 we redesigned the message view, and 2.5.1 builds upon these enhancements with greater visual separation between messages, larger profile pictures, and improved keyboard control.

To navigate through the Postbox interface, simply use the Tab key and then Option-Arrow on the Mac, or Alt-Arrow on Windows, to page through messages. Powering through your email has never been easier!

OS X Lion Styling

OS X Lion Styling

Postbox ships with a beautiful icon set with vibrant colors, and now, Postbox on the Mac also sports a monochrome set with Lion-style sidebar icons. Interestingly, Lion’s style requires two sets to be created for default and selected states. We’re thrilled with the quality and elegance of these new icons, as Postbox now fits perfectly with Lion’s new interface.

More…

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Postbox release without a bunch of usability and reliability enhancements. For the full set of changes, please see the Postbox 2.5.1 Release Notes.

Postbox 2.5.1 is a free update for all Postbox 2 customers on Mac and Windows, and can be downloaded today from the Postbox website. For our Mac users, Postbox 2.5.1 will be available in the Mac App Store very soon!

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Postbox 2.5 Now Available!

June 29, 2011
Postbox 2.5

We’re very excited to announce the immediate availability of Postbox 2.5! This new release brings significant performance and usability enhancements, terrific styling, and a new low price.

Here’s what’s new in Postbox 2.5:

  • Fast 64-bit Support for Mac OS X - On the Mac, Postbox 2.5 is now running in 64-bit mode, which translates to faster startup, snappier interface elements, and quicker message loading.
  • Vertical Thread Pane View - Postbox now supports a double-row Vertical Thread Pane View, which makes more efficient use of widescreen displays.
  • Streamlined Message View - We’ve re-designed the Message View to make message and conversation loading quick and seamless. The result is a silky-smooth reading experience that’s easy on the eyes.
  • Improved Interface + New Mac Theme - We’ve made the Postbox interface simpler and more intuitive, plus we have a fresh new theme for the Mac by Benjamin De Cock, and a new icon set by Kenichi Yoshida.

For the full set of changes, please see the Postbox 2.5 Release Notes.

Postbox 2.5 is a free update for all Postbox 2 customers, and for new customers, Postbox is now priced at just $19.95. Postbox is available today at the Postbox Online Store, and will be available in the Mac App Store soon.

If you spend a lot of time in email, you owe it to yourself to download Postbox 2.5 today!

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Postbox 2.5 - New Mac Theme

June 28, 2011

As mentioned in our last post, Postbox 2.5 on the Mac has a new theme.  This post is guest written by Benjamin De Cock, our 27-year old freelance interface designer living in tiny Belgium. He specializes in software and icon design for Mac OS and iOS. Follow him on Twitter and have a look on what he’s working on at Dribbble.

When I started work on a new Mac theme for Postbox, Mac OS X Lion was on the horizon so I thought it was the perfect time to dig into its new and awesome style. For Postbox 2.5, I had two main design goals:

1) Look as native as possible
2) Reduce clutter and complexity

Finding the right balance between something that has its own personality, but still adheres to the native Mac look and feel, was tough. The temptation to redesign the default elements is always huge for a designer, but I strongly believe it’s something UI designers should avoid when working within a native environment (web apps are a whole different story, obviously). Giving users a look and feel they’re used to is very reassuring - it’s like they already know the app before launching it for the first time. Also, working with constrains is great. For some reason it pushes a designer to find clever implementations and UI details in order to stick with the conventions.

Reducing the clutter was also a big consideration. There are a lot features and a lot of different ways to use Postbox. It was important for us to account for those different needs, but we also wanted to keep the interface as clean as possible. Mac OS is a huge inspiration for this, as they’re doing a terrific job in reaching people who are less tech-savvy and hardcore geeks. It has been a real benchmark for me for Postbox 2.5.

Postbox 2.5 is a terrific design milestone, and more design improvements are on the way to make Postbox even more user-friendly and accessible for everyone.

Here’s a sneak peek at new Mac interface:

Postbox Conversation View Postbox Focus Pane
Postbox Document Search Postbox Image Search
Postbox Compose Window Search Postbox Compose Summarize Mode

Feel free to share your thoughts on this new update, your feedback is invaluable to me as a designer. ;)

Postbox 2.5 will release “very soon” and it will be a free update for all Postbox 2 users. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Postbox 2.5 news.

More on Postbox 2.5:
New Mac Toolbar Icons
Message View Redesign
Vertical View
Unread Bubbles
New Addressing Widget

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Postbox 2.5 - New Mac Toolbar Icons

June 9, 2011

The Windows version of Postbox 2.0 contained an entirely new icon set. For the upcoming Postbox 2.5 release, we’re now creating a new icon set for the Mac!

Actually, two icon sets.

You see, Apple is moving towards an iOS or monochrome style for its toolbar icons in Lion (Mac OS X 10.7). So we wanted to know if Postbox users preferred the color icon style used in Pages and Numbers, or the monochrome icon approach used in Safari and the Mac App Store.

We surveyed over 2,500 Postbox users and found that 59% of Postbox users preferred color icons while 41% preferred the monochrome icons.

So we decided to do both!

The color icon set in Postbox 2.5 is being designed by Kenichi Yoshida, who has also done some terrific work at Panic.  Here’s a sampling of his color icon set:

Postbox 2.5 Color Toolbar Icons

The monochrome icon set was designed by Benjamin De Cock, who also designed the new Mac theme for Postbox 2.5:

Postbox 2.5 Monochrome Toolbar Icons

Our next post will touch on the new Postbox 2.5 Mac theme in more detail.

Remember, Postbox 2.5 will release this summer and it will be a free update for all Postbox 2 users. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Postbox 2.5 news.

More on Postbox 2.5:
Message View Redesign
Vertical View
Unread Bubbles
New Addressing Widget

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Postbox 2.5 - Message View Redesign

May 11, 2011

One of the design goals for Postbox 2.5 is to simplify its look and feel.  So we redesigned Postbox’s message and conversation views to minimize the number of interface elements, and to reduce movement of these elements, as you page from message-to-message or from messages-to-conversations.

In Postbox 2.1.4, all message header elements are contained within a single envelope region, as displayed below:

Postbox 2.1.4 Single Message Header

The downside to this approach is that the envelope will resize whenever someone is Cc’d, causing the message content to jump vertically as you page from message-to-message. This design also includes a dedicated Topics row (even when no Topics are present), and it doesn’t make efficient use of horizontal space, which is particularly important for Vertical View.

When moving from a single message to a conversation, the envelope resizes to accomodate a single participants row, and the date field jumps from the envelope to the message row, which can cause the interface to feel “jittery.”

Postbox 2.1.4 Conversation Header

In Postbox 2.5, we’ve simplified the display by separating elements that pertain to both single messages and conversations (such as subject, topics, and actions) from elements that are unique to each message:

Postbox 2.5 Single Message Header

This design creates a region where elements stay fixed as you transition from message to message, while minimizing the number of elements that move within the interface:

Postbox 2.5 Static Region

This design also keeps elements aligned as you move between single messages and conversations:

Postbox 2.5 Element Positioning

Notifications such as the Remote Images Notification will now display just above the message content, which keeps message headers from being pushed out of place:

Postbox 2.5 Remote Images Notification

One final benefit to this redesign is that the message headers will now scroll with the message content, enabling you to view more message content at one time.

These improvements create an email experience that feels fast, solid, predictable, and more usable. We know you’re going to love these changes once they’re released!

Postbox 2.5 is coming this summer, and it will be a free update for all Postbox 2 users. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Postbox 2.5 news.

More on Postbox 2.5:
Vertical View
Unread Bubbles
New Addressing Widget

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Postbox 2.5 - Vertical View

May 5, 2011

One of our most highly requested features is a Vertical View message list.  So without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at what it will look like in Postbox 2.5:

Postbox 2.5 Vertical View

Postbox 2.5 is scheduled to release this summer, and it’s a free update for all Postbox 2 users. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest Postbox 2.5 news.

More on Postbox 2.5:
Unread Bubbles
New Addressing Widget

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