Airmail for Mac

November 05, 2013

Will Airmail replace Sparrow? Because isn't in the running.

It's been a long time since I've been a fan of Apple's - it's just too slow to sync my (way too large) mailbox, the DB gets corrupted way too often, and it sucks at auto-detecting server config. Because of that I've been using Sparrow for the last few years. Love it!

I won't be running back to any time soon, either - I'm not on Mavericks yet (waiting for that point release bug fix!), but I'm hearing deal-breaking horror stories about Mavericks' / Gmail integration. So, what's the big deal - stick with Sparrow, right?

Well. Sparrow development is dead :-( , and I dread taking an orphaned app into a new Mac OS. Even if things work fine, I assume that Sparrow will never get Mavericks tag support.

So, time to find a new client. Might as well do it preemptively - I assume that I'll have enough to deal with when I swap OSes.

I've been hearing great things about Airmail on Twitter, so I figured I'd give it a try. Looks fine so far - very Sparrow-like in appearance and configuration. I'll try it on for a few weeks and see if it feels right!

PS: Yes, I know that Apple is working on a fix. I also know that Apple breaks Gmail support every few OS releases. Learn to write an integration test.

Tags: mac, productivity
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