Mail Pilot for Mac "Public Preview" released

Mindsense has released a public preview version of its Mac e-mail client Mail Pilot. The public preview is free to use while the product is still in development.

Mail Pilot for Mac introduces the idea of task-based e-mail management; when you're done with a message you mark it from Incomplete to Complete. It's more like a to-do list. You can set reminders for messages, so your inbox doesn't pile up with stuff you haven't gotten around to yet. And you can organize on message status criteria.

Mail Pilot is already available for iOS, and Mail Pilot for Mac works in tandem with it. You can push important messages to your mobile devices or your desktop, so if you need to take care of something back at the office, you'll be reminded when you get there, instead of fishing around in your inbox trying to remember your action items. The app also makes extensive use of keyboard shortcuts and sports nested threading to keep clutter to a minimum.

The app has been in private beta since October, but Mindsense is opening the floodgates to anyone who wants to give Mail Pilot for Mac a try.

Peter Cohen

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Becjr says:

This sounds like a very nice, mature approach to handling email... I really want Apple to implement a more robust email handling system. As secure as this app sounds, I like that all personal data is stored locally, I just trust Apple. When it comes down to it I really want to use Apple apps for this kind if thing, but for some reason Apple prefers to offer mediocre apps so other dev's can one-up Apple's apps. I really don't like having more than one app that does, essentially, the same thing - I don't want 2 email apps on my phone. It's just not tidy.

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Richard Devine says:

This is a great app. I haven't been allowed to talk about it but I've been using it for a little while now. Definitely worth checking out

Becjr says:

It looks fantastic. I like the idea of it handling mail like reminders and how it can keep track of and prioritize mail.

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ame says:

I need a client that lets me delete vs just archive.

BP41 says:

The iPhone app has terrible reviews.

Becjr says:

I just finished reading reviews too... Some are kinda old, yet some relatively recent too. It's a little disconcerting.

Hey, Richard... What's your experience with this app? What are your pros and/or cons?

Richard Devine says:

Don't use the iPhone app. It's too expensive for me when Mailbox serves just fine for free. I do wonder if some folks are missing the point of it though with their reviews. This type of app does seem to be better suited to the Mac though IMO :)

BP41 says:

Mailbox is Google only and that's just sad. Plus, I've never been fond of the the slide gestures. Too easy or too hard to be fluid. I also like having things the same across devices and I don't see how anyone could truly get all out of an app like this without using it on all devices.

That said, I've been on the lookout for a long long while for an email app that can replace the stock app. So far there haven't been any. This one looks to have exactly what I want but the reviews about the iOS app are disappointing. For now, the stock apps work just fine. My inboxes are always clean and tidy. Flagging and sorting mail is pretty easy. Most just don't do it.

zdn1042 says:

Same here. I'm also looking for an email app to replace the native one. Though unlike you, I really dig Mailbox's gestures and it would have been perfect for me had it support other email provider. Currently trying out Boxer (suggested at the forum) and CloudMagic (recently featured in one of the articles by iMore). Both seem promising.

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GeniusUnleashed says:

Apple's iOS Mail app is the biggest piece of shit out there, I can't believe you waste tons of times using it. To not be able to add an attachment mid email is ridiculous in (almost) 2014. Don't use Gmail? Try Evomail or Boxer. Both are light years ahead of Apple's shitty app.

(I'm not an angry person, I just hate how un-functional Apple's email app still is.)

BP41 says:

It's almost 2014, while I agree that it would the nice to add attachments in the email app. That won't happen until, A) Apple adds Dropbox or cloud service support or B) Apple takes iCloud to a Dropbox style system. Since I use Dropbox and Box, the apps are quick to get to and I can find waft I need. Copy the link and paste it. It would be nice to see this added inside the email app. But it's not really that big of a deal.

Jay Cutler says:

I downloaded this app today. I like the look of it and it's features. Similar to Boxer or Mail for Iphone. I have a Macbook Air and I thought the program was very sluggish. I only have to email accounts and both are gmail. Could be that its still in Beta.

linsiris says:

Although I'm kinna "married" to Airmail for mac, it doesn't have an iPhone/iPad client (which would be good) and I'm not very fond of the stock mail app although it gets the job done. I'm always open to trying new apps and this one seems to have a very clean UI and offers a new concept. I would also like to know Richard's experience with it...

Richard Devine says:

We'll have a full review of the app when it reaches its full release. It's unfair to developers to spend too much time reviewing a beta build, but largely I'm impressed. And I don't think I've used it to anywhere close to its full potential!

Antron says:

I've tried to like the iOS app but it always disappointed me.

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Antron says:

I've re-downloaded it to give it another try.

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asuperstarr says:

Sounds like a great app. I personally don't like apps that are only on one platform.

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Adrian Liu says:

I just started using the beta. It's really beautiful, and the concept of it is very interesting.

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