Triage Review


Triage 1The iOS’ default Mail app was great in the original version of this operating system, but as we see Apple’s developers only put a minimum effort into it over time. It is doing its main job pretty well, meaning that it nicely displays e-mails, you can use multiple accounts with unified inbox, and all other standard features which you can expect from any usable e-mail client. However, since 3rd party iOS developers are now trying to beat Apple’s Mail app, I hope things will change and I really hope we’ll see some exciting new features and updated interface in the upcoming iOS 7.

In the meantime, if you’re in a search for an interesting e-mail client for iOS, there are some very interesting choices. There are several new mail apps which received very positive reviews around the web and by now, they are one of the most downloaded apps in the iOS App Store. We are talking about apps like Mailbox and Mail Pilot, so check them out. In the meantime, there are also some other interesting apps, which come with unusual features and some very interesting new functions. One of those is an app called Triage and it comes with a mission to help you sort out your inbox.

Triage is perfect for those who receive many e-mails throughout the day, so their inbox is always full and very messy. It is hard to get organized in that situation, since you can easily miss some important information or you might oversee something. Of course, Apple’s own Mail app can help you with this, just like any other e-mail app, but there’s better way to deal with it, and that’s by using Triage.

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Triage comes with a very simple interface, and only few available gestures. In order to begin, you’ll need to set-up your e-mail account and this app supports all major e-mail providers and IMAP protocols. After you’ve done that, you see Triage’s main interface which is consisted of a grey background and a batch of e-mails found in your inbox. As the new e-mail comes in, it will be added on top of a batch, so you’ll always see the newest message first. In order to clear up your inbox, you can swipe up which will delete or achieve a message (which you can set-up in Triage’s settings) and you swipe down in order to save that message for later. You can also choose to send a quick reply or forward a message by click on a well-known arrow icon. And that’s all there is.

As you can notice, Triage isn’t made to replace Apple’s Mail app, since it can only help you clear up your messy inbox. It is doing that in a very effective and innovative way. Of course, this app is in its first version, so it will be interesting to see what new features it might get and what the future holds for this little app.

Triage is priced at $2 and can be purchased through iOS App Store (requires iOS 6.0).

Email Pro for Gmail Review

Email Pro 1We have recently wrote about Gmail desktop client called MailPop Pro, which brings Gmail messaging right to your desktop. This application isn’t a novelty, since more and more developers are trying to bring Gmail desktop clients that will make you give up your standard e-mail application. This proved to be a difficult task, since most of these application tend to go in the wrong direction and often have problems with interface, and more importantly, with some of their crucial features.

In order to say for a Gmail desktop client that it’s a successfully designed application, it needs to achieve several goals. These apps need to compete with much powerful applications like Apple’s Mail and Microsoft’s Outlook, but they also need to compete against Gmail’s web interface. As you can see, this is not a simple task for a developer.

In today’s review, we will be telling you about one of the latest Gmail clients that appeared on the Mac App Store, and which seems very promising at first sight. It is called Email Pro (for Gmail) and costs only $1.99, so in terms of its price, it is very competitive against similar apps.

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Once you download Email Pro, initial setup is very simple. All you have to do is to enter your Gmail credentials and you are ready to go. This e-mail client is only protected by your Gmail password, and doesn’t use any complicated login protocols, which I find very positive.

Just like recently reviewed MailPop Pro, Email Pro also uses two ways to allow you to browse you e-mail. Those are mobile and desktop versions of Email Pro, which seems to be quite frequent feature these days. This is simply because it is easy for a developer to implement Gmail’s desktop and mobile interface, and that’s why most of these applications look almost exactly the same.

Desktop version of Email Pro is a pleasant surprise. You will get to use a resizable window, with a left positioned sidebar with colorful icons. Each of these icons have tooltips, which will explain how to use them and what they exactly do. Email is presented in iOS-style, which is actually Gmail’s mobile view, even though you can also use standard Gmail.com interface. This also means that e-mails won’t be downloaded to your computer, since you’ll be using built-in web interface to access your mail. This could make e-mail retrieval slow once in a while, which is Google’s fault.

Mobile version of Email Pro sits in the menu bar and is pretty much the same as desktop version, but it only shows mobile interface. It is actually helpful to have e-mail client running in the background, so you can always send and receive messages instantly.

Email Pro integrates into OS X’s Notification Center in order to alert you in case you’ve got unread mail. Its dock icon also shows a number of unread messages in iOS-manner, with a small red pop-up.

In overall, this is nicely designed and very useful Gmail client. Even though I think its interface could be a bit more polished and more OS X-friendly, it is certainly better looking than most existing Gmail clients.

 

MailPop Pro for Gmail Review

MailPop Pro 2The Mac App Store is filled with all kinds of Gmail desktop clients. Even though you can use any standard e-mail client like Apple’s Mail or Microsoft’s Outlook, and set them up for Gmail use, these little applications aim to bring you an iOS e-mail experience. Plus, they usually cost only a few dollars, and some of them are really helpful and a real time-savers.

During that last couple of months, we have reviewed several very simple Gmail desktop clients, which usually sit in OS X’s menu bar, and they all tend to imitate iOS e-mail experience. Even their interfaces somewhat imitate Apple’s iOS Mail, which usually tends not to lead to a great overall experience. In this article we will be telling you about MailPop Pro (for Gmail), and we’ll see how this Gmail desktop client competes against its own category.

Since the competition in this app category is pretty rough, in order for a new comer to be successful, it simply needs to offer more features for the lower price, some kind of innovative feature, and of course – a beautiful design.

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Sparrow Review

Sparrow for Mac

Sparrow for MacAfter emerging out of its beta version, Sparrow has become a full featured, powerful mail client with beautiful minimalistic interface which you will love at first sight. It supports all major mail providers with their IMAP such as Gmail, Hotmail Mail, MobileMe, AOL and with custom IMAP servers. And it support POP too.

Design

The design of Sparrow app is similar to a Twitter client named Tweetie. If you would like to switch from your Mac Mail app, you will be surprised at first with its simplicity and look. It seems that, the Mail app for the iPad was the developers’ source of inspiration too. The overall design of the app is excellent and you will love to use it. The developer has given lots of attention to many little things, such as the way the message closes, animation, and glowing icons when you take the cursor over them and even on selection of messages. This application is the most beautiful mail app on the Mac. The design is great.

Functionality

The interface is minimalistic. It has a three columns layout design, which the third is collapsible. In the left hand side pane, the mailboxes are shown and can be customized with images. When you click the image, it will expand and show all the messages in that mailbox.

Once expanded you will be able to view your starred, sent, drafts, and trash boxes. Like Mac Mail app, there is an instant search bar to filter the messages on top.

It will notify if you have new mail and those that are unread by displaying on the menu bar icon. In the inbox, the subject and a few lines of the message will be displayed. In the third column, you can view your selected message. You can see the time and day of the message.

Sparrow has full support for Gmail features like labels and it does sync with Gmail labels. The labels can be viewed by clicking on an icon at the bottom left-hand corner of the inbox window. It is the place where you can see all of your spam messages.

Attachments support drag and drop, so that you can do it easily by simply dragging on your message. The normal method of select and add is also supported by Sparrow. It has a very cool feature, threaded message. It is shown in Sparrow in a very beautiful way. You will see a stack of message headers on top of each other. Click and it will show you the content. It has a quick reply button that converts to a text box so that you can reply and send.

MacReview.com Verdict:

If you are tired of trying out many email clients in the past, you will be satisfied with the design, functionality, and features of Sparrow. If you are using the default Mail app or Mailplane and fed up with them, Sparrow is here to rescue you.

Gmail Notifier for Mac Review

Gmail Notifier

Gmail NotifierIt’s needless to say how much we all use e-mail as a primary form of correspondence with our business partners, colleagues, friends and family. One of the most popular e-mail service providers is Google, which is currently taking a biggest share of today’s e-mail exchange thanks to its Gmail.

In order to use Gmail, you can use its web interface at Gmail.com or you can use one of desktop e-mail clients (which is probably Apple’s Mail, if you’re a Mac user). Constant visits to Gmail’s web interface to check for new e-mails and to compose a new message can be very time consuming, so many are choosing to set-up a Gmail account in the Apple’s Mail client. Here’s where the problem occurs since Google’s IMAP implementation can be very confusing for new as well as experienced Mac users. Many simply don’t know a difference between POP and IMAP accounts, so even after they set up their Gmail with Apple’s Mail, it’s still not functioning the way users wished. This is the number one reason why many are switching back to Gmail’s web interface, at Gmail.com.

Fortunately, Google has developed a small but very helpful application which integrates into Mac OS X in order to silently check for new e-mails and to notify you when you have a new mail in your inbox. It’s called Gmail Notifier and it can be found at Google’s website. It’s a very small, so you’ll download it in a bit and you won’t even have to go through any installation processes.

After you download a file, you’ll get “Google Notifier” icon on your desktop or in your Downloads folder. Simply click on it and you’ll get a small window where you’ll need to sign-in with your Gmail account and that’s all you need to do. You’ll immediately notice a small Gmail icon at the top of your screen, in the main system’s toolbar. Now, each time you receive a mail, a new notification will pop-up, letting you know about the situation in your inbox. Simply click on the notification to have it removed.

When you click on the Gmail icon, you’ll get additional tools which can take you to your inbox, or directly to a compose mail window. This means that a Safari (or any other default browser you might be using) will open and take you to your account, without any need for additional sign-ins. This little button will also list your unread messages, so you can go directly to a specific unread message. It’s important to say that it has no attachments to Apple’s Mail application or any other desktop e-mail clients. It simply provides shortcuts to a Gmail’s web interface, providing a much better user experience.