This doesn’t feel like it fits in that thread with the poll about mail clients, so… New Topic!
I’m still trying to find one ring to rule th… err… one email client to rule them all. I keep coming back to mail.app and its just not satisfying. No app actually does all that I want, that is:
- Office365 support.
- Integration with OmniFocus on iOS.
- Supports both macOS and iOS, preferably with syncing settings.
- Robust smart mailboxes support. In particular, I want smart mailboxes that show me messages that I am included on, but specific colleagues are not. That’s apparently a tall order.
- Rules. Primarily to automatically filter messages into project/client folders.
Maybe somebody here can point out something I missed with the following, or to another app that might fit the bill.
I skipped over the apps that are macOS only, like Mailmate and Postbox, because macOS is where Mail.app does a good job (when supplemented with MailHub, MailTags, and Mail Act-On). I suppose, it’s really a better iOS client that I want, but I’ve had issues previously with mixing and matching mail apps… the URL’s for messages in 3rd party apps are generally specific to that app rather than the default mail client; at one time, I had found a client that allowed you to choose between message: URLs and proprietary, but I can’t recall which it was.
The “kinda” entries in the table above are explained as follows:
Mail.app/OF: This whole exercise is to get rid of this one. It’s marked that way because dragging a message from Mail.app to the notes field in OF3 results in a link that still needs to be manually edited in order to get it to work. OF3 ignores the “message:” part of the resulting URL and doesn’t create the proper link. If I manually go back at enclose the URL in < > it works. Funny what some pain points make you do.
Mail.app/Smart: macOS only. I have some fairly elaborate filtering set up to drill in to messages needing attention, but I might be able to live with this deficiency if the message URL links worked better in OmniFocus.
Mail.app/Rules: macOS only.
Spark/Smart: I haven’t figured out how to duplicate any but the most basic filtering in Spark. NOT does not seem to be a valid operator. I’ll call these semi-intelligent folders.
Airmail/Smart: Again, smart isn’t smart enough.
It looks like I’m going to be spending a little more time with Airmail to see if I can figure out how to get the smart folders I need. Perhaps a combination of rules and smart folders will work. I sense a support chat in my near future. Also… do rules developed on macOS sync and run on iOS? More to come re Airmail…
I really had hopes for Newton, figuring that an app that costs as much as Microsoft Office for a year ought to be pretty darn robust. I wasn’t very impressed.
I’m only now starting to wonder if I’m picking the wrong tool to complain about. Maybe Mail.app isn’t the problem and OF is the bad actor since it’s the mail links in OF that are causing me the most heartburn. (Those and pizza from Zachary’s in Oakland. That stuff is heartburn central for me, but it tastes so good.)