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Mailbox Beta for Mac – Hands-on Review

Mailbox has been a popular application to access emails on mobile devices for a while now. They are available on both iOS and Android platforms. They announced the public beta of their Mac application few days back, along with several new features including draft support and the ability to snooze messages. This article gives you to a hands-on review of the Mailbox Application and its top features.

The Mailbox uses Dropbox (also its Parent Company, Mailbox was acquired last year) to save the emails and hence works seamlessly across devices. If you start writing a lengthy email on your desktop, it’ll be synced to all of your devices as long as you’re logged into Dropbox; that’s where the drafts come handy too. Though drafts will sync between multiple Macs running Mailbox, the feature is currently said to be coming soon on iOS and Android.

People who signed up to beta test Mailbox for OS X (if you haven’t, do it here) started to receiving emails with beta-coins today, notifying them to download and try the application.

Similar to the the iOS version, Mailbox for Mac maintains a very minimalist look, with lots of white space and neat fonts. It also supports full-screen display for more screen-area and less disturbances.

Mailbox brings in some very cool features and a refreshing look on how we access our emails.

  1. Auto-Swipe is a behaviour tracking tool which builds on the user’s gesture on swiping away emails to snooze, archive or delete them. It learns your behaviour over time and eventually begins automatically performing the actions. For example, if you constantly archive messages which you get from your Facebook Notifications or any other Group lists, Mailbox starts to do the same automatically once it learns your behaviour. It lets you know what action is being performed on the email so that, you can revert if it was not the expected behaviour.
  2. Batch Swipe is a mail management feature; when the total number of items in your inbox are relatively small, you can swipe all the messages in your inbox at once, just like a single item. On the computer, you can select multiple items and then use the trackpad and swipe them to a list.
  3. Your Mailbox can be a neat to-do list. Just reorder your messages in Lists and smaller inboxes, so you know what to prioritise.  Just touch and hold the message, then move it up or down.
  4. The threaded email conversation in Gmail looks much better and simple on this client. The support of Alias is a neat implementation as well; connect all your Gmail aliases in Mailbox to send from any of your email addresses.
  5. Snoozing is a slick feature. You can choose when to begin and end notification of new messages; considering your work schedule or vacation time, you can customise the same.

Mailbox works only with Gmail and iCloud at this moment. Hopefully support for Exchange and other email providers arrives soon. Also, its not available on Windows/PC.  You cannot create folders; its only lists. 

When you receive your beta-coin. You just have to drag-and-drop the image to the application to activate your beta. You need a beta-coin to use this application at this moment. Everyone else will have to wait, which will gradually roll out emails to users on the wish list. Once you’ve used your betacoin, it cannot be re-used on another device. Its a per-user, per-machine key only.

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