Air­mail 2

Fast and good look­ing. Is Air­mail 2 enough to oust Mail from your Dock?

Mac Format - - RATED | MAC APPS - £14 De­vel­oper Bloop, air­ OS OS X 10.8 or later Re­quires 64-bit pro­ces­sor In­ter­face still looks great Mouse ges­tures for fil­ter­ing Cloud stor­age in­te­gra­tion No smart mail­boxes

Air­mail 2 wants to usurp Mail. It’s at­trac­tive, fast and ex­ten­si­ble… but it comes at a price. Mail is free, so Air­mail is go­ing to have to work hard to beat OS X’s de­fault op­tion.

Get­ting set up is a breeze, im­port­ing ac­counts from ear­lier ver­sions with three clicks and au­tode­tect­ing server set­tings for any new ac­counts you need to add from scratch. As be­fore, it’s com­pat­i­ble with all of the head­line web­mail ser­vices, plus iCloud, Pop3 and IMAP, and you can now link it to web apps such as Drop­box and Google Drive, which it can use to host at­tach­ments. You can’t an­no­tate images like you can in Mail, though.

It sports iOS Mail-style mouse ges­tures, so you can swipe left and right to delete or ar­chive mes­sages, and con­vert them into Re­minders or Cal­en­dar en­tries through a menu in their ti­tles. If your day starts with an email au­dit, th­ese tools help you com­plete the task sooner, and you can fur­ther au­to­mate the process us­ing the ex­ten­sive Rules panel.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter in­te­gra­tion puts Air­mail in Yosemite’s To­day pane, where you can see not only your un­read mes­sages but any you’ve marked for follow-up as ‘memos’ or ‘to-dos’. This ef­fec­tively turns it into an ef­fec­tive task man­ager as well as an email client, while the new plug-ins sys­tem lets you ex­pand its de­fault fea­tures. It’s easy to add ex­tras like Google Trans­late and en­cryp­tion, but it’s still lack­ing smart mail­boxes.

We like Air­mail – a lot – but de­spite the im­prove­ments in this lat­est re­lease and its low price, it’s not go­ing to re­place Mail on our Mac just yet. Should a fu­ture re­lease in­tro­duce smart mail­boxes, that judge­ment may very well be re­versed. Nik Rawl­in­son

A worth­while up­grade for ex­ist­ing users, with ‘To­day’ in­te­gra­tion, but Mail is ahead in many ar­eas, and has smart mail­boxes

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