Or­gan­is­ing email

How do they help achieve In­box Zero?

Mac Format - - RATED -

Uni­box has the most un­usual ap­proach here: while tra­di­tional la­bels and fold­ers are still avail­able, its core in­ter­face is based on clas­si­fy­ing mes­sages by sender. It’s some­thing you un­der­stand in­stantly: it’s like a pret­tier Mes­sages, and it’s re­ally easy to find files you’ve pre­vi­ously sent or re­ceived.

Thun­der­bird, Out­look, Post­box and Air­mail use rule-based fil­ter­ing to clas­sify mail, and it’s easy to set up com­plex IF/THEN cri­te­ria in or­der to au­to­mat­i­cally move, delete, archive or cat­e­gorise emails.

Mail­box, though, is much sim­pler: when an email is in your in­box, it wants you to triage im­me­di­ately with a swipe across the mes­sage. Swipe right to archive it, or swipe left to ei­ther flag it for ac­tion later or to add it to a list. All three op­tions re­move the mes­sage from your in­box, with the lat­ter two pop­ping the email up again at the spec­i­fied time and fil­ing it, re­spec­tively. It’s some­thing that works very well on iOS but feels a lit­tle sim­plis­tic on a Mac, but if you’re an In­box Zero ob­ses­sive you’ll like it a lot.

When an email ar­rives in your in­box, Mail­box wants you to swipe it im­me­di­ately.

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