What’s the killer app of the 21st century? It used to be email. Then the browser. Maybe the killer app for the 21st century will be iCloud. At some point in the future everything we use on our Macs or iPads or iPhones will be stored in the cloud.
Back here on earth we still have to deal with email. Since the Mincey family is a family of purists and dogmatic personal rights activists, we make sure everyone has their own Mac, their own email, Facebook, Twitter, and cables. Regarding email, guess what? Apple’s Mail isn’t enough because our genetically bred OCD requires separation of church and state, personal email from business email.
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Mail works for most of us, but we do have some email accounts that need to be kept separate from personal accounts.
For that, the Mac has a handful of email apps, many free, some not, but all modern. The latest to cross my testing screen is Sparrow, with both free and commercial versions.
Can you say IMAP? That’s what kind of email Sparrow does. It’s one of a number of basic email protocols that has become increasing popular.
Sparrow’s Lite version does Google’s Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, even MobileMe (now iCloud), and nearly any IMAP email server.
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Among the basics that I require and Sparrow delivers is a Unified Inbox. All the incoming email shows up in one place, easily viewable.
Email threads are easily delivered visually with Conversations. Quick Reply makes it easy to respond to a message.
Facebook photo recognition is built-in, so your Facebook friends photos will show up on an email.
There’s also a typical Formatting Bar so you can change fonts and make a list of items in each message. The built-in Quick Look function works like the Finder; pass the space bar to view an attachment.
If you have Dropbox and CloudApp you’ll appreciate the Cloud Attachment function to drag, drop, and sync.
Notifications are customizable. Set up Sparrow to send emails from different email aliases. Or, extend the Sidebar so you can view everything with a glance.
That’s Sparrow Lite. It’s free, fast, easy to setup and use, and only does the basics. No templates, no HTML newsletters, and so on. Just email. Just free.