I'm experimenting with the Sparrow email client (desktop).
Anyone use it? Got any thoughts?
Anyone use it? Got any thoughts?
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- Yes, I do for quick replies (in a similar way to on my mobile) - and then just star things to go through individually later. :-)Jun 19, 2012
- Sparrow looks nice, displays conversations intuitively, supports labels, starring and dragging files to attach. The search is broke on mine but I tend to flip from sparrow to webface and back according to which way the wind's blowing, which maybe shows how closely it works with Gmail.Jun 19, 2012
- I looked at Sparrow earlier but it didn't work with POP. I've never really gotten on with IMAP and I don't use large, free cloud providers for e-mail because I've been running my own servers for over 12 years and my own domains for 20.
I understand a recent release has brought POP functionality to it though, so perhaps I'll examine it again. Meanwhile, I'm using Thunderbird. I migrated to Thunderbird from Eudora. When it looked like Eudora was on its way out, I flirted briefly with Apple's then nascent Mail, but it wasn't good with large archive folders (very slow!) and wasnt great at managing large amounts of email from multiple accounts. Thunderbird looked like the best choice and certainly has been more than capable, although I still miss some Eudora features and some native OS X integration (Address Book, I'm talking about you!) was quite slow in arriving. It still doesn't--at least for me--maintain rich text formatting when pasting across the clipboard from other apps.
I've heard some good things about Postbox, which I believe is a fork/variant of Thunderbird, but I haven't tried it.Jun 19, 2012
- Looks interesting. Will try on MacAir for screen real estate.Jun 20, 2012
- the search facility in sparrow is back; turns out my imac needs to be switched off from to time to time.Jun 21, 2012
- Possibly related to being spurred on by this thread, I was recently looking again at e-mail clients, in particular Sparrow and Postbox. I opted to try Postbox first as it's closer to Thunderbird (it's a fork from a Thunderbird version 2 or 3 years ago and the company is founded by a former Thunderbird lead developer and a Mozilla guy) and you can easily/quickly migrate between them.
I've added to my to-do list to write a blog post about the whole experience. The short version is: I've decided to stay with Postbox for a bit and have been busy figuring out how to make my e-mail management more effective through its built-in features plus some scripting/macros. I'm not so sure about the utility of the Linked-In, Facebook, and Twitter tie-ins, but some of the other stuff is pretty good.
Sparrow looked to offer many of the same bits of functionality as Postbox, but I did read some rather negative reviews from people about Sparrow being quite slow and buggy, especially with an update this month. Reviewers earlier this year commented that, while Sparrow supported multiple accounts and had a unified inbox, it didn't support searching across accounts. Perhaps this is related to comments by and ? Poor or inadequate searching seems a big deal breaker to me given how many accounts I have and my notoriously poor memory. I think perhaps Sparrow's time is not yet come, especially as Gmail is not one of my primary e-mail accounts. Most of mine are using either POP or <gag> Exchange.
BTW: I had never thought I'd like a unified inbox and I'd never used one before, but I've been experimenting with it in Postbox. I even went a step beyond its unified Postbox and only look at a "Smart Folder" that shows me messages in my various in-boxes that aren't already tagged with @action, @waiting, or @omnifocus. I still have separate inboxes and I can switch to them if I like, but I haven't found it really necessary at the moment. There's enough context for each message presented to make it work so far. I already had filters that auto-filed various mailing list messages or server-related messages, so I only normally see things I need to do something with in my inboxes anyway.Jun 28, 2012