updated 07:30 pm EDT, Tue November 1, 2011
Social connections, services, productivity
Alternative Mac and Windows compatible e-mail client software Postbox has reached a milestore release, v3.0, and the update brings with it more social connections, tighter integration with GMail, better interaction with apps and services, more productivity features and better OS integration for both Mac O SX and Windows 7. The new version also features a "favorites" bar to let users quickly jump to preferred mailboxes, and the ability to create and send "canned" responses.
The new 3.0 version includes native GMail labels support, with an optional dedicated view for "important" labels, support from GMail keyboard shortcuts and "data detector" technology to convert detected dates into Google Calendar (or iCal). Dropbox links are supported as is the newest version of the Growl notification system.
Social networking in Postbox has improved, with the option of profile photos from Facebook, Twitter, the Address Book and now LinkedIn and Gravatar. Users can access LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter profile pages from within the app, and Postbox can also grab job titles and workplaces from LinkedIn.
Productivity has been given a boost with the new Favorites bar, a feature similar to the latest version of Mail where users can put their preferred inboxes or accounts for quicker access. There is also a new Quick Reply, again borrowed from Mail, and an option to send and archive an outgoing e-mail in one step. The program also lets users create templates for message replies.
Message content can be sent directly to Evernote from within the app (Mac only), and v3 has support for Lion's full-screen mode as well as gestures. The program is available for a free trial download now, and retails for $30 (previous users can upgrade for $10). The new version requires a Core2Duo Intel Mac or later running 10.6 or higher with at least 2GB of RAM. The Mac version is fully 64-bit (and 32-bit compatible) while the Windows version is 32-bit only.