The Bottom Line
For all its shine, Postbox retains some Mozilla Thunderbird idiosyncrasies while task management, self-learning automation and social networking sites are embraced but half-armedly.
- Postbox offers a complete email experience competently handled
- Fast search lets you find related messages, files, images and people
- Postbox groups emails intelligently; free-form topics help you organize and concentrate on them
- Postbox does not fully exploit topics and social network integration
- Task management is minimal and does not include an integrated calendar
- Keyboard shortcuts are a bit incoherent and settings hard to find
- Postbox lets you access and manage POP and IMAP email accounts as well as RSS news feed subscriptions and Unsenet news.
- Fast search, free-form topics (with support for Gmail labels), traditional folders and to-do/pending marks help you organize and find mail.
- Postbox quickly finds attachments, images (with previews) and links, too; everywhere, within a message and while composing.
- Integration with social networking and microblogging sites lets you post to the web while Postbox fetches mug shots, company names and job titles for contacts.
- Postbox can use tabs to keep folders, topics and messages open. A conversation view collects threads, quoted text hidden.
- A trainable spam filter spots junk, and rules let you automate Postbox in many a way (e.g. to move and delete mail or reply).
- For new mail and replies, you can set up multiple signatures and canned replies. Files can be sent as attachments, of course, but also as Dropbox links.
- Postbox makes it easy to set up common account types and sports a unified inbox (which still distinguishes accounts if desired).
- You can expand Postbox with (at least certain) Mozilla Thunderbird extensions such as Lightning to add a calendar.
- Postbox supports Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.6/7/8.