The Bottom Line
It's really a pity Syphir only works with Gmail. Other IMAP accounts could profit from its filtering magic, too, as could Syphir from even more intelligent action.
- Syphir adds some intelligent filter criteria and actions to Gmail
- Syphir can also push information to its iPhone app (to, e.g., alert you of mail that needs a reply)
- Syphir only works with Gmail and Google Apps, not other IMAP accounts
- Some emails escaped Syphir's filtering in my tests
- Syphir adds new filter options to Gmail.
- Criteria for Syphir rules include message age, arrival time, number of recipients, sender, recipients and message text.
- Syphir can also determine the likeliness you will reply (based on emails you answered in the past) for a filter criterion.
- Actions Syphir can take on your emails include labeling, deletion, archiving and delaying inbox delivery of messages.
- An optional iPhone app adds alerts as a filter action — for notifications about those emails that need replies, for example.
- Syphir connects to Gmail via IMAP (like an email program). Using OAuth, Syphir does not need your Gmail password, though.
- Syphir supports Gmail and Google Apps. Syphir SmartPush supports iOS 3/4.
Guide Review - Syphir - Advanced Gmail Rules and iPhone Push Service
Wish Gmail could figure out whether a new email is important and alert you only then (and not while you're out sailing, skiing and swimming)? Wish Gmail could detect chain letters and archive them silently? Wish Gmail could delay alerts, while we're at it, from social networks?
With Syphir, Gmail can do all that and then some.
Syphir works with your Gmail (or Google Apps) account like an email program using IMAP. Unlike an email program, it does not need your password; you log in directly via Gmail, granting Syphir access. Like any respectable email program, Syphir can act on new mail and old applying filters.
You can have Syphir filter mail from certain senders, of course, and with particular phrases in subject or body; you can restrict your matches to certain labels and recipients; Syphir can also, however, act on messages that arrive at particular hours, mass mails to some 8 or 10 recipients or emails that are a few days old and still unanswered, for example.
Speaking of replies, Syphir keeps an eye on what kind of emails you answer. Based on characteristics so deduced (certain senders, for instance), Syphir determines how likely you are to answer new mail — and can act on messages you sure want to treat to a reply.
For such important emails — or all others determined by your rules, of course —, Syphir can alert you via an optional iPhone app (the only alert option, though). Other standard actions include labeling and archiving, deleting mail and marking it read, of course; a more interesting action has Syphir delay the delivery of messages to your Gmail inbox. Delayed mail does show up in a special label immediately if you're curious.
If you're not quite sure what Syphir could do for you, a few slick sample rules serve as ready-made recipes that you can use for your Gmail inbox right away — or adapt to your taste, of course. Options for effective automation abound.
Syphir so full of potential, users of MobileMe, AOL and other IMAP accounts could profit from its filtering. The filtering itself could also profit, of course, from one more criterion or two, and a few more actions, too. How about labeling on past actions, for example, or creating a useful draft automatically for those emails identified to need replying?