The Bottom Line
- Email Archiver saves your emails as PDF files for viewing anywhere, anytime
- Your messages are saved as displayed in Mac OS X Mail, attachments copied to a separate folder
- Email Archiver organizes mail by year, month and day and lets you pick the Mail folders to archive
- Email Archiver only works with Mac OS X Mail
- Overly wide messages can get the PDF engine into trouble, and archived mail may miss text
- The way Email Archiver includes headers as minuscule text is smart, but a tad quirky
- Email Archiver saves emails from Mac OS X Mail as PDF files.
- The PDFs contain the fully formatted email (as it appears in Mail) and, in minuscule text, the email header lines.
- Messages are organized in a folder hierarchy (year/month/day) and named after their subject lines.
- Email Archiver copies attachments, too, saved to separate folders.
- You can have Email Archiver start scanning for new messages to archive manually, when it starts, or when the Mac is idle.
- Email Archiver saves all mail or messages from select folders (and their subfolders).
- Email Archiver supports Mac OS X 10.6.
Guide Review - Email Archiver 1.0 - Mac OS X Mail PDF Archiving Utility
What if you want your emails in a format that's easily opened anywhere and easily read, too; in files named like the message's subject, organized by date?
Then Email Archiver's PDF message folders might be for you. Tell it which mail folders to archive, and Email Archiver will save their emails rendered as PDF files just the way you see them in OS X Mail. The PDFs will be in hierarchical folders by year, month and date and named after the emails' subjects.
Email Archiver copies attached files as well. While these are saved to separate folders named just like the corresponding emails, message headers are included in more peculiar a manner: you'll find them appended to their emails in minuscule text. One potential problem is not in the header but in the message text, however: for really wide messages, Email Archiver might miss stuff right and in particular left of the middle.
All this copying and archiving is not particularly fast, but after an initial run, Email Archiver copies only new messages, of course. While you cannot define a schedule in Email Archiver itself, you can set it to archive on launch — or whenever the computer is idle and the screen locked.
Naturally, Email Archiver can only copy emails (and attachments) that are saved locally: make sure Mac OS X Mail does keep copies for offline viewing with IMAP accounts, for example. In general, make sure your emails are in Mail.app; Email Archiver does not support any other email programs. A bit less sparse an interface might be nice, too — though, granted, that would add little to Email Archiver's function.