The Bottom Line
A few details like custom mailbox names or column layouts could be improved, and a plug-in keeping the smart mailboxes up to date with Address Book changes might be nice.
- Mailboxer sets up smart mailboxes for all your Address Book contacts in Mac OS X Mail
- Optionally, Mailboxes picks up contacts only from a select group in your Address Book
- Mailboxer, of course, creates smart mailboxes that include their contact's every email address
- Mailboxer does not keep your mailboxes up to date automatically (e.g. when email addresses change)
- The mailbox name format used by Mailboxer cannot be adapted (to, say, just the first name)
- Mailboxer creates smart Mac OS X Mail mailboxes for your Address book contacts.
- Mailboxer's mailboxes go by the contact's name and include all mail exchanged with them.
- All email addresses associated with a person are searched and found.
- Mailboxer can pick up all Address Book entries or only select groups.
- Mailboxer supports Mac OS X 10.4.
Guide Review - Mailboxer 5 - Mac OS X Mail Add-On
Almost, thought Sven Porst, and created a little application that marries your contacts and your smart mailboxes. For each person in your Address Book, Mailboxer sets up a smart mailbox in Mail that holds all mail to or from any of their email addresses.
If that would mean hundreds of such mailboxes for you (many of them, presumably, unused), you can create and use address book groups. Mailboxer then creates smart mailboxes only for these select correspondents. That's it.
You cannot change the naming scheme used by Mailboxer ("'first name' 'last name'") or apply a default sorting order, but these are minor points. It might be nice if Mailboxer could keep an automatic eye on the address book and update its smart mailboxes accordingly, though.