Mailbox for Mac Now Available via Public Beta Test, Offers New Snooze Features and Draft Support

Tuesday August 19, 2014 9:29 AM PDT by Juli Clover
Popular email management app Mailbox for iOS is set to expand to the Mac, with the company making its desktop software available to the public through a beta test that begins today.

Mailbox for Mac resembles the Mailbox app for iOS, with a simple, clean interface that aims to help users reach "inbox zero." It includes all of the features of the iOS version, like easy controls to archive and delete emails, along with snooze functionality and organizational lists. It supports swipe gestures and it includes several hotkeys to control specific functions within the app.

The Mac email app also includes more advanced snooze controls, allowing users to snooze emails until they return to their desks, and it also adds draft support, saving drafts locally and syncing with Mailbox on other devices via Dropbox. Draft support has been a long-requested feature for Mailbox.

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Support for drafts is one of the most common feature requests for Mailbox and becomes even more important when managing an inbox across multiple devices. Along with the rollout of Mailbox for Mac beta, we're also launching draft support for Mailbox on desktop (coming soon on iOS and Android). Drafts are saved locally to the device you're on and automatically synced across devices when you're signed in with your Dropbox.
First introduced in early 2013, Mailbox proved to be ultra popular, requiring a reservation system that restricted access to a limited number of users for several weeks. Shortly after its release, however, the app was acquired by file-sharing and storage service Dropbox, and the iOS version has seen several major updates since then. The Mac version was first announced back in April.

Users can sign up to beta test Mailbox on the company's website. While the software can be downloaded immediately, activating the beta app requires a betacoin, which will be sent out via email over the next few weeks. Users who signed up to beta test the app back in April should be receiving betacoins today.

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9 weeks ago
What will make this better than the OS X Mail app?
Rating: 4 Votes
9 weeks ago

What will make this better than the OS X Mail app?


Better organization, hands down.

It flows very close to the GTD style which I use obsessively everyday, so Mailbox makes organizing my mail more natural for me.

I'm excited because I have built a very efficient system for handling myself, and with Mailbox for Mac, I don't have to shift back to an iOS every time I start to tackle my inbox.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 weeks ago

Better organization, hands down.

It flows very close to the GTD style which I use obsessively everyday, so Mailbox makes organizing my mail more natural for me.

I'm excited because I have built a very efficient system for handling myself, and with Mailbox for Mac, I don't have to shift back to an iOS every time I start to tackle my inbox.


Stupid question time: GTD?

Also, I'm guessing this supports most email services?
Rating: 2 Votes
9 weeks ago

That's interesting. I've never really had an issue, but I don't use search all that often. When I do it's usually a very specific search that wouldn't yield many results, and therefore I'm usually able to find it pretty quick using Mailbox.

Yeah, it all depends on your email habits. Since Mailbox seems tailored to high volume users, I would've thought search would be a top priority. Perhaps it's a Gmail API limitation.

I'm a very low volume email user and actually have little use for the snooze features but I prefer Mailbox's interface and gesture controls. But I had several issues finding emails quickly or at all so I had to drop it.

I will take the desktop app for a spin though and see what it's like.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago
I have been using this app in my iPhone for quite a while, and I am very happy with doing so. Especially the "Remind me later" function is a great help. Looking forward to seeing how the native app will be working.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago

Stupid question time: GTD?

Also, I'm guessing this supports most email services?


It doesn't support generic IMAP or POP3 like other email clients do, just certain popular services like Gmail, Yahoo!, iCloud (I think), etc. I don't know why they did that. It means that I can't use it. I also don't know why I'd want to use this instead of regular OS X Mail.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago

It's definitely hard to trust a small fly-by-night unknown operation like DropBox.


Not to politicize this, but considering DropBox put Condi Rice on their board recently, there are definitely possible trust issues there. Besides, known or unknown doesn't really matter -- we've already seen it revealed in the Snowden docs that Microsoft was complicit with government demands for user data access. So, all I'm saying is, buyer/user beware.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago

I'm really newbie here. I bought mbp 13 2wks ago.
Pls. let me have beta coins by email? gtdone@live.com
Thanks in advance.
:)


Sent
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago
Anyone still need a betacoin. Pm me. Or reply here.

But you have to earn it, be prepared to tell me the worst knock knock joke you know.
Rating: 1 Votes
9 weeks ago

Love the app as well on my nexus. Can't wait for it on my Mac.

Out of curiosity how do you get your photos to save/sync to your iPhoto Library with dropbox?

I've been an google drive guy so far but maybe I can keep docks on google drive and photo's on dropbox.


You just install Dropbox on your Mac and it asks to sync your iPhoto library, otherwise just go to dropbox's preferences.
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