Tag Archive for ‘Email’

The Peculiar Rise of the Paid Email Newsletter ➝

Nick Heer:

It seems almost tragically ironic to think that newsletter subscriptions are the future of independent publishing. Email has been around for far longer than the World Wide Web, and has almost none of the design advantages or surveillance mechanisms celebrated by web publishers. All this time we have been subject to the whims of ad technology firms when the solution seems to be a rewind button.

➝ Source: pxlnv.com

I Like Apple Mail ➝

Charlotte Rose:

What I’ve realised after using the native Mail app for so long is that actually, what is most important to me is just having all of my email accounts in one place and being able to view all of my inboxes at once via one main inbox.

Same. I’ve tried just about every email app under the sun and always end up coming back to Apple Mail. It gives me a single inbox for all my accounts, performs actions quickly, and just works.

➝ Source: charlotterosewrites.com

Hey Is Not for Me ➝

Marius Masalar:

In Hey, my email history is always visible, even though I don’t want it to be. I don’t know about you, but once I’ve finished with an email, I don’t want to look at it anymore unless there’s been a reply or I have to refer back to something (via search).

In Gmail, when I open the inbox I see only emails that I need to do something with. In Hey, I see those emails, plus the emails I’ve already dealt with, plus the emails I’ve decided I’ll reply to later, plus the emails I’ve set aside, and sometimes even a button letting me know I have other emails to do something about in the Screener…how exactly is this more tidy and peaceful?

This was my immediate reaction when I gave Hey a try and the primary reason why the service isn’t for me. I want my email client to be enjoyable to use. And that isn’t possible without an archive feature.

I’ll be sticking with my current combination of Fastmail, Gmail, and Apple Mail.

➝ Source: mariusmasalar.me

Why ‘Hey’ Had to Wait ➝

David Heinemeier Hansson:

HEY is going to launch when the world’s got a handle on this virus. When we either find a new normal, living within long-running restrictions, or we find a way to beat this thing. We’re not going to put a date on that, because nobody knows when that might be. And we’re not going to pretend that we do either.

I was pretty excited about the launch of Hey. I’ve been aimlessly searching for a good email client for years and have never been happy with any of the options. It’s disappointing that we’ll have to wait longer, but I trust that they’re making the right decision. And when Hey does eventually launch, I’m sure it’ll be even better.

➝ Source: m.signalvnoise.com

Apple Considering Letting Users Change Default Email App and Browser on iOS ➝

Mark Gurman, reporting for Bloomberg:

The technology giant is discussing whether to let users choose third-party web browser and mail applications as their default options on Apple’s mobile devices, replacing the company’s Safari browser and Mail app, according to people familiar with the matter.

This is a huge step in the right direction. And I wouldn’t mind them giving developers the ability to release web browsers with their own rendering engines as well.

➝ Source: bloomberg.com

The Folks at Basecamp Announce an Email App ➝

I’ve tried just about every email app available for iOS and none of them is delightful to use. That’s in contrast to my favorite Twitter client, my favorite podcast app, music player, and so on — I love to use these apps.

At the moment, I use Spark for email. It’s the best of the bunch, but it’s far from great. I hope this upcoming app introduces some excellent features and a slick design that makes me excited about an email app again, which is a feeling I haven’t felt since the launch of Sparrow.

➝ Source: hey.com

Apple’s Abysmal Mail Toolbar ➝

Craig Grannell:

On [iOS 12], you have immediate access to options that let you flag, file, archive/delete, reply, and start a new message. It’s not overly complicated, and it looks fine. Also: all these actions are fundamental to rapidly dealing with email. Now, you only get archive/delete and reply.

This change is a bit baffling to me. Why would Apple remove quick access to so many useful features in favor of this “archive plus junk drawer” setup? Luckily for me, the vast majority of the email I receive is simply archived. But for anyone that frequently perform other actions, this change is terrible.

But I think Apple can do better than simply reverting to the previous design. Why don’t they give us the option to customize these buttons, so that each user can have exactly the ones they want? By default, Mail can display the most commonly used options alongside a generic “more” icon. That can serve as the junk drawer for the rest of the options. And within that menu, Apple could also offer the ability to customize the order of each icon and whether it’s shown at the top level, directly below your email, or within the menu.

There was a time when Apple offered that sort of customization — remember the bottom tab bar in the old iPod app for iPhone?

➝ Source: reverttosaved.com

Goodbye, Newton ➝

Rohit Nadhani:

It’s with a heavy heart that I share with you the news that Newton app will be shutting down on September 25th, 2018. […]

It was a tough business decision. We explored various business models but couldn’t successfully figure out profitability & growth over the long term. It was hard; the market for premium consumer mail apps is not big enough, and it faces stiff competition from high quality free apps from Google, Microsoft, and Apple. We put up a hard and honest fight, but it was not enough to overcome the bundling & platform default advantages enjoyed by the large tech companies.

Although I frequently dabble with other email clients, Newton has been the one I have consistently come back to since I started using it last year. Now I’ll have to reconsider my options and find a new primary email client. I don’t know what I’ll end up using, but Dispatch, Airmail, and Spark are high on my list of contenders.