In my previous article on the excellent Airmail application I covered the overall layout and a few features. Today I want to take a look at the Preferences area. There are tons of Preferences, can’t cover them all. So, I will try to hit ones I consider more important and interesting.
Airmail has a myriad of Preferences. There is not any way I can cover them all. Many of them are what you would expect to find in an email app, I will not go over too much of that here.
Lets just start with the Accounts Tab:
As you can see I have eight email accounts in the Airmail app. They are all IMAP, but it handles POP accounts as well. To add an account just click on the “plus” symbol bottom-left corner of the window:
Airmail presents many of the usual email choices plus just setting up an account from scratch. One of my accounts is Apple iCloud, the remainder are from a third party provider. All of them installed easily. Airmail is a smart app.
To me the most important item in the General Tab is the Unified Inbox:
I really like using the Unified Inbox. It does take some getting used to, but it is such an efficient way to manage email. There is an “iCloud Sync” in this Tab too. That keeps your emails synced with the iOS version of Airmail. Their whole system is pretty seamless.
In the Composing Tab you can set the “Default Sender” and setup a few features like “Capitalize First Word” and “Autocorrection:”
There is a “Snooze” feature in Airmail. You can snooze an email for a specific period of time. The Snooze Tab is where you determine your snooze parameters:
The Appearance Tab has many of the usual features, but the one I wanted to point out is Themes. Airmail allows you to choose from different themes for the overall look and feel of the app:
The Actions Tab is very important. Here, you can setup all kinds of ways for your Trackpad and/or Mouse to interact with emails:
If you click on the dropdown you can assign an action to each of the menu items on the left:
The Services Tab is also quite handy. It allows Airmail to interact with many other Apps or Services on your Mac:
The Services area is a very powerful feature. It almost makes Airmail as integrated into your Mac workflow as Apple’s own Mail app.
There are other settings in Airmail. However I wanted to close with one feature that is very important to me. I have used other email apps that have a nice, Trackpad friendly, interface. But, what was left out was “Rules!”. I use Rules for all kinds of stuff in my email. Airmail has a great deal of functionality in it’s regular dropdown menus. You will have to explore them on your own. The Rules item is found under the Window menu. Here is the Rules window:
I have a few Rules setup in here which have been blocked out for privacy reasons. The Rules window is fairly self-explanatory. It is not as powerful as some other email apps, but it is adequate for my needs. I really like sorting emails into different areas as they arrive so I use the Rules area fairly extensively.
One more thing before I go. I guess I may be saying this a lot in my future Software reviews. Airmail interacts with iCloud. Therefore, you will need an app-specific password. I actually need one for the Mac AND iOS version.
As you can see, Airmail contains a great deal of customization capability. You can pretty much tweak the app to your hearts content. For $9.99 I don’t think you can find a better email experience.