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Start Daydreaming and Get to Work

December 21, 2010

Stop reading this post and go back to what you were doing. Better yet, stop thinking about what you were doing and concentrate on this post. Aw, the hell with it - go take a nap.

Neuroscientists and productivity experts have spent the last few years busting the myth of multitasking. Humans can’t do it, we’re told. Try to do a few things at the same time and you’ll perform poorly on all of them. To make matters worse, some writers and researchers have suggested that our 21st-century flitting from Google search to Facebook post to e-mail message is sapping our ability to concentrate (the “internet is making us stupid” argument.) Productivity comes from focusing on one task at a time, we’re told. Lose focus and output suffers.

Now it looks like concentration may be over-rated. Neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer writes about the importance of letting your mind wander. Lehrer, author of the best-selling “How We Decide,” has written about research into writer’s block, inability to recall facts and constraints on creativity.

It seems that with some tasks, more-focus, trying harder and chugging coffee leads to a cognitive log jam. Shifting into what brain researchers call a “resting state network” can often break through the block.

In fact, staring out the window may even make you smarter. Lehrer writes about a paper by two MIT researchers on links between “resting state activity” (daydreaming) and intelligence. It looks like insight and creativity require communication between relatively distant parts of the brain. And daydreaming seems to improve the mind’s ability to link those regions.

“One of the simplest ways to foster creativity, then, may be to take daydreams more seriously,” writes Lehrer. More from Lehrer on daydreaming.

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Sorry for the late reply, I was writing a book about your #%@&! e-mail

December 17, 2010

A lot of us think managing email is a full-time job. But only John Freeman found the time to write a book about it. Freeman’s The Tyranny of E-Mail is a 250+ page cry for help told through a detailed history of human communication. Freeman takes us through the unsettling acceleration in daily life that came with the introduction of the railroad and the telegraph and concludes that e-mail is stealing years off our lives. Things don’t appear to be slowing down. Had he waited a couple of years to write the book, he could have called it The Tyranny of Texting.

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To: happy@holidays.com

December 16, 2010

We can help you manage your mail better, but we can’t save you from sending ham-handed holiday e-mails. Fortunately, there are those who can. The site Business Email Etiquette (who knew) has a cost-benefit analysis.

And, Judith Martin, a.k.a Miss Manners, has advice about trying to figure out whether or not to make your message faith-specific: “Please do not go around interrogating random people about their religious affiliations and practices.” More (than you probably want to know) from Miss Manners here.

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Grammarians catch up with technology

December 15, 2010

“Email,” “email,” “e-mail,” or “email?” Believe it or not, there’s consensus on this one.

The AP Stylebook, the go-to guide for print journalists, says it’s “e-mail.” The New York Times agrees. (They have their own style book.) Chicago Manual of Style says “e-mail” too. Even Lynne Truss, the grammar curmudgeon who wrote the best-seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, opts for “e-mail” on her blog. Or is it “Blog?”

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Postbox 2010 Holiday Sale!

December 14, 2010

Let it snow!

To celebrate the holidays, we’re having a sale! Save up to 25% on Postbox 2 and Postbox 2 Upgrades!

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Hurry, sale ends December 24th at 7PM EST.

Thanks for all of your support over the past year, and we hope you enjoy using the new Postbox 2.1 release.

- The Postbox Team

Pretty, pretty trees!

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Postbox 2.1 Now Available with New Summarize Mode

December 8, 2010

We’re really excited to announce the immediate availability of Postbox 2.1. This release contains new features, usability enhancements, and bug fixes, but let’s dive right into what’s cool…

New “Summarize Mode” for Message Replies and Forwards

Postbox’s Conversation View simplifies message viewing, and now, “Summarize Mode” extends these benefits to message Replies and Forwards. Summarize provides a clean and beautifully formatted who-said-what-when email that lets message recipients jump into discussions with more clarity, context and insight.

When you Reply or Forward a message, you’ll be presented with a toolbar button that toggles between two states: Quote and Summarize. Clicking on Quote will format the message with conventional indented quoting. Click on Summarize and Postbox will quote the entire conversation in a simple and easy to read format, as illustrated below:

Postbox Summarize Mode

For more information on Summarize, please see this Knowledge Base Article.

What else is new in Postbox 2.1?

  • Ability to toggle between Reply and Reply All from the compose window via toolbar button
  • Quick Look is now implemented for attachments in the compose window on Mac OS X. Select the attachment(s) and use the space bar to view them
  • Support for “Mail As PDF” on Mac OS X within the Mac print dialog
  • Added a keyboard shortcut for Paste Without Formatting to the compose window: cmd-shift-v (Mac) and ctrl-shift-v (Windows)
  • Ability to configure Quick Reply to always default to Reply All via Preferences | Compose | Advanced

For the full list of changes, please see the Postbox 2.1 Release Notes.

How to Download

Visit the Postbox website to download Postbox 2.1.  Or, you can use these direct links:

Mac OS X

If you’re already a Postbox user, simply install Postbox 2.1 and your current settings will be used, there’s nothing more to setup!

Get a Deal

Postbox 2.1 is a free update for all Postbox 2 users. If you’re using Postbox 1.x and would like be informed of special deals, see our “Deals Tab” on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or subscribe to our Newsletter.


Thanks to everyone who helped us with testing and feedback during the Postbox 2.1 BETA, we couldn’t do it without you!

- The Postbox Team


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Designing the Postbox Accounts and Folders Pane

December 2, 2010

One of the most innovative features in Postbox is its Accounts and Folders pane, the UI element that drives your message view. It’s completely unique, and this post will dig into how and why it’s designed differently than other offerings.


When we founded Postbox, we wanted to create a product that simplified the email experience while providing more power and control. We looked at existing folder pane implementations and found two basic approaches:

Thunderbird’s and Microsoft’s Hierarchical Approach

A simple tree hierarchy of accounts and their subfolders.


  • conceptually the easiest to understand, similar to file systems
  • all account data is grouped together
  • ability to keep all folders open and accessible


  • no support for unified inboxes or folders
  • difficult to jump from inbox to inbox
  • requires frequent expand/collapse actions for folders and subfolders
  • expanded folders increases the number of drop targets and folder pane scrolling


Apple’s Unified Folder Design

Apple’s design is optimized for viewing email within unified special folders such as the inbox, drafts and sent.


  • unified views for inboxes and special folders
  • ability to select individual accounts when needed
  • easy to jump from inbox to inbox


  • conceptually harder to understand since account data is broken up by special/functional folders
  • unified views include all email accounts, which inappropriately mixes work and personal messages together
  • difficult to navigate from folder to folder when working within a single account

(Note: in Thunderbird 3, Mozilla implemented Apple’s design and made it an optional view.)

A New and Improved Design for Postbox

Postbox Folder Pane

In Postbox, we wanted to give people the best of both worlds, which included unified folders and the ability to keep work and personal messages separate. The design also needed to be quick and easy to setup, organize and maintain. 

To address these challenges, we split Accounts from Folders and positioned them within their own dedicated panes. The Accounts pane is where you set context, for example, by selecting “work” vs. “personal” accounts.

When an account is selected, only the folders that belong to that account will display, and folders from non-selected accounts will be hidden from view. This dramatically simplifies the Folder Pane, minimizes the number of drop targets, reduces folder pane scrolling, and keeps unrelated contexts (e.g., work and personal) from inappropriately mixing.

To support Unified Views, all accounts are initially positioned within an “All Accounts” group. Selecting this group provides a unified view of all messages across all accounts in the selected folder. Additionally, special folders such as the inbox, sent, drafts and trash are also unified.

Most importantly, custom unified views can be created by organizing accounts into Account Groups. For example, you can create groups for your “work” and “personal” accounts, and then unify your message views by those groups.

With the basic design in place, we arrived at two decision points. The first was whether to display sub-folders within special folders, as illustrated below:

Postbox Special Folders

We solicited advice from Postbox users through several rounds of surveys, and from 986 responses, 56% selected the simpler option on the left.

Next, we needed to determine whether storage folders should be located at the root folder level, or positioned within parent folders named after the accounts:

Postbox Storage Folders

In this case, survey data indicated that Postbox users preferred the nested approach.

To wrap up, the design of Postbox’s Accounts and Folders Pane offers these unique benefits and tradeoffs:


  • ability to create groups of unified accounts/folder views to keep work and personal messages separate
  • quick to jump from group to group, account to account, and inbox to inbox
  • ability to keep folders within a group open and accessible
  • unrelated folders are kept out of view, which simplifies folder pane viewing and handling
  • clean, simple, flexible, and powerful


  • small learning curve associated with using two selectors instead of one
  • when a single account is selected, moving messages to another account requires a drag-hover-drop action as opposed to drag-drop

We think it works pretty well, what do you think?

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Why Switch to Postbox 2?

November 17, 2010
Switch to Postbox

We’re frequently asked, “Why switch? What does Postbox offer that others don’t?”

Here’s a handy overview of features you simply cannot find in other offerings such as Apple Mail, Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.

Switch to Postbox to get these awesome features:

Unified Inboxes + Account Groups
Combine messages from multiple inboxes into a single, Unified Inbox. You can even create groups of Unified Inboxes to keep your work and personal messages separate.

File and Image Search
Get instant and direct access to files and images hiding within your email accounts. No more digging through messages to find what you need.

Conversation Views
Postbox Conversation Views are more powerful, actionable, and easy to read. Quickly bring yourself up to speed and jump into discussions with more information, context, and insight.

Powerful Tagging
Postbox has a faster, simpler, and more powerful way to organize your messages by keyword. Choose from your favorites or free-form tag with ease.

Focus Pane
Break your Inbox into smaller, more manageable chunks. Focus your view by your highest priority attributes, Topics, Contacts or dates, without losing track of what’s happening elsewhere.

To-Do Tracking
Postbox provides a simple and lightweight way to use email messages to track To-Dos. Easily tag messages as To-Do, create new To-Dos, and combine them into a dedicated To-Do View.

Find by Contact
Click on any contact to find recent messages, files or images they’ve sent to you — a time saver of epic proportions!

Compact Header Mode
Have a Netbook or small MacBook? Postbox’s Compact Headers make the most of your available screen space.

Quick Reply
Quick Reply to a message without opening a separate compose window. It all happens inline within a message or conversation, so you can get right back to what you were doing.

Quick Move + Quick Folder Switch
File messages without using your mouse using Quick Move. Just type the letter “V”, enter the first few letters from the target folder, and voila! Type “G” to switch to a folder just as quickly.

Message Inspector
Postbox looks for interesting content within each message, then highlights what it finds in the Message Inspector. It’s like a smart discovery engine for email.

Message Annotation
Use the Edit function to change the message subject, edit its content, or annotate messages as easily as using a word processor. No more emailing notes to yourself!

More Keyboard Shortcuts
Navigate to any corner of the app, or initiate most any function, with a simple keystroke. Power users rejoice!

Better Mac Support
Postbox tightly integrates with the Mac, and provides support for Address Book, iCal, iPhoto, Spotlight, Quick Look, and productivity applications such as OmniFocus, Things, and Alfred.

Over the next few posts we’ll explore these features in more detail, and we’ll also shed some light on how and why they were developed.  Stay tuned!


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Win a Free Copy of Alfred!

November 2, 2010

Alfred now works with Postbox 2

Alfred on Mac OS X

Alfred is a new application for Mac OS X that saves you time in searching your local computer and the web.

To celebrate, we’re giving away 5 Alfred licences today!

How to Win:

    1. Follow @alfredapp on Twitter and RT the following:

    Postbox is giving away 5 copies of Alfred today, follow @alfredapp and RT to win! http://bit.ly/win_alfred

    2. Follow @Postbox on Twitter so we can send a direct message to the winners.

    Hurry, you have until Thursday at 5PM PST to enter!  Winners will be announced, on Friday November 5th on Twitter.

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The People Who Make Postbox 2 Rock

October 4, 2010

Postbox is built by a group of talented designers and developers from around the Web. A hearty note of “Thanks!” to following individuals for their contributions to Postbox 2!

Bryan Bell, Graphic Design
Bryan Bell helped develop the look and feel of the Postbox user interface, including in-product icons and graphics. Bryan has been an Internet-oriented designer for the past 10 years, and designs simple, crisp, and attractive websites, icons, and user-interfaces for several other products and clients.

Mike Rohde, Icon Design
Mike Rohde designed the original Postbox application icon, and for Postbox 2, updated the icon with a brighter, more modern look.  Mike’s focus is on logo & identity design, application icon design and sketchnote illustrations, working with clients around the world. Mike illustrated the 37signals book REWORK, and was official sketchnoter at SXSW Interactive, SEED 3 and An Event Apart.

Kenichi Yoshida, Icon Design
Kenichi Yoshida is a digital artist and designer that specializes in user interface icons, and Kenichi designed the icons for the Windows version of Postbox 2. Kenichi has been creating icons for Mac + Windows developers since 2005, and is always looking for interesting and unique projects.

Luke Dorny, Web Design
Luke was the ringmaster behind the Postbox 2 website redesign, and is one of the principles at Butter Label, a Pixels, Packaging, and Print design firm. They’re not on a mission, but rather, contractable and all wrapped up in design.

Tim Van Damme, Web Design
Tim Van Damme is a 24-year old interface designer, based and raised in Belgium, who helped give the Postbox 2 website it’s distinctive look and feel. He designs interfaces as a freelancer at Made by Elephant, and loves everything involving on- and offline design.  He’s also a wanna-be writer at Maxvoltar.

Noah Stokes, Web Developer
Noah Stokes is one heck of a Web Developer that transformed the Postbox 2 web design into working reality. He has one of the most unique resumes in the business, and in a nutshell, he can and will do anything if you pay more than In-N-Out.

Brian Artka, Web Developer
Brian’s specialty, and passion, is the front-end development of the Web. Armed with a great sense of design and a precise attention to details, Brian can turn almost any design mock-up into a full fledged website. Brian provides these services as Founder and CEO of size43 LLC, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Thanks again for rocking Postbox 2!

- The Postbox Team


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Announcing Postbox 2

September 29, 2010

Today, we’re excited to announce our newest release, Postbox 2.  We built Postbox to make you better at what you do, by providing for the various ways you use email, and making those behaviors work really well.

Postbox 2 will help you get more done, more quickly, with less effort. With faster performance, a streamlined interface, and a bevy of productivity-boosting features, Postbox 2 will make life a little easier!

Unify your Inboxes using Account Groups

picPostbox now supports Unified Inboxes, which lets you combine messages from multiple accounts into one Inbox. Accounts can also be organized into Account Groups, so you can keep your work and personal messages separate, but unify the views within each group.

Improve your Concentration with the Focus Pane

picPostbox 2 introduces the Focus Pane, a new feature that lets you break your Inbox (and workload) into smaller, more manageable chunks. Focus your view by your highest priority attributes, Topics, Contacts or dates, without losing track of what’s happening elsewhere.

Make sense of long email threads with Conversation Views

picPostbox Conversation Views are now even more powerful, actionable, and easy to read. Postbox gathers conversation fragments from multiple folders and presents them within a unified view. Quickly bring yourself up to speed and jump into discussions with more information, context, and insight.

Get Stuff Done using the new To-Do View

picA new To-Do View lets you work on important tasks without distraction.

Combine the To-Do View with Unified Inboxes/Folders and the Focus Pane to crunch through To-Dos in record time.

Quick Reply

picQuick Reply lets you reply to a message without the need to open a separate compose window, which is perfect for short, snappy responses such as “I’ll see you at eight,” or simply “thanks!” And it all happens inline within a message or conversation, so that you can get right back to what you were doing.

Quick Move

picWith Quick Move, you can file messages without using your mouse. Just type the letter “v”, enter the first few letters from the target folder, and the message will file to your auto-completed selection. The Quick Move panel defaults to the last used folder for even faster filing.

Learn more about what’s new in Postbox 2

How to Download

Simply visit the Postbox website to download Postbox 2.  Or, you can use these direct links:

Mac OS X

If you’re already a Postbox user, simply install Postbox 2 and your current settings will be used, there’s nothing more to setup! 

How to Purchase

If you purchased the Lifetime Upgrades option, or if you purchased Postbox 1.x after August 28th, your existing license key will work in Postbox 2. You’re good to go.

New users can purchase online, and existing customers can upgrade at a 50% discount!

Go to the Postbox Store


Thanks to everyone who helped out during the beta period, we couldn’t have done it without you! And be sure to let your family, friends and co-workers know about Postbox!

- The Postbox Team

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Deconstructing Email Overload - Part 2

September 23, 2010

As mentioned in our last post, we believe there are a number of factors that cause people to feel overloaded by email. Here’s a breakdown of the major ones we’ve identified, and how we’re addressing these challenges in the upcoming Postbox 2 release.

Excessive Multi-tasking

Our inboxes mirror the many projects, events, and clients we juggle each day: “SXSW Conference,” “website redesign,” or “payroll.” As we step through our inboxes, we evaluate messages relative to these larger contexts. A mixed inbox forces us to reconstruct these contexts more often than necessary, which consumes time and energy.

Postbox Account GroupsIf work productivity is the goal, our first step is to remove personal messages from view. While most Unified Inbox implementations combine messages from every account, Postbox 2 will let you organize work accounts into a single unified view, while keeping personal accounts separate.

Now that we’ve isolated work emails, the new Focus Pane will enable you to group and view emails by Topic, such as “website redesign.” This lets you focus on one priority at a time, and to complete all that’s needed within that priority, before moving on to the next one. And since work priorities are dynamic, you will be able to easily add, remove, or reorder your Topics as needed.

Missing Context

Messages can be scattered across the inbox, sent folder, and storage folders, making it difficult to come up to speed on long email threads. So people often leave messages within the inbox, in addition to :cc’ing themselves, to keep relevant information accessible. This adds clutter to the inbox and contributes to overload.

Postbox Conversation ViewPostbox gathers conversation fragments from multiple folders and combines them into a chronological, unified view. Only one message is needed to reconstruct an entire conversation. These views will enable you jump into the discussion with more information, context and insight while keeping your inbox tidy.

Frequent Interruptions/Distractions

Another productivity killer comes from interruptions from new messages, instant messages, text messages, tweets, etc. Some designers believe that a Universal Inbox which combines all of these communication channels will enhance productivity. We couldn’t disagree more, because with this approach you’re simply increasing the surface area for distraction.

Postbox Focus PaneThe Postbox 2 Focus Pane ensures you will only see new messages that relate to the priority you’re currently working on. All other new messages reside elsewhere in the Inbox. A new message counter displays next to your Favorite Topics, so that you can be aware of incoming mail but not distracted by it.

We’ve even implemented a way post to Facebook and Twitter directly from within the Postbox interface, so you can update your status without getting distracted by the content on those websites.

Inbox as Universal Dumping Ground

Let’s face it, filing messages is painful and tedious, and folder hierarchies take a lot of time and effort to maintain. That’s why many people leave everything in the inbox, which further clutters up their view. Postbox 2 will help to clear out your inbox in several ways.

Postbox Search EngineFirst is a fast and powerful search engine. If you know that you can find something easily, you’re more likely to move it out of the inbox.

Second is a one-click Archive function, similar to Gmail’s archive feature. This helps move inactive messages from the inbox, without the decision making hassle of choosing a specific folder. Combine the use of Archive with Postbox search and you have a winning combination - easy to file, easy to find.

Postbox Quick MoveFor those who have invested heavily in their folder hierarchies, Postbox 2 introduces Quick Move, which lets you move messages by simply typing the name of the target folder. You can then use the new Quick Switch feature to jump immediately to that location.

Mixed Use Cases

The inbox is where we communicate, but it is also where we store files and information, keep track of things to do, and everything in-between. So we built Postbox to provide for the different ways you use email, and making those behaviors work really, really well.

Postbox To-Do ViewIf a message is kept within the inbox because it represents something you need to do, then you can tag it as a To-Do. This changes its background color in the list view to make it easier to find. You can also pin your To-Dos to the top of the message list, so important emails do not get pushed out of sight (and out of mind) by new messages. Finally, you can use the new To-Do View to only focus on those messages that require action.

We also keep messages around to act as reminders, usually when you’re waiting on a response from someone else. When you mark a message as pending, the message row will turn light gray to indicate that no further action is required, which helps you more efficiently scan your inbox and ignore items that do not require immediate attention. When a new reply arrives, the Pending flag is automatically removed and the message status is switched to “Unread.”

High Message Volumes

Too often we equate overload with volume. But our take is that volume simply amplifies the issues outlined above. By addressing many of the other root causes of overload, volume begins to become less of an issue.


Of course there’s much more to this subject than can be covered in one post, but we hope this provides a little more insight into how we view the problem, in addition to what’s new and cool about the upcoming Postbox 2 release. 

If you would like to try the Postbox 2 BETA, please see our Beta 2 Announcement post.


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Deconstructing Email Overload - Part 1

September 22, 2010

There’s lots of talk about email overload these days. The release of Gmail’s Priority Inbox has brought new attention to the issue, but people have been discussing the problem for years in academia, press, blogs, etc.

Plenty of vendors are creating solutions to address email overload. Gmail organizes your high priority email. OtherInbox organizes your low priority email. Boxbe tries to do a little of both. Xobni’s solution starts with your contacts, and Kwaga’s through automated tagging… the list goes on and on.

Additionally, there are behavioral approaches advocated by bloggers and productivity gurus alike. We can declare email bankruptcy and just start over, which would probably cause 98% of us to lose our jobs. We can try to get to Inbox Zero, but like Tetris, the emails just keep coming. Some advise turning email off completely, while others advocate messages with only three.sentenc.es... again, the list goes on.

So with all of this attention on email overload, why do we still feel overloaded?

Our take is that there is no single cause to email overload, and thus, no silver bullet to be found. We believe that email overload, or more accurately, the “feelings of being overloaded,” are due to many different factors stacked one upon another.

There’s another side to this story that we believe gets overlooked: productivity. Since the inbox is the nexus of work activity, a common pitfall is to equate inbox productivity with work productivity. Emptying your inbox may feel satisfying, but at the end of the day, did it move the needle at work? To properly address overload we must also enhance productivity, in the same way we would combine losing weight with better nutrition, sleep and exercise.

In the upcoming Postbox 2 release, we’re systematically addressing some of the key contributors to overload, while helping people become more efficient and productive. We’ll discuss the details in the next post.

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Postbox 2 BETA Now Available

September 14, 2010

Postbox 2 Beta

We’re excited to announce the latest BETA release of Postbox 2!

This beta brings a ton of new features and improvements that will help you get more done, more quickly, with a lot less effort.

Get Organized the Easy Way

Postbox 2 gives you the tools you need to organize your Inbox (and workload) into smaller, more manageable chunks. We don’t pay lip service to inbox overload, we crush it!

  • Postbox 2 supports Unified Inboxes/Folders - our most requested feature. But we didn’t stop there, because you can also organize your accounts into Groups. This feature allows you to keep “work” and “personal” accounts separate, with unified views for each group.
  • Postbox 2 introduces the Focus Pane, a new column view that lets you work with messages by attribute, topics, contacts or dates. Use the Focus Pane to increase your concentration and productivity within areas high on your priority list.
  • A new To-Do View lets you work on important tasks without distraction. Combine the To-Do View with Unified Inboxes/Folders and the Focus Pane to crunch through To-Dos in record time.
  • Postbox Conversation Views are now even more powerful, actionable, and easy to read. Quickly bring yourself up to speed and jump into discussions with more information, context, and insight.

Work Faster

Rip through large message loads at blazing speeds with a slew of new features that will make your inbox cry “uncle!”

  • Quick Reply lets you reply to a message without the need to open a separate compose window, which is perfect for short, snappy responses such as “I’ll see you at eight,” or “buy low, sell high.” And it all happens inline within a message or conversation.
  • File messages without using your mouse using Quick Move. Just type the letter “V”, enter the first few letters from the target folder, and voila!
  • Now you can switch to a different folder using only your keyboard. Type “G” and the Quick Switch panel will enable you to jump to any folder in a flash.
  • You asked for more Keyboard Shortcuts, we’ve got ‘em in Postbox 2. Navigate to any corner of the app, or initiate most any function with a simple keystroke. Power users rejoice!

Much More…

We’ve made improvements within almost every corner of Postbox, including better performance, better support for Signatures, a new streamlined interface, and a bevy of new features that will make you ultra-productive. Much more than an email client, Postbox 2 helps you tackle your most demanding workloads!

Getting Started

To install Postbox 2, please use one of the following download links:

Then, simply install Postbox 2. If you’re currently using Postbox 1.1.x, your configuration files will be imported automatically, however, some of the performance improvements in Postbox 2 will require that you re-index your messages. For more details, please see the Postbox 2 Release Notes.


We would very much appreciate your thoughts on this release, and have set up a special Postbox 2 Beta Forum on our support site to gather feedback. If you have ideas that you would like to see incorporated into Postbox, please visit our Ideas and Feature Requests Forum and be sure to vote on or recommend features that you’re interested in.

Thanks again for your continued interest in Postbox, and please be sure to tell your co-workers, friends and family about Postbox 2.

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Postbox Express 1.0.1 - Now with Add-Ons, Language Packs, Localized Dictionaries, and Lightning

July 6, 2010

Thanks to everyone for making the Postbox Express launch a huge success! Postbox Express is a powerful new alternative to Thunderbird and other desktop email clients that’s simple, easy to use, and completely free. And today, we’re pleased to announce that Postbox Express 1.0.1 now supports Add-Ons! Here’s what’s new:

  • Add-Ons - Postbox Express 1.0.1 now works with Add-Ons, including the popular Lightning Calendaring Add-On. Visit our Add-Ons page to try some of the Add-Ons available for Postbox and Postbox Express.
  • Language Packs - You can now install community-translated Language Packs into Postbox Express, including German, French, Spanish (Spain), English (British), Italian, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, and Swedish, with more on the way! Help us localize Postbox Express by visiting our Translations page.
  • Localized Dictionaries - For our international users, Postbox Express now also supports localized dictionaries.

Switch to the more intuitive email experience of Postbox Express, and enjoy the benefits of a continuously developed, first class email client that you can now customize any way you like!

- The Postbox Team

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