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New Postbox Release, and What’s Next

October 5, 2009

Postbox 1.0.1 Now Available

A new version of Postbox is now available!  This release contains a number of features and improvements requested by Postbox users, and represents the first of many rapid releases to come.

Here’s what’s new and improved in 1.0.1:

  • You can now Archive to any folder within any account - even across accounts and to local folders too!  This makes it possible to do things like archive mail from your Yahoo! account to a folder on Gmail.
  • Conversation views can now be customized to display in chronological or reverse chronological order.
  • Message headers within conversation views will now display contact photos, making it easier to scan for and identify participants in a conversation.
  • Favorite topics can now be assigned to the selected message using 1-9 on your keyboard.
  • The color of a topic can now be applied to the entire row in the message list.
  • A larger font size can now be used within the message list (Mac only).
  • Quick Look is now supported on Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6).
  • For power users, Postbox can be configured to no longer insert the “- -” before signatures (see the release notes for details)
  • Support for the popular Enigmail add-on, which will allow you to sign and encrypt messages using PGP.
  • Fixed a problem some users have been having with having to re-enter their License code for Postbox after an update or restarting.
  • Several reliability fixes and security updates from the latest Mozilla Firefox 3.0.14 release.

For the full list of changes, please see the release notes.

What’s Next?

Lot’s of exciting things will be happening over the next few months.  We’re now gearing up our localization efforts for Postbox starting with the most highly requested languages. Current Postbox users will be able to switch to localized versions as they become available.  If you would like to participate in our localization efforts or be informed of developments as they arise, please sign-up for our localization newsletter.

We’re also evaluating all the terrific feedback we’ve received over the beta period and since we shipped 1.0, and are currently prioritizing these features and scheduling them into our release roadmap.  Some features will be familiar to our Get Satisfaction community, but we will also have some surprises in store as well.

And staying true to our rapid release model (we had 16 betas!), the next version of Postbox is just around the corner, so stay tuned to see what comes next.

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Postbox 1.0 Now Available!

September 9, 2009
Postbox 1.0

We started Postbox with a simple goal: to help people be more successful and productive, so they can spend less time managing email and more time doing things they enjoy.

Today, we’re proud to announce the availability of Postbox 1.0, a new desktop email application that offers powerful new ways to find, use, and view email messages and content, organize work life, and simply get things done.

To learn more about what makes Postbox great, please visit our features page.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback and support during the beta period, we couldn’t have done it without you!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 16 Now Available

September 3, 2009

Less than three weeks after our last release, we’re pleased to announce the availability of Beta 16.  Thanks to all our users who have been privately and securely submitting crash reports.  With your help, Beta 16 is the most stable version yet!  We’ve also made sure that Beta 16 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).  Please refer to our release notes for the full set of changes.

Many Postbox users also use Gmail in their browser and might have experienced the unfortunate Gmail outage this week.  Fortunately, IMAP and POP access were unaffected, so Postbox Gmail users were able to access their mail.  With Postbox, even when you can’t access the internet or your mail server is unreachable, you can still be productive.

Our pre-release sale is over, thanks to everyone who purchased a license! If you missed the sale you can still take advantage of our Save A Friend $10 Program or our Student Discount Program.

- The Postbox Team

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Save a Friend $10!

August 31, 2009

Starting today, when you purchase Postbox you’ll receive a $10 discount code that you can share with up to ten friends, co-workers, or anyone who would love using Postbox. 

To get things rolling, the first 100 people that use this discount code will receive an immediate $10 off their Postbox purchase:


UPDATE: This kickoff code has already been used 100 times.  Please search Twitter for a code that has been shared by other Postbox users!

Hurry, this code will go fast!  Once you receive your own discount code, be sure to share it with friends so they can save $10, too!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 15 Now Available

August 18, 2009

Here’s what’s new for this release:

  • Improved Calendar - An updated version of Lightning for Postbox is now available for an integrated calendaring experience.
  • Better Contact Search - Now it’s even easier to find anyone you’ve ever emailed, or who has ever emailed you via the Contacts tab.
  • Easier to Use - Including cross account drag and drop of messages.
  • Faster - Improved search performance and immediate indexing of sent messages.
  • Rock Solid - BETA 15 includes a Crash Reporter, which allows our users to submit a report if they crash. (Of course, our goal is to make it such that you will never have to use this feature.)
  • More Add-ons - Thank you add-on developers! With every release, more add-ons become available for Postbox.

Please refer to our release notes for the full set of changes.

Also, a special thank you to our users (all over the world) who purchased a license! Please remember that our sale with special pricing for Beta users ends soon (August 31st), so don’t miss out - visit the Postbox Store.

Every release we focus on stability, performance, bugs and refining our features based on what we hear from our users.  Keep the feedback coming!

- The Postbox Team

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International Support for Postbox

July 31, 2009

Wow, the first three days of the Postbox Sale were spectacular!  Even though Postbox is currently only available in English, orders are coming in from all over the globe:


We’re proud (and humbled) that so many people have chosen Postbox, many purchasing the lifetime option.  We’re excited about the prospect of Postbox being used by more people, in more countries, in the years to come.

A heartfelt “thank you” to all of our international (and domestic) customers for their support!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox Beta 14, Product Options, and Pricing

July 28, 2009

Beta 14 Now Available

We’re pleased to announce the immediate availability of Postbox BETA 14!  Here’s what’s new and exciting about this release:

  • The popular Lightning Add-on can now be used within Postbox for an integrated calendaring experience.  So you can now download, sync, and view events from your calendar in a new Postbox tab.  Nice!

  • In other add-on news, Zindus has recently released an add-on for Postbox that supports Google and Zimbra contact sync. See our Extensions page for more information about this and other add-ons for Postbox.
  • Windows Vista and Windows 7 users now have a crisp and clean new theme to work with.  In addition to an updated color scheme, we’ve resized, moved, aligned, and pixel pushed this theme to its highest level of polish yet.
  • Conversation Updates - when a new message arrives within a conversation you’re currently reading, Postbox notifies you and allows you to update the conversation.
  • Direct message notifications from Twitter will now show the sender’s Twitter profile picture (if you are signed into Twitter from within Postbox).
  • Easier web service management - Selecting Tools / Web Services… will now let you manage which web services (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) you are logged into from Postbox.
  • Address book contacts have now been incorporated into a newly-styled Contacts Compose Sidebar. Simply click on the contact icon in the sidebar to search through your contacts and mailing lists.
  • We’ve made several performance improvements to message/conversation display, which makes the interface more responsive and snappy.
  • BETA 14 contains a number of reliability fixes, and also includes security updates from the latest Mozilla platform release.

For a full list of changes, please refer to the BETA 14 Release Notes.

Product Options and Pricing

We’re also announcing product options and pricing for Postbox.  Our first product, Postbox 1.0, will be a fully-featured, advertisement-free, premium version of Postbox that will be made available for sale from our online store.  You can also customize your Postbox purchase with Family Pack and Lifetime Upgrade options.

To express our gratitude to the tens of thousands of people who have helped make Postbox great, we’re holding a Beta Sale with special pricing good until August 31st:

$39.95$29.95Postbox 1.0
A single-user license for Postbox 1.0 that you can install on any computer you personally use (e.g. work computer, laptop, home computer, or all three!).
$19.95$9.95+ Family Pack Option
Allow up to five family members living in the same household to use your Postbox license on their computers.
$24.95$19.95+ Lifetime Upgrade Option
With this one-time purchase option you will automatically get all future versions of Postbox, e.g. 2.0, 3.0, etc. (available for a limited time only).

To learn more about product and pricing options, please see our licensing FAQ.

The Postbox Store is now open, and to spread the good karma, we’re opening the Beta Sale to all Postbox beta users, your friends, family, and co-workers – so please feel free to share the news!

Again, thank you very much for your continued support, and we hope you enjoy using the Postbox BETA 14 release.

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 13 Now Available

June 29, 2009

Postbox BETA 13 is now available for download!  This release contains lots of great stuff that we hope you enjoy, including:

  • Support for Add-ons! - You asked for it, you got it: Postbox now supports add-ons!  We’ve been working with several third-party developers to port some of the most popular add-ons to Postbox.  See the list of add-ons that are currently compatible with Postbox, and expect even more in the future.
  • Localized Dictionaries - For our international users, Postbox now supports localized dictionaries.
  • Inspector Pane Improvements - The newly styled message Inspector Pane can now be quickly opened and closed.  Additionally, profile pictures can now be fetched from your Postbox address book, Mac OS X address book, Facebook, and the people you follow on Twitter.
  • Postbox Search
  • Better Usability - Postbox now supports account reordering in the folder pane, the saving of multiple attachments and images at once, drag & drop of multiple attachments and images, and better search bar auto-complete.
  • Misc. - Lots of performance, reliability, and other improvements under the hood.

Please refer to our release notes to read up on the full set of changes.  Thanks to everyone for their continued support and for spreading the word on Postbox!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox a 2009 Webware 100 Winner

May 19, 2009

We’re thrilled to have been selected a 2009 Webware 100 company by the readers of CNET!  Over 6,000 nominations were received, and Postbox was 1 of 10 winners in the Communications category.

A sincere “thank you” to the good people at CNET and Webware, and a special thank you to Postbox users everywhere who are helping us build a terrific product—we couldn’t do it without you!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 12 Now Available

May 11, 2009

We are pleased to announce the availability of Postbox BETA 12.  In addition to performance and stability enhancements, this release introduces several new features that make searching even easier:

  • Search by Location - You can now set your search location within the pop-down menu that appears when you enter a search term. You can choose to search within your current folder, or search everywhere across all accounts.
  • Search History - Suggestions from your search history appear as you type, similar to the web history that displays in your browser’s URL bar.
  • Postbox Search
  • Search by Sender - Information about the sender of a message is now summarized in the Inspector Pane, along with convenient ways to search for messages, attachments, images and links from each sender.

Please see our release notes to learn more about the other changes we made in this release, and please keep telling your friends, family and co-workers about Postbox!

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 11 Now Available

April 17, 2009

The Postbox BETA 11 release contains a number of performance and memory utilization improvements for the Postbox indexer. The indexer looks within email messages for interesting content, and then adds everything it finds to a searchable database. Around the office, we affectionately call our indexer “The Hammer”, because it powers many of the new features in Postbox.

For long indexing operations on Windows Vista, initial tests indicate that the BETA 11 indexer uses about 75%-85% less memory, and indexes about 3 times faster than BETA 10.*

We’re excited by this first round of optimizations to “The Hammer”, and we look forward to continued improvements in future updates.

- The Postbox Team

* As with any performance or memory test, your mileage will vary depending on hardware, memory, message sizes, operating system, etc.  Our test scenario measured the difference between BETA 10 and 11, and was run using the following:

  • MacBook Pro with 4 GB of RAM running Windows Vista
  • Sample data set of 36,000 messages previously downloaded and stored locally
  • Indexing performed while Postbox was in offline mode
  • Memory measured using the Windows Vista resource monitor tool


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Vote for Postbox in the 2009 Webware 100

April 1, 2009

Postbox has been nominated for the 2009 Webware 100. Cast your vote for Postbox in the Communications category, and help spread the word by posting a Twitter tweet or two.

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 10 Now Available

March 26, 2009

The Postbox BETA 10 release primarily focuses on improvements suggested by our beta testers, including a highly requested feature - custom signature support. 

Here’s how it works:

  • Signatures are located in the Compose Sidebar on the right-hand side of a new message window.
  • Click the Add Signature button at the bottom of the Compose Sidebar to create a new signature.  Add or drop in any content, including images. Your new signature is now ready to use. Create as many signatures as you like.
  • To insert the signature into your message just double-click it. Double-click another signature to replace your current one.
  • To set up a default signature for an account, go to Tools menu and selecting Account Settings

Please see our release notes to see the other changes we made in this release, and be sure to keep submitting your ideas and thoughtful feedback.  We read each and every suggestion.

- The Postbox Team

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Postbox 1.0 Beta 9 Now Available

March 10, 2009

Postbox is committed to keeping our users as secure as possible.  We’ve incorporated the latest Mozilla security update and quickly released a new version of Postbox.

We also took this opportunity to fix a few issues that were reported by our users.  See our release notes for a list of changes.

We hope you continue to use and recommend Postbox, and we’ll continue to keep you safe and secure.

- The Postbox Team

Posted by Seth Spitzer

Postbox 1.0 Beta 8 Now Available

March 4, 2009

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback on our first public beta three weeks ago. Your ideas and submissions have really helped to guide the direction of Postbox 1.0b8, which is now available for download.

Here’s what’s new in this release:

  • Improved Conversation View - Postbox will now automatically gather messages from other folders when viewing messages by conversation. (You can also set a preference to only display messages within the current folder, see: Preferences | Display tab.)  To see an expanded view of all messages within a conversation, click the “Show All” button.
  • Quick Look - For Mac 10.5 users, you can now preview attachments and photos using Apple’s Quick Look technology. Select an attachment or photo and press the spacebar to Quick Look, or press the Quick Look button in the Action Bar.
  • Flickr Integration - You can now use the Compose Sidebar to search for and share links to photos from your Flickr account.
  • Hotmail Support - Hotmail POP account setup is now supported within the new account wizard.
  • Other Mac Improvements - More information in Growl alerts, improved notification for unread messages in the Dock, and keyboard shortcut hints in application menus.
  • Performance and Reliability Improvements - See our release notes to review the most recent changes.

Please continue to submit your ideas and thoughtful feedback, as we’re already setting our sights on the next release. And be sure to tell your friends, family, and co-workers about Postbox!

- The Postbox Team

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