New Chat-Like OS X Email App 'Unibox' Enters Public Beta

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Unibox, a new Messages-style email client that was first announced in August of 2012, is now available for download as part of a public beta test.

    The app is designed to make email more "personal" by organizing emails into a contact-centric view. Unibox's interface is divided into two main panes, with the left side displaying contacts and the right side displaying all messages that have been received/exchanged with a particular person or website.

    According to Unibox, this chat-like design significantly reduces email clutter by grouping incoming messages from contacts into a single list.

    Composing emails with the app is done in a single window, which eliminates separate compose windows utilized by existing apps like Mail. All attachments sent to and received from contacts are readily available, and attached media is presented in a grid view.

    Unibox supports all IMAP accounts and works with both Mountain Lion and Mavericks. The full Mac app is expected to be released at the end of September, and ahead of release, users can sign up for the beta on the company's website. Beta will last until the Mac app debuts.

    Article Link: New Chat-Like OS X Email App 'Unibox' Enters Public Beta
  2. macrumors regular


    Apr 1, 2013
  3. macrumors newbie


    Nov 17, 2009
  4. macrumors 68020

    Feb 10, 2008
    Looks great for those with at most ~10-20 contacts.
  5. macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2009
    It doesn't support Exchange
    Google's IMAP is detected properly

    I have two accounts configured in mine, and there's no way to quickly see which mailbox I'm looking at. There's a lack of folders... And I can't drag mail from one box to another
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2008
    Sheffield, UK
    I've played around with it for a few weeks, but I just don't feel that it really solves any problems surrounding email.
  7. macrumors regular

    Aug 21, 2005
    installed and used it for 1 minute. uninstalled and got back to airmail. email shouldn't be listed by contact, but by subject. sparrow died so airmail is the new king.
  8. macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2003
    Cute idea... as an option. I hope they have no plans to make money on this, because they're not going to sell enough to make it worth their while to continue with.

    There's a lot wrong with email. Having the subject line as a means of display and sorting isn't one of them.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Oct 15, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    doesn't support secure encrypted email so useless for me........
  10. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Seems like a weird timing considering personnal email addresses are getting less and less used for human-to-human communication, and more and more for advertising or various automatic notifications from websites.

    Of course I can't speak for everyone but it seems to me that social networks and text messages are where most human-to-human communication is done nowadays. This could have been a good concept 10 years ago.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2010
  12. macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    I have been testing Unibox for 1 week and found it very weak compared to Airmail and Apple

    I may testing more but Airmail is way much better for Email.
  13. macrumors 601

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Or who only have one "conversation" per contact going.

    At work, I often have 5-10 email conversations going between the same person or group of people.

    "Sort by thread" is great for this. "Sort by user" would be horrendous.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 10, 2011
    Is there any decent alternatives to the deceased Sparrow yet? I went back to Apple Mail when I installed ML but man I miss Sparrow.
  15. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Wow - I was working on the exact same concept. I'm surprised at how many people are dissing this. I'll have to try their version and see how it compares to mine... Maybe they're missing some parts I'm not?
  16. macrumors 68030

    Mar 30, 2004
    I've tried several IMAP accounts, Gmail, Outlook, and my personal hosted service. And all of them failed to add while the app attempted to verify SMTP connection (with "Connection timed out" error message).
  17. macrumors regular


    Nov 15, 2007
    Airmail is a pretty decent replacement. It's built on the Sparrow backend. The only issue I have with it is that it is slow to show messages initially. The UI could use some polish too. Other than that it is a pretty solid replacement for Sparrow. Gosh, how I wish Sparrow was still being developed!!
  18. macrumors member

    May 24, 2006
    It groups things by day first, then by contact. So you'll see all the emails that you received from John The Boss today, then the ones you received from him yesterday, etc. I suppose if you receive 500 emails from 200 different people each day, then this isn't the organizational system for you. But for those who work on small teams, I can definitely see the upside.

    When I'm working on a project, I find I'm paying closest attention to the people directly involved, while others remain in the periphery. So I enjoy knowing right off the bat that I've received 5 emails from my boss and 3 emails from the Assistant Director. It's a lot easier than trying to read back over endless threads of text.

    But I also need to file emails accordingly, beyond just the sender. Like if something is a receipt, it needs to go under purchasing, regardless of the sender. After using the program this morning, I didn't see an obvious way to do that. I also found I have to right click each time I want to delete a message (pressing the Delete key won't do it.) And if it's one thing busy office workers hate, it's extra clicks.

    Overall, the idea has significant upside, but the execution isn't 100% there yet.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2007
  20. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Am I the only one who just uses the

    What makes airmail so much better?
  21. macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    My work depends on email and we have a good spam filter, so this looks pretty cool. I liked Google Waves concept too, but it fizzled.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2009
    Yeah, I recently switched to Airmail and it's not bad. The good thing is that it is getting updated often.

    For those that want to test it you can download the beta version of Airmail
  23. macrumors 68000


    Mar 15, 2008
    I'm going to give Airmail a shot. But I miss Sparrow too. I was one of the early supporters and paid for the app hoping it would help the company to continue working. Then Google just killed it. At least Airmail is only 1.99! lol
  24. macrumors regular


    May 18, 2011
  25. RMo
    macrumors 65816

    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    And you use...?

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