Please recommend a light-weight GUI email client

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  1. bollweevil macrumors 6502

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    I mostly use Gmail via the web. I occasionally use Thunderbird when I need certain capabilities, or when I want to access my other accounts/addresses. However, Thunderbird takes a while to start up and hogs resources.

    Please recommend a very light-weight client that will start up fast and use minimal resources. I will be using it to access my non-Gmail alternate account/address.

    Thanks.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mail.app I use it for all my Gmail accounts and it works great.
     
  3. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    By "Mail.app" do you mean "Apple Mail"? I dislike Apple Mail on principle because:

    1. Apple Mail used to implement "format=flowed" incorrectly, thus ensuring that long hyperlinks got broken, and messages looked wrong. This problem may still persist, I don't know.

    2. My friend's name has an ó in it. Apple Mail used to put the ó in the "From:" header, but then it suddenly stopped when she upgraded, and I spent like 2 hours trying to make it work again, to no avail.

    3. It is non-customizable, it makes all these decisions and then you are forced to live with them.

    Should I get over my objections and look into it again? I will also look at Sparrow.

    Any more suggestions? What are "all the kids" using these days?
     
  4. Zortrium macrumors 6502

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    Everyone I know (myself included) uses Mail.app.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes.
    Since it's included with Mac OS X, it won't cost you anything to check it out. I haven't had any of the issues you described. It works flawlessly for me.
     
  6. Kenndac macrumors 6502

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    Depending on your needs...

    Notify is incredibly lightweight.

    Postbox isn't, but is great for multiple accounts.

    Sparrow looks excellent, but it Gmail only for now. As soon as it supports IMAP, I'll be trying it out.

    I've falled out with Mail.app. It's incredibly fragile for me for some reason - it keeps swallowing outgoing email!
     
  7. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm, I am beginning to think that Thunderbird may truly be the way to go. None of these alternatives is sufficient. The only problem with Thunderbird is how resource-intensive it is.

    I am still looking for simple, well-built email clients.
     
  8. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You are asking for things that are mutually exclusive.
     
  9. bollweevil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't see what you mean. I am asking for the following:

    1. IMAP email client.
    2. Light weight.
    3. Not Apple Mail.

    I don't see which of these criteria are mutually exclusive.
     
  10. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    Go with Postbox Express it's free and is lightweight. It's built off of Thunderbird.
     
  11. aussie_geek macrumors 65816

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    Just downloaded sparrow for my gmail - excellent app!!
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Pine.
     
  13. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You want a small reliable customizable email client. Well, small and customizable just don't go together. Quite a few people have already told you that your best bet is Mail. It is a small, light, and reliable IMAP email client. You claim to want "certain capabilities" without ever saying what those "certain capabilities" are. I'd bet dollars to donuts that Mail has those "certain capabilities. However, you reject it out of hand. You made a bad decision--whether from lack of knowledge or personal pique. However, you may change your mind at any time.
     
  14. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Apple Mail I think has the most simple GUI. Anything else is bloated with 'pro' tools.
     
  15. kioshi macrumors member

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    Postbox is well built, not resource intensive even though it's based on thunderbird. Try the free version, you might wanna buy it. It's my default mail client.

    EDIT: You might wanna try Gyazmail - http://gyazsquare.com/gyazmail/
     
  16. datmr, Mar 14, 2011
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    The cloud ... i.e. webmail. They're all mobile. iPhone etc.

    What exactly are you doing with your mail that requires a full client? Modern webmail is pretty good.

    Then again you asked for imap4 so i suppose you're storing the mail on the server? So why not just go to webmail?
     
  17. vincenz macrumors 601

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    Other than the alphabet character being off in Mail, what's wrong with it? It's fast, responsive, and with the update coming in Lion, will work even better soon.
     
  18. kioshi macrumors member

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    I don't find anything wrong in Mail. I often open it up instead of my default (Postbox) and use it normally because when I do that I get lazy to quit and open Postbox since Mail already works so well.

    I like Postbox's features like easy access to favourite contacts, unread messages and twitter+facebook integration.

    But I just can't point anything 'bad' about Mail.
     

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