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22 August 2019

MailMate Review

I have bought a license for MailMate - a mail application for the Mac. This cost me AU$84. Why pay that kind of money for a mail app, when Apple provide Mail for free, and I have access to a good web app for Fastmail and Outlook for work email?

I was happy to pay the money because MailMate is excellent artisanal software that offers unparalleled features and power. That money also goes straight to the single developer who has committed to this app for years.

If you are looking for beautiful software, MailMate is not for you. If you are looking for simple software, MailMate is not for you. If you are looking for a Markdown-aware, IMAP-compatible, smart rule-centric email powerhouse, MailMate is for you.

Functional - not pretty.Functional - not pretty.

Tell Me the Features

If you’re buying MailMate, you’re spending hard-earned dollars to get a mail app that does things that other mail apps do not. From my perspective, these are the features that I got for my money:

Filter to your heart’s content.Filter to your heart’s content.

Should I Bother?

If you have a Gmail account and generally use the web app or your phone to deal with email, no, you shouldn’t buy MailMate.

If you have multiple email accounts1, and you want to centralise your email world into a single location and benefit from the features I outlined above, then yes, you should buy MailMate.

Sure, but What Do Others Think?

There are two brilliant reviews out there that provide alternative impressions of MailMate:

So, now you have three differing insights into MailMate, which may assist your decision-making process.


  1. To use Exchange/Office 365 email, you need to be able to access it via IMAP. Check that your administrator hasn’t disabled it.↩︎

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