Macspiration #78
Alternatives to Apple Mail

Many Macspirations ago I wrote about alternatives to using Safari for surfing the web. In this Macspiration I’m going to discuss some alternative email programs you might want to try. All of these programs have their differences. Some are free, some are shareware.


This is my favorite alternative to using Mail. Thunderbird is based on the email part of Mozilla, and could be considered the email partner to Firefox. I use Mail for my personal email and Thunderbird for all of my other accounts. I find it easier to organize these accounts in Thunderbird. It is free, so give it a try.


Correo is the new kid on the block, and is being called the email partner to Camino (my browser of choice). It is only at version .1, so consider yourself warned. I have tried it, and it looks promising. For my needs it is not at the point as a Mail replacement yet, but you might want to give it a try. As with Thunderbird, Correo is free.


GyazMail is a shareware program and costs $18. It looks a lot like Mail. I tried it before it became shareware, and I liked it a lot. It has a 40 day demo, so I’d recommend trying it out if you don’t like the free alternatives.


Eudora has been a popular email program for the Mac for many years. There used to be a lite version which had ads, and a pay version which did not have ads. It is currently shareware, but it is about to become free and open source (sometime this Spring). If you pay the current $19.95 fee you are given 6 months of tech support. I don’t have too much experience with Eudora, but many people like it.


I heard Leo Laporte talk about Mulberry on one of his bazillion podcasts, so I decided to try it out. It use to be shareware, but it has recently become free. Personally, it was not for me, but you might want to give it a try and see how you like it.

Well, there you have it. Five alternatives to Apple’s Mail program that you might want to try out. If you know of a Mail alternative post it below.


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