One of the things I do is “collect” software never knowing when I’ll use it, but there are a small staple of applications I use all the time. When I saw MailHub, a plugin for Mail.app, I quickly downloaded it and played with it for a few minutes. I don’t think I spent more than 10 minutes with it before I pulled out my credit card and purchased it! One of the problems with receiving so much email is what to do with it. I used to run rules on messages and kept having to setup new rules to move messages. This was inefficient for me, so dealing with messages as I read them seemed much more efficient.
If you don’t use rules in Mail, you have to use the mouse to move messages to different mailboxes/folders. For people like me that like to use the keyboard as much as possible, the process of reading a message, then moving my hand to the trackpad/mouse to file a message just wasn’t attractive. With MailHub one or two keystrokes is all it takes to move messages to mailboxes. To top it off, MailHub has smarts that tries to figure out where the messages will go and it does a pretty decent job. MailHub does a number of other things, but the ability to file messages quickly is ideal for me. My inbox is now down to zero as I deal with messages quickly as I read it.
The $19 cost for MailHub is peanuts as it saves me a significant amount of time. The plugin hasn’t affected the stability of Mail and is quite integrated into Mail.
- Excellent integration with Mail.
- Learns about where to file messages.
- Easy to use keystrokes to file messages.
- Low price.
- Every update to Mail requires a plugin update. Mail plugins are not supported by Apple and with Snow Leopard, Apple has added a version ID to each Mail release, so plugins have to get updated. MailHub has been updated to support the new Mail versions.
- Only works with Mail. This really isn’t a knock on MailHub, but I’ve started using Outlook for Mac to integrate with my work’s Exchange server and I miss MailHub when using Outlook
If you use Mail on the Mac and get more than just a few messages a day, MailHub is definitely worth a look. There is a 30 day trial, but I suspect that you’ll purchase it after just a few days. The plugin is well done and it’s simplicity makes it a breeze to use.