After months of development and an extended private beta, we just can’t wait any longer. Today, we’re announcing a free Public Preview of Mail Pilot for Mac.
When we officially announced Mail Pilot for Mac in June, we opened beta sign-ups to the public. We were incredible excited by the response to this—receiving more than 10x the sign-ups we initially anticipated. This wasn’t a marketing gimmick; our goal was to devote significant time to wide, public testing to ensure quality and enable us to build an application that our users loved.
In October, we began our beta testing. To streamline the process and allow plenty of time to interact with our beta users, we issued invitations in batches of increasing size. Our initial focus was on stability, efficiency, and performance. Once we had a solid, tested foundation, we turned to adding features and improvements.
Today, we’re ecstatic to announce a free Public Preview of Mail Pilot for Mac. The application is still under very active development, and there are still a few loose ends hanging around, but our beta testers agree that Mail Pilot for Mac is ready for public, everyday use.
This is a big deal for us. We’ve never offered any of our applications free to the public. However, we’re so excited about Mail Pilot for Mac that we can’t wait any longer for everyone to experience the future of desktop email.
The Public Preview will begin Thursday, December 5. To ensure that we can read & utilize all the feedback from Public Preview users as we put the finishing touches on the application, we’ll be batching access in groups of sign-up time. Sign-ups are now open!
We just launched Mail Pilot for Mac Beta 3. This update focuses on maximizing performance. You’ll notice huge speed improvements—startup time is much faster, messages move instantly, and everything is more efficient.
Beta 3 also includes a full onboarding/tutorial experience. And of course, we baked in new features and improvements.
- Performance, speed, and efficiency overhaul!
- Nested threading
- Conversation filters
- Ability to name accounts
- Upcoming Reminders
- Past Due
- Attachment Preview rendering for all file types
- Drag Attachment Previews out of Mail Pilot to anywhere on the OS
- Fully native Attachment bar in the message view with previews for all file types
- Hover any name to see contact information, click to compose
- More keyboard shortcuts
- Blank state UIs
- Account info in message view if you have multiple accounts
Fixes and Improvements
- Fixed message duplication bug
- Fixed the most common crashes
- Moving messages is now incredibly fast
Maximizing performance and efficiency is incredibly important to us. Many users have tens of thousands of emails and frequently use their email application to perform many actions. This update completely changes the way Mail Pilot for Mac manages data and uses memory.
To put the performance enhancements in perspective, we have a testing email account that contains 26,000 messages. Prior to today, it took an average of 66 seconds for Mail Pilot to startup and display that inbox. Now, it takes only 5 seconds.
Moreover, Mail Pilot only uses 10% of the memory it used to do to perform most tasks.
Nested Threading & Conversations
Personal communication with other humans should be highlighted in your email client. Rather than just string related messages together, we designed nested conversational threads. You can easily see context within long threads, which participants were on each individual message, and a clear relationship among the messages. Moreover, you can filter the conversation via the filter bar at the top to easily see your unanswered messages, an overview of the conversation, or the most recent message in each branch of the conversation.
We were ecstatic to introduce Attachment Preview in the message list in Beta 2. We wanted to take it to the next level in Beta 3. Now, you can see a rendering of every file type (not just images) without even opening a message. We also took interacting with Attachment Preview to the next level by building support to drag and drop these previews outside of the application.
Attachments in the message view have also been taken up a notch. You can view a preview rendering of all file types here and interact intuitively and natively with each file.
Our focus during these first 2 updates has been on stability and performance. Now that we’ve solidified and maximized our foundation, we’re turning our focus to implementing the remaining features!
We just launched Mail Pilot for Mac Beta 2. Thanks to the feedback and interaction with our initial beta testers, Beta 2 includes important improvements and integrates a handful of additional features.
- View and download attachments
- View inline attachments
- Attachment Preview in Message List (with setting to disable)
- Delete (using the delete key on your keyboard)
- Setting to turn off confirmation for Complete, Set Aside, and Delete
Fixes and Improvements
- Fixed window not reopening bug
- Fixes for the most common crashes
- General stability improvements
The headline feature in Beta 2 is attachments. Viewing and downloading attachments is fully supported and natively integrated. Easily drag and drop attachments out of Mail Pilot, open them in your favorite applications, and save them anywhere you want.
Inline attachments are also fully supported and you can interact with them naturally and natively.
In the spirit of Mail Pilot, we didn’t simply implement attachments, we rethought how we interact with them to make email more intuitive and productive. Often, it’s difficult to find and browse to files when you need them. We created Attachment Preview to provide a glimpse of your attachments right in message list. A thumbnail of each attachment appears with the message preview. Mail Pilot even provides a preview rendering of image and PDF attachments and shows the default application icon for other file types to provide clarity and context.
Quickly skim and browse to your necessary files without even opening a message. Simply double click the Attachment Preview right in the message list and you’re set.
Thanks to our testers’ bug reports, we’re tracking down and implementing fixes to a handful or known bugs and issues. Moreover, we have dramatic performance, efficiency, and stability improvements in the pipeline.
Of course, we’ll continue to roll out additional features with each release. Check out a list of upcoming features, or suggest an additional feature from the Help menu in the application.
After months of crafting and development, we’re excited to share what we’ve been up to. We’ve tailored Mail Pilot for Mac to be intuitive yet powerful. Mail Pilot beautifully complements your Mac desktop with its clean design and native functionality.
Mail Pilot for Mac, iPhone + iPad Promo Video
Crafting of Mail Pilot for Mac: A behind-the-scenes look
Experience intuitive email with a simple, task-oriented approach.
- Complete Messages: When done with a message, simply change its status from Incomplete to Complete, just like a to-do list. Gone are the days of tricking email clients by toggling read/unread.
- Set Reminders for Messages: Set a reminder for a message and Mail Pilot will prompt you when it’s time to deal with it. Free your inbox of messages you can’t yet tackle and never miss a due date again.
- Organize Your Way:
Organize based on message status as Incomplete, Complete or Set for Reminder.Collect groups of related messages across all of your accounts using Lists.Easily achieve Inbox Zero. Set Aside messages that can’t be organized immediately and drill through them when you have more time.Existing folders and labels can be accessed and utilized anytime.
Features new with Mail Pilot for Mac
Introducing Push to Mobile & Push to Desktop
Deal with email when you want to, where you want to. Make sure important messages are where you want them when you need them. Push meeting details to your phone so you can reference them on your way. Push the message requesting a PDF to your desktop, so you will remember to send it along next time you’re at work.
Keyboard shortcuts are a first-class feature in Mail Pilot for Mac. We’ve made it incredibly easy to drill through your inbox without touching a mouse. Keeping your inbox clean by completing your messages and setting reminders has never been easier.
Find clarity in long conversations. Mail Pilot for Mac’s intuitive nested threading provides context within the chaos of a threaded message. Easily browse, filter, and navigate any thread.
The beta is beginning this week! If you haven’t already signed up, sign up now.
Find out more at the new Mail Pilot website.
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Prepare to experience a new era of desktop email…
This Thursday, we will fully unveil Mail Pilot for Mac® and begin rolling out beta invitations! We’ve been hard at work tailoring an intuitive, task-oriented email experience for your Mac, and we can’t wait to get it into your hands.
We’ll also be sharing information about the future of Mail Pilot for iPhone + iPad. We’re focused on creating a top notch, uniform email experience across all Mail Pilot applications on all of your devices.