1. #1 James Smith
    João Pessoa, Brazil
    June 27, 2014

    You might try the Mozilla Mail program Thunderbird. It’s free, an excellent email program, better than Apple mail in my opinion, and works fine with Gmail. The mail I use, globomail, is actually Gmail as used by Globo, the huge South American news conglomerate.

  2. #2 PZ Myers
    June 28, 2014

    I’ve been more than a little exasperated with Apple Mail. Tried Postbox on your recommendation, and a minute later threw away Mail.

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  4. #4 Michelle
    October 30, 2014

    Thank you! I don’t feel like a total quitter throwing in the towel on this after 2 hours of fiddling with settings now. 😉

  5. #5 Jim
    December 4, 2014

    got it to work with an “application specific password” from Google. Fairly easy. Google generates the password, you add it to your gmail account in settings, it automatically sets it up in mail. Worked. Here’s the link.

  6. #6 Jim
    December 4, 2014

    by the way…. just in case you’re interested… on a 2009 macbook, running yosemite 10.10.1 and apple mail 8.1

  7. #7 Greg Laden
    December 4, 2014

    Interesting. How long ago did you do that? I’m wondering because some of the problems people have with apple mail come and go. I’d want to see that technique used for a period of time before I fully believe it totally works.

    Meanwhile, Postbox is working great. (but may I should do the app specific password for that anyway???)

  8. #8 Bryan
    January 3, 2015

    So why isn’t Postbox available through the App Store? And is it a problem that their website doesn’t even mention Yosemite, even though it’s been out for several weeks now?

  9. #9 CatL
    Grand Canyon
    April 2, 2015

    Used Apple Mail for years, but every time new software update it’s a PAIN to figure out. I also use Evernote to organize and was looking for an easy way to save various emails to Evernote. Discovered Postbox on the Evernote forum. Figured for $10, I could try instead of fighting with Apple Mail all the time.

    Been using Postbox for 2 years now, and NEVER looked back.
    For any email I want to send to Evernote, all I had to do is click on the Evernote icon in the Postbox toolbox! And Postbox does an amazing job of screening out spam mails… I NEVER see them! (unless I check on the spam folder, and I’m amazed at how much spam mail it cleared).

    Got a new Mac laptop and the Apple guy was telling me about new Mail features and etc… improvements… It would have to be a lot improved for me give up my Postbox…

  10. #10 Deirdre
    April 26, 2015

    I got the trial version of Postbox & I’m having the same problem as I had in Mail – In setting up my gmail accounts some of them were verified, others were not, saying my username or password are incorrect. SAME AS MAC MAIL ugh. No help on Postbox site & you have to pay $10 for one support call!

    I have 8 gmail accounts, I was able to set 5 of them up without a hitch in Postbox. The other three were rejected for wrong username/password. As an experiment/troubleshooting I deleted one of the accounts that was set up successfully & tried to set up a different account (one that was rejected earlier), in case there was a limit to how many accounts you can set up in Postbox – no luck. Then I went to restore the account I had just deleted & lo & behold… REJECTED.

    I’m at my wit’s end.
    Won’t be buying Postbox, & it’s a shame b/c I really liked it.

  11. #11 Edward
    April 27, 2015

    With great enthusiasm I embraced Postbox after years of Mail frustrations, especially considering that none of their upgrades actually went towards performance improvement. However, Postbox is not without its problems – it can be very slow at opening folder contents, it will sometimes choke on sending a message and often mail will reappear in the Inbox after deleting. Curious. The company also restricts its support so that you have to pay to help them fix a bug. Here’s hoping version 4 is a legitimate upgrade.

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  13. #13 lfljkd
    May 15, 2016

    Once again the consumer, who pays for all this sh1t, is treated as mere collateral damage in a some corporate pissing contest involving a bunch of dope-smoking frat boys.