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Desktop Email Clients Are (Never) Good Enough

I don't know how many email clients I've been through since I bought this Mac. Let's see how many I can name.

  • Mail.app
  • Airmail
  • Mail Pilot
  • CloudMagic
  • Mailbox
  • Thunderbird

I'm sure there are more, but you get the idea. Some didn't have enough, some had too much, but each and every one left me searching for something different.

Well, now I think I've found one to keep. I just downloaded Nylas N1 and I'm really enjoying it so far. It has the features I want (snooze, archive, etc) but isn't trying to reinvent the wheel and train me how to use email differently. I don't need innovation with email, I need simplicity and a few key features here and there.

The best part of N1 is that it's open-source! Not unlike Atom, it is built using Electron and the source code can be found on GitHub. This is exciting simply because it allows people to create themes, plugins, and file bug reports or issues easily and out in the open. Also, it makes me want to tinker and see if I can create a plugin or two to scratch an itch.

N1 is the first email client I've actually been excited about!