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MailPilot Releases A Desktop Public Review

MailPilot app has been available on Apple’s App Store for sometime now, although it’s a wonderful and versatile application, some might find the $15 price tag a little steep. MailPilot was one of the first mail apps that approached the subject differently. The philosophy behind MailPilot is that all messages require further action and we can see that philosophy carried from mobile to desktop. The application allows the user to organise their emails by assigning them to individual folders, postponing it to a future date or setting it aside for later viewing. The company announced their private beta for desktop earlier this year, butĀ MindsenseĀ seems to be finally ready for their public beta.

UI (User Interface)

I’m a sucker for clean, minimalistic design, while some may not appreciate it, I find that a cleaner interface helps me focus on the task at hand, instead of trying to figure out what everything does. At the bottom of every email you’ll see a set of 6 gorgeous buttons that allow you to Complete, Set Aside, Remind, List, Delete and Folder that messages. In all the app is an eye candy and the designers have made great use of the limited colours available to them to design an elegant and simplistic interface.

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UX (User Experience)

Good design, leads to good UX. All buttons at the bottom of your message are shortcut enabled, allowing you to easily organise your email. Majority of actions are animated in order to let you see what has just happened, whether it’s deleting a message, completing it or simply putting it in a folder.

If the email has an image attachment it will show right underneath the email title in the left panel. This way the user doesn’t even have to open the email to see the content.

Conclusion

MailPilot for Mac is a wonderful extension to the mighty iOS app. While it benefits from the underlying infrastructure that was built for mobile, it takes full advantage of the desktop environment and make perfect use of the larger real state on your screen. There’s no pricing available just yet, but if it’s anything like iOS you should be ready to fork out a fair bit of money. I believe that they will offer the Mac version for free to match the competition and give users more incentive to fork out the $15 for the mobile version. Meanwhile you can jump on their website and request your free desktop public review unit. Happy emailing.