There are days when my PowerBook feels more like an email terminal than a full-fledged computer. I can’t believe how much email I have to deal with. I’ve been looking at backup solutions to help relieve some pressure from Mail.app, and my latest candidate is MailSteward.
This SQLite database isn’t the prettiest Mac app I’ve ever used, but it does tackle the challenge of storing all of my mail and attachments. It works with all locally-stored POP, .Mac, and IMAP email accounts.
I haven’t purchased the $30 app yet — still trying it in demo mode. Some of the things I like about it are its ability to sort and organize mail by various criteria, then printing, saving, deleting, or exporting these results.
I’m using an external LaCie mobile drive to store my database. Again no real problems so far. But ultimately, what I would like to do is move data out of my Mail.app and into a backup database such as MailSteward. Is anyone doing this now, and if so, what are your experiences?