Brent Simmons strikes a chord with his summary of Mac email software failings:
Email is, or ought to be, a keyboard thing–it’s about reading and writing. I’m not drawing anything or applying gradients or moving shapes around–I should be able to set the mouse aside.
Since getting an iPhone, complete with IMAP support, Brent’s been hunting for a new desktop mail client, since his previous favorite, MailSmith, doesn’t do IMAP. But Mail lacks features Brent insists on, and no other product quite offers all of them.
It’s a situation a lot of people (myself included) will sympathize with. I’ve spent many long hours comparing email clients, trying to find something that had everything I wanted. Like Brent, keyboard control and IMAP were must-haves for a long time.
I haven’t solved the problem - I reached the same impasse that Brent did. I suspect a lot of other people are in the same boat.