No screenshot at least?
We're launching our full site next week - but here's a little preview :)
Dang! That looks solid Brandon.
Put this somewhere on the site.
Edit: I only signed up after seeing the screenshot.
We're launching our full site next week! Come back and check it out :)
Awesome. Looking forward to seeing this at work.
Dig the portal references. Will be signing up now.
glad that someone finally got it! haha
The Slack influence is real. (This isn't necessarily criticism, they have a winning formula and it makes sense to draw inspiration, minor or major.)
Please, for the love of email, add an Unread filter to the left sidebar and I will finally switch from Sparrow.
That's a great idea! thanks :) DM me on Twitter if you'd like an invite to the Alpha!
Lovely, just sent you a message!
Beautifully simple, love it!
Looks rather similar to Airmail...
"handcrafted with ♥"
IN CALIFORNIA. so unique.
craft·ing ˈkraftiNG/ noun the activity or hobby of making decorative articles by hand.
Never seen that anywhere. I should put that on my site too (￢‿￢ )
Nice! Two suggestions on the landing page: add a screenshot to grab attention, and, most importantly, identify some truly unique features that separate your product from the competition. You are entering a crowded space, you gotta sell on unique features! Just my two cents...
Thanks Ivan - we've actually been working on our full site which we're launching next week! Didn't expect to get posted on here this early haha, but excited for you to check it out once everything is up :)
Thanks for sharing us, Tom! We're building Polymail as a simple, beautiful native email experience while providing access to the best email productivity features like Email Tracking, Send Later, Undo Send, and a whole lot more!
We're currently in private Alpha, but if anyone from DN wants early access please DM me at https://twitter.com/foolywk and I'll add you to our next release :)
Happy Friday, everyone!
Sounds awesome, Brandon. Congrats on the response so far!
Are you building this, Tom? This is awesome. Nylas N1 just massively failed me and I moved back to Sparrow last night. I'ts amazing that after all these years Sparrow is the still the fastest and best mail client on the Mac.
Hoping that this becomes a relevant contender.
Hi Jonathan, nope just sharing a link I found on Twitter; it was actually a response from the developer himself commenting on the news of Dropbox's Mailbox.
Thanks Jonathan! DM me on Twitter and I'll be happy to add you to our next Alpha release! Alot of our users so far have told us that Polymail makes for a great Sparrow replacement :)
Thanks Brandon! I'm one of those weird people not on Twitter. :( I filled out the form on your site @meetcircle.com so I can wait for an invite!
Thanks Jonathan - I've add you to our list and will be in touch soon :)
Polymail is one of the best email apps I've used to date. Elegant design, UI/UX and it has all the top features, plus the ability to see contact history! 10/10 would ditch Gmail/Mailbox again. Go Polymail!!
Visual design is clean.
Personally, I'm not a fan of the wonky desktop design pattern of "sliding" right or left on an element to then - activate/ utilize another control. Even on a laptop with a trackpad, the movement feels inefficient and clumsy.
Makes sense for interaction on mobile devices. Seems silly on desktop devices given the human computer interaction.
One long comment on the nature of email itself here.
I believe email is having an existential crisis.
Yes, I know the email marketers will say otherwise, and the business results email generates is hard to argue with, but - remember, email has a locked in “Home Thumb Advantage” on many of our mobile devices.
It’s there, we check it out of boredom.
I do indeed use email, but nowhere near as much as I used to.
In my design business, I view most email based communication with customers to be a failure in the process. Project communications landing in email get lost in the sauce with email notifications from X number of apps barking at us. Spam from every other Saas and their brothers and sisters trying to “provide value” in our emails. Thus, we use Slack + Invision - and we usually set up a new Slack team with customers to centralize all communications there, as it’s more direct and harder to “get lost” in the email inbox.
The business communications that do end up in my email inbox tend to be opportunities. So, I do pay attention to those emails. “Hey, would you like to take a call to discuss a project”.
Maybe the emails exchanged are - “did you receive our proposal” - “did you get the invoice”.
Otherwise, the emails tend to be longer form communications. I’m speaking at an event next week in Singapore and the customer, their PR firm and myself have a long chain of emails coordinating the details for the event.
That makes sense for email, and tracking down details in those emails for say - flights, hotels, and so on, can be taxing.
But, as I scan my inbox here - I don’t see much else.
In terms of customers, business prospects and our communications, the passive water cooler style banter, bonding, “checking in” - even that is happening in a stitched together digital framework of apps from Viber, What’sApp, WeChat, Line, Skype chat, LinkedIn (barf), Facebook Messenger, you name it - I could care less. I’m mostly agnostic on these things, except for LinkedIn. It’s too ugly and junky, I will move conversations out of there. lol - For the others, wherever, whenever.
In terms of communicating with my friends;
Email is dead.
I can’t remember the last time I have used email to communicate back and forth with a friend.
This is a ridiculous comment. Just because you don't use it in your job does not mean that email is dead.
True, I am referring to my personal experience, and thus, that does not cover the spectrum. Just my opinion. That does not cover the spectrum, however, I have been in this email conversation enough to realize that for personal communications - it appears to be moving to apps, not email.
That opinion may also be a reflection of living here in Southeast Asia for the last 4 years. Email is definitely not as relevant here in personal communications. There is little to no regulation of email and thus, inboxes tend to be spam boxes.
Can't tell you how many times I hear about a RocketInternet employee here in Southeast Asia who has jacked an email list and is trying to email (spam) that list for a competing startup.
People here primarily connect and communicate in apps, as mobile leads the way. Same was true when I lived in South America.
But yeah, I rarely get emails from friends in the west either.
And, as I pointed out, it’s obviously highly relevant to businesses.
Just noting - business communications are becoming more specialized with apps/ Saas, making email less relevant.
For anyone interested, they've just made their debut on PH, with what looks like guaranteed Alpha invites for product hunt members.
email tracking is super useful!
Looks very nice! Is this meant to be a standalone IMAP client or connect to a Polymail server?
Could easy be a landing page for anything.
What's the USP here? Nice design by the way. :)
Why is this question still unanswered? That's what I wanna hear as well. Until then, it is just another email client, differently decorated. That's just not enough for me :/
Looks amazing. Is this a native app or running in a Chromium shell?
My main issue with Nylas N1 is that it's such a resource/energy hog. Native apps like Sparrow and Airmail are pretty lean by comparison, it does help to conserve battery life a little bit.
Completely Native Swift :) totally agree that wrapped up webview apps are not very performant or nice to use, which is why we went with the totally native route!
Oh nice, I'll be keeping an eye on this one then ;)
This looks really great, can't wait to try it out. Mailbox has become almost unusable on the desktop. If this becomes stable I would gladly fork over cold, hard cash. Please charge!
Worst news I've had all day: https://blogs.dropbox.com/mailbox/2015/12/saying-goodbye/
Hoping this one will fill the giant void in my heart and more. I'd be willing to pay if it did so!
Looks beautiful and promising as a replacement for Mailbox. 2 questions:
Can you change the swipe patterns (screenshot shows swipe left for archive, but my muscles will swipe right...). Can we have multiple swipe patterns like in Mailbox?
Mobile app? Will iOS mobile come this year before Windows next year?
Overall design and feature implications look solid, but the experience is the make or break for me. (The screenshot looks a little busy IMO, but since it's just a mock, I'll wait till I see the real thing.) Airmail released with so many of the same features and conventions as Sparrow, but it just didn't quite do it for me. I never felt that it had quite the same finesse or attention to detail, and so while I eventually switched to the Gmail/Inbox web interface, I continued using Sparrow for quite a while after the plug was pulled.
Looking forward to seeing what Polymail brings to the game and would love an early invite to try it out and provide feedback, if possible!
Any plans to bring this to Windows?
Yes - we're planning on a Windows launch next year :)
I honestly was not expecting this answer! Very pleasantly surprised! (:
What about an iOS app? Would that be coming at all? Before Windows? Please say soon after OS X!