This looks awesome, but I'd go for a freemium plan maybe, not a fan of apps that I can't even try before paying.
+1. I'd like to try this, but don't want to spend $4 on it just yet.
The maker said on Product Hunt that they are looking into offering a trial.
How often do you buy a beer you haven't tried before for $4? Seems like a bargain to me.
Well, you still drink the beer even if it's not the best. In this case, you might fork out $4 for an application that you'll not use after trying it out.
Another aspect is that, if it was possible to trial the beer before paying $4, wouldn't most people do it? This is possible with software, so why not make it available?
In fact, many places selling ice cream even allow you to try a bit before buying or deciding on one flavour.
3$? Really? With that numbers on product hunt? Come on...
The tagline is pretty misleading. I'm a big fan of Inbox, and love the idea of an "Inbox" desktop client. But it seems wrong to copy their design/features and sell a product claiming to be "Inbox by Gmail, finally on the Mac" when you are not Inbox by Gmail.
We added an "Unofficial Mac client" tagline on the header of the site to make it clear that we're not selling Inbox, but "just" a client that allows to use it on the desktop, with all the advantages we can give.
I was just thinking this same thing. While I get what is happening here and as an Inbox user I would like a Mac app for this product ... I guess I don't get how you can charge for a product that is not really your idea or design even if you say "unofficial". Maybe that is the journalist in me that says this is plagiarism. But I guess, best of luck.
Nope. not happening. I'm not giving my money to a company that's going to die in a few months AGAIN.
We're committed to develop and support the app for a long time, and we're also think our launch price is worth it, but we certainly understand your fear given what often happens to email clients.
Fabrizio, nothing personal, I'm happy another Italian designer is doing something remarkable. I just want to find a company that is in it for the long run and doing it by depending exclusively on something like Inbox feels wrong. I'm at a point in my life where I vastly prefer paying $50 for something that WORKS and will do so for years than spending time chasing ephemeral apps.
Said that, good luck, i hope you are very successful.
Thanks Luca! :)
That's what they all said! ;)
I have to say that history repeats itself, and this is no exception...
Personally I feel any new email app seems rushed and incomplete when hitting the market. Everyone is trying to solve this puzzle but don't give it the time and support it needs. Apple mail has been around for ages and there's still a lot that needs to be improved. The same goes for Outlook.
In regards to this app, I think Gmail is great but I still need support for other email types (IMAP, POP3, Exchange, Other...).
A unified inbox is a must for me, piggybacking Google and waiting on this feature seems like a bit of a cop out.
It's safe to say that a lot of people have more than one email to keep track of these days if you work on/with the web. So from a user research perspective here are my wants/needs in an email client.
(Bear in mind, I'm writing this to help, not offend. Some of the items listed deal with all mail clients in general, not just Boxy.) :
Current Email Client: Airmail 2
Email accounts: 8 (a lot of emails yes. I freelance and have different sub-contracted roles through other clients who issued me a custom email)
** Emails per day: ** >= 100
** Email Habits** - with so many emails I don't often use filtering nor do I delete important emails. These emails remain in my inbox and are marked as read. I rarely archive nor prefer to because if I want to ever reference that archived email again it's quite a chore. Search is absolutely huge for me.
Web or Native? - Native app all the way. With so many emails, using Gmail on the web is rendered useless until I can see all my accounts at once.
- E-mail support for virtually all types(not just Gmail)
- A native app that feels and functions like a native app (Not an app shell with a web page inside <- talk about rushed )
- Support for mobile devices using the same app with syncing capabilities would be huge. Currently Gmail and Apple Mail do this. Both work but aren't what I'd call amazing to use.
- A nicely designed app with an experience backed by data not just aesthetically pleasing. In the end if a mail client works but looks terrible, I'll deal with the lack of cool design.
- Markdown support ( real markdown support, not a wysiwyg editor AND markdown. Too many auto-formatting issues)
- Attachment support from third-parties such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc...
- Theming options (real themes, not just "dark" and "light")
- Smart spam email filtering. I don't ever check my spam folder so deleting the junk in there automatically wouldn't hurt my feelings.
- It's a long shot but plugin support/open sourcing some parts of the platform so others can expand on/improve what already exists. ( Nylas is trying this with N1, but there's a lot left to be done before I can use the app. I've tried it and it still needs work.
- Multiple email support
- A unified inbox to spend less time checking email
- Configurable Signatures (with basic HTML/Markdown support)
- Easy attachment support ( I like the drag and drop approach personally)
- Easy to read threads that collapse
- The basic features of email in plain sight. (Reply, Reply All, Trash, Send) I shouldn't have to hunt for these ever.
(Bonus) What I don't need
- I don't need a to do list
- I don't need memo support
- I don't need a "read later" function ( your results may vary)
- I don't need gesture related functionality on a desktop app.
- Starring might be useful for some but not me.
- Reminders seem like a great Idea but I get a lot of emails a day. Each one is a notification, so you could say I'm always getting reminded no ?
Sorry to go off on a rant. I figured having at least one voice with some data to back it up could help with improving any email app. If not then sorry to waste your time.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far.
I think you're barking up the wrong tree here. These guys made a wrapper for the Inbox web interface in a native OS X app.
Right, I'm just targeting anyone who is looking to tackle the email app trend really. It doesn't specifically apply to Boxy. In the event that someone looking to build a product such as this finds my response hopefully they'll find it useful.
I use inbox by Google. The testimonial says it's "lightyears ahead of the browser version." But I can't see any features that are actually ahead, or even different. It seems like a port of the browser for $3.99. Why would I want a client if the webapp is just as good? In the interest of +1'ing...here's some features I'd like:
- one-click attachment save to gdrive, like gmail
Unless Boxy does those it's not worth $3.99, yet. Great idea though.
This app is amazing! Amazing amount of traction on Product Hunt:
Thanks Jonathan! We're really amazed but the success we're having on Product Hunt, that's pretty surreal to be honest
Excited to see where you guys take this.
Been using Boxy all day today and functionality is on point, I'd say. I just have one issue: the design. I'm not saying its bad design or anything but I think the app looks like a web app ('looks' should not been confused with 'feels') and not a native OS X app. I'd love to see this change. Maybe it needs some translucency?
Hi Ratik! What version of OS X are you running? We implemented translucency to give a more native look, and there might be an issue with Yosemite (unless you're on El Capitan).
I'm on El Cap!
This app should be Free. Please somone crack it and put the link here. Thanks.
Great that someone is doing this! But I can't seem to scroll inside the app, which is a bit of a turn-off.
Looks really nice. I wish they offered a download link that didn't rely on the Mac App Store–I can never get it to load.
This is seriously sweet. Thanks for posting.