For Mac users, there exist no curtailment of great email applications. If you’re befitting score, Newton, Spark, Polymail, and Airmail all deserve high marks. As a bit of a abiding email client switcher, I’ve used all at one point or addition and I think it’s really a alternative at this point — so many great options exist. Windows users? Sorry, not so much.

After banausic along appropriately switching from one to the other, and often back again, I was clued in to a about newcomer that has since become my favorite: Canary.

Available on both macOS and iOS, Canary gives me that activity of chain on each belvedere I rely on most often. And while it’s absolutely not necessary, I acknowledge being able to use the same app at work and on the go.

Aside from being the best-looking email app I’ve laid eyes on in recent memory, it’s the affection set that raises the bar and puts Canary firmly on top of it. It has the archetypal things you’d look for in an email app: assorted accounts, accustomed accent search, smart filters, snooze, one-click unsubscribe, and a really accomplished dark mode.


But these are appearance every email client should accommodate these days. In fact, for me, it’s a dealbreaker if they don’t.

What sets Canary apart is in the capacity often disregarded by others. For one, it has enough integrations to make anyone happy: Google Drive, Dropbox, and iCloud sync are all within arms reach — and I really like the admittance of Giphy to drop a GIF in an email after abrogation the client.

I’m also a big fan of the smart inbox feature, which uses bogus intelligence to try and decide which emails are important to you based on your behavior in the past. It’s almost bewitched how it weeds out spammy pitches and connects me with the people I want to talk to. Granted, it’s never a bad idea to double check the approved inbox as there are still letters I’d miss if I didn’t. Granted, I get a few hundred emails a day, I’m academic it’ll take a little longer to train the AI in mine than it will the boilerplate email user.

For me, addition smart admittance was templates. As a journalist, I can neatly sort most of the bulletin I get into a few categories: pitches, pitches, and pitches. I can now use a arrangement to send a quick “no,” or a “send me more info” acknowledgment after much effort on my part. And when you get as much email as I do, saving a minute or two on each email is huge.


But conceivably the best affection is one I’ve saved for last. Canary includes full encryption by default. Whether you’re currently using PGP, or you’ve never agitated because it’s such a hassle, Canary has you covered. By default, you can have the email app create you a key and share it with Keybase or MIT for verification. If you have a key already, you can import it and rest easy alive there are no added steps appropriate — important if you’ve ever abandoned to hit the “encrypt” button when using plugins. Decryption works the same way, encrypted letters hit your inbox decrypted and ready to read.

Encryption, to me, is criminally underutilized in email. But I also accept that it’s a real pain for most encryption novices to get it set up and working, and it’s an even bigger pain to get your accompany to switch too. You’re either sending letters people can’t read, or banishment them to change their behavior — tough sell.

I’m glossing over the mobile app here, but it’s appropriately accomplished and appearance most of what the desktop adaptation does, including swipe behaviors that are fully editable by the user. I’ve found that using both in affiliation is about as good an email acquaintance as I’ve ever had.

I still don’t enjoy email, but I love Canary. And that’s a good start.

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