When comparing Mozilla Thunderbird vs MailMate, the Slant community recommends Mozilla Thunderbird for most people. In the question“What are the best e-mail clients for macOS?” Mozilla Thunderbird is ranked 2nd while MailMate is ranked 3rd.
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Pro Free (as in freedom and beer)
Pro Lightning Calendar and Address Book integration
Pro Available on Linux, OS X and Windows
Pro Good filtering system
Mozilla Thunderbird offers a flexible filtering system with the ability to set flags and read/unread, as well as sort/assign to new mail directories. There are also numerous plugins available to assist in the filtering.
Pro Very reliable
Version after version, Mozilla Thunderbird works as expected.
Pro Consistent and involving a moderate learning curve
The app design of Mozilla Thunderbird has not changed significantly since its beginning, making its learning curve almost non-existent.
Pro Large assortment of plugins available
Mozilla Thunderbird offers a huge amount of extensions to expand the usability and options of the client.
Pro Tabs for navigation
Pro Send large files easy
Install pCloud plugin for Thunderbird and your files (upto 20 GB free storage included) will be received as download links
Pro Extremely powerful search features
While most email clients support searching content from their To, From and Cc fields, MailMate lets users search down to the different sections of these fields. For example, you can search for the address only, or the name only, or even any one of the embedded headers. Subjects can be searched by prefixes, or by specific words which may be contained within and so on.
Pro Markdown support
Markdown is a way to format text quickly using only the keyboard. Different text characters create different text: for example, putting asterisks (*) around a word or group of words will italicize them, while double asterisks (**) will bold that text. Markdown is a basic formatting system that can then be adapted to HTML or other formats.
Pro Clean, no-fuss interface
MailMate's UI is very basic. The icons are limited to some default MacOS standard folder images and the interface is very clean and simple, showing only what's needed without any fuss or distracting colours. Instead, opting for a mostly grey interface, with a sprinkle of some other colours here and there.
Both MailMate's speed and performance are highly reliable.
Pro Keyboard focused
MailMate is extremely keyboard-focused. Almost every action can be configured to be achieved through a key combination in the settings. With the help of the keyboard shortcuts you can easily navigate through thousands of messages to find the one you need.
Pro Smart folders on steroids
- you can choose out of tenths of mailheaders (several hundreds including virtual headers)
- "<header> is (not) in <folder> <header>" operator which enables you to do cool filters
- each smart folder can have smart subfolders by an user definable key
Pro Great documentation
The official documentation for MailMate is very thorough and helpful. It covers all options and features in a clear and efficient manner.
Con Terrible integration with macOS
Simple things - drag/dropping pictures doesn't work, for instance.
Con Development slowed to only focus on stability and security
Mozilla Thunderbird has slowed down its development of features to only focus resources on security and stability.
Con Subject lines can (temporarily) disappear from the list
This is sporadic behavior.
Con Serious bugs
Clicking on a subject line can bring up the wrong email.
Con Outdated interface
Thunderbird's interface is very outdated and unpleasant. It feels more like a Windows XP application than like a modern MacOS one.
Con Hard to master
For occasional users who only write emails to friends and loved ones, MailMate's features may be a bit of an overkill since it's designed for power users who spend a lot of time writing and reading/organizing emails.
Con A little steep price
Con Not so "native" Gmail support
Because it's more IMAP native, and Gmail uses some non-native IMAP stuff (according to MailMate's documentation).
Con No POP or Exchange support
MailMate supports IMAP and IMAP only, there's no POP or Exchange support.