Update April 2nd: MailMate 1.9.1 has been released with a few important fixes. Most importantly, the new Bundles preferences pane was not available for all users.

As explained in the previous blog post I’ve been working on making MailMate a 64 bit application. This change is now complete and it involved numerous optimizations making MailMate faster while also making it use much less memory.

The migration to 64 bit is far from the only thing I’ve been working on. As always, the release notes are ridiculously long. Note that some of the listed features were also available in earlier releases as experimental 2.0 features enabled in the General preferences pane.

The following are just some of the most important highlights:

  • Bundles preferences pane which allows you to enable/disable integration with various applications. Currently, 19 bundles exist providing support for BBEdit, BusyCal, Due, EagleFiler, Evernote, OmniFocus, TextMate, Todoist, and more.
  • Rules pane in the mailbox editor for any mailbox.
  • Toolbar search field activated using ⌥⌘F. Note the search field menu and its options.
  • Correspondent/Identity added as special header transformations. This is, e.g., used for the new “Correspondent” column available for the messages outline.
  • Each tag can be assigned an emoji and a new tags column can be used to display them. Note that ⌘⌃+space opens an emoji keyboard on Yosemite.
  • Enable composer header fields by holding down ⌥ when hitting Return. For example, hit ⌥↩ to add a “Cc” header when focus is in the “To” header.
  • Numerous other new features, changes, and fixes. You really do need to read the release notes to know it all.
  • MailMate should now work with even more buggy IMAP servers than it already did. Remember, good alternatives do exist.

Enjoy the new release and rest assured that I’ll continue to work on improving MailMate.

Here are answers to what I expect to be the most frequently asked questions (with a few replays from previous posts):

  • Any new graphics in version 1.9?

    Only a few details, but I do expect some improvements for version 2.0. In particular since some of you were so kind to contribute to the somewhat discreet mini crowd funding campaign.

  • When is MailMate 2.0 released?

    I don’t know, but it probably matters more to me than to you. I need it for marketing purposes. You need it for the features. The development of MailMate is an open process and you can use the betas if you like (enabled in the Software Update preferences pane). If feeling adventurous, you can even fetch cutting edge test releases by holding down ⌥ when clicking “Check Now”.

  • When are you going to support feature X?

    I have no idea, but if you want to be notified about major new releases of MailMate then you can now subscribe. If you do that then you also get a chance to state your “most wanted feature”.

  • Are you going out of business soon?