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Gmail, and email in general, takes up a big part of our online experience. Whether it’s for personal or business needs, you’ve probably written at least one email today (I would guess most of you have written much more than that). Postbox is an awesome email client (we’ve looked at it Get Organized in the New Year with Postbox 2 [Giveaway] Get Organized in the New Year with Postbox 2 [Giveaway] Read More more than once Postbox 2 - A Better Way To Do Email [MakeUseOf Giveaway] Postbox 2 - A Better Way To Do Email [MakeUseOf Giveaway] Read More before Supercharge Your Inbox with Postbox [MakeUseOf Giveaway] Supercharge Your Inbox with Postbox [MakeUseOf Giveaway] Read More , based on Mozilla Thunderbird but with so many goodies added you will hardly recognize its heritage. Postbox is aimed at making it easy to switch over from Gmail, but no matter what email service you currently use, there’s a lot to like about this client.

This week, we’re giving away 25 copies of Postbox 3 for both Windows and Mac worth $750 in total! Let me show you around, and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners!

Overall View


Postbox is built for wide monitors, and uses a vertical split view by default. On the left you can see a list of messages, each with a sender and subject shown; the right side contains a view of the current message, along with a “Quick reply” box which you can use to jot off a quick answer and send it on its way without using the dedicated message window. There’s a customizable Favorites bar at the top of the window, which means you don’t have to have the folder view visible at all times (it’s hidden in the screenshot above).

Another thing you can see above is that you can open messages in tabs – a very handy feature for when you want to reference a number of previous emails. Just like Gmail, Postbox supports threaded conversations: Email threads are shown as one long thread, so you don’t have to hunt through your inbox for individual messages about the same subject.

The Focus Pane


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One feature I like is the Focus Pane. This optional pane lets you slice and dice the currently displayed folder in all sorts of ways: Want to show only messages with attachments? A single click does the trick. Or maybe you just want to see emails that arrived in the last few days? No problem. Filtering is basically instant – much faster than custom searches on Gmail (which are already quite fast).

Dropbox Integration


Large attachments can make emails slow to download, and clog up mailboxes. Even if you have gigabytes of space on your Gmail accounts, emails with 15MB attachments do tend to add up. Postbox lets you mitigate this by integrating with Dropbox: Once you switch on Dropbox integration, you can just drag and drop files from your Dropbox folder into the message, and Postbox will simply insert a link to the file into the email. It’s magic!

Archiving, Importance Markers, Canned Responses, And More


Postbox features many other features you may have come to know and love via Gmail. Above is a screenshot of the window used to create a new Canned Response, which you can then use to quickly reply to common types of emails.

Postbox is an elegant email client, and goes a long way towards making desktop-based email a fun, productive experience. If you’re tired of email in the browser, or don’t like your current clunky client, this is one giveaway you shouldn’t miss!

Try Postbox 3 by downloading a 30-day trial version. Or if you’re in it to win one of 25 free copies of Postbox for Windows or Mac, here’s what you need to do.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Patrik Strömberg
  • Reuben Urias
  • Fernandez Jr.
  • Mário Filipe
  • Alessandro Merlini
  • Dene Charlesworth
  • Matthew Munson
  • Chris
  • Junaid Hussain
  • Bob Ashmore-Harris
  • Robby Akasi Pradana
  • myimmortalize
  • kris buccola
  • Seth Klock
  • LG
  • Mile Kovac
  • Tushar Deo
  • Riccardo Ulpts
  • Márcio de Oliveira
  • Ed Piner
  • tony taylor
  • Felix Widjaja
  • George Mastrapa
  • Tanmoy Adhikary
  • Joshua Sheffield

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

Or share it on Twitter

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, March 9th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

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  1. Abdullah Sorathia
    March 11, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Awesome site for Giveaway Especially Thanxx to Admin

  2. Garage Detailer
    March 10, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Could really use this for our Non-profit!

  3. Shankar
    March 8, 2012 at 12:00 am

    This will work well on my computer!!

  4. Lee
    March 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I entered and shared on Twitter! I hope I win :). I've just been using Gmail as a chrome app but this app looks really nice, and it would be nice not to have to have a chrome process running when I close Chrome but leave gmail open.

  5. Stéphane
    March 7, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Please count me in.

  6. TerryM
    March 7, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    How about a review/comparison to the POPpeeper software which is free?  See

  7. Matzsmith
    March 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    We will be happy but my husband will be thrilled to win!!  Thanks

  8. Peter Reilly
    March 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Wow! I just heard of postbox!

  9. Asrielrusdyawan
    March 7, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Great Giveaway again Dude. Please count me in. Thanks for this Giveaway Dude.

    THX, LJBU!

  10. Jackie Parkins
    March 6, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I'd love to give this a try. I use Thunderbird and I do miss Eudora. This program looks like it has everything I need.

  11. Ray B
    March 6, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Sounds good! count me in...

  12. Bruce Epper
    March 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Holy sh1+!!  Just installed this in a test environment to check it out.  Blows everything else completely out of the water!

  13. Agregory
    March 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Looks really great...

  14. Will Hill
    March 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you for this generous offer! I appreciate it very much and I sure hope I win too!

  15. Andrey Ingenicki
    March 6, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Thanks for this giveaway!

    Count me in

  16. daren han
    March 6, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Shared as daren han on Fb,

  17. Stéphane
    March 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Excellent software!! 
    I'd love to get a license for it. Please count me in.Thanks!!

  18. Nndstosic4
    March 6, 2012 at 8:21 am

    great giveaway,

    count me in

    did all

    thanks in advance

  19. lauren
    March 6, 2012 at 6:30 am

    I love Postbox!!!! Unfortunately, I already utilized the free 30 day trial and was surprised by how much I actually used the program. In fact, I liked the program so much I actually considered, albeit briefly, purchasing Postbox which says a lot coming from a starving law student! Any Gmail user who uses this tool to manage their inbox will be love the ease and convenience of this feature rich program.
    Keeping my fingers crossed that I am one of the lucky few to win a free copy of Postbox....

  20. Junaid
    March 6, 2012 at 5:55 am

    Thanx for getting rid of disquss.

    Postbox has been in my wishlist for sometime now. Let's see if this is my lucky day :)

  21. gab
    March 6, 2012 at 5:05 am

    You people keep basing these "contests" on Facebook. Please remember, not everyone uses FB.

    • muotechguy
      March 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      We are working on that, and should have a new system ready in a month or so.

  22. Mohammad Wasiullah
    March 6, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Thanks for giveaway I want to win
    Plz count me in

  23. WebGalPat
    March 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    This would be fantastic to win as we are migrating to gmail & gdocs at work soon. Even though I've been on gmail since the beginning when you had to either have an invite or buy an account on ebay, I still find it confusing sometimes because of the continual changes. This would make it easier because of the consistency.

  24. Ankur Singh
    March 6, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Thanxx ;)

  25. CS
    March 5, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    May I just say how annoying it is that I can't participate because I have no Facebook, an no intention of getting one?

  26. Nerd
    March 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    What are the advantages to this over simply setting my Gmail up as in imap in MS Outlook?

    • James
      March 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

       It supports gmail-like conversation threading and many other gmail only features.  It's not perfect but I bought it, use it every day, and look forward to seeing it improve.

  27. Joshua Clarke
    March 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    This is a truly awesome email client, especially for Gmail but it works wonderfully with other email services as well. I won't be entering, since I already own this software, but good luck to everyone else!

  28. Farzadalipour
    March 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    wow this is really generous of you guys, both you guys at Makeuseof and the postbox team. thank you.
    shared and joined.

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