Sparrow is a new email client for OS X that takes a minimalist approach to managing your inbox. Out of the box, Sparrow resembles Tweetie for Mac. A single, narrow window displays your email threads. You can double click a thread to open it in a new window, or you can open a display pane […]
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Sparrow (Beta): Minimalist Email for OS X

Sparrow is a new email client for OS X that takes a minimalist approach to managing your inbox.

Out of the box, Sparrow resembles Tweetie for Mac. A single, narrow window displays your email threads. You can double click a thread to open it in a new window, or you can open a display pane on the side. There are simple controls for starting new messages, replying, archiving, and deleting. Sparrow also supports Growl notifications, for when it is absolutely required that you be punched in the face every time a message arrives. It’s all very simple and streamlined, a real pleasure to use when you’re used to the chugging cow that is Mail.app.

The current beta only supports GMail, but you can add as many GMail accounts as you want, and IMAP support is said to be coming soon. Also missing so far are support for labels, and a global inbox, both of which are on the developer’s to-do list, along with support for MobileMe and Yahoo.

Apart from the not-yet-implemented features, I found Sparrow to be a great deal less responsive than a minimalist email client ought to be. This is only the first beta, though, and I’m managing six different accounts with it, so I’m working it pretty hard. I can’t imagine these performance issues will last very long.

This new philosophy on mail management is extremely refreshing. I can’t wait to see what future betas have in store. Sparrow will be one to watch out for.

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