Dropbox to nix Mailbox and Carousel apps early next year

By Christian Zibreg on Dec 7, 2015

Cloud storage startup Dropbox made a surprising announcement Monday, saying it will be shutting down Mailbox, the once popular app it acquired in March 2013, as well as Carousel, a photo-management app released in April 2014. Mailbox will be winding down on February 28, 2016 and Carousel is next on the chopping block on March 31, 2016.

This development doesn’t surprise me: Mailbox for iOS has been receiving only compatibility updates post-acquisition while Mailbox for Mac hasn’t dropped its beta flag since August 2014 debut of the first public beta (its current version number: 0.76). Read More


Stay away from new Mailbox for Mac update: it’s full of bugs and breaks support for Mavericks

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 19, 2015

It’s been more than two years since cloud-storage startup Dropbox acquired the popular iOS email client Mailbox, and a full twelve months have passed since a public beta of Dropbox for Mac launched, and the software still hasn’t dropped the beta flag.

As a matter of fact, those among you who use Mailbox as your daily driver should hold on upgrading to the most recent release as it breaks compatibility with Macs running OS X Mavericks while introducing a host of new problems, as first reported by The Next Web. Read More


Mailbox for iOS updated with new interactive notification options

By Cody Lee on Nov 11, 2014

The popular email client Mailbox has been updated this morning, bringing the app to version 2.3.3. As the build number suggests, it’s a minor release, but it does include a slew of bug fixes and performance improvements and a pair of new interactive notification options.

Among the many new features added in iOS 8 is interactive push notifications. These allow developers to add simple actions to their app’s notifications, which is what the Mailbox team has done in 2.3.3. You can now choose to archive or snooze emails with just a single tap. Read More


Mailbox optimized for iPhone 6 screens, Mac beta client now available to everyone

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 13, 2014

Fans of the popular Mailbox email client, rejoice! A compatibility update became available Monday, bringing native display support for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that lets you see more of your emails rather than be limited by a blown-up interface.

Mailbox 2.3.1, a free download, also brings the ability to customize your swipes further and includes a pair of fixes, one resolving issues with rendering of some emails and the other squashing a bug affecting delivery of Push Notification for new messages in iOS 8. Read More


Mailbox for iPhone and iPad gains Drafts

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2014

Less than 24 hours after releasing the first public beta of Mailbox for Mac bringing new snooze options and support for the Drafts folder, the Dropbox-owned startup has updated its Mailbox mobile client with the same capability.

Sitting at version 2.2, Mailbox now predictably allows you to access your work-in-progress messages stored in Drafts across desktop and mobile apps for Mac, iOS and Android… Read More


Hands-on with Mailbox for Mac: a fast, powerful, gestural mail client

By Timothy Reavis on Aug 19, 2014

We first heard rumors of a Mac version of the popular Mailbox app last year, and it was since confirmed as being in development, with a public beta sign up for those interested in early access. Although it’s been a while, users who signed up for the beta are finally getting their invites.

I’ve had the privilege of getting a pre-public beta copy of Mailbox for Mac, and I’ve been putting it through its paces ever since. Here are some thoughts on the OS X edition of this incredible mail client. Read More


Mailbox updated with new spam options, Passbook support and more

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2014

Mailbox has updated its popular iOS email client this afternoon, bringing the app to version 2.1. The update is fairly significant, as it adds new spam options, Passbook support, and support for several new languages.

With 2.1, it’s now possible to print your emails, mark them as spam or unread, and favorite them by clicking on the three little dots at the top of a thread view. You can also now add items directly to the Passbook app… Read More


Mailbox updated with Auto-swipe improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2014

Dropbox-owned Mailbox has introduced Auto-swipe two and a half months ago with much fanfare. The feature has been designed to learn from your usage patterns, so that the app could help you save time by automating email management to a certain degree.

You Auto-swipe settings are kept in sync across devices thanks to Dropbox integration and now the team is building on top of that with additional improvements.

Now bumped to version 2.0.3, Mailbox includes several enhancements to the Auto-swipe feature, including a quicker way of creating Auto-swipe patterns, Auto-swipe suggestions in email view and more… Read More


Mailbox picks up support for Facebook App Links

By Christian Zibreg on May 19, 2014

The popular iOS email client Mailbox, which Dropbox acquired in March 2013, has received an update today bringing support for Facebook’s App Links.

Introduced last month as an open-sourced solution for cross-platform app-to-app linking, App Links lets developers control what happens when users click on their content in mobile to send them easily out of their app and directly into another.

Dropbox was listed as an App Links launch partner and today’s update enables this feature while squashing some bugs. The update is now live in the App StoreRead More


Mailbox 2.0 is out with Dropbox syncing for preferences and Auto-swipe

By Cody Lee on Apr 21, 2014

Mailbox users will be happy to hear that the iOS email client received an update today. The release, which brings the app to version 2.0, brings about ‘lots of bug fixes and improvements’ as well as 2 new features: Dropbox syncing for preferences and Auto-swipe.

While Dropbox syncing for preferences is fairly self-explanatory, Auto-swipe takes some explaining. The feature was first announced by the Mailbox team earlier this month, and its purpose is to learn your in-app behavior in an effort to automate processes…

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Mailbox lands on Android, coming soon to OS X

By Cody Lee on Apr 9, 2014

Mailbox, the popular Dropbox-owned email client, announced this morning that it would be bringing its app to two new platforms: Android and OS X. The Android version will be available later today in the Google Play store, and the team says that the OS X version is “coming soon.”

First launched on iPhone in February 2013, Mailbox is an email client that syncs up with Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud. It’s not feature-rich, but it stands out thanks to its gesture-based navigation and procrastination features, which let you delay various email actions to a later time… Read More


Mailbox app updated with support for iCloud, Yahoo Mail and more

By Cody Lee on Dec 17, 2013

The Dropbox-owned Mailbox app received a major update today, bringing the email client to version 1.7. The update adds a highly-anticipated feature: support for other email services like Yahoo, iCloud, and others.

Up until now, the popular Mailbox app only supported Gmail accounts. But with today’s release, users can now use the app to access and manage their Inboxes from Yahoo Mail, and various Apple email extensions… Read More


Mailbox updated with cloud search, account-specific signatures, Chrome support

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2013

As far as I’m concerned, Orchestra’s excellent email application Mailbox – now owned and maintained by Dropbox– needs only a few little touches to become the ultimate mobile email client. With today’s not-to-be-missed refresh, Mailbox has become the closest thing to email nirvana, at least for me.

Didn’t use Mailbox because it wouldn’t let you customize signatures on a per-account basis? Solved!

The annoying inability to search every message in your Gmail account? That too! And as a bonus, Mailbox can now open links in Google’s Chrome iOS browser… Read More


Tempo Smart Calendar updated with Mailbox support and other new features

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2013

In some ways, Mailbox and Tempo Smart Calendar are very similar. They’re both sold as ‘new takes’ on old ideas and they both used waiting lists when they launched in the spring of this year. So it’s fitting that the two are getting friendlier.

Tempo Smart Calendar received a significant update today, bringing the young app to version 1.08. And the new version brings about, among other things, the ability to index and search your Archived email folders in both Gmail and Mailbox… Read More


Dropbox-owned Mailbox gets Dropbox attachment integration

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 9, 2013

Dropbox, the popular cloud-storage startup, kicked off DBX today, its first-ever developer conference. Dropbox is now 175 million users strong, way up from the 75 million users registered just last November.

The new APIs the team introduced today at DBX promise to make it easier for app developers to integrate Dropbox data synch. Now, iOS developers are expected to take advantage of these new frameworks pretty soon.

Yahoo, for example, has immediately added support for Dropbox attachments to its Android client (it is coming soon to the iOS  edition of Yahoo Mail). As Dropbox acquired Mailbox in March, we’re not surprised the team just pushed a Mailbox update which lets you send attachments from Dropbox, even if the files don’t physically reside on your device.

Better yet, you can now attach any file type you can think of, regardless of whether or not your device understands it. This has got to be the awesome news for fans of cloud productivity (count me excited!) and regular users who could only attach Camera roll images prior to this update… Read More


Mailbox app updated with landscape mode for iPhone, Gmail alias support

By Cody Lee on Jun 27, 2013

A little over a week ago, the Mailbox team pushed out an app update that added support for portrait orientation mode on the iPad. It was a welcomed addition, but it left a lot of users wondering when the iPhone version would receive support for landscape mode.

The team promised that the feature was in the works, and last night it delivered on that promise by posting a new version of Mailbox to the App Store. The update, which brings the app to 1.3.2, includes support for iPhone landscape mode and other enhancements… Read More


Mailbox app updated with support for portrait orientation on iPad

By Cody Lee on Jun 17, 2013

Folks who have taken a shine to the popular Gmail client Mailbox will be happy to hear that the app was updated today. The new version, which is marked as 1.3.1, brings about the usual bug fixes and one significant new feature: support for portrait mode on the iPad.

The Mailbox team tweeted out word of the update this afternoon, which will finally allow Mailbox users to view and compose email in portrait mode on the iPad. In previous versions, these two functions (as well as others) were limited to landscape mode on the tablet… Read More


Mailbox for iPad is finally here, get downloading

By Christian Zibreg on May 23, 2013

Mailbox, the popular Gmail-based email application for the iPhone and iPod touch that Dropbox snapped up back in March, has been updated with native iPad support. Yes, you can now triage your email on the bigger screen. Taking best ideas from the iPhone build and borrowing cues from Apple’s stock Mail app on iPad, Mailbox on your Apple tablet increases your productivity by dividing the interface in landscape mode into two columns: the lefthand one which lists your email messages, with message content rendered on the right side. We’ve gut the full breakdown and a promo video right below the fold… Read More


Mailbox fans, rejoice: iPad build in the works, Mac app under consideration

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 25, 2013

Unlike Sparrow, the popular iPhone email client whose chances of seeing a native iPad version went down the drain after Google acquired the team back in July 2012, Orchestra’s Mailbox will make the leap to the iPad, developers confirmed Thursday on Twitter.

“An iPad version is in the works,” the tweet reads. Developers wouldn’t state whether the iPad build is weeks or months ahead.

Mailbox has been picking up serious steam since Dropbox last month acquired devs to help reach “a much different audience much faster.” Just ten days ago, Mailbox version 2.2 arrived, adding subtle enhancements to gesture controls and more granular smart snoozes… Read More


Mailbox app security fail exposes your contacts, attachments and email messages

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 24, 2013

Orchestra’s Mailbox has quickly become my default iPhone email application. As you know, Mailbox offloads backend email management to the cloud so the thin client running on your device can let you zip through your inbox at a rapid pace while rethinking the workflow with abilities such as snoozing individual messages as if they were reminders and more. So is there anything not to like about Mailbox?

Apparently there is. According to one app developer, a database Mailbox maintains on your device is unsecured, potentially exposing your contacts, attachments and message contents to anyone who has physical access to your device, using just a simple file transfer tool like iExplorer or DiskAidRead More

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