Postbox Reviews

Postbox on Mac

Review by tw1
about Postbox and Thunderbird Jan 2017

Contrary to earlier reviews that said Postbox had stopped/slowed development, Postbox is now version 5 and development continues with updates every few weeks - now at 5.0.9 as I write this. It's like Thunderbird but with a cleaner interface though the recent attempts to brighten it up with color outlines around some buttons looks weak. Personally, if you want those kinds of bells and whistles, Airmail works fine and has lot of color if you want it. I prefer my email lean and mean.

Since Postbox is based on Thunderbird, my biggest gripe is that they require Thunderbird extension developers to add some code to their extensions in order to be compatible, and most developers apparently could care less about Postbox. Some extensions do work, but it would be nice if more did. That said, some of the abilities extensions give you in Thunderbird are already built into Postbox.

Is it worth the price versus free Thunderbird? I got an upgrade discount for being a previous purchaser of Postbox but I would never have paid their new retail price ($49 now, I think) for it. They do offer a lifetime license for that price, but with the number of email programs out there for all OSes, there is too much competition if you're a penny pincher. Since I'm a creature of habit, I'll stick with it for now.


Postbox and Thunderbird 1 Helpful

Review by snakyjake4
about Postbox and Thunderbird May 2016

Been using Postbox for a while. It's basically tweaks Thunderbird, so Thunderbird is still the core running the email client. If you like Thunderbird, you'll like Postbox better. If you don't like Thunderbird, Postbox is really the same thing with a different theme.

Thunderbird/Postbox don't seem to be going anywhere and the development isn't very active. So whatever you get is what you are going to get for a long time.

Hopefully the Postbox developers who accepted my money are going to enhance the product, not just copy Thunderbird's code.


Not different enough from Thunderbird 1 Helpful

Negative Review by snakyjake4
about Postbox and Thunderbird Oct 2015

1) Security

IMAP email is stored unencrypted.

2) No Linux version

Thunderbird has a Linux version.

3) Support?

None to maybe little.

4) Plugins
Not as many as Thunderbird, but I never thought Thunderbird had that many good plugins either.
Not entirely sure if Postbox is using the most recent version of the plugins.

5) Versus Thunderbird

No difference with free and open Thunderbird, except for the theme. If there is a difference, I can't tell.

6) Cost

Why pay for this when you can get the same product free (Thunderbird)?

My guess is Postbox was trying to take a financial advantage when people thought Mozilla was going to end Thunderbird development. But Postbox was wrong. Actually, I don't really see Postbox doing much development.

There's probably not profit to be made to motivate development and future viability, therefore I think it would be best to go with open source or a more popular product.

PostBox v4.0.5


Nice, but...

Negative Review by nandayo
about Postbox Mar 2013

Postbox is great but it's almost dead. Windows version looks almost like Thunderbird and not as good as the Mac version. Development is psycho slow, no customer support (hello? it's a paid program!), 1% of the Thunderbird extensions work and then only really old versions. No one knows how to make extensions compatible etc.


Shocked, looking at the Windows UI

Negative Review by RobertRedford
about Postbox Aug 2012

When I first saw some screenshots of the MacOSX UI of Postbox I was very excited. After I installed the Windows version I was kinda shocked because it looks almost identical to Thunderbird.

Postbox for Windows IS Thunderbird. Slower Thunderbird (yep, really possible!) with a lot of more bugs, 1/1000 of the official Thunderbird extensions work, no developer information about how to convert existing extensions to the "new" Postbox format and 10 bucks (current price) for a product which is normally free is ridiculous.