Why I Love: Airmail on macOS

As much as some of us would love to do without, email remains a constant in our lives. It's a vital communication medium that, despite collaboration tools such as Slack and Skype For Business, isn't going away anytime soon. 

Thankfully, there are some great tools out there. Apple Mail, despite great improvements in the last few releases, isn't without its faults and the power users out there need something more. 

My app of choice is Airmail on macOS.I'd like to point you to a post that I wrote for Think Productive that outlines some of the key features that keep Airmail as part of my weapon-savvy arsenal. There are far too many to outline, you have to dive in and look for yourself, however, there are some must-have components to Airmail that are sadly lacking in Apple Mail and some competitors. 

Check the Think Productive post out here. I'd love to know how you utilise Airmail or if there are other tools that you prefer (and why..!). I've turned the comments on below so you can feedback. 

Using OmniFocus Notes and Airmail together

The Notes field in OmniFocus 2 is amazing. It can be used for so many purposes, however in this post, I’m going to outline just one. Automatically referencing emails in my email application of choice, Airmail

I frequently record actions in OmniFocus that require either a follow-up to an email I’ve archived. Sometimes, I just need to quickly pull up the email to grab some key information. In order to do this, I drag a copy of the email into the Notes field of my OmniFocus action. 

Here’s how. 

As you can see below, we have a project in OmniFocus to organise a seminar. I’ve sent an email out already, however I need a task in place to followup on a given date. If I’ve had no response, it would be great to just open the email directly from within OmniFocus rather than find the email within Airmail.

The only available action is Receive confirmation of booking request so I highlight this action and press  and  together to bring up the Notes field. I use a TextExpander abbreviation to enter a date and time stamp, so I have a clear indication as to when I performed the action. 

Next, I open Airmail and find the email that is associated with the task. Once found, I left click the email to select and then, with my thumb still ‘left-clicking’ on the trackpad, I use the Application Switcher ( and TAB) to switch views to OmniFocus. The email is still on screen, waiting to be dropped somewhere. I move to the open Notes field, just after my date stamp and drop it in.

When the Defer date passes and the action is available to me, I don’t need to open Airmail to find the email I sent a week ago, I can reference it directly from within the OmniFocus action itself. 

This is one of those small workflows that I use every single day without fail and is one of the reasons why I only really process email when I’m on my laptop, as I find this process a lot easier on macOS, rather than iOS. That’s not to say there isn’t a way of doing it quickly on iOS, I just haven’t taken the time to look, as this works so well. 

This doesn’t,  of course refer only to emails. This is great for embedding files, maps, shortcuts to web content - you name it!

As ever, I hope this helps some of you!

Airmail 2 - A Winning Upgrade

Airmail 2 is out now and it took me all of thirty seconds to decide this worth paying the upgrade pricing (currently sitting at £6.99/$9.99, 50% off)

With the interface enhanced for Yosemite and a wealth of new features (for the full list, click here) it's money very well spent.

I have been using Yosemite in it's beta form for a while now and I swore to myself that I would give Mail.app a decent crack of the whip. I wanted to see how much the Handoff extension would be of benefit to me and, in truth, it isn't. If I start an email, I'm generally going to finish it because I try to never leave a task unfinished.

However the bland interface just grated on me for far too long and the interaction out of the box that Airmail offers with my old favourites like Evernote, OmniFocus and Fantastical mean I've moved back to Airmail full time.

Check it out.  It's better than ever