Basically there are two types of desktop users, very generalized, those who access their emails directly through the web browser and those who prefer to access through another app. Email clients are very famous, and in the Linux world no different. By the way, we've already posted a post highlighting some mail clients on Linux and you can access by this link. THE Bluemail is a cross-platform email client available for Windows, Linux, iOS and Android. With a modern and elegant look, the minimalist application is to the point. Perhaps because of its simplicity some advanced users will not be satisfied with the program. In my view the program looks like a mix between several current customers, with similarities and features that resemble the Mailspring, Geary and himself Windows 10 Email Client.
Setting up an extremely intuitive account, and even though some parts of its interface are not completely translated into Portuguese, there is no difficulty. Starting the program for the first time, a screen requesting an email appears. No pre-registration or anything, just log in with your account (in my case, I used Gmail).
Customer supports an interesting range of services, at any time you may add additional accounts.
If you like darker interfaces, BlueMail natively has a variant of dark mode. I know this feature attracts many users, after all, I'm among them ().
Having a concise organization, some elements such as panels and mailing lists can be hidden. Each email account can be viewed separately or unified when presented on screen. Even without many resources, it was the small details that caught my attention. When searching for incoming emails, you can change a simple selector key and filter only people. By clicking on the three dots next to this key, more options will appear.
As I mentioned earlier, there are parts to the interface in English. This is not a hindrance, but a detail that could not go unnoticed, obviously that this issue can influence usability, depending on the profile of the person. In this respect the program is poor compared to alternatives such as Mozilla Thundebird or even Outlook. However, it seems that the BlueMail audience is not the advanced user.
Customization is not the strong point of the program, however interesting features are present. I specifically refer to Subscription, a feature that people think is important. There is more, but I encourage you to have your own conclusions about BlueMail.
At the beginning of this post I added the links as each version of BlueMail, it is noteworthy that in Windows the program can be found directly in your store, as well as in Ubuntu.
Because it is distributed in Snap, BlueMail can be easily installed on most Linux distributions. However, Snap must be previously configured on your system, in Ubuntu this step is not required. Access this subject and enable Snap support in your distribution. Remember that depending on your distro, the process can only be done via terminal, since not every store has support for Snap packages.
Once you have configured it, and if you prefer to install via terminal, proceed as follows:
sudo snap install bluemail
If you want to remove the app:
sudo snap remove bluemail
Particularly live mixing between email and web clients, I am currently using browser direct, but I confess that after the last release of Geary, I have been testing several applications again. I know that web interfaces evolve in such a way that for many, applications in this style are redundant. However, having options is good and I think many users like to know alternatives and news.
Reinforcing, worth the test, but if you are used to the endless options of Thunderbird, BlueMail will not be your pleasure. Another detail worth mentioning was the absence of an icon in the system tray. I don't know if the problem related to the current Snap, I only know that in screenshots on Snapcraft The tray icon is present and in my Ubuntu 18.04 no.
Do you access your emails via browser or make use of another app? Leave comments on your BlueMail experience and possible tips for blog readers.
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