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by Alexander Obenauer
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May 13, 2020

Hey crew!

I'm working on the finishing touches of a rather large update now.

Some background:

Originally, I planned to put search in the "More" tab, and I expected it to work like MP3's search (which runs a local search for recent messages, and defaults to IMAP search for anything further).

During initial testing last year as we were discerning exactly how this new kind of email client should work, one of the major things that kept coming up was the need for wicked fast search. It was clear that it needed to be fast to activate, fast to use, fast to run the searches, and fast to get you into the results you're looking for.

Burying search in the more tab and relying on the notoriously slow IMAP search implementation on most email servers wasn't going to cut it.

So, much of the internals of our favorite email app needed an overhaul: in order to provide a wicked fast search experience, Mail Pilot needed to do a lot of new things.

Things like caching message headers locally in a database (effectively now becoming home to a traditional disconnected client's IMAP sync engine), to gracefully handling Gmail's chaotic implementation of labels-as-folders via IMAP (and the baffling decision to make the IMAP folder "[Gmail]/All Mail" be both the archive folder and also home to a copy of every message, a decision which requires code specific to Gmail accounts in email clients that want to handle search most effectively).

There were a lot of shortcuts available to make the re-engineerings, re-factorings, and new development go faster but result in a worse user experience. True to the purpose of this new generation of Mail Pilot, I decided against each and every shortcut available.

The result: a slow and steady development of the foundation that will power a world-class search experience, as well as a handful of other major features in future versions.

Nearing the end of the development, the foundation is almost set. I will kick off testing soon with a small group of folks. The update will roll out once we have pinned down all of the details of the search experience (and of course, ironed out all the bugs hiding trying to hide from me).

Stay tuned, and I hope you all are well!

This update was initially shared in the Mail Pilot Yacht Club Slack group.

by Alexander Obenauer
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April 14, 2020

In March, we introduced The New Mail Pilot to the world. Missed the announcement? Check it out here »

One of the first things you'll notice about the new app is its entirely new user interface.

The new card-style user interface brings your most important emails to your fingertips, allowing you to fluidly and directly interact with your inbox, without having to navigate around a bunch of screens to do what you need to do. Check out this new video all about it:

After years of design and development, we have spent the last six months testing and tweaking this new interface with a group of dedicated testers who have helped us refine this new vision for email.

Now, we're beginning to roll it out. Stay tuned for more video updates, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, and make sure you're receiving our newsletter by subscribing on the home page.

by Alexander Obenauer
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April 14, 2020

For the last three years, I’ve been working on a totally new Mail Pilot. More than that, it’s a totally new way to do email.

Today, I want to share the first look at what I’ve been cooking up:

This new Mail Pilot represents a dramatic shift in every part of building and using an email client, but I’ll save that and more for the coming weeks.

If you want to stay up to date with the new Mail Pilot, sign up on the website:

👉 Head to mailpilot.app to sign up for more info as it’s available

Right now, the new Mail Pilot is being tested by 1,000 customers who pre-ordered the app. It’s been in testing with increasing batches of pre-order customers since last year, and I’ve been working closely with them to make sure we’re developing the right solution for today’s problems.

Many of the conversations we’ve had in our Slack workspace have led to some pretty fundamental additions or changes. Having a community of early users in Slack has been a huge part of building this new generation of Mail Pilot apps.

The community has always been responsible for making Mail Pilot happen, from its earliest days on Kickstarter, to its more recent reboot. Building with the Mail Pilot community is a natural fit, and it serves to make this Mail Pilot truly great.

I can’t wait to share more with you, so stay tuned. More to come in the weeks ahead!

by Alexander Obenauer
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April 14, 2020

In 2011, we first unveiled our vision for the future of email.

In 2017, we got to work on our second such vision.

To kick off 2020, we're making it official.

Mail Pilot Discovery Edition → The New Mail Pilot

It became clear during the last few years of development that what we were building in Mail Pilot Discovery Edition was much more than just the R&D flavor of our product. It was quickly becoming our new vision for the future of email. One that executes gracefully on today's problems & wants in email. So it will now drop the "Discovery Edition" moniker, and simply become the new Mail Pilot.

Mail Pilot 3 → Mail Pilot Classic

Mail Pilot 3, which many of you have on your Macs today, is the best-ever execution on the original ideas that made Mail Pilot popular. It will continue to be available, it will continue to be a one-time paid flavor of the app, it will continue to be developed, and it will sport a new name: Mail Pilot Classic. That's because it has all of the classic Mail Pilot features like reminders, unified lists, complete & incomplete, and set aside.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

When our last website launched, we got a ton of questions. There were simply too many terms for too many things.

So we're going extremely simple: our home page now shows off the future: the new Mail Pilot. That's it. And as always, you can dive in for more.

Get the release

Right now, we're rolling out the app in stages.

Be sure to sign up for an invite at mailpilot.app. If you are part of the Yacht Club, you're already on the list!

We've got a lot to show you, and lots to come, so stay tuned.

Youll never look at email the same way again.
Eight years ago, we first reimagined email.
Now, we've done it again.
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