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Posted by Lucas
Jun 25, 2020 at 04:08 PM


(I hope this question counts as being tangentially related to outlining insofar as it’s a question of the structured, visual display of information.)

I tried out the new Hey.com email service, and the one feature that strikes me as uniquely efficient is the “Focus & Reply” view, which shows a vertical ribbon of emails (with body text) that need replies, and each email has a reply box to its right. This allows for a highly streamlined way of replying to a bunch of emails quickly. Does anyone know of any email programs that include a similar feature/view?


Posted by washere
Jun 25, 2020 at 05:40 PM


Which platform? I wouldn’t pay subs for an email client. Best one for windows Mac Linux is free & open source too. Thunderbird from Mozilla.


If paying for secure email app, proton by the same few scientists from CERN who setup the proton VPN. Tgough even that has free version apps on the app stores.



On Android the best client is aqua which even on the phone gives me dual panes, pane divider can be moved too. List of multi emails: Gmail, MS outlook Hotmail, Yahoo, etc or even ones’ own domains’ pop3 servers appear in the left Pane. With a few top folders for each + Other folders for that email visible in left lane. Right pane shows emails list for the folder chosen + from the email account chosen in the left Pane. Clicking on email, can see quick reply icon at bottom. Free version:


One time payment to unlock & remove ads:


By the mobisys team (have their licensed dictionaries’ apps too: Oxford Collins etc) & one of the biggest selling apps globally, regularly updated. Nice with dual panes, multi email accounts in left pane, dark themes, on Chromebooks or even phones. Works well.

Don’t know if above apps fit OP’s request, typed as might help others. Good luck.


Posted by Lucas
Jun 25, 2020 at 06:08 PM


Thanks, @washere. To answer your question, for the moment, I’m ideally looking for something either online or for Windows, but if there is something on another platform that includes the feature in question, I would be interested to know.


Posted by washere
Jun 25, 2020 at 06:18 PM


By far the best on windows, and Mac Linux too, is Thunderbird. Totally secure, free, open source, will never die as legions of coders willing to step in, plus Mozilla Corp backing.

Can have multi emails on it, Gmail MS outlook Hotmail, Yahoo etc own domains pop3… All appear in left pane like aqua but on big desktop. Regular updates.

Plus hundreds of plugins, themes, calendars, todos, etc which let you shape it into whatever you like. The only option for long term investment of time for many. I use dark theme, and their Beta with even more updates. Nothing comes close. Just ask on their forums for exactly what you want and someone will point the right settings & plugins.



Posted by washere
Jun 25, 2020 at 06:58 PM


+ per OP: if you right_mouse click on an email title in the list of emails in mz thunderbird, option: Reply to sender only, is available, plus a few other reply…. & forward options.


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