eM Client – Near Perfection For Email And More

in Email, Productivity

eM Client Review

I have never been a fan of web browser-based email interfaces, preferring instead to use a third-party email client. This started back in the dark days of the web with Eudora, The Bat!, Pocomail – the list goes on and on.  Do a search here for Mailbird and you will find I was initially smitten, but a number of issues saw me transfer my allegiance to Postbox and that was when further issues emerged.

Sometime after I retired, I was approached to do some consultancy for a company and, recently, they updated the required email signature to include graphics. Now I could have used Outlook which does handle formatted signatures well but I consider this a piece of bloated crapware. Postbox would initially take the formatted signature, but lose the graphics when the app was shut down. That was when I discovered eM Client.

Paid For eM Client Pro In Days

I had visited eM Client a few years ago, but never took it further than trialling it for a week or so. This time was different. For starters, the interface had greatly improved to a slick, easy on the eye design. When you first install eM Client you are given four weeks as the premium/pro version to allow you to see how the software works. If you don’t buy the pro version you are limited to just two accounts.  I have nine email accounts to monitor and the software handled them so well I paid up for the premium version after just two days. I was that confident I was going to be in this relationship for the long-term.

On installation, the first thing that struck me was how much like Outlook eM Client was. There were integrated calendars, contacts and tasks modules. Unlike Outlook, here you can customise the look and use of the app to your heart’s content. If you don’t want the tasks and widgets modules on the left-hand sidebar, right-click and untick them. Gone.  In fact, there is hardly any part of eM Client that you cannot modify to your own personal preferences. There is also a smattering of themes for you to change the overall look.

Automatic Email Setup

Setting up email accounts is simplicity itself.  Just type in the email address and password and eM Client kicks into action, working out whether the account is Gmail, Exchange, Office 365, iCloud or another major email service and sets up all the relevant fields. No more manually entering server details, whether it is POP3 or IMAP, port numbers, etc. That has to be a positive for people with dyslexic fingers.

For even more simplicity there is also a facility to import all data from your existing email client.

eM Client also populates the relevant account calendar with two-way synchronisation.  I found that Google Calendar doesn’t always play ball, but this is nothing to do with eM Client as the same happens to my calendar apps on my Android devices.

eM Client Contacts

The contacts module within the app is very comprehensive, almost like a complete CMS system.  You can add contact systems for almost every method and field known to mankind – email, phone, mobile, addresses, birthdays and numerous online chat modules. Almost unique, you can also upload files to a contact. So, if you need to keep minutes, agendas, etc close to hand, you can allocate them to that specific contact.

As you can see from the image, left, if the individual has a social media account, the avatar is added to the contact details.

Over the years, working with hundreds and possibly thousands of individuals, there is the risk of duplication. eM Client has a built-in de-duplicator which can be run against emails, calendar events, tasks and contacts. With the latter, you have the opportunity to delete or merge duplicate contacts.

Summary

There is not enough space here to outline the full features and potential of eM Client, but if you are looking for a fully featured email, calendar and contact client (forgot about tasks, widgets etc) then you really should take this package for a test drive.

 

 

 

 

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