Matt Ronge is working a new open source IMAP email client for OS X.
In an email, Matt explained to me how it will beat the pants off existing email clients that support IMAP:
Kiwi is a new e-mail application built from the ground up to support IMAP and the latest Mac OS X features. It features a native, Cocoa-based interface, and an engine designed for high performance (Kiwi is currently able to handle folders containing up to 60,000 messages).
Most other clients were designed for POP3 with IMAP support as a later patch, but IMAP is a totally different paradigm. So to truly take advantage of it, an application needs to be written around it and Kiwi is being written specifically for Kiwi. Kiwi’s goal is to provide the best IMAP experience on the Mac OS X platform, and best of all it’s going to be open source so everyone can contribute their great ideas.
Kiwi has a web site , where you can read more about it and will be able to download the beta when it is released. He says that the beta is still “some months away”.
Matt has also written a post on his site, setting out what’s wrong with IMAP support in existing clients (Mail.app is “slowly getting better”, he says) and suggesting some other ways in which it could be done.
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Tags: Apple Mail, email, email clients, imap, kiwi, mail.app