Review: Triage mail app

Review: Triage mail app

It seems every week I'm suggested a new productivity app to try out by friends and colleagues. I'm certain this is a not-so-subtle hint that I need to get my life better organised, but it sure has helped me pick up tools I couldn't work without such as Evernote, Pocket, and Writer.

My latest suggestion is for a homegrown email app called Triage ($2.59 from the Apple App Store), developed by the folks at Southgate Labs in Wellington.

Triage isn't a full replacement for your desktop mail client (it says as much in the App Store). As its name suggests it's meant to be the first step towards taking the knife towards your email bloat. It shows you emails in a stack of cards which can easily be responded to, saved for later or archived away.

A couple of weeks ago I reviewed Mailbox, another app designed to help you reach email nirvana – and free to boot. Triage is far simpler to use but that means it has fewer features, such as Mailbox's snooze/read-it-later function I fell in love with. Triage is intuitive – there's not much more to learn than swiping up and down and pressing the reply button. No doubt this ease of use hides months of programming hell involved for those at Southgate.

Where there is a vital difference between the two apps is Triage supports multiple email types where Mailbox only has eyes for Gmail. I have my personal Gmail account and work Office 365 account running smoothly side by side.

I recommend you give Triage a go, if nothing else you're supporting a Kiwi company and helping to end the war on email.

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