I know, it’s a bold assertion. But, please, bear with me: as a longtime Unix- head, I need a tool that allows me to zoom through my emails rather than click-glance-click-glance-click-yawn-right-click-delete, etc.
For years I’ve been happy with Mutt because nothing compares with using
the arrow keys to navigate through my emails, ALT-O to open a folder, SHIFT-
O-R to do a reverse-sort, M for a new message, etc.
That, and using Visor, give me the comfort of a HUD-based email management tool whose speed is quite unbeatable.
Unfortunately, with today’s evolution of mail, everything is more or less HTML-based, which really doesn’t work well with Mutt – even using V to open in a text-based browser isn’t that good. If I ask Mutt to open a full-fledged browser instead, there goes the speed advantage…
So, I have reluctantly moved to a pure Google Mail solution and my experience has been positive so far: I run GMail as a standalone program using Fluid -- on another platform I would use Prism -- and I can keep using keyboard shortcuts for all my tasks!
If you wish to give it a try, start with only this subset of GMail’s keyboard shortcuts: JKEX#[ENTER]U are all you need to replicate 99% of your Mutt experience…
K / J : cursor up/down
X : select message
E : archive messages
# : delete messages
ENTER : read message
U : back to messages list