Emails will probably never die, but when new apps change the way we use them, it may feel like the worst parts have been tormented.
In the wake of the sunsets of popular apps like Inbox and Mailbox, many have failed to find an email client to fill the void. I experimented for a while with so-called premium e-mail clients, and a small team in Copenhagen built what has become my favorite lately.
Tempo is an e-mail app – currently in its free beta version – that seeks to minimize distractions and help you become more aware and less obsessed with e To be -mails.
"We believe that we can provide something better for emails, but they can not be everything for everyone," said co-founder Sebastian Stockmarr in an interview with TechCrunch. "I think we're ready for this fragmentation of the market in which we can actually have these niche products, but they are still for the most widely used technology for communication. "Moment though the platform support for Android, iOS and Windows is eligible.
Tempos niche is grown a little bit since the beginning of the development, and the co-founders have simplified some of their original Spartan design decisions. Contained a desktop app where you could not access your full inbox, and a mobile-friendly beta app that does not support you at all. Responding emails Sending notifications affected productivity and this email was nil e thought as ubiquitous blood in life. The app was "hard-coded in good habits," Stockmarr told me. Over time, the app has become more appealing to a general user, but as the company prepares to launch its mobile app, it tries to ensure that users do not return to bad habits with the right user interface.
"Mobile is a pretty important part," says Stockmarr. "If we want to allow people to focus more and be less disturbed by things, the biggest killer is in our pockets."
The app has just come out of their invite-only days in the last few weeks and after leaving. Over the last few months, I've started to enjoy some subtleties. The last email service I spent time with was Superhuman. So expect a few comparisons.
Tempo is an email app designed to focus your attention. Work tool tools are so often about sending you mixed signals that pull you out of work. Tempo is a design-oriented desktop email app that lets you do everything in full-screen mode on your computer and make your more trivial emails fade while you do your other work.
The basic difference between the Two-app Superhuman is optimized so that users can quickly get into and leave the app to keep them up-to-date. However, Tempo is more focused on getting you into the app, but using it less per day. Of course, I did not get my emails at less pace, but I spend more time sending emails in the app.
The most useful feature of Superhuman was dividing the Inbox into sent messages just for you and for those who are more likely to be spam or low priority spam. You can not currently set new inbox buckets or set your own rules. This may prevent power users from adopting them.
"Focus" is a dedicated mode in the app where only your latest emails are thrown in full screen right in front of you, giving you the ability to archive, delete, send to the workspace or a quick To send an answer. The quick answers are fun. They arbitrarily give you a "limit" of 140 characters that you can of course exceed, but Tempo finds places that encourage you to just do what you need instead of rattling.
The workspace is probably the main distinguishing feature of the app – it's a to-do list that will provide you with emails that are probably more than a quick response Justify and possibly require some messages before they are sent safely out of the head. Given the parallelism of the mantras of GTD and Inbox Zero, it makes perfect sense to combine a finish-to-go interface with your inbox. One feature that I do not use because I can not really afford it as a reporter (or as I tell myself) are scheduled notifications that only send you one or two desktop notifications a day to let you know about them to check e-mails. You can control when they arrive, and it's a good idea not to shy away from building a few emails in your inbox instead of compulsively checking them.
There are still some design quirks that I do not like, especially in terms of how the search works, some of the answering / forwarding mechanisms, and the occasional beta bug, but it seems to help me to be healthier with e-mail. To deal with emails without preaching. While competing apps like Superhuman focus on speed, the founders of Tempo say that shaving milliseconds from open times is not the focus of their interest.
"Speed in itself is not a goal for us," explains Stockmarr TechCrunch.
That seems pretty much in line with the design ethos of the product, but it could also have something to do with the fact that Tempo has only five people in his team and does not intend to risk big ventures in the near future. They believe they are in the reach of profitability with the current funds from Tempo's design studio founders.
Tempo's Mac desktop app is currently free, but once the startup launches its mobile app, they plan to charge you $ 15 a month for the service. The service may cost half of Superhuman's $ 30 / month, but the startup test will force users to compare how the app feels about their relationship with emails and how their credit card works feels.