Triage: Email First Aid
By Southgate Labs
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Triage is for people who struggle to stay on top of their inbox. It doesn't try to replace your desktop mail client, but lets you use your downtime to quickly remove the noise and stress.
"Since I’ve been using Triage, I’m more caught up on my email than I have been in years." — Daring Fireball
"Triage makes it feel seamless, and even fun, to achieve—if not Inbox Zero—at least Inbox Zen." — Macworld
"Triage is my new favorite email app for iPhone." — MacStories
"Triage is simple, clean, fast, and one of my new favorite apps." — iMore
When you sign in to your mail account, your new messages will appear as a stack of cards. Simply flick messages up to archive, or flick them down to keep in your inbox for later. You can also tap a message to view its full contents, and compose a short reply.
Triage supports Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and iCloud Mail accounts, and most email services that support IMAP.
What's New in Version 1.1.4
• Fixed a crash when switching accounts
Great idea, some problems
Triage is a great idea. I use it daily on my work Outlook/Exchange account, via IMAP, to quickly get rid of the useless email.
But, Triage has some problems. The most annoying to me is that it fails to be able to send email about 30% of the time. Which would not be so bad if Triage managed to save my draft reply in the Drafts folder. But it fails to do THAT 100% of the time. I have had to train myself not to write long emails in Triage.
So long as I can remember to use Triage only for, well, triage, quickly getting rid of read once and archive email, Triage works fine.
triage is an example of an app that is really just an extension to an existing app. Trouble is, the extension app needs to implement its good idea, and enough of the rest of the basic functionality to be useful. The future for something like Triage is probably to get bought by a company with a better overall mail client - or to have the basic idea used.
There are a whole slew of companies and apps working in this space, of being able to handle email more efficiently.
I use Google Inbox mostly for my personal gmail, and Triage for work. If Google Inbox were usable with Outlook/Exchange, I would probably use it rather than Triage.
I use several other mail clients for more in depth mail reading. Including Outlook on my PC. But Triageon my iPhone is a good adjunct.
Since installing Triage I no longer use the built in Mail app at all. I use Triage to check my mail, quickly archive the junk, quickly respond to the stuff that needs quick responses, and save the rest for when I get to my desk. It saves me time, it keeps me from staring at my phone, and it keeps my inbox clear. There is, for me, no downside to this app.
I'm very, very happy I purchased this app, and I think you will be happy, too.
My inbox has a new hero
I spent less than an hour in this app after buying it today, and my unread count went down by 90%.
I feel so much more in control.
How to further improve:
Naturally I’d like to be able to flick left and right for additional actions
Seemed odd to start at the oldest messages with no option to reverse that order
Sometimes redraws were slow enough that the item I flicked seemed to just disappear instead of being tossed. It is a little unsettling
Overall though this app is a specialized and useful breath of fresh air. Thank you for making it work with arbitrary IMAP accounts! May the FSM grace you with his noodle-y appendage for this kindness! 🍝