My colleague Josh Larios has put together a version of the UW’s Pine email client for OS X.
While Pine isn’t the prettiest email client in the world, being bascially a character-baased unix terminal application, it is very full-functioned, including features that I haven’t seen in any other email client I use – like being able to search all the messages in a folder for any participaing in the mail (including To:, From:, Cc:).
Pine also allows you to keep your address books and configuration info in an IMAP folder on a remote server, which is really handy if you use multiple computers regularly.
The advantage to using Pine running natively on a desktop operating system, instead of using a terminal connecting to a unix host is that you can open attachments and urls in the email with just a click instead of having to separately download or copy and paste.
I don’t imagine that there’s a large audience for Pine on OS X, but I know it will come in very handy on my desktop. Thanks, Josh!
My only question is why he didn’t call it Pineapple 🙂