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Ask DN: Carousel and Mailbox are dead. What are your alternatives?

6 years ago from , Designer @ ashrafali.net

With Carousel gone, my photo management solution (a thinly-veiled one, to be honest) just went out the window. And Mailbox was a stellar mail app (that stagnated for too long).

DN Users, what are your alternative recommendations? I've already switched over to Inbox by Google to align philosophies but perhaps there are stronger alternatives. And as for Carousel, cracking photo management is tough as hell. With iCloud Photo Library scaring me off and Google Photos mining my photos for their privacy gimmicks, what would you recommend?

24 comments

  • Account deleted 6 years ago

    +1 for Airmail. Relatively full-featured and lightning-fast.

    4 points
    • Taylor Van OrdenTaylor Van Orden, 6 years ago

      +1 for me too. Their color coded unified email is stellar too.

      Still trying to find a great unified inbox for Android. I have 5 emails that I consistently use. Switching on inbox / Gmail is already killing me and it's been 12 hours.

      0 points
  • amy liu, almost 6 years ago

    There's an app that just got updated yesterday called Forevery Photo that integrates with Dropbox - you can leave all your pics on Dropbox and then use this app as a search and organization layer on top of them! It's pretty cool - they use artificial intelligence to recognize what's in your photos and automatically tag and keyword them. https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1005812175?mt=8%20

    3 points
  • Rich TaborRich Tabor, 6 years ago

    Just using standard Mac Mail these days. I've tried switching to these "email, redefined" type apps, but none have really hit the mark imo.

    3 points
  • Braden HammBraden Hamm, 6 years ago

    My Carousel alternative will launch on web, iOS and Android in a few weeks. I need to update the landing page to reflect that:

    http://gumwall.com

    2 points
  • Mirza SadovicMirza Sadovic, 6 years ago

    As a day 1 Mailbox user (I hated those million invite queues), I actually can recommend Outlook. I've toyed around with most of the mentioned email apps, and Outlook just struck me as one of the most clean and powerful options. I'm also a big Sunrise Calendar fan, so hearing they will roll it into Outlook is additional motivation for me to stick with it.

    0 points
  • barry saundersbarry saunders, 6 years ago

    Airmail on Mac, Boxer on iOS (like Mailbox, but supports Exchange as well)

    0 points
  • Juan HerreraJuan Herrera, 6 years ago

    I'm currently testing Polymail on OSX and am quite happy with it thus far, it could be a great Mailbox successor (along with its own added flavour). It still has a long way to go but the dev team is very fast and responsive to update. Lots of potential here.

    And I just downloaded Spark for iOS. My first impression is that it feels like a very robust and customisable version of Mailbox, so I'm really looking forward to play with it a bit more.

    0 points
  • Fatih TuranFatih Turan, 6 years ago

    I think you can try Google Photos for Carousel and Google Inbox (for OS X with Fluid app) for Mailbox.

    0 points
  • Patrick SmithPatrick Smith, 6 years ago

    Outlook on iPhone, Unibox on Mac

    0 points
  • Daryl GinnDaryl Ginn, 6 years ago

    I've always used the default Mail client on Mac.

    0 points
  • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 6 years ago

    Carousel is being rolled into the core Dropbox app, so chill a little bit.

    for email, there's Inbox or Outlook (yes, seriously.)

    0 points
    • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 6 years ago

      The core Dropbox app is slow as shit. Unless they're redoing it, a new feature isn't going to be that helpful. One of the things I liked most about Carousel is that I got to see my files quickly.

      0 points
      • Jim SilvermanJim Silverman, 6 years ago

        safe assumption that their refocusing on the core app will lead to improved performance?

        0 points
        • Joel CalifaJoel Califa, 6 years ago

          They have almost 1000 employees. I doubt that Carousel and Mailbox were taking that many resources away from the core product.

          0 points
  • Spencer HoltawaySpencer Holtaway, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    Apple Mail, 2 massive hard drives (2, in case one fails)

    0 points
  • Pedro PintoPedro Pinto, 6 years ago

    I'm going to try Inbox

    0 points
    • Zuno Young, 6 years ago

      inbox is awesome! I could achieve inbox zero everyday thanks to it. if you don't need to other email clients, go for inbox :)

      0 points
  • Oliver PattisonOliver Pattison, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

    My guess is that Dropbox will still auto-upload photos, which is my core Dropbox use on my phone. That works today even without Carousel installed. But it does make me lose a bit of confidence in Dropbox.

    I had already quit Mailbox a couple of months ago because I could see this coming. My replacement is Apple Mail, which is missing a lot of features I care about, but it’s just email. Apple Mail does render email better, and it does hook into iOS and OS X more nicely than Mailbox ever could.

    I’m a paying customer of Dropbox, but these moves (acquiring aggressively, shutting down rapidly) are strong suggestions that venture capital investors are in charge and that a good product will always come second to growth. It does make me question whether I should be relying so heavily on Dropbox.

    0 points
    • Kris KimKris Kim, 6 years ago

      I'm also the one who switched to Apple Mail from Mailbox and I'm happy about it. Just being curious, which features do you think Apple Mail is missing?

      0 points
      • Oliver PattisonOliver Pattison, 6 years ago

        Two key features:

        • Delaying email for later (preset or specific)
        • UI for sorting email quickly (technically exists in Apple Mail, but isn't very good compared to Gmail or Mailbox)
        0 points
    • Zuno Young, 6 years ago

      why not google photos? the app feels more responsive than carousel (base on my experience with it months ago before deciding to ditch carousel...)

      0 points
      • Oliver PattisonOliver Pattison, 6 years ago (edited 6 years ago )

        Sure – I’d consider Google Photos. I’m a bit skeptical having used it in 2011-2013 when it was attached to Google Plus. Dropbox has been a relief compared to that experience because it simply syncs mobile photos with a folder on my other computers. That it also uploads it to a website and is accessible in an app are just nice additional features. For me, the workflow of automatically syncing photos and screenshots is an improvement on “cloud”-based uploading (like Apple Photos or how Google Photos has worked in my experience) which is more hassle than it’s worth when these photos are pretty important to me.

        0 points
  • Jonathan SimcoeJonathan Simcoe, 6 years ago

    I've moved to Picturelife for photos because you can upload RAW files in addition to JPEG. It has some quirks but it works.

    For email I've moved back to Sparrow and I love every second of it.

    0 points