Dispatch: The best iOS mail app I've seen

EDIT: Dispatch now supports TextExpander!

Email is 42 years old, so it’s a little bewildering to see such a resurgence of new apps1 for it over the past couple of years. Maybe this is email’s mid-life crisis, and the apps represent email’s brand new shiny red Ferrari.

Uh… anyway. Before I continue that weird analogy and anthropomorphize email any further, I’ll just get to the point.

MacStories reviewed a new email client this morning:

Whether it’s a calendar appointment, a task, or a note I want to store for reference, there’s no shortage of solutions to interact with Mail messages on OS X.

On iOS, Dispatch wants to replicate that experience through a share sheet that talks to 14 apps, its own snippet system, and other features aimed at enhancing the way you can archive and respond to emails on an iPhone.

I was pretty excited2 when I saw that Dispatch can actually do stuff with your email. As I wrote before, this is really what I want in an email application. I don’t need to make my email into a to-do system, and I don’t need to schedule things to come back on me or turn them different colors or put them in some arcane folder system.

I just want to touch it once and be done with it.

This looks like it might just let me do that. There’s only a couple of things that would make this the ultimate iOS Mail app for me. One of those would be allowing URL schemes, so you could set up custom actions. Another would be proper TextExpander integration. (The app has snippets, but all of mine are already in TextExpander, and I’m loving the new fill-ins functionality on iOS).

Dispatch is a reduced price on the app store for now: $2.99.

Quick tip: if you just want to send something to Omnifocus from Dispatch without leaving the app, just make sure that your default Reminders list is set to sync with Omnifocus, then send to Reminders in Dispatch instead.

  1. I guess we’re calling pretty much everything an app these days. At least it negates that awkward program/programme distinction. 

  2. This says more about me than I really want to.