New mural! If you like seeing things get painted in fast motion, check it out :)

hotmail, outlook.com Update

Microsoft adding support for IMAP got a bunch of people psyched to be able to add their hotmail and outlook.com accounts to Alto. We’re right there with you!

It should be that simple but unfortunately it’s not. Like a majority of other mail clients, Alto makes use of the UIDPlus extension to IMAP, and MS hasn’t yet added support for that. Until they do these accounts won’t work in Alto. :-(

What’s UIDPlus? It makes IMAP more efficient, allowing mail clients to move & delete messages and save drafts more easily, and it’s crucial to the way Alto works. So for now, it’s “stay tuned” on this front. 

It’s time to get sharey. That’s right – why not? Has Alto been good to you or what? OK yea we know, still tons to do, and we’re working on it. But we’re also hoping it’s been a big refreshing change from the grid-views of Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail or most other mail services, and that you’re liking it enough to let others in on it. 

This quick video shows how. Thanks!

"Invite a friend" feels so… "private beta" – don’t you think?
We’re officially in Public Beta Land which means bye bye invite gate! With the recent updates we’ve made to Alto you can share your love of Stacks with all your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. And there’s no limit on love. Just click on the “share” icon on the lower left panel in your Alto inbox and let everyone know you’re staying ahead of the stream of emails with Stacks.
We’ll have a couple more updates in the coming weeks but so far, public beta feels pretty good. Let us know what you think!

"Invite a friend" feels so… "private beta" – don’t you think?

We’re officially in Public Beta Land which means bye bye invite gate! With the recent updates we’ve made to Alto you can share your love of Stacks with all your friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. And there’s no limit on love. Just click on the “share” icon on the lower left panel in your Alto inbox and let everyone know you’re staying ahead of the stream of emails with Stacks.

We’ll have a couple more updates in the coming weeks but so far, public beta feels pretty good. Let us know what you think!

Stacks are streams of mail, and putting an image on them makes ‘em quick to recognize. This is a quick video showing how that’s done.

Stacks: the concept

Stacks and Folders

Since folders have been around forever, pretty much everyone knows how they work: Drag a message to a folder, and that’s where that single message now resides.

Stacks are different.

When you drag a message to a stack, you’re creating a category of messages. (Oh yes – do I hear some noise for categories?)

Stacks aren’t necessarily a ‘home’ for emails, the way folders are.

Instead, stacks are a view of messages. A way of viewing them.

Stacks are sorting tools.

Click a stack, and you’re basically clicking a button to sort your account a specific way. 

  - All messages from Amazon, for example. 

  - All messages relating to a certain Project. Or a Client. 

  - Everything sent from or about School.

Since stacks are Alto-specific sorting shortcuts, they don’t affect your source account at all.  

The AND and the OR

At the top of stack settings is a line describing the messages in a stack. 

If you set up a stack to sort by more than one rule – for example, messages from Janet along with messages that include Dave as a recipient – then you will see the line “Messages from Janet OR messages that include Dave.”

With OR, the stack is set to display all messages from Janet as well as all messages with Dave as one of the recipients. 

You can click the OR to turn it into an AND:

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With AND, the stack is set to only collect messages from Janet that also include Dave as a recipient.

A lot fewer messages, probably.

You can also add Subject words to further specify the rules defining a stack. So say we add kittens here:

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(OK so there were only a couple msgs that meet those strict criteria but for hilariousness - that is probably my best stack.)

Stacks. Making sense? Finding them useful? We’d love to know. Let us!

Skip Inbox is one of Alto’s defining features.

It takes certain types of messages – offers, social updates, or any category of messages you define – and sends them straight to beautiful stacks, where you can look through them later.

It’s enabled by default in any stack you set up, and you can go into the settings for a stack anytime (Right-click or Ctrl+click on the stack) to turn Skip Inbox OFF – or to turn it back ON.

Want to see a message later? Snooze it.

This video is about how to use Alto’s ‘Snooze’ feature. 

Would you use Snooze? Are you a snoozer?

Right-clicking (or Ctrl+clicking) on a stack – or on a message in the message list – opens menus for quick ways to get things done.

Check out Alto’s “Suggest Stacks" feature, accessible from Stack Gallery in the stack right-click menu.

Alto suggests stacks? Automatically? Yep - it’ll give you an even more useful and organized view by making stacks for some of your most frequent senders.

Import Gmail contacts

Yes! It’s finally possible to import Gmail contacts directly.

Here’s how:

1. Click on the plus sign on the left side of Alto.

2. Click on the Gmail account for which you’d like to import contacts.

3. At the bottom of the column that opens, click Import Contacts.

4. Gmail will ask you to re-enter your password.

5. Gmail offers you a message: Alto is requesting permission to manage your contacts. Click Allow access.

6. That’s it! The import process begins. 

The length of time required to complete the import depends on the size of your Contacts folder, connection speed, etc. 

If you log out of Alto, the import will complete on its own. 

When returning, you may need to refresh to see the new contacts.

Import tools for other types of accounts are also coming soon. Thanks!