Product Review – Stellar Mail Converter – Mac
Verdict: Stellar Mail Converter – Mac is a professional email conversion tool to convert popular email clients to Apple Mail or Outlook 2011. The tool is capable of converting email clients that use MBOX, EMLX, or OLM files like Apple Mail, Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, and Postbox to Apple Mail (MBOX) or Outlook 2011 (RGE).
Program: Stellar Mail Converter – Mac
Company: Stellar Data Recovery
Developer Website: http://www.stellarinfo.com/email-tools/email-converter-mac.php
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10
Supported OS: The Stellar Mail Converter – Mac is supported across various versions of Mac OS X including the latest Mavericks. The following are the Mac platforms that are compatible to the Stellar Mail Converter – Mac.
- Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9
- Mountain Lion 10.8
- Lion 10.7
- Snow Leopard 10.6
- Leopard 10.5
License Types: There are two license types for this software.
A Single user license: This can be installed on a single system
Technician license: This can be installed on different systems in different locations. However, simultaneous recovery is not possible.
Price: A single user license costs just $49.99, whereas the technician version costs $199.
What It Does: The tool converts popular email clients like Apple Mail, Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, and Postbox file formats like MBOX, EMLX, or OLM files to Apple Mail or Outlook 2011.
Availability: The Stellar Mail Converter – Mac is available in two versions.
- Demo Version – The demo version is available free of cost, which can be downloaded online. This would help you to know the credibility of the software. It would allow you to convert the mail clients and save them. In addition, you can save the subject line as well. However, you would not be able to see the ‘To’, ‘From’, and ‘Attachment’ fields.
- Licensed Version – A licensed version is a complete version of the software with all the features. It includes a unique licensed key associated with the product.
However, the downloaded file is an Apple disk image file (.dmg)
Installation Time: The software takes not more than 30 seconds to get installed.
Space Required: The software requires a minimum of 50 MB of free space to get installed.
Minimum Processor and Memory Required: A minimum Intel Processor with 1 GB of RAM is required for the software to work smoothly.
The software was tested under three different environments.
Test Environment 1
OS Version: Snow Leopard 10.6 Processor: Intel Celeron 1.50 GHz Memory: 2 GB Free space available on Boot Volume : 6 GB The Email clients used: Converting Apple Mail (MBOX) to Outlook 2011 (RGE)
Test Environment 2
OS Version: Mountain Lion 10.8 Processor: Intel core i3 3.6 GHz Memory: 4 GB Free space available on Boot Volume: 30 GB The Email clients used: Converts Apple Mail (EMLX) to Outlook 2011 (RGE)
Test Environment 3
OS Version: Mavericks 10.9 Processor: Intel core i5 3.6 GHz Memory: 8 GB Free space available on Boot Volume: 320 GB The Email clients used: Converts Thunderbird (MBOX) to Outlook 2011 (RGE)
I tested the product on all the three environments. The software did not take much time to get installed in all the three cases. Once installed, the tool displayed a self-explanatory interface to convert the format of one email client into the format of another email client.
Select Source and ConvertTo Mailbox: – The main interface is divided into two sections. The left side gives an option to select the source mailbox, whereas the left side gives an option to select the ConvertTo mailbox.
You can select the source mailbox format from the available mailbox formats like Apple Mail (MBOX), Apple Mail (EMLX), Outlook 2011 Backup File (OLM), Thunderbird (MBOX), and PostBox (MBOX).
In the same way you can select the format in which you want to convert from the given mailbox formats like Apple Mail and Outlook 2011.
The final conversion result allows you to view complete mail body including attachments of other mailboxes in Apple Mail and Outlook 2011.
Instructions for Users: Once you specify the source mailbox format you need to specify the path under the ‘Source Mailbox’ section. You can click ‘Browse’ to navigate to select the file by navigating to the location. Once the file is selected, you need to select a location to save the converted file. This can be done by clicking the ‘Browse’ button of the ‘Select Location’ filed under the Select format option of the right section. Once the source and final format, path, and location have been chosen, click the ‘Start Conversion’ button from the bottom right of the interface.
Note: Apple Mail creates both MBOX and EMLX file formats to save the mails. However, Thunderbird and PostBox also use the same MBOX file format to save mails, attachments, and other data. While converting such MBOX format of Thunderbird or PostBox, you can have only the MBOX format of the Apple Mail.
Ease of Use: The software uses a rich graphical user interface (GUI), which can be easily performed by anyone having a little computer knowledge.
- Maintains the same folder hierarchy after conversion
- Supports popular email clients like Apple Mail, Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, and Postbox
- Easy to use interface
- The technician version is costlier.
Stellar Mail Converter – Mac is a unique product, as it allows conversion of multiple mailbox clients through a single tool. This tool uses an advanced algorithm, which makes it possible to convert different mailbox formats like MBOX, EMLX, and OLM into Apple Mail (MBOX) and Outlook 2011 (RGE) in a seamless manner.
Overall, it is a very professional and reliable tool at a reasonable cost. The tool caters the need to convert one mail client into another and hence proves to be a very useful product for many especially working professionals. The tool is supported on various versions of Mac including the latest Mavericks.