We have now replaced the search function in Runbox 6 with an improved version that is based on the groundbreaking search feature we have developed for Runbox 7.
You will find the new search area at the top of the message list when clicking Search in the Webmail menu.
The new search function will show results while you type into the search field, so there is no need to manually click on a Search button.
Note that in Runbox 7 the search function is dramatically faster and returns results instantaneously thanks to its innovative search index synchronization. Runbox 7 also introduces many new features such as infinite message listing, inline message previews, threaded conversation view, and a mobile app version. Give it a test drive!
By clicking on the wrench icon to the right, the following options will be shown:
to: Search by recipient address
from: Search by sender address
subject: Search by subject line
current folder: Limit search to the current folder
year/month/date: Shows a calendar where you can select a time frame
Selecting an option will insert an example into the search field which you can then modify.
You can also just type these operators directly into the the search field and you can can combine them with the AND operator, like: folder:Inbox AND subject:something
We are excited to announce that the Runbox 7 Webmail beta test is now open to the public!
A large number of improvements and bug fixes have been made since our previous update, including an even faster Webmail, web push notifications on incoming email, and inline message previews.
There is now a Runbox 7 mobile app (Progressive Web App) available too, making Runbox a joy to use on your mobile phone!
We’d like to thank the hundreds of beta testers in our beta test community for all their contributions thus far, and helping us build the fastest webmail app on the planet!
What Runbox 7 Webmail is…
Runbox 7 isn’t merely an upgrade to our existing services, its a bold step into a new world of synchronized Webmail apps that provides unprecedented speed and usability.
Our new app is the cornerstone of Runbox 7, and is the first of several development stages that will culminate in a completely new user interface.
Runbox 7 Webmail features superior speed, incremental search, infinite listing, message previews, threaded views, a draft desk, as well as a mobile app version.
…and what it isn’t (just yet)
Note that we are initially focusing on the core Webmail service, and that the Runbox 7 Webmail therefore currently only includes this service.
Other areas such as Manager, Files, etc. will be added as we continue working on Runbox 7, so clicking on these menu items in Runbox 7 will currently take you back to Runbox 6.
Runbox 7 roadmap
We have an ambitious plan for the development of Runbox 7, with the following planned activities:
Open beta test phase
Open source Runbox 7 App
Profiles and Contacts integration
Files, Manager, and Settings
How to provide feedback
Our Runbox 7 team is working hard to make Runbox 7 the best webmail app on the planet, and your feedback will help decide what we develop next.
Tell us what you think about Runbox 7 Webmail in our dedicated forum at https://community.runbox.com/. Sign up to the forum using your Runbox email address so that there will be no issues gaining access to the forum.
Note that before you post requests or bug reports, it’s a good idea to review other posts to see if your issue has already been mentioned.
With that out of the way, please find the Runbox 7 Webmail app here:
We hope you’ll enjoy a modern, user-friendly, beautiful, and above all fast webmail experience!
Check out the screenshots below for a few highlights, and click on each one to bring up a hi-res version with more details.
Message list view
When you first log in to Runbox 7 Webmail you will find a beautiful interface with a design that is clean and efficient, yet packed with features. Its speed can’t be conveyed by a screenshot however, so try it out for yourself to get the real experience.
Two- or three-pane message preview
You can preview messages either in a horizontal pane beneath the message list, or to the right of the message list as shown below.
The Draft Desk shows your current drafts in a convenient desk-like layout.
Ready for a test drive?
Just head to https://runbox.com/app and then join our community at community.runbox.com to take part in the Runbox revolution!
We are making great progress with the Runbox 7 Webmail app and we are very excited that a version customized for mobile phones is now available for our beta testers!
This version is what is called a Progressive Web App (PWA), built on emerging technologies that combine the open standards of the web to provide a rich mobile experience on your phone or tablet.
How do I use the mobile app?
If you’re using an Apple device you can access the mobile app by first opening the regular address of the Runbox 7 Webmail app in the Safari browser, and then tapping the Share icon in the bottom menu bar. Then tap “Add to Home Screen” to add the Runbox 7 Webmail app to your phone.
On Android, you should get a prompt to download the app as soon as you go to the regular address of the Runbox 7 Webmail app in the browser.
You can now use the Runbox 7 Webmail app just by tapping on the Runbox 7 icon!
Join the beta test!
And if you haven’t yet joined our Runbox 7 Webmail beta test, just contact email@example.com with the subject “Runbox 7 Webmail beta test”.
You will then gain access to the Runbox 7 Community with a discussion forum dedicated to the Runbox 7 Webmail app.
There you’ll meet Runbox staff and developers as well as fellow beta testers, and be able to influence the development of Runbox 7.
Runbox 7 mobile app screenshots
Here are a few screenshots of what the app looks like on Apple iPhone 6.
Landscape view of message list
Landscape view of message list with main menu pullout
The Runbox 7 Webmail beta test is progressing quickly and the new webmail app has been updated with many new features since our previous blog post. If you are an existing beta tester and haven’t checked in for a while, we encourage you to do so now!
If you haven’t joined the beta test it’s still possible to participate — just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Runbox 7 Webmail beta test”.
Aside from many improvements to the speed and smoothness of the core functionality, the following features have been added or improved:
Drag and drop of messages
HTML message handling
Resizable folder pane
Resizable message preview pane
Both horizontal and vertical (3-pane) message preview pane
Mobile phone screen improvements
Automatic and manual adjustment of message list width
Support for sending inline images
Buttons for read/unread, flag/unflag, and report spam/not spam
Print version of messages
Show folder column in search results
Show read and flagged status in message list
Pre-load and cache messages in message list view for faster access
New font face and message layout
We are working hard to improve the Runbox 7 Webmail further, and appreciate your help in making it the fastest webmail app on the planet!
Check out the screenshots below to see some of the new features.
New look and new font face
The webmail has been updated with more colors and a new font face for improved legibility.
2- or 3-pane message preview
You can now preview messages either in a horizontal pane beneath the message list, or to the right of the message list as shown below.
Toggle horizontal/vertical message preview pane
Easily switch between horizontal (2-pane) and vertical (3-pane) message preview with these buttons in the message toolbar.
There is now a fully featured message toolbar including Reply, Reply all, Forward, Move to folder, Mark read, Mark flagged, Report as spam, and Move to Trash.
On the right hand side you will find message view buttons such as Print, Vertical/Horizontal preview, Full height, and Close.
Adjust message list columns
You can now easily adjust both the folder pane width and the message list column widths by using the sliders as shown.
Otherwise the webmail will automatically adjust the column widths to show as much content as possible.
We are excited to announce the closed beta test phase of Runbox 7 Webmail!
This release is not merely an upgrade to our existing services, it’s a bold step into a new world of Webmail apps that will provide unprecedented speed and usability.
Runbox 7 aims to be the fastest webmail on the planet with:
Instant folder views and search results.
Endless, smooth scrolling of folder contents.
Drag & drop message selection and moving to folders.
Incremental, instant search functionality.
The new webmail will be the cornerstone of Runbox 7, and is the first of several development stages that will culminate in a completely new user interface.
Please read on for details about Runbox 7 Webmail and how you can participate in the closed beta test.
Runbox 7 started with a crazy idea:
How can we create a webmail that’s not just faster, but responds instantly?
The solution we developed is a combination of database accelerated email storage, innovative message indexing, and cutting-edge web technology.
When you log into Runbox 7 Webmail, you enter a modern webmail environment built with Angular 5 and Material Design. Your email folders and messages will be shown instantly, giving you an immediate overview of your email.
The spacious layout, clean lines, and powerful engine lets you efficiently navigate the new features and get down to the business of effectively managing your email.
One of the core features of Runbox 7 Webmail is its search capabilities. We have built the search functionality in such a way that the browser doesn’t need to query the server at all.
Not only that, but this webmail will show you search results incrementally while you are typing in the Search field.
You have better things to do than waiting for search results, so we put a lot of effort into making the search function as fast as possible — and this is as fast as it’s possible to get.
Lots of cool functionality
Infinite listing: No more clicking back and forth to navigate your Inbox — just scroll down and the next messages will load automatically.
Threaded view: Want to see your messages in conversation view? Just tick the Threaded checkbox to the top right.
Unread messages: Only interested in the latest news? Tick the Unread checkbox.
Multi-select messages: Want to select many messages in a hurry? Just click the check box of a message, and drag up or down while holding the mouse button down to select several messages in a row.
Preview pane: Who has time to actually open a message? Just select one in the list and a preview will be shown in the bottom half of the message list pane. To see more, click the ^ arrow in the preview menu.
Hide folders: Want more space for your messages? Just click the icon to the left of the Search area to hide the folder pane.
Another key feature of Runbox 7 Webmail is the Draft Desk — a completely new way of managing drafts.
In our world of non-stop online communication, we often find ourselves multitasking and working on several threads in parallel. With our new Draft Desk you get a full overview of the messages you are currently working on, previewed side by side in an efficient interface.
Simply click on a draft preview to expand it, write down your thoughts, and send, save, or close the message to return to it later.
We believe that you shouldn’t have to switch between different apps or user interfaces just because you switch between a laptop, a tablet, or a smart phone.
Therefore we built Runbox 7 Webmail to be mobile-ready and responsive from the ground up. This means that it will automatically adapt to your device’s screen size and orientation while retaining the basic functionality you are used to from a regular browser.
Join the closed beta test
To join the closed beta test of Runbox 7 Webmail, contact email@example.com with the subject “Runbox 7 Webmail beta test”. If you are selected to participate, we will then be in touch with further details.
Note: It is essential that your smartphone has the correct date/time set as this is used by the TOTP app to generate the correct codes that allow you to log in.
One-Time Passwords (OTP)
When you enable this option, the system will generate random passwords that you can use only once. Used passwords are discarded automatically and cannot be used again.
You can download the the list of passwords to a computer or mobile device, or you can print them out if necessary. However, you must keep the list secure as these passwords can be used to access your account along with your usual username and account password.
This option allows the server to trust your current web browser so that you don’t have to use a 2FA code. The option places a small piece of code in your browser (a cookie) that tells the server not to require the 2FA details and you can just log in with username and password.
You should only use this method of bypassing 2FA on a computer or device that you are confident nobody else can log in to. You can temporarily turn on/off individual browsers from the trusted list, or you can delete the browser entry entirely which will force that browser to require the 2FA details.
If for some reason you are unable to log in with 2FA after it has been enabled, this code can be used to disable 2FA.
The code can be used in conjunction with a secure question/answer for additional security.
We encourage you to review our Account Security help page for details about the new functionality first. This will ensure that you understand how 2FA works and prevent you from getting locked out of your account.
We welcome any questions or feedback you might have, either as comments to this blog post or via our contact form or support system.
Yesterday we deployed our new web servers, which are powering the Runbox web app at https://runbox.com. There are a few changes and improvements that were deployed at the same time, and that we would like to tell you about.
New login screen
Among other things you may have noticed that the login procedure has changed. This is related to the roll-out of our new Account Security features, which include Two-Factor Authentication. We will post more about this soon, but the important thing to note is that the new login regime is more secure than before. This also completes our transition to a new, global authentication system which we have described previously.
If you have problems logging in
If you are experiencing problems logging in, please make sure that your browser has the latest version of the login screen. You can do this by pressing Ctrl + F5 on Windows and Cmd + R on macOS. If this doesn’t help, please try to clear your browser’s cache and restart it. If this doesn’t help or if you are unsure how to accomplish this, please contact Runbox Support.
There are a few other wrinkles on the new web servers that we are currently ironing out, and besides a more powerful and reliable webmail service we have also deployed a new spam filter.
New spam filter in beta
The new spam filter is powered by Cloudmark, which is one of the strongest authorities on spam analysis in the world. You can try out the new spam filter by going to Manager > Filter and selecting “Cloudmark (beta)” under “Detect junk mail”. If you are already using Dspam (the trainable spam filter) you can select “Both” to activate Cloudmark and Dspam.
The Cloudmark spam filter will automatically catch more spam by comparing spam signatures (fingerprints) with the central Cloudmark database. If you click “Not spam” or “Report spam” to correct spam filter behavior in the webmail, a report will be sent encrypted to the central Cloudmark service. Select “Train using reduced email details” to only send a message signature instead of the full message when reporting misclassified messages.
The Runbox Aero webmail theme
And if you haven’t already done so, we recommend that you try out the Runbox Aero webmail theme, which you can find in Webmail > Preferences. This theme has a more modern design and includes larger and more legible fonts.
More new features to come!
Finally, with the new web servers we have also established a streamlined deployment system that makes the path from development to production much more efficient. We won’t bore you with details, but we can say that you can expect more exciting features from Runbox going forward.