Last year we launched a plugin contest with a fully paid trip as a reward for the winner. Martin, from Swedish company Pixelstore, was the lucky winner with a great plugin for the Status Board software. He joined us for a week during which he experienced the full Atmail’s way of life. Here are his impressions.
Hey Martin, congratulations on winning the Atmail Plugin contest. Can you introduce yourself and your company?
Thanks, it’s been a pleasure! My name is Martin and I’m running a media agency called Pixelstore, located outside Gothenburg in Sweden. My passion is web development and especially designing UI and UX, both the aesthetics and architecture. I love solving technical problems with beauty. Good design is as little design as possible, and is thorough down to the last detail.
Could you please tell us about your plugin that won the first prize for the competition?
We have a large display in our office running a software called “Status Board” made by the good people at Panic. It displays server monitoring, tweets, to-do’s, scheduling and much more. We always wanted to have statistics and monitoring for our Atmail server so when Atmail announced their new API and the competition we started working on it from day one. You can find everything about it at atmailstatusboard.pixelstore.se.
How was your experience visiting the Atmail HQ in Peregian Beach and what was your favourite thing?
I really liked the atmosphere. Very calm, nice people and inspiring.
Before I left home I was actually thinking about if I needed to bring a suit or not. I don’t like suits, or rather; I think they are nice, but I hate to wear one just because I have to. I didn’t know if Atmail was one of those companies with dress codes and casual Fridays. To perform well you need to be yourself, and most importantly let others be themselves. Atmail had this perfect balance where everyone being really good friends and even hanging out after work hours, but still being wicked professional and productive. That balance isn’t easy to achieve if you don’t work with the right people and have the right management. Atmail is everything I envision for a great company and how I run my own company.
What do you recommend we can improve to the Atmail API?
To be honest, nothing is really coming up in my mind right now. For the plugin that we made we didn’t miss anything. We had some issues with quota reporting but that got fixed pretty quickly!
Finally, as a user of Atmail, what is your favourite feature of the On-Premise product?
The balance between open source and commercial. Open source is a good thing, but that source also needs to be well done. When we were looking for a new email platform we searched everywhere.
In one hand you have the totally free, but also, often poorly made open source solutions. In the other hand you find commercial and large corporation software, which of course varies, but usually they are a little more thought through and more reliable. Although they usually are expensive as hell and often to main stream and less innovative. What really clicked for me with Atmail is that they were the only ones where I could really have both hands.
Atmail software is really professional and thought through. They are a small team, but they are always coming up with great and innovative ideas.
Their pricing is reasonable. Don’t get me wrong, I like free stuff, but if I can pay just a little more to have something so much better I rather do that. I sleep better during the night and I enjoy reading my emails.