Buttondown vs. Direct Mail Mac
Direct Mail Mac is useful if you need a native app, but its features & ecosystem is lacking.
Direct Mail for Mac is a native app for, well, Macs. If you're dead-set on using a native app, this is the app for you — but you'll be missing out on a number of features and paying a high premium.
Buttondown is a lightweight app that makes it easy to work on your newsletter whenever and wherever you want: from your phone, from your desktop, or even on the go.
Additionally, Buttondown's pricing makes it easy for you to start a newsletter without a high budget; you don't need to pay until you've reached a hundred subscribers, as opposed to Direct Mail for Mac.
Lastly, Buttondown's feature set is powerful yet elegant: you can take advantage of subscriber tagging, our extensive API, and rich platform of third-party integrations to connect your newsletter with all of the services you need.
|Feature||Buttondown||Direct Mail Mac|
|Free for your first hundred subscribers|
|Drag and drop image uploading|
|Free RSS support|
|Clean, usable design|
|'Pay what you want' mode|
Kind words from happy writers
Privacy focused sending and sign up form; lets me focus on writing - editor is "just" markdown; simple, elegant design template looks like a blog post; the founder is amazing - he's helped with every question I've had, even outside of Buttondown.
We need more nice and professional services like yours on the web.
Designer and developer
No one is paying me to say this, but I love @buttondown so far for my lil newsletter. It’s so smart, simple, and attractive (and to my knowledge, not actively anti-trans!). Customer service is also legitimately excellent.
Copy chief, Sports Illustrated
I love it! It lets me breathe, not compete as I write with other writers.
Devin Kate Pope
Writer and editor
It’s a pleasure working with you. Thank you! (And what a contrast with Mailchimp, where I spent two weeks and a dozen of emails trying find out why our form goes down sometimes (only sometimes), and never really got a real answer.)
Software Engineer, IA
Buttondown exemplifies how I wish most software worked, and I hope to achieve a similar thing with the software I develop in the future.
It feels incomparably good to be able to email just like a guy named Justin when you have a
question 15 minutes before you’re about to blast a Geistlist email. (Not a guarantee but wow this guy is human-level good.)
Designer About Town
Enter Buttondown, Justin Duke’s lovely little newsletter tool. It’s small, elegant, and integrates well. And it is also eminently affordable.
Your settings page is a joy to use and everything about Buttondown makes me happy.
have been on Buttondown for ~18 months and I can't recommend it enough.
You really do make ALL other customer service look terrible by comparison.
There is a caring person on the other side of this software, which is one of the things I like the most about Buttondown.
Film & TV Producer
I’d also like to add that @buttondown is an absolute joy to use. Hats off, Justin!
Elliot Jay Stocks
Creative Director, Google Fonts
for building an amazing bootstrapped product for newsletters, all while being very open to feedback and connecting directly with customers 🙏
Easily one of the most enjoyable product experience I've had.
Head of Ecosystem, Netlify
if you are looking for "newsletter tool for hackers" i tentatively believe the answer is @buttondown
full api, compose in markdown, good docs for setting up domain auth, simple subscribe form HTML that you style yourself (or not)
Brian David Hall
Author, Your Website Sucks
I really like @buttondown as a blogging platform, it has the simplicity of Substack but the corporate culture is less toxic.
I worked with @buttondown and asked for some new payment support beyond the supporter single tier / pay-what-you-want options.
Justin was great and built it in just a couple days.
Author & consultant
I write nonfiction and I use @buttondown buttondown.email/Changeset - indie, GREAT personal customer support, very nice default styling, all the options I want including ones to protect my readers' privacy
Open source maintainer
I use @buttondown because it does exactly what I need (manage subscribers and send markdown emails), not more and not less 👍 As a bonus it's made by an indie dev which I love!
If you’re considering running an email newsletter, or if you already run one and are considering a change of provider, I highly recommend @buttondownemail. Super-easy app, very fair pricing with a generous free tier, and exemplary support. 💯
Technologist and speaker
imo @buttondown is easily one of the best-designed services i’ve used in recent years, if you have a substack you should really consider switching!
Sweet, the barrier to entry for having a newsletter is much reduced. Now any blog has no excuse to offer a newsletter for latest posts.