[LINK] RFC: Moving on from Mac Eudora
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Wed Oct 22 13:27:33 EST 2008
Eudora is no longer supported, aging, and falling over more often.
Way back in 2002, MacWorld said "Our top picks are Eudora and
Entourage, with Mailsmith and PowerMail close behind":
This page goes back to 2006:
Entourage is of course not an alternative. So the realistic
alternatives for heavy-duty use appear to be:
- Apple Mail
- Mozilla Thunderbird
And the others appear to be:
- Mailsmith (Bare Bones, Bedford MA since 94. I use BBEdit occasionally)
- Powermail (CTM, Geneva and San Mateo, since 95)
Some key criteria are:
- parameters / preferences / settings easily found, understood, changed
- preferably reasonably intuitive for a Eudora user
- easy transfer from Eudora:
- mail archives
- abbreviations / address-book (used only as abbrev-expander)
- capable of coping with:
- a large archive, complete since 1993 (3GB and growing, and that
doesn't include a second-level archive that can be moved back in)
- a large number of mailboxes (c. 800)
- substantial nesting of directories containing mailboxes
- some huge individual mailboxes (multiple >50MB, one at 150MB)
- powerful incl. flexible text-search within messages
- convenient on desktop incl. archival version of email
- convenient on portable. I mirror to the portable when travelling,
and download email to it in non-archival mode (i.e. leave-on-server)
- independent from the web-browser, *not* integrated with it
Safe Exit Strategy
- if I have to move again (e.g. Thunderbird falls off the pace or I
abandon Mac in favour of Linux), it needs to be assured and easy
Preliminary Assessment of Apple Mail
The Apple site appears to provide no Features List or FAQ.
The Help can't be invoked from within Mail until *after* you've
installed it - which I don't intend doing until I know what it does!
The Help Viewer appears to have no entry for Mail.
[I've been a Mac user for almost 25 years (Apr 84, second shipload),
but the product has been increasingly poor for some years, and
conversion to Linux can only be a matter of time]
I finally dug out this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2500
But Mail search depends on Spotlight, which I avoid like the plague.
And, if I'm reading between the lines correctly, Apple have
integrated Mail with more than Spotlight, and possibly with a number
of things that I don't want to use. (Aside: am I the only user
highly unimpressed by iPhoto?).
I need to investigate Thunderbird, and maybe Powermail and Mailsmith.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
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Visiting Professor in Info Science & Eng Australian National University
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program University of Hong Kong
Visiting Professor in the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre Uni of NSW
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