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|♥Jan. 19th, 2014 // 07:27 pm♥
(I don't know what that plant was earlier, but my hands and arms are still unpleasantly sore and tingly. Bah.)
So, Mike did some digging around and found an article that suggested that Mail could be sped up by disabling the option in Gmail to make All Mail available on IMAP. I've tried it out (Mail is now, um, apparently re-downloading everything, again.), but am mostly grateful for the fact that I've now learnt that Mail's behaviour on the delete key has changed: it used to put deleted items into a
folder label (sigh) called "Deleted Messages", but now puts them into Gmail's Trash folder, which autodeletes after thirty days. This may be useful information for other people, I can't be the only person who doesn't actually want to delete the trash automagically.
I've now tried / looked at Sparrow (seemed lovely, even if it is dying, until I realised that it's not possible to turn off conversations) and Mailplane (looks like it's just a cut down Safari-type-thing, that only opens the gmail web interface. In which case, why not use the...?). I've also had Thunderbird suggested; although I'm a bit wary, as it was shite when I last used it (shortly after it came out), I suspect that it *could* do exactly what I want, if I were to spend six hours configuring it.
In case anyone has any better suggestions, here's a list of things I want:
- a screen composed of three parts: a list of folders, a list of emails (from, subject, date, maybe other things like attachments) in chronological order with the newest at the bottom, a preview pane
- the ability to have multiple email accounts accessible, with a single inbox and the ability to choose the from address using a drop-down of some sort. Auto-selecting to reply using the same address the email came into, rather than the default, is useful. Some of those multiple accounts will only be used to send mail, and may not even have an incoming mail server, so don't demand one that works
- never ever ever delete an email without my telling it to, even from the trash
- keyboard shortcuts like up arrow and down arrow to scroll through messages, and delete key to move to trash, or somewhere similar (which is never, ever emptied without my explicitly doing it)
- when a message is
deleted moved to trash or similar, always move down to the next message in time, not to the nearest unread message
- syncing with gmail in a non-bandwidth-eating way. I have grown used to gmail's spam treatment, and am quite happy to check it once a day or so to make sure there's nothing that shouldn't be in there.
And things I explicitly don't want:
- conversations, or threading, or anything that stops emails appearing in chronological order and being treated as completely separate things when, for example, one moves them from one folder to another. Mail has a behaviour where it highlights emails that it considers to be related to the one you're currently looking at, which is not completely unbearable and occasionally even slightly useful
- deleting any email without being explicitly told to; when updating to a new version, randomly changing setting back to the default of automatically deleting emails without being told to
So, basically, I want the penultimate version of Eudora, or Mail c 5 years ago. Anyone have any suggestions before Mike is driven mad by my whinging?
On, I suppose, the plus side, Feedly (which I've been using since
Google RSS Reeder stopped working on my Mac) has now changed the behaviour on the 'click to mark all as read' button so that it only takes a second or so, even on our connection, rather than chugging away for a minute. Which is progress, right?)