On 7 Oct 2019, at 17:29, cjones wrote:
So now the end of the road is really upon us, and those of us hardcore enough to still be on Mailsmith are presumably bracing for replacing it with another client. Presumably most of us like grep-style searching of mailboxes and are probably happier with a default text-only view of email that avoids certain image-based html email tricks. So my question is, what are the best options out there, and what makes them attractive? I've seen Thunderbird mentioned, but what in particular recommends it, and what are the alternatives?
With great sadness I had to move on from Mailsmith when IMAP email became the only realistic option for several reasons.
I looked no further than Mailmate. Benny Kjær Nielsen seems to have similar philosophy to Bare Bones and I like the cut of his jib.
I expect that this is outside of listmom regs, but only answering the Q - I'll slap my own wrist.
Another vote for MailMate here too.
I’ve been using it for years once forced to an IMAP-only lifestyle.
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Quoth Howard S Shubs ( 7 Oct 2019, 18:47):
What about those of us who still want POP?
Set up dovecot on localhost.
Use fetchmail (or some similar tools) to fetch your mail and deliver it to your local mailstore.
Use imap://localhost for imap server
This way you'll fetch your mail using POP3(s), have it stored locally only, and still get to use an IMAP mailclient.
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When I had to switch from Mailsmith I looked around and tried pretty much every email client I could find. I ended up with two alternatives Mail (it's not worse than the rest) and MailMate ... I played with both and moved back and forth between them but I've been using MailMate now for several years.
I would say that MailMate is the best mail client out there for someone used to Mailsmith. Note: this doesn't mean that they are similar, not at all, but I get a similar experience from using it.
My experience is essentially identical to Jan Erik’s.
MailMate is not perfect, and it has a very different approach than Mailsmith’s — but the developer’s values and aesthetics are similar to Bare Bones’s, as is his single-minded dedication to his product.
I’ve been using MailMate now since 2011, and my wife, my kids, my in-laws joined me five or six years ago.