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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app Apps
Tiger only hintGmail has an awesome design feature called conversations, where your inbox and outbox are merged into a single message stream, and you can see a complete back-and-forth exchange in one place, instead of having to rely on sane quoting practices or constantly switch between mailboxes. I don't use Gmail but I want the benefit of conversations.

Using Smart Mailboxes in Tiger's Mail.app, though, I can emulate conversations. The rules are simply to include all mail that's either in my inbox or my sent folder, nothing more. It was necessary for me to also switch the date received column to date sent, because timezone settings between my machine and my IMAP server were causing the messages to be shown in the wrong order.

I've been using this for about two weeks, and it has been much easier to track mail exchanges.
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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: slaterecords on Aug 01, '05 10:40:01AM

Or, simply select both boxes (command + click) or groups of boxes. This is what I believe to be one of Mail's greatest features and one of my personal favorites. You can select any combintation of boxes to view in the Viewer Window. You can also have multiple Viewer Windows. You can view all of your accounts Inboxes at once or just one at a time. You can view account A's Inbox, Sent, and Trash all at the same time. Or, your view account A's Inbox, account B's Sentbox, and account C's Trash all at the same time. And with Organize by Thread, you can view any combination as a thread. And, as noted, if there is a specific view that you wish to see often, you can save it with smart mailboxes.



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: poocat on Aug 01, '05 12:22:11PM

Now that's some super dope feature, batman.
Never realized you could select multiple boxes. Now Mail is useful again! Thanks a lot. Another example (as if we needed more) as to why this site is great, and why just because someone already knows it, it's not necessarily common knowledge.

Awesome.

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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: lar3ry on Aug 01, '05 01:48:12PM

I actually had to read and re-read the main article a few times before I understood what the author's meant. Your comment gave me a better understanding. Thanks!



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: migurski on Aug 01, '05 01:56:05PM

Hey, that's cool - I never knew you could do this! I do still prefer the smart mailbox method, because I actually have four folders I'm merging: "Inbox", "Sent", "Last month's inbox" and "Last month's sent." Yeah, I like to rotate out the mailboxes each month. :)



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: gullevek on Aug 01, '05 06:11:46PM

Actually I didn't know this until you wrote this. This is an awesome feature. Especially to view my admin mailboxes all together.

But I don't know how to save this view? With Smartfolders? But how?



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: gullevek on Aug 01, '05 06:47:53PM

Well now I know. SmartFolders are really usefull to me. I just wished they would remember my custom column settings. Then it would be perfect.



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: Andrman on Aug 03, '05 10:15:49AM

Could someone post exactly how to save this view with a smart folder?



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: dashard on Aug 01, '05 01:52:04PM

Excellent.

Sweet.

Another one of those little nuances that bring much more satisfaction than you would think.

Bravo.



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10.4: Emulate Gmail's conversations in Mail.app
Authored by: interfaced on Aug 01, '05 04:50:51PM

Is there a way to hide the standard Inbox and Sent?



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Authored by: forman on Aug 02, '05 04:44:48PM

I'm old school. I have Mail set to automatically BCC myself on all replies. That way I have copies of my replies with the original email in the same folder. With threading turned on, I can then drag and drop complete conversations to separate folders for archiving.

Michael.



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Authored by: tomem on Aug 02, '05 07:52:15PM

This method also has the benefit that one sees more exactly what outgoing mail looks like to the user, which can reveal various problems with rendering of html text, or graphics.

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TomEM
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the really oldschool ppl...
Authored by: nick on Mar 31, '06 03:59:54AM

...din't even read this thread but use mutt instead of mail.app. mutt has this feature for a decade now. and not just for inbox and sentbox, but for single ppl/lists/whatever. i used to use mutt in my bsd-times but now i'm spoiled... i mimic this behaviour by applying the rules to my sentfolder from time to time.



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