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That's the subject of our new poll. I last asked this question in May of 2004, and at that time, Mail had a whopping 70% share, followed by Entourage and Eudora.

It will be interesting to see if Gmail and/or Thunderbird have made up any ground since then...

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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: swilcox on Jun 09, '06 02:51:47PM

So is the morale of this story "People want a good IMAP email client?" Seems like it to me. I wonder if Bare Bones (still no IMAP) or PowerMail (pretty poor IMAP) will ever get it. I've purchased both in the past, but abandoned them when I moved to IMAP.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: thinkmac.net on Jun 10, '06 06:55:18AM

I prefer sticking with Mail.app, since everytime a new OS X Comes out, Mail.app is always improved exponentially. For awhile, I did use Entourage, until Mail.app was spotlight searchable, and Mail was not. Now that Entourage is searchable with spotlight.. I am so intertwined in mail, I am not going to switch.

Mail could handle a few things better -- e.g., Signatures.. but for now, I like it the best.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: doneitner on Jun 09, '06 05:23:05PM

I prefer an email client that keeps multiple user accounts truly separated, not forcing me to write rules to move incoming mail to different folders. Therefore I still prefer PMMail/2 (an old OS/2 POP3 client) to all others. Thunderbird is at least similar but isn't as slick or intuitive as PMMail/2 was. But nowadays I do my email via a web interface and not by any of the providers listed in this poll.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: basic on Jun 09, '06 07:20:58PM

I use Mail with multiple POP and IMAP accounts, and messages are delivered in to separate inboxes.

Actually, by default it looks like they are all coming in to the same "Inbox" but if you click the little triangle next to the inbox it will open to show you inboxes for each of your accounts. The same goes for the "Drafts" "Sent" and "Trash" Folders.

I actually like the fact that I can then set up filters on any incoming mail regardless of source, and have the messages moved from one POP or IMAP account to another IMAP Account / Folder.

At the moment I have 10 accounts set up in my Mail and it is handling them very neatly and efficiently.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: Anonymous on Jun 09, '06 10:57:33PM

gmail+pop access+mail.app=Sweet.
I don't even use my ISP account. No ads and offsite backup that is easily accessible from virtually any computer. I like it a lot :)



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: deciob on Jun 10, '06 12:58:50AM
Gmail+POP+mail.app
- double spam filter: Mail.app segregates junk not retained by the almost perfect Gmail spam blocker.
- mail web access: what Gmail is for.
- automatic "backup" of your mail (set Gmail to archive, not to delete).
- access from mobile (http://m.gmail.com works great on my iMate sp5m).

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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: bradleyd1971 on Jun 11, '06 06:35:57PM

"almost perfect Gmail spam blocker" - is this a joke???? Gmail's spam filtering is the worst I have ever seen.

I only use my gmail account for file storage, and I get approximately 25 spam a day on my gmail account.

And no, it isn't because someone I know had their address book harvested by spyware or viruses... I am the only person who knows about the account, and it only sends mail to itself via the web interface.

My 'public' hotmail account, that I have been using for 7+ years doesn't get nearly the amount of spam that my gmail account does.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: euskir on Jun 10, '06 03:44:20PM

Yes, I think the same, and I'm using the same: Gmail+POP access+Apple Mail.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: rsnyder on Jun 10, '06 12:18:48PM

I have tried a lot of different clients, but still love PowerMail. I use it for POP and IMAP (I am not sure why anyone would describe its IMAP support as poor). I have literally hundreds of mail rules to sort and process my mail. The tight integration with Spam Sieve is a real plus. It also integrates will with the Apple Address Book, which is a really bonus.

As a .mac user, I rely on Apple Address Book synchronization and integration to keep my contacts up to date and available on all of my machines, my LifeDrive and my cellphone.

Since Address Book is a critical application for me, the only other option is Apple Mail, and the filters on PowerMail are heads and shoulders over Mail, as is the PM search engine. Like many people, my email is my memory/diary. The ability to search and find quickly information is essential. PowerMail delivers.

The only down side is the limitation of 2GB on your messages database.

The CTM Foxtrot search engine is second to none. I would highly recommend PM to anyone who needs POP and IMAP support, high-power rules, Address Book integration, spam filtering, and a strong/fast search engine.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: vdanen on Jun 10, '06 01:16:26PM

Hands down it's mutt. I used to use Mail.app and then Tiger mucked it all up by moving from individual mbox files to individual files for each and every email. I get the Spotlight support, but when you've got mailboxes with over 10k messages in them, Mail is so stinking slow it's not even funny.

I tried Thunderbird and it's... ok... I guess. I can't say it really impressed me overly much, and lacked a lot of the flexibility I take for granted in mutt.

So I use a combination of mutt, procmail, fetchmail, spamassassin, postfix, and lbd for AB integration (that was one of the things in Thunderbird that really irritated me). I couldn't ask for a more powerful, and flexible, email management system. I can whizz through thousands of email messages quickly. Granted, this setup isn't for the faint of heart, but almost all of the tools are already there (just had to compile mutt and spamassassin myself, iirc). Make a special entry in the Terminal library and I have a different-colored over-sized terminal that fires up mutt automatically.

Absolutely beautiful.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: sjk on Jun 10, '06 03:30:32PM
I couldn't ask for a more powerful, and flexible, email management system.
Mutt's limited subset of IMAP protocol supportĀ is the weakest component for me with the setup you described. Mutt-ng adds IMAP reconnecting but no other IMAP enhancements (so far). The muttng-sync tool could eventually change that.

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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: rocteur on Jun 12, '06 07:13:50AM

I agree, I use mutt on Linux but I don't like the way it handles, IMAP, perhaps I still have to learn trics about mutt and IMAP but at the moment, it irks me a bit.. and I need IMAP because of the different computers on which I read my mails.

But mutt rules, my first email client ever (after mail and mailx on UNIX) was elm

Jerry



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: fluk3 on Jun 10, '06 02:11:46PM

Apple Mail 2.07

Ditched the crappy Entourage years ago.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: rsabbagh on Jun 10, '06 03:44:58PM

If you use IMAP for anything, Thunderbird beats everything else hands down.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 10, '06 09:02:39PM

It has to be Mail, since that's what I've chosen to use, but I really miss Eudora [which I used on a PC]. Mail has been my fave ever since Panther.

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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: thirstyrobot on Jun 10, '06 09:02:56PM

Apple Mail. In fact, I route my gmail traffic into it as well so I can make good use of smart folders and tagging (thanks to the fine folks at indev.ca).



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: BrentT on Jun 11, '06 10:00:16AM

I use Mail + SpamSieve for all 5 of of my e-mail accounts. SpamSieve has the best filter I've seen. Very little spam gets past it and it is easy to train if some does get through.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: euskir on Jun 11, '06 07:56:29PM

Hotmail, with the "big" capacity of 25 MB, it's just out of the spam hook since a couple of months ago (my experience), for years I used to get thousands of spam mails.
Only four, or six, from time to time on Gmail.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: soboroff on Jun 11, '06 08:19:08PM

I've used Mail.app, Thunderbird, GMail, and a host of other mail apps over the years. At home, I get by with GMail as suitable for casual email, but at work (even on my Mac) I live and die by Gnus in Emacs. It's the only email reader that capably manages hundreds of emails and threaded conversations efficiently. Ok, unrepentant geek, I guess.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: mronge on Jun 12, '06 12:48:29AM
A few friends and I have been working on a Cocoa based e-mail client designed for IMAP known as Kiwi. You can find out more at: http://www.theronge.com/kiwi/

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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: randalla on Jun 12, '06 05:08:23AM

I'm surprised no one has commented on GyazMail. It still doesn't do IMAP, but for my POP needs, I really feel there's little that stands close to it. I chose to use it because it had excellent multi-byte character support, which helped in my language testing for the software I work with.

I has an interesting take on threading, and has true separation of accounts, both visually and via filters. It couples natively with SpamSieve.

For my IMAP mail, I use Mail.

Adam.



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Missing option
Authored by: jomy on Jun 12, '06 06:28:16AM

.Mac mail is missing.

I primarily use Apple's Mail app but I love how .Mac mail has a similar interface that is incredibly clean and user friendly.
Since I have to use web based mail occasionally, I'm glad it is well implemented and so streamlined.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: philcozz on Jun 12, '06 08:25:09AM

Entourage for me... It's quite powerful and now with Spotlight support it meets nearly all my needs. I've tried just about all the options and I keep coming back to it.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: spike666 on Jun 12, '06 02:17:27PM

Mail.app in OSX is still top dog to me. Thunderbird is nice, but I prefer mail primarily for the great signature support.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: Ilgaz on Jun 12, '06 07:00:56PM

If Eudora had Unicode and local character sets support, I would use it. Sad, Qualcomm, billion dollar giant purchased it and we see the result...

I am not saying it is bad software. It is good. The problem is its license scheme (yearly!), not moving to Cocoa and ship Universal Binary.

Well, lets hope Eudora 7 ships for Mac.



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What's your favorite email application?
Authored by: soulbarn on Jun 13, '06 10:18:05AM

I can't figure out which is my favorite. But perhaps folks might elaborate. Here are my criteria:

1) IMAP
2) Spotlight searchable
3) Has genuine threading (or as close to it as possible, ie not the very flawed threading Mail.app uses)


BTW, I know that Thunderbird has threading - if I use it to access my IMAP account, can I also use Mail.app and see the same messages (in other words, use Mail to download messages for Spotlight use, and Tbird to download the same msgs for threading.)

thanks,

dan



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