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Authored by: MattHaffner on May 27, '04 11:32:02AM

I agree with your division between work and home. I have a few topic based personal discussion folders for friends, but not many. I'd envision 'smart' folders to allow you to match on any header so you could mix and match individual and topic based folders.

Of course, while we're pipe dreaming, it would be great if you could organize the 'smart' folders hierarchically. I would actually like to be able to do this for iTunes playlists and iPhoto galleries, actually... The tricky thing is whether the physical storage of the messages is just one monolithic folder/file or if there is still some traditional IMAP based folder structure underneath that you also control or controls on it's own behind the scenes. Hmmm... fun to muse about...

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Authored by: gadg on May 28, '04 08:46:51AM
Well, do you really care how it's stored? The way information is displayed and the way information is stored very often has nothing to do with eachother. For instance, only because our harddisks are supplied with a file allocation table can we find information on them. The bytes are stored in one long 'line', or actually 'everywhere' (which is what the defragmenting apps fix for us) ...

So I guess if such Smart Mailboxes existed, we could just make a structure of folders we think suits our individual needs. And could just leave all messages in one big mailbox for all I care. I'll leave it to those amazing Apple programmers to figure out how to deal with a mailbox several GB in size :-)

Hmm, perhaps I should download Zoe and see what that is all about. This seems to address at least part of our needs. Check it out at Let me know what you think via a personal message (does this forum allow personal messages? i dunno...)

For those who are wondering why creating mailboxes and Smart Mailboxes is not the same: sometimes you want to look at data from several angles; for instance: sorted by sender, or by subject, or by date, or by domainname, or by mailclient, or by attachments. The way we look at data changes constantly. What Matt and I (and many others) are going on about is facilitating this constant change without copying email messages to 15 different folders everytime one arrives.

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