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I miss the drawer.
Authored by: DaphneDiane on May 14, '05 06:38:41AM

Yeah the drawer and placing it on the right side is one of the things I miss most about mail. The new buttons don't bother at all. But I liked being able to open folder in a new viewer and then close the drawer to give me back screen real-estate. I found it especially useful when doing a bunch of cut and paste and drag and drop from an organized folder. Now, not only is the mail folder list now on the left, when you hide the folders the window shifts and grows by the amount of space occupied by the list.



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Great functions, the UI is terrible
Authored by: pepi on May 15, '05 08:18:53PM

I like the new functions Mail.app now offers a lot. Like Smart Mailboxes, the substantially faster search, per account signatures and the Connection Doctor to name a few.

On the other hand I totally disagree with the new interface. It has lost a lot of things that were there before. Both in terms of useability and features. Just to mention, that it's totally against Apple's own Human Interface Guideline.

  • The toolbar buttons are not distinguishable by their shape. This would help the eye and conform to Apple's HIG!
  • Totally nonsense enforced grouping of toolbar buttons. Let's have them one by one like anywhere else.
  • The Status bar is completely gone. I want it back, now.
  • The choice of small toolbar buttons is gone. Mail.app is the only app to not offer this, why?
  • The mailbox list cannot be moved to the right hand side anymore, where this was possible with the good old drawer.
  • Spotlight search get's in the way of my workflow. I cannot preselect what I'm searching for, before typing in text into the search field. Before I could tell Mail to search in the "From", "To", "SUbject" or "Entire Contents" of one or all Mailboxes. I can still do this, but I have to type first, wait for the Spotlight bar to appear and then click what I'm searching for.
  • The Junk filter will move away Messages from your InBox even in Training mode when it should just color mark them. When switching Junk Filter Mode from automatic back to training the "Junk Mailbox" is deleted without ANY warning, notice or even a way to get back it's contents. It's just gone, including all your false positives why you switched to training mode again.
  • When moving from field to field in a "new message" window, including pop-ups, you cannot get to the text field for the message body if you have enabled te "priority" menu. You're stuck there, unless you click with the mouse.
  • The "save to iPhoto" is only available from the Save… button pop-up in the message view. It's not in the context-menu of a picture, nor anywhere else in menus.
  • The button for "new mailbox" doesn't change to "new smart mailbox" when the option (alt) key is pressed. This is unexpected, because every other app (eg. iTunes, iPhoto) does it that way.
  • Organize by threads lacks a keyboard shortcut.

Conclusion:

Apple has added a lot of new stuff into Mail.app which is great. Overall it feels a lot faster and polished in terms of features. On the other hand the user interface is a terrible step backwards, taking away a lot of choice and information from the user, that was there before.



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