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An even easier way
Authored by: davidduff on Jun 07, '06 10:15:56AM

mike3k's point is a good one. i went a while using mail.app before i eventually stumbled across this.

mail has some subtle features and generally does not map cleanly to how other common mail programs work. it can be deceptive because on the surface, it appears very simple, but there's actually a good bit of complexity behind the scenes.

what's cool:

if you have multiple accounts which forward into a single account, you can just have one account setup with multiple mail addresses attached to it and you can still send mail from those addresses (w/o needing to set up "send-only" accounts) -- this was the thrust of mike3k's post.

what's a bit less cool:

it's not easy to get mail to use different smtp servers to send a message -- i.e. if you need to use a different server under different conditions. so you need to work hard to find a server that you can use from everywhere (i.e. one that supports ssl and authentication).

(afaik) even if you authenticate, you can't send mail from your .mac account unless you use <user>@mac.com as the from address, which pretty much eliminates it as a candidate for the aforementioned smtp server. this is an annoying limitation and a stupid one, as far as i am concerned.

the signature management stuff got more powerful with the tiger release, however it now appears that you can set a default signature to use for a sending account. nice, but what if you have multiple addresses attached to an account as described above? there would appear to be no way of setting signature based on the from address (which seems to be what you would want to do most of the time). or am i missing something there?



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