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Thunderbird 2.0

Filed under: OS X,Software — Erwin @ 11:36 pm

Some things I’ve run into with the latest version of this software:

  • Composing a new message was Shift-Cmd-M before, it’s Cmd-N now. In itself that makes sense, except that shift-Cmd-M is now move to folder <foo> again, for conveniently moving messages to another folder, which has already led to some stray messages that I needed to refile.
  • I like the Unread Folders option, but when I use N repeatedly to go through the unread messages, it does this in an (on first glance) odd order. What happens is that I have several folders to group several mail-folders (like automated messages of various sorts, mailing lists, personal email, etc). It follows that order, but it shows the Unread Folders in alphabetical order, alphabetical as far as the subfolder-names goes, anyway. Confused? Let’s say that in the folder with automated messages I have a mail folder called CRON, and in the folder with mailing lists I have a mail folder called Babbel (which I do, actually). If there are unread messages in those two, it’ll lists them in order “Babbel, CRON” but it’ll go through them in the opposite order because that’s how they are placed in the full view.
  • The Back and Forward buttons sound like useful additions, although I haven’t had much, if any, reason to use them yet. I’m sure I will.
  • Is the “Grouped by Sort” feature new? When sorting the messages by Date and then using that (the letter ‘G’ is a shortcut for it) you get the groups “Old mail”, “Two weeks ago”, “Last week”, “Yesterday”, and “Today”, assuming you have messages in those categories. Handy!
  • The Tags need more work before I can really call them useful. Sure, it’s handy to have the 0-9 shortcuts, but you can’t change the order of your tags (it lists the built-in ones first, then the others in alphabetical order) so you can’t easily force certain shortcuts to be used for certain frequently used tags. It’s also not clear to me where these tags are stored, but as I only read email from one computer, that’s not immediately an issue for me.

So far I’m happy with the new version, though.

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