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    It looks as though I am going to have to find a new email client.

    I have been using Eudora for many years with absolutely no complaint but this has been stuck at V7.1 for over 2 years whilst they develop a customised Thunderbird open source version. This is still in Beta after more than years and they don't/won't/can't answer questions on their forum and are uncontactable via email. Inspires confidence doesn't it?

    I will not use any of the variations of Outlook and I don't want a web based solution and, ideally, should be able to access more than one email source.

    Can anyone suggest a program?

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    [quote name='dd_uk' post='797065' date='09-Oct-2009 04:40']Can anyone suggest a program?[/quote]
    Well, I've been a happy camper with Thunderbird ever since it came out and highly recommend it as stable, reliable and (I think) secure. Mozilla updates it regularly along with Firefox. What I don't know is about the possibility of porting your old mail to Thunderbird.

    I have four email "accounts" setup in my TB - my ISP, my own web domain, Google mail and Yahoo mail. I only use POP so I don't know about other formats.

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    [quote name='dd_uk' post='797065' date='09-Oct-2009 15:40']Can anyone suggest a program?[/quote]
    David,

    I've been using Pegasus since 1996. Like Eudora, it kind'a felt neglected for a couple of years, but it seems like the developer, David Harris, is now moving ahead with improvements after spending a long time rewriting the code. It's a bit quirky, but it does all I need. And because it's not very common, it doesn't attract the attention of the malware writers.

    Chris

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    [quote name='dd_uk' post='797065' date='09-Oct-2009 10:40']Can anyone suggest a program?[/quote]
    I can also recommend Pegasus Mail; I've been using it for many years. As mentioned, some year ago the development slowed down, but now itís full steam ahead, sort of, again. Some months ago Pegasus Mail v4.51 was released.

    All the usual: POP. SMTP and IMAP, of course; it has a very versatile filtering etc. It can be used with several e-mail addresses (i.e. I can for example "POP" several different at the same time and then if I want to use one address (other than my normal) to send I can just click on the menu to assume that "identity"). Overall, it has a lot of options, but is a bit old fashioned in its user interface. Yes, one can perhaps say that it can sometimes be a bit quirky, but the developers have a really long experience of e-mail software and a lot of knowledge.

    On the site in the link below you can also find discussions forums etc. So to add to the developerís site already mentioned by wartaaids, here are the community pages: http://community.pmail.com/pmail/Peg...lOverview.aspx

    P.S. I've been using Thunderbird on other PCs, and think that it is an easy program to use and easy to set up, but I have no longer experience using several addresses or IMAP with that one.

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    I feel your pain, David. Switching email clients is a terrible experience. Here at work we've done it 3 times, incorporating each time a switch of platform.

    In the end, all that matters is that your new client can get your data from your old client and that the new one does what you want. Thunderbird 2 is a very capable program in it's own right. The new Eudora (or Thunderbird/Penelope combo) is based on a beta version of Thunderbird 3 (which has also been in beta for several years!)

    As far as I can see, the main reason to go to Eudora 8 is to retain some of the look/feel of the program that you're used to using, but in that case why change? The main driver should be either to get features you don't have in 7 or to migrate while tools exist to help the switch.

    I suppose the summing up would be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
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    Just thought I'd throw this in, just in case:

    Importing from Eudora - Thunderbird - MozillaZine Knowledge Base

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    Since Windows 7 no longer includes an email client, I suppose that Windows Live Mail now counts as third party.

    Live Mail is quite useful as it will handle Hotmail accounts as POP3, plus it's almost a given that you should replace Windows Mail in Vista with it.

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    Moved to Non-Outlook e-mail forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonWallace View Post
    As far as I can see, the main reason to go to Eudora 8 is to retain some of the look/feel of the program that you're used to using, but in that case why change? The main driver should be either to get features you don't have in 7 or to migrate while tools exist to help the switch.

    I suppose the summing up would be "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"
    I haven't tried Eudora 8 yet, but I'd have to agree with Jon on this one. I've been using Eudora for years and haven't found anything better. All its mailboxes and config files are text-based so you can easily get at the nuts and bolts and it does everything I need it to do (multiple e-mail accounts etc..).

    It's not simple to set up for network access, sure, and I'm not sure if it'll work on Win 7 (works fine on Vista, but no help files). However, I'll stick with it for now. As you say, if it ain't broke...

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    Tried Evolution - love it on both ubuntu and windows - haven't tried it on Windows 7 yet, but will be soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Pachy View Post
    I haven't tried Eudora 8 yet, but I'd have to agree with Jon on this one. I've been using Eudora for years and haven't found anything better. All its mailboxes and config files are text-based so you can easily get at the nuts and bolts and it does everything I need it to do (multiple e-mail accounts etc..).

    It's not simple to set up for network access, sure, and I'm not sure if it'll work on Win 7 (works fine on Vista, but no help files). However, I'll stick with it for now. As you say, if it ain't broke...
    It works like a charm here in Win7.

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    I have used Thunderbird for several years and find it to be excellent. I have been providing computer support to small businesses for over 30 years and my clients have experienced fewer problems with TB than any other email client. The local university supported Eudora for years and it was also very good although I have seen clients have problems with it when their file sizes got large. As far as I'm concerned the most glaring feature missing from TB is multi-user access. In many offices the secretaries share responsibility for managing email and TB definitely experiences problems when multiple machines attempt to access the same repository.In most cases I have solved the problem by using MailCOPA which seems to work quite well and is low cost.

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    After years of using Outlook in Windows and Thunderbird in Linux I've concluded that webmail is the way to go.

    For anyone using more than one computer on a regular basis it's a no-brainer. OK, Gmail isn't configurable to the nth degree like Outlook, but by using labelling and filters it meets my needs.

    Gmail's sp*m detection is excellent. I forward mail from my other email addresses directly to my Gmail account. I can access it from any web connected computer in the known universe and never have to mess about with synchronising anymore.

    I can even use my email address from my own server as the default for outgoing messages.

    I've tried going back to Outlook a couple of times, but found the extra bells and whistles no compensation for Gmail's convenience.

    Life is sweet.

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    Forgot an important point with Gmail which was once a deal-breaker: if you lose Internet access, you can now access your Gmail account offline using the Google Gears add-on.
    Alan Vallis
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    David, I'll cast one more vote for Thunderbird. With many add-ons available, you can customize it to fit your needs. I run it pretty slim. But you don;t have to if you don;t want to.

    Best of luck on your impending move. (Uuuugh. Just got a chill down my spine thinking of having to move email again! <grin>)

    Tad

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