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Critical Review of Mozilla Thunderbird 0.5

Wednesday February 25th, 2004

rizzof writes: "I wanted to offer a critical in-depth review of Thunderbird for a change. This is a quite different from all the glowing reviews of last week following the release. It analyzes shortcomings of the application and user-interface gaffes that keep it from achieving its full potential."


#5 not yet ready for the power user?

by kriskelvin

Wednesday February 25th, 2004 4:18 AM

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While the article focuses mainly on handling newsgroups - i some time ago decided against thunderbird now using KMail. I think i tested 0.3 and i was looking for a program to manage hundereds of mails each day.

What i disliked most was how tb organizes messages: Its account-driven way to organize mail seems logical from a programmers point of view. Yet I did not want to see any of my (numerous) mail-accounts occupying one third of the sidebar. In real life I don't sort my mail this way either. Imagine having piles of letters ordered by how they reach me rather than ordered by subject or sender.

What i propose is to seperate the technical aspect from what the user sees. My accounts, I want them to be known to tb of course, but i want them to be managed in the background. When i write a mail, i want to chose in a dropdown-field as what sender i will act. When i recieve a message, i want my filters to distribute them into my folders. The account where they reached me maybe one posibility to filter by - but please let *me* decide if it is the most important one for me.

Even happier i would feel if filters would not actually move messages but link to the original stored in my inbox, which would give me the chance of having messages in two folders at a time when its content suggests it without wasting hard-disk space.

I did not find the "local folders" to really meet my requierements in this case. I know that this might be a very personal point of view - but it lead to a decision against a program that i think deserves any kind of support. Therefore i post it here.

Kris