Re: Working life of a G4
- From: Helpful Harry <helpful_harry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 18 Jun 2006 12:21:58 +1200
In article <4e3854ca42null-user@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, pv
In article <170620061128105122%helpful_harry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Helpful Harry <helpful_harry@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Entourage is the email software that comes as part of Microsoft Office.
It's not available separately nor is it free. Basically it's a more
powerful version of Outlook Express.
Eudora works and is still being made for Mac OS X (last time I looked).[Snip]
I still use it every day.
And it's /far/ superior to any OE clone. Entourage is useless!
The problem is that it tries to do way too much - it's trying to be
email, address book, calendar, to do list, newsgroups reader (from
memory), etc. all at once. It evidently doesn't work with the Mac OS
X's Address Book either.
Whiz over to www.eudora.com and download a copy now. I think 6.2 is the
latest version for Mac OS X.
About the only thing I dislike about Eudora is the silly "Mood Watch"
nonsense they added, but at least you can easily turn that off. The
current version does have some problems with HTML email layouts (there
is a newer Windows version, so a newer Mac one may not be far off,
although Intel Macs may have thrown a spanner into the release
I don't know if Eudora's "Junk Mail" filtering is better or worse than
Mac OS X's Mail. Neither seem to work that well, but they don't seem to
junk any of the "good" mail ... so far.
Other than that, the only real problem is that Eudora isn't free like
Mail is. You can download and use Eudora for free, but you'll have to
But everyone's idea of a good email program is different. By
coincidence, a recent Mac magazine I get did a small group test review
of email applications. Here's the rating results and conclusions they
came up with:
How we tested
There are a few major considerations to bear in mind when
testing an email client: whether it can send, receive and
manage emails efficiently; eas of use; whether it
effectively deals with the barrage of junk mail people
receive; and whether it has all of the features you'd
expect from a modern application in this field.
Therefore, we worked with each client in turn, sending
and receiving emails, and searching through archives. To
determine whether each app was easy to use, documentation
was ignored wherever possible - both when setting up
accounts and using the program; you shouldn't need a
degree in engineering to use an email client. With the
amount of junk mail we receive, checking the filtering
function of each client was straightforward, and other
features were explored and their worth determined.
Mail 2.0.3 Free OS X 4 out of 5
(Best Value award)
It still has its flaws, but Apple's Mail has evolved
into a worthy email client.
Thunderbird 1.0.7 Free OS X 5 out of 5
Robust, efficient and free, Thunderbird joins FireFox
as the best of its type on the Mac.
GyazMail 1.3.3 US$18 OS X 3.5 out of 5
One to watch out for, this regularly updated app will
evolve into a true contender.
QuickMail 3.5.3 US$35 OS X & 9.1 2.5 out of 5
Perhaps useful for small businesses, but somewhat
lacking for the single user.
Eudora 6.2.3 US$49.95 OS X 2 out of 5
This application needs a serious revamp if it's going
to cut it in today's market.
PowerMail 5.2.1 Euro49 OS X 3 out of 5
Robust and straightforward, PowerMail is a strong
email client, but not the best.
MailSmith 2.1 US$99 OS X 3.5 out of 5
A solid, fast and very efficient text-only email
client that has a few shortcomings.
Entourage 11.2.0 US$305 OS X 3.5 out of 5
(part of MS Office)
Too expensive to justify by itself, but a good choice
of client if you own Office.
When choosing an email client, a lot depends on exactly
how you want to use it, how you prefer to work, and also
the type of emails you receive. For the Choice award, the
dated Eudora was immediately dismissed from the race, as
was QuickMail, which is perhaps fine for business users
(and the only choice for Mac OS 9 users), but sadly
lacking for anyone else. MailSmith also gets the nod for
anyone who works with huge amounts of email, but it's
definitely not suitable for all users, and while Entourage
remains a solid contender, it lacks the polish and
availability to make it to the top - and it's not
available as a separate program.
Of the remaining quartet, PowerMail's quirks are few,
but too great to see it through, and while GyazMail has a
huge amount of promise, it's not quite ready for the prime
time just yet. So this leaves Mail and Thunderbird to fight
it out for the top prize.
Thunderbird just sneaks ahead into first place, despite
a few flaws - such as not integrating with Address Book and
having stupidly limited import options (although there are
workarounds to move mail from Entourage or Mail to
Thunderbird). The open source nature of the application has
resulted in a flexible, feature-rich and regularly updated
email client that cometes well with the likes of Appel Mail.
In fact, we'd go so far as to conclude that Thunderbird
excels in almost every way and just feels great to use. Mail
is certainly a worthy runner-up, though, and we were very
much seduced by its Smart Mailboxes feature, which with a
little work, could see Apple's effort blow away the
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