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email "save as" plain text loses attachments

138 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 5:00 AM by PaulWhite RSS
PaulWhite Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Dec 10, 2012 3:28 AM



this may be working as designed, but still semms strange.


I want to save incoming messages as plain text in order to process them later with other programs. When you mark a single mail or even a group and click on "save as" you have the options of richtext, palintext or raw message mode.


I select plain text. Above the selector is a checkbox for "include attachments". When this is checked you will see that the file extension at the top of the page changes to rtfd. Unchecking changes this back to txt.


Obviously when I save my messages as plain text orr richtext I don't want to lose the attachments.  But they are gone. I can't find them anywhere. The message is saved OK.


Any suggestions?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,540 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:51 AM (in response to PaulWhite)

    If you want to save atttachments, you cannot use plain text. It is what is says, unadorned. Atachments, photos, html, etc., require rtfd (extended rich text). Plain text is given as an option but is not very useful to your purpose.

    Choosing .rtfd would be the better choice.

  • roam Level 6 Level 6 (13,540 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 4:37 AM (in response to PaulWhite)

    I think this is a bug.

    Quite possibly so. I'm not a great fan of Mail since I cannot send large files ( an old unresolved gripe since 10.5.) and thus feel it is unreliable. Others have no problem with it.

    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 10.5.8 iBook 10.3.9
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 4:43 AM (in response to PaulWhite)

    No bug. You are saving the Text of the email as a Plain Text document. No attachment will be included. Stop saving the email as plain text and Copy and Paste the text into a Text editor or Word Processing program then save that. That way the actual email is not being changed and the attachment will stay with it.


    I also think Apple Mac Mail is one of the worst email programs ever written.


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