3095 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jan 10, 2011 1:12 PM by Michael Morgan1
I have the same issue with folders. It seems to be a trend lately to get away from folder structures and the Archive button is taking over. The trend is to just archive the emails and use the search engine to find them later. In some ways this is a good idea but inefficient in some ways. Searching 30,000 archived emails when you know it's in a folder with only a few hundred emails is hard to swallow.
To combat the issue I've started to reorganize my folder structure into a simpler more manageable setup. First cab off the rank has been to get rid of subfolders. Now I only have about 20 top level folders and that gets rid of the huge scrolling problem to some degree.
It's going to be a compromise where old ways must meet the new and there are going to be tradeoffs. I doubt Apple is going to change the way the mail app works in this regard simply because it gets away from the KISS principal that Apple seems to follow. I'm not happy changing my habits of 20 or so years but there's no other alternative I can see if I want to use the iPad as my primary email reader. I really love using the iPad for email as it frees me from the confines of the office chair but, as always, there is a price to pay.
One of the most promising new Mac desktop mail clients I've seen in a while is Sparrow. It too use the simplistic approach although it does support folders/labels it is cumbersome in that regard too. This reinforces my belief that things are changing and I guess we will need to bend somewhat with it.
Well, I think programmatically it wouldn't be hard to change the iPad interface so that the folders could be collapsed - it is after all how they do it on the Mac. I just don't think they really thought it through and imagine all their users are playing around with only a few emails, rather than having to cope with the deluge that gets received in the real world.
Wouldn't be the first time Apple have suffered this blinkered approach - much as I love their products.
If you wish to raise issues with or suggest changes to Apple, then you need to talk to them directly. These forums, strictly user-user and for technical support issues, are not an avenue for that. Use the feedback forms set up for the various hardware and software packages:
Feedback area of Apple Support: http://www.apple.com/feedback
iPad Feedback Form: http://www.apple.com/feedback/ipad.html