The best way to answer that would be for you to list all the features you must have that Mail.app doesn't currently provide you, and then someone might be able to suggest a mail client that better meets your needs.
Although Mail.app is not without its flaws, a does a fine job for most people.
TheQ has a point. I know a few of Mac users who swear by Eudora. I tried it a couple of years ago, and didn't like it. There were features missing that I am used to. You can download it here.
Up until 2 months ago I used Entourage from Office X and then Office 2004. I liked the program a lot, especially how e-mails were sorted (day, week, 2 weeks etc), and how the Address file worked. However, I wanted to use Spotlight for my e-mail searches, which Entourage did not support. So I switched to Mail.
Once I got used to the Smart Mailboxes and Smart Address Folders, I was glad I made the switch. Mail works very well. Easy to find information from e-mails.
Sometime in March, Entourage will become Spotlight compatible, which will be a great feature for searching e-mails. However, I believe Apple's Smart feature makes it the superior e-mail program of the two.
I liked Entourage better than Mail. I liked Now UpToDate for calendar a little better than iCal but each have features tha the othe doesn;t have. and I like Now Contact address books about the same Address book, BUT, with my .Mac acct, and them syncing and working together with each other, and having 4 apple computers, this cannot be beat. The way Mail synchs, by itself , is kinda amazing. If I didn't have things synching, I'm not sure I would do it. Addressbook works really well with Mail also.
I use all the built-in Apple apps, but Mail is not my first choice for email. I have to say Entourage is my first choice and has been for a number of years. I've used a number of email apps over time, but Entourage accomodates my needs completely, and I have to admit I use many of its more robust, advanced features for both personal and business use.
I can only speak for myself, but Entourage is reliable, and dependable. Apple Mail, imo, is still a little flaky.
" I need the possibility to remove or add a mail to a thread because the automatic threading in Mail is not working properly and makes it useless..."
I agree. I don't like the way the thread protocol works. It ought to be driven by 'recipient and answer/response' instead of the current method. This is the only feature of Mail I consider deficient. Fortunately, it's not a critical feature I need, although it would be nice if it were functional.
In Apple Mail Help, this is what the rule says:
" Mail uses special headers in each email message to determine if a message belongs to the same thread. If these headers are not present, the subject is used to determine if a message belongs to the thread."
I send subscription notices to various parties which sometimes have the same subject. Not sure what the "special headers" are, however, I notice my threads combine unrelated e-mails due to subject comparison, making the threading feature basically worthless.
Perhaps "Leopard" will offer a more reliable threading process.
iMac G5 Rev C 20" 2.5gb RAM 250 gb HD/iBook G4 1.33 ghz 1.5gb RAM 40 gb HD Mac OS X (10.4.4) LaCie 160gb d2 HD
Mail uses the 'In-Reply-To' field (and possibly others) in the message header to determing what thread a message belongs to. This is particularly obvious on mailing list when someone hijacks a thead by replying to an existing message and replacing the contents rather than composing a new message.
having 4 apple
computers, this cannot be beat. The way Mail synchs,
by itself , is kinda amazing. If I didn't have things
synching, I'm not sure I would do it. Addressbook
works really well with Mail also.
Ok how - in words of one syllable, do you accomplish this? I have three machines and would like my mail to be synched. One is new and has no mail in it - or accounts etc - two have various jumbles of mail. How do I force one of them to be the boss without losing messages that may be on the other? How do I keep them synched - especially if they are left on? Do you have to synch befoe use every time, etc?
I have a idisk account ....
Mail accesses your .Mac account via IMAP, so you
don't need to do anything to keep them in sync, all
the changes you make are done on the server, not
locally, so all Mail needs to do is download the
current message headers and it's in Sync. iSync
takes care of your address book.
I see I missed out a key bit in my question: I have three email accounts that I want to keep in sync - and I don't use my imac account - just a legacy of having email for 15 years!!!
I see I missed out a key bit in my question: I have
three email accounts that I want to keep in sync -
and I don't use my imac account - just a legacy of
having email for 15 years!!!
Any account you are able to access using IMAP shouldn't be a problem. My primary email address is one I have had for a similar amount of time and by using IMAP to manage this account I am able to use it from multiple locations without needing to worry about sync issues.
If you cannot use IMAP, then there is no simple or "transparent" way to do this.