Considering a switch from Entourage to Mail.app

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by yamadataro, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. yamadataro macrumors 6502

    #1
    I've been a user of Entourage since its original release on OS 9.
    Today, I've just checked Mail.app (10.2 one) and it looks much better than in the OS 10.1 days. So I'm thinking about switching to Mail.app and take advantage of the iApp/.Mac stuff. But...

    Here's my wonderings:

    - Does Mail.app support Base64/MIME formart for Windows PC receivers? It seems like there's no options to select Base64 or AppleDouble or whatever.

    - Does it support automatic StuffIt compression like Outlook Express and Entourage do? Well, if it doesn't, I should just compress it manually, I guess.

    - Anybody who switched to Mail.app have anything to say about my possible move from Entourage? I'm also curious if you Mail.app users have any complaint?

    This topic could have been here before, but anyway,
    thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. demonx macrumors regular

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    #2
    I have been considering changing also, but right now Entourage is just better to me. Mainly because its address books just seems alot better in my opinion than the address book that apple has.
     
  3. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

    #3
    I kinda agree about Apple's address book. It could be better.
    And it's got a serious text input issue with Japanese OS X which Apple is officially seeking solutions for.
    Entourage is a solid software, I must say.
    It's just that I'm always diving into the new stuff :D
    That's the best way to learn things don't you think?

    Oh and with Mail.app, I don't have to worry about Microsoft trashing it or not upgrading it!
     
  4. Billicus macrumors 6502a

    Billicus

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    #4
    There are AppleScripts to send pictures from Entourage from iPhoto. As far as encoding, Mail.app doesn't give you the option of encoding, but I believe it uses AppleDouble, an encoding pattern readable by both platform. I'm not sure about the stuffing, as I rarely send attachmetns.
     
  5. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Uh, AppleDouble has caused many problems with my clients who use PCs.
    Entourage's AppleDouble emails have somehow been split into two emails, one containing the real email and the other containing nothing but the mail header.

    I'm not sure if it's Entourage's or a problem in general though.

    If Mail.app can only do AppleDouble, I may have to stay away from it...
     
  6. Billicus macrumors 6502a

    Billicus

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    #6
    I can't find anything that would suggest otherwise. I'll check back if I can find anything of value for you.
     
  7. oldMac macrumors 6502a

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    #7
    iMail

    I have been using iMail since OS X came out for handling my 2 IMAP accounts with about 25-50 messages per day.

    I have not used Entourage.

    Good things about iMail:

    1) Excellent Interface
    - Best I've used (iMail, Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, etc)

    2) Excellent Support
    - continually updated
    - keeps getting better (smarter, more stable, faster, etc)

    3) Manages multiple accounts in a nice way
    - Easily view mail by account
    - Eaily view all accounts in a single view
    - Replies accordingly with correct email address

    4) More stable and less complicated than Outlook on the PC
    - A *LOT* more stable than Outlook
    - Handles IMAP way better


    Bad things about iMail:

    1) It's a little bit slow on my iBook 500 (so is everything OS X in general)

    2) Search is nice, but needs more advanced mode
     
  8. e-coli macrumors 68000

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    i have never heard of this problem, and i've never had it myself and i send attachments all the time to pc people. i use mail.app.
     
  9. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, so maybe Entourage has caused it then?

    When I experienced this problem, I've sent carbon copy mails to all people involed in the project (about 10). And everytime I've sent attachements, all of them complained about the AppleDouble encoded emails. Again, there were always an empty second mail along with the real one.

    Or maybe it was Sony's intranet making some weird modifications to the emails. I worked in their office for like 6 months and their intra sucks big time. This is a well know fact, so my NDA's fine :D
     
  10. Gelfin macrumors 68020

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    #10
    On the other similar thread you (yamadataro, I mean) said you found Mail too simple when you tried it. At first that was what I thought of it too, but it does everything I need a mail application to do, and in that case, a simpler interface is actually better.

    Actually, the one thing I do want it to do that it doesn't is to allow me to do proper IMAP folder subscriptions. It still doesn't. I can live with that quite easily though.

    To answer some of your questions, I sent myself a message with an attachment then downloaded the raw message to examine. The message is standard MIME and the attachment is base64 encoded. Here's what the relevant headers look like:

    Any PC mail client should be able to make sense of that message. I don't think it does any automatic StuffIt compression, but then I didn't know Entourage and Outlook Express did that either.

    The only thing you said that concerned me (for your situation) is that Address Book doesn't correctly support Japanese text. That might cause a problem until Apple fixes it. I correspond with few enough Japanese people that I can get away with romaji in my address book. :) I'm honestly not quite sure why people don't like Apple's Address Book (the Jaguar version, I mean). I see it, functionally, as no different from Entourage's address book. The Jaguar version was a HUGE improvement over previous versions. I never used the older Address Book, but I like the Jaguar one.
     
  11. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That thread you just mentioned has actually made me wanting to try out Mail.
    And here I am.

    By saying "Mail is too simple", I meant that it didn't have (or seem to have) enough functions I want compared to Entourage. I totally agree with you that the simple interface is better.

    As to the IMAP stuff, I only use POPs and I'll be OK.

    I'm hoping that Apple will fix that Japanese text issue on Address Book soon. But I'm thinking the fix won't be included at least until next OS update (10.2.4?). There's no point in using Mail if Address Book is not fully functioning. After reading your comment about the Address Book, I realize it's nicer than Entourage's, at least. I almost never use Entourage's address book...

    And thanks for the email experiment. So, AppleDouble mail w/attachement is simply a Base64 enocoded attachement with some extra headers and stuff then.
     
  12. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

    #12
    Just a sec!
    Does Mail send emails as Base64 then???

    Here's what I've found on www.macmail.com:

    So the encoding always is Base64 no matter what. It's the packaging method that's different...

    This stuff is making me confused.
     
  13. Beej macrumors 68020

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    I used to use Entorage in OS 9, but I've been using Mail.app since OS X came out. It started out stupidly unstable, but now it is rock solid. I use it for 5 different email accounts and it's great.

    On top of all the other benifits that have been mentioned, the junk mail filter it uses is just plain brilliant. I haven't got a junk email in one of my inboxes for ages.
     
  14. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've just tried it a little and Mail's seems to be more clever than Entourage's spam filter. That's a good plus.
     
  15. benixau macrumors 65816

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    #15
    i find that too.

    mail.app's junk filter is so intelligent that i dont get any junk. the last junk i got was a while ago all i did was junk it, then delete it.

    i still have the filter in training mode too. i know that it is deleteing them cause when i used Entourage i got all of them back in my inbox again.

    a simple trip to mail fixed that. i have never used Entourage since then.
     
  16. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So I've used Mail for like 12 hours now, and just found out that I can use custom sound file for the new mails alert! Entourage didn't allow me to use "you got mail" sound file I found on the web!

    Since I left AOL back in 1996, that sound was kinda my dream :D
     
  17. .a macrumors regular

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    for me it was also very cool to have this sound, when an email arrives. also the sign that appears in the dock when a new email is unread is nice and a good reminder to check mail.
    i switched from entourage to mail.app half a year ago and never regret it.
    .a
     
  18. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm very much conviced about this switch now and importing my 500MB Entourage data to Mail. Looks like it will taka a while.

    Thanks again for your input!

    BTW, David Pogue says Mail uses MIME/Base64 encoding only in his OS X Missing Manual Book.
     
  19. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's the first wall I've just run into:

    I have my own dedicated server running in Texas and I have a number of alias-only mail addresses on it (addresses that only forward emails without the actual mail storage and user logins).

    I need to create mail accounts on Mail with these alias reply addresses. But Mail seems to only work well with actual mail full feature accounts. Entourage is OK about doing this.

    I'm temporarily back to Entourgae because of this.
    I'll try to see if there's anything I can do about this. Maybe I should just convert these alias addresses to real ones.

    I guess Apple didn't make Mail for a guy with his own mail server...
    That's understandable.
     
  20. yamadataro thread starter macrumors 6502

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    In the middle of the MWSF frenzy, I was quietly going through the Entourage to Mail switch. I was actually more than convinced about this switch after watching SJ's keynote. Apple's application integration seemed so promissing.

    But after using Mail for a coupla days, it was not just the visual stuff that was simple. The functions were too simple.

    The only things Entourage didn't achieve was the custome sound, better spam filter and the nicer interface. For anything else, Entourage won. I guess for email user with less demanding usage, Mail is totally nice. But for the kinda guy who gets 5000+ emails a year among 6 different accounts for business and pleasure (5000 is not much compared to many other guys out there), Mail is not good enough, function-wise that is. Mail is just not productive enough.

    So I've switched back to Entourage. Period.
    I've dreamed of dipping myself in the Apple software world, but in the Mail's case, it didn't work out as I hoped.

    Well, maybe the next version of Mail would be better?
     

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