who prefers 'mail' to 'thunderbird'?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by marcel-v, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. marcel-v macrumors regular

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    which is better people? i use thunderbird but if there's a way to copy all my stored mail (eg, reciepts) from one to the other could someone let me know?
     
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  3. marcel-v thread starter macrumors regular

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    how come? is there a way to transfer my old messages to mail?
     
  4. TheReef macrumors 68000

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    I find thunderbird doesn't work correctly with my IMAP accounts compared to Mail which works flawlessly. (eg deleting messages gives errors) Plus I like the mail interface better :p
     
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  6. jplan2008 macrumors regular

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    Yes -- in mail: file-import mailboxes -- check Thunderbird, etc.

    I know people who've done this with Entourage without any major problems, but in any case, if there's a problem with the import, they'd still be there in Thunderbird. Then, you'd need to add your accounts to mail.
     
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  8. chscag macrumors 65816

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    Mac Mail for mail, and Thunderbird to read newsgroups and forums posted using NNTP.

    Regards.
     
  9. clevin macrumors G3

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    at MR. most people will prefer any apple products over 3rd party apps. you should just try for yourself.
     
  10. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I know I prefer the Apple products unless I have a compelling reason not to

    Mail does all I need, so I have never really looked at an alternative

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  11. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    cleven, I'd still like to know what you use. I use Thunderbird, but I never used mail enough to even get used to it. When I first started using mail, I had trouble embedding pics in messages, it seemed I had to take pics from iPhoto only which frustrated me and I gave up.
     
  12. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Mail.app's import doesn't work reliably with Thunderbird mail (at least it didn't in Tiger).

    Use Eudora Mailbox Cleaner to transfer Thunderbird mail to Mail. After the transfer you'll have to reindex your mailboxes. Or you could use IMAP.
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I don't think I've ever had problems with pics and mail
    What exactly was the issue?

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  14. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, at least my post didn't show preference :D!

    Im using thunderbird, mail.app has trouble retrieving my IMAP mails. There are other things I like about TB, such as easy color labeling of each message as I see fit, better display of simple math equations. I use 3 different OSes, Thunderbird gives me more familiar environment.

    There are subjective reasons as well. Such as Open Source. etc

    PS. I really hope TB3 will ship with tabbed UI, apparently it is still not working correctly at this stage.
     
  15. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    I was trying to drag images from my desktop to a template. It's been awhile since I did it. I honestly am not sure if the problem was me or mail!
     
  16. bstreiff macrumors regular

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    Mail.app totally wouldn't cope with my university e-mail IMAP account (deciding, for some reason, to also display my home directory and the files within as unremovable directories. Never could figure out why.) but Thunderbird worked just fine.

    Thunderbird it is for me.

    Unfortunately, I could never figure out how to get Thunderbird to work with Address Book instead of using its own.
     
  17. ihabime macrumors 6502

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    I use Mail, mainly because it's there, built-in already and good enough for my usage. I didn't really see anything in thunderbird or other mail programs that seemed like a 'must have' feature for me.

    Of course, those fugly buttons in Mail still annoy me, but they can be dealt with :p
     
  18. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

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    I have used both, but prefer Mail because of the way it handles multiple accounts.
     
  19. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to use Mail, but it too frequently forgets passwords.
     
  20. elbirth macrumors 65816

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    before I switched to mac several years ago, I was always a big Thunderbird fan. I still used Thunderbird on themac for a very long time. I originally tried mail.app, but it didn't seem to want to import mail from the one POP account I had (the rest were IMAP and worked great). Finally I tried it again right after I upgraded to Leopard on the day of release and it has been great. Much more responsive than Thunderbird ever was, and I like the Mac feel it has. I've never had any issues using it, and whenever an IMAP server is down, it has an icon to inform me, instead of me wondering what's wrong. If Thunderbird had been as quick as Mail, I would have probably stuck with it, but I really do like Mail a lot now.
     
  21. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    Mail neither remembers nor forgets passwords. They are stored on your user keychain. When Mail unexpectedly asks for a mail account password it's just about always because of a problem with the connection or the IMAP/POP mail host.
     
  22. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    +1

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  23. EB66 macrumors 6502

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    mail for me, i actually switched from thunderbird, i love how everything works together with other apps and the interface is nice too
     
  24. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I'm not a heavy emailer so I don't see any need migrating from Mail. I've used Outlook and Outlook Express in the past but Outlook was way too big for my needs and Express wouldn't send messages sometimes, send/recieve did nothing, I had to restart the app.

    Mail (so far) has been problem free for me.
     
  25. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for that. I realised that the password is stored in Keychain , I was just trying to keep the post short..
     

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