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Garvinator
03-09-2010, 02:00 PM
Does anyone know of any decent, preferably free (of course) email programs.

I currently use windows live mail, but it regularly erases the filters I have set up for directing mail to specific folders and I am sick of it.

Suggestions? I have just thunderbird, but it seems to prevent regular logging in, which is disappointing.

Rincewind
03-09-2010, 02:13 PM
Suggestions? I have just thunderbird, but it seems to prevent regular logging in, which is disappointing.

I use thunderbird. What do you mean by "preventing regular logging in"?

Patrick Byrom
03-09-2010, 06:32 PM
Does anyone know of any decent, preferably free (of course) email programs.

I currently use windows live mail, but it regularly erases the filters I have set up for directing mail to specific folders and I am sick of it.

Suggestions? I have just thunderbird, but it seems to prevent regular logging in, which is disappointing.

Have you tried Eudora? I used it briefly, and it seemed fine.

There's a list here:
http://email.about.com/od/windowsemailclients/tp/free_email_prog.htm

Kevin Bonham
03-09-2010, 06:51 PM
One thing to check with online Eudora versions concerns preservation of inactive accounts. I used to have a eudoramail account that I only used for specific purposes (some lists would not recognise my main email address for some reason) and it was deleted with the loss of all saved emails after I did not log in for a long enough period (I think it was only 1 month). It's good if you're using a webmail that may become inactive to see if it can be set up to forward a warning to another address when this point draws nigh.

Garvinator
03-09-2010, 09:02 PM
Have you tried Eudora? I used it briefly, and it seemed fine.

There's a list here:
http://email.about.com/od/windowsemailclients/tp/free_email_prog.htmHad a look and downloaded it, but I am having a lot of problems trying to configure the incoming and outgoing mail servers for eudora.

I have basically given up on it.

In regards to thunderbird, it seems from reading the help files that as I use a hotmail address as my main account, I am out of luck for being able to import my hotmail folders to thunderbird and to be able to import the messages from said folders to their respective thunderbird locations.

Is this accurate?

Rincewind
03-09-2010, 10:16 PM
Is this accurate?

Not sure if there is a hotmail issue. I never use hotmail as they are email Nazis. Usually one has two protocols to choose from: POP3 and IMAP. Many big free providers (yahoo for one and I believe probably hotmail too) only support POP3.

With POP3 you basically have to download email down from the server to read it. Once it is down on from the server it is often deleted and so once you have read it from one PC it is on that PC for good. Note, with Thunderbird you can configure it to leave mail on the server and not delete it for a certain period of time (or indefinitely).

If you want to move mail from your sent mail or saved folders in hotmail to your client PC you may need to copy them into your inbox via the hotmail webmail interface to do that. I'm not sure because I don't ever worry about this for my yahoo account.

But in short, if it is the IMAP issue you are talking about then I think you will find all that just about all mail clients will suffer the same sort of problems. Some may have a nice feature which makes life slightly more bearable but basically if hotmail isn't supporting IMAP then that's a show stopper.

For more info on mail client protocols check out

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Office_Protocol
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_Message_Access_Protocol

If you are still interested in comparing mail clients look at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_e-mail_clients

BrendanNorman
05-09-2010, 01:40 AM
The best POP 3 Email client in my opinion is the Chinese software called Dreammail.

It handles multiple accounts, has nice stationary, password protection and is constantly updated with new features.

The menus of the software are in English so dont worry if the Chinese website puts you off, you can find it here:

http://www.dreammail.org/

Denis_Jessop
05-09-2010, 01:39 PM
The best POP 3 Email client in my opinion is the Chinese software called Dreammail.

It handles multiple accounts, has nice stationary, password protection and is constantly updated with new features.

The menus of the software are in English so dont worry if the Chinese website puts you off, you can find it here:

http://www.dreammail.org/

There's an English language site at

http://www.dreammail.eu/intl/en/home.html

DJ