I’ve been using Eudora ever since I started using POP email, which must have been back in about 1993, I think. I love the program, its power, its flexibility. In fact, for 5 years I wrote weekly Eudora Tips, still available at MacTips.
Email’s very important to me: I send and receive a lot of it every day. Eudora filters, searches and stores email exactly how I like. It replies, forwards, redirects, resends and uses stationery perfectly. I’ve customised it to a T through both the obvious settings and the more hidden X-Settings.
I love it’s multi-window approach, the fact that it does plain text so well, the fact that I’ve chosen to have black text in the font of my choice on a very pale blue background. Oh, its virtues are too many to list.
But, Eudora has reached end of life. It’s being moved over to a new project using Thunderbird. It’s not Intel native and never will be. It gradually sucks up both real and virtual memory on my machine. In the last couple of days it’s taken to randomly marking all the stored emails in various mailboxes as unread.
I’m starting to think that maybe I could consider another email client: one that’s more up with the times. But what? Forget Entourage. It has some power but I don’t want that behemoth open all the time and its multi-paned interface is a huge drag. Forget email clients that are part of web browsers. I guess I could take another look at Apple Mail — it integrates nicely with iCal etc, but again it has that multi-paned interface and I doubt it has the power and flexibility I’ve been enjoying for the last 14 years or so.
I’m doing some googling, but am open to suggestions. The email client I want will store mailboxes as plain text files, send plain text email by default, be Intel native or Universal Binary, be able to be customised, not use a multi-paned window, be powerful, separate attachments from messages so they can be stored separately.
It doesn’t have to be free: I have no problem paying for software that works for me, but it would need to have a trial version.
Suggestions in the comments …