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Old 08-21-2007, 04:31 PM   #1
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I am considering switching to Thunderbird Email. I have been learning from the online documentation, but I do have a question. Can I somehow import an address book from Eudora, or is there some other format for importing?

I know it can import from Outlook and Outlook Express, but I have never used those programs.
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:47 PM   #2
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My copy of Thunderbird says it can inport address books from Eudora and text files of the CSV type etc. (which is, I guess, the way that you get the address books from Outlook and Express).

Incidentally, I have the Mac version, if that amkes a difference.

   
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Old 08-21-2007, 11:32 PM   #3
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I just checked my (latest) version of Thunderbird and when you go to the import function, the option of importing from a Eudora address book is the first option listed.
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Old 08-22-2007, 11:57 AM   #4
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I am considering switching to Thunderbird Email. I have been learning from the online documentation, but I do have a question. Can I somehow import an address book from Eudora, or is there some other format for importing?

I know it can import from Outlook and Outlook Express, but I have never used those programs.
I have, in fact switched away from Thunderbird, after giving a fair chance for over a year for a small set of accounts. It just doesn't measure up to Eudora and the flexibility and power that provides. I know Eudora will soon have no support any longer. After a lot of reading and research I decided to go with Pegasus - not easy, and it takes a lot of getting used to - but you do get power, if that's what you want. And you can import your Eudora mailboxes.

I'm switching over only gradually - conversion takes an awful lot of time and will necessitate (for me) setting up new email accounts om my mail server as well - but I'm glad to be rid of simple-minded Thunderbird which would never let me move mails from one folder to another without having them pop up in the old location again after a day or two! (I ended up with up to six copies of some emails, and installing a plugin that got rid of duplicates did not help: it found them allright, and provided a handy interface to get rid of the duplicates, but TB would restore them anyway. It was a nightmare, and endlessly frustrating.) And I'm in no hurry - good old Eudora still functions just fine. But TB has no place on my computer anymore. I uninstalled it (something pretty radical for me!).

If you don't have a lot of folders and/or filters, TB may be good enough for you. But if you regularly organize your email by moving stuff from one folder to another, or have a lot of filters, I'd suggest you forget about TB completely and have a real good look at Pegasus. Give it time, to get used to it - you may not regret it.

   
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Old 08-22-2007, 12:07 PM   #5
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I have, in fact switched away from Thunderbird, after giving a fair chance for over a year for a small set of accounts.

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If you don't have a lot of folders and/or filters, TB may be good enough for you. But if you regularly organize your email by moving stuff from one folder to another, or have a lot of filters, I'd suggest you forget about TB completely and have a real good look at Pegasus. Give it time, to get used to it - you may not regret it.
Your reply is just why I posted here, before I made a decision on an email client. I probably don't have the volume or the complexity of email that you have, but I do want more than I get with Eudora, and I would like features that either Eudora doesn't have, or maybe I never learned to do.

I never learned how to make filters work for me. If I could have mail automatically go into a folder if it said 'FCA' in the heading, great, but I wondered how I would know there was new mail in that folder. Contrary to that, not enough junk mail went into the junk folder with Eudora, and sometimes it was not junk. Having tossed it out of the junk folder, then it was in the trash instead, where I would either empty all the trash, or delete certain kinds of messages, thinking that maybe something valuable was still there.

If you can provide any comments on that rambling on about email, please do so. I will go look at the Pegasus web site in the meantime. From your comments, I am doubtful that I want to continue with Eudora, and even more doubtful that Thunderbird is a possibility. The only email package I would exclude completely is MS Outlook/MS Outlook Express.

Anybody else, what are you using, and are you happy with it?
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My favorite is the Mail app that comes with OSX. Best thing is the "bounce" feature, so if a junk email makes it past the filters, I can bounce it so it appears to be a dead address. I know junk mail usually comes from faked addresses anyway, but it feels like I can do something.

I use Thunderbird on the pc at home, so far so good, but I'm looking for an open-source software that can also "bounce" emails. Anyone know of one?

   
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I use Thunderbird on the pc at home, so far so good, but I'm looking for an open-source software that can also "bounce" emails. Anyone know of one?

Have you considered Pegasus?
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I was frustrated in all my attempts to use Thunderbird (though I cannot articulate the reasons).

I have used Eudora for many years, and I would be lost without its Transfer feature, Personalities, the Junk mailbox (with its easy way of un-junking mail), and some other features.

It is very odd that there are so many unhelpful e-mail clients around at this late date. (Apple’s Mail being another one.)

   
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I was frustrated in all my attempts to use Thunderbird (though I cannot articulate the reasons).

I have used Eudora for many years, and I would be lost without its Transfer feature, Personalities, the Junk mailbox (with its easy way of un-junking mail), and some other features.

It is very odd that there are so many unhelpful e-mail clients around at this late date. (Apple’s Mail being another one.)
You are one more forum member for me to hear that maybe Thunderbird is not the right choice for me.
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My favorite is the Mail app that comes with OSX. Best thing is the "bounce" feature, so if a junk email makes it past the filters, I can bounce it so it appears to be a dead address. I know junk mail usually comes from faked addresses anyway, but it feels like I can do something.
That’s interesting — I really hated it, and banished it almost immediately.

Perhaps my main problem is that it is not Eudora-like. And it doesn’t seem to understand that one can have many “personalities” (in Eudora-speak) — my .mac account is the least of mine, and the only one that isn’t (or cannot be) POP3.

But maybe I should actually try to learn it now that Eudora may go poof (though there is no sign of it so far; and its support has always been more than a wish than a reality).

   
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