OK, I don’t like that it defaults to using the SMTP account I already set up, although I accept that most people will probably do exactly that.
I usually set up my .Mac account first because it’s only got a few messages on the server, so if something blows up, it doesn’t make too much of a mess. But I can’t use its SMTP server for anything else. So this behavior is frustrating for me.
Is there a way to create a new account without using the wizard? I’m not fond of wizards as a way to configure email accounts, because nearly all my accounts need unusual configurations, such as special mail folder paths. However, I do like that it takes me to the account settings sheet when it’s done with the wizard.
OK, my first major account is configured and is pulling down mail.
A couple of things I do like: I like the status bar that indicates how many messages are still being pulled down and so forth. Having that information in a separate status window in Mail.app is a little annoying.
However, the inbox is pretty unresponsive during this message download operation, and it hasn’t changed from saying “Downloading message 943 of 4342” for a couple of minutes now, which makes me wonder.
Yes, yes, I have a huge inbox because I’m lazy and because I tend to use smart mailboxes in Mail.app a lot more than I should.
Hm. Been a few more minutes now, and no change. If I click back over to my .Mac account, the cursor returns to an arrow, and I can do stuff, but I return to my new account and it’s a watch again and nothing works inside the message list pane.
Ah, there we go. It’s up to 956 now.
This is taking a long time. I’ll post again when it’s done.