Sep 182006

First annoyance, and this is probably a deal-breaker for me.

I use SpamSieve to filter spam. It’s a fabulous spam filtering solution that, for me, has a 99.8% accuracy rate, is endlessly customizable, and works with almost every email program available for the Mac.

Except Thunderbird.

I paid good money for it, and love it, and am disinclined to give it up to switch to another email program unless that email program is so awesome I’m blinded by its magnificence.

Anyway, I’m soldiering on.

Second thing, which isn’t a deal-breaker by any strech but would be a nice touch: When setting up an account, it would be nice if there were a “.Mac” option, that would pre-fill fields with the names of the servers used for .Mac email addresses.

A widget-related quibble: no focus boxes around the edit fields in the first-account setup wizard sheet as you tab between them. In addition, the text input carat keeps flashing even after you click past the “Name this account” panel, and are at the summary panel with the Done button. This isn’t TB-specific, though, it happens in various places in Firefox too.

I would like to be able to use the Keychain to save my passwords.

The next thing I did was right-click the toolbar in the main window to do some customization Um, there’s like nothing in this window. Ah, stuff disappears if it’s already in the toolbar. Pretty sure that’s not how it works in standard Mac apps.

Also, ever time I make a change to the toolbar, the Customize Toolbar window moves to the center of my screen, more or less. That’s really annoying.

OK, I’m going to try to configure one of my huge IMAP accounts now, and we’ll see how it goes…

 Posted by at 11:21 AM

  3 Responses to “TB experiment: First launch”

  1. Thanks for giving the spam sieve program. Nice to know it exist. I’ve swicthed from when TB was 0.6 If I recall correctly and never got back even though like you I’m annoyed with the lack of integration with Mac OS X – Address book integration is half there and half ready needs to be tested and commited.
    For spam I would love to see server levels solutions, if you can ensure things like SPF and domainkeys that would be nice.

  2. The author of SpamSieve tells me that he’d love to support Thunderbird, except it doesn’t have the hooks needed for him to get access to the messages to check them.

  3. Did he file a Bug in mozilla to add hooks for spam programs?
    Would be a good feature request.

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