Sep 182006
 

Okay, this account’s inbox is done downloading now.

This brings me to my next realization: there’s no “mark as read” button in the toolbar, nor is there one available to add to it. Wait, there’s something called “Mark.” I’ll try that and see what it does.

OK, cool, that toggles it. It would be nice if the label on the button told you want pressing it will actually do, but okay, it does what I want.

Time to add another account. My Mozilla one this time, I think.

Another thing: is there a way to have it not default to sending icky HTML email? There’s a setting for it, but I wish I didn’t have to set it separately for each account — it defaults to “Compose messages in HTML” for every new account.

When entering passwords, it would be nice if the bullet (“•”) were used instead of the more generic “*” for the hidden characters. Bullets are the standard for doing this on the Mac.

When I choose to delete the message I’m looking at in a separate window, I don’t want it to automatically pull up the next message. That’s really irritating. I want the window to close, since I’m done looking at it. The way things are now, I have to then re-mark the next message as unread if I’m not ready to look at it at the moment, which is often the case.

I just noticed that when I finish adding a new email address using the wizard, and it pops up the account settings sheet, it’s not selecting the newly-added account by default, so I tend to accidentally change the wrong account’s settings.

It would be nice if I could have an “Unread messages” smart mailbox like I have on the Mac, that shows all my unread messages regardless of which account they’re in. One-stop shopping for new mail.

The customize sound pane says you can use a custom “.wav” file, but in reality it appears to support AIFF as well.

(I’ll look into filing appropriate bug reports once I finish my initial pass through this stuff…)

 Posted by at 12:18 PM

  13 Responses to “TB experiment: Inbox downloaded”

  1. > When entering passwords, it would be nice if the bullet
    > (”•”) were used

    See bug 97811.

    I’m a little surprised by the “delete message in separate behavior” you see, since Seamonkey mailnews does exactly what you say you would like Thunderbird to do…

    On a side note, the little lines in the background of your comment entry field are _really_ annoying, since they don’t line up with the actual text lines if the user uses text zoom or has a sane min font size set (the 13px font size you have set on the textarea is way to small to actually be usable over here).

  2. For the selecting of the next message issue you can try the Unselect Message extension at https://addons.mozilla.org/thunderbird/1397/

  3. Chris, you’re my hero! Thank you! That works great.

  4. I’ve read all of your Thunderbird posts.

    > “Unread messages” smart mailbox like I have on the Mac
    It’s already on the trunk – probably branch too.

    > I wish I didn’t have to set it separately for each account
    Well you don’t :) This should do it:
    mail.identity.default.compose_html = false

    And like BZ, your commenting system is really annoying. Not just the lines. Also the white borders and the label positioned beneath the fields.

  5. Interestingly, this theme looks great in Safari and Camino, but not in Firefox. I don’t know why. The lines aren’t shown in Safari, and they’re not at all distracting in Camino.

  6. > It would be nice if I could have an “Unread messages” smart
    > mailbox like I have on the Mac, that shows all my unread
    > messages regardless of which account they’re in. One-stop
    > shopping for new mail.

    You can do that in Thunderbird 2. Search for [Status] [isn’t] [Read] and [Save as Search Folder].

  7. Dao: Doesn’t the branch (2.0) have the menu View > Folders > Unread?

  8. I’m building myself a copy of Thunderbird 2 now. :)

  9. For marking messages as read (or unread) you can type the letter M or click the little blue star next to the message.

  10. Didn’t know about the letter “M” thing. I did figure out the blue star. My real concern is in the actual message window, but the Mark button does it, so whatever. The label isn’t very clear though. The only “marking” I ever do is read or unread, so it would be nice to have buttons that say exactly that. :)

  11. BTW, the “View Folders->Unread” thing is there on branch, but it’s not really what I want. I want to see all the messages that are unread in one view, not a list of folders with unread messages in them that I need to click through one by one. Unless there’s something about this interface I’m missing.

    I tried out TB2, and ran into some quirks that drove me quickly back to 1.5.0.7, although it looks very promising.

  12. You want a saved search across multiple folders, for unread messages. Once you’ve set up the saved search folder, you can customize via the folder properties dialog to add folders in other accounts. I spend most of my time in my unread messages saved search folder, which searches over folders that get new mail (inboxes and folders that are targets of message filters)

  13. I don’t see a way to create a saved search that will work on multiple accounts. What am I missing?