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Opera users - do you use Opera for mail?

 5:48 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have Opera and love it. I haven't give the mail client a try yet. I'm a Pegasus Mail user and have been for several years. I've thinking more and more about switching to Opera Mail. Not that I'm unhappy with Pegasus but rather the thought of mail and browsing in one app is somewhat appealing.



 8:19 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

I started experimenting with it about two months ago. I made sure that it left the mail on the server so that I could still run my default email (Eudora) in tandem.

It takes a bit of a paradigm shift to get used to M2. I sort of liked it, but I haven't put in enough time to fully acquaint myself with its advantages. There's one small thing that's a stumbling block for me: (perceived?) lack of options for filtered mail actions. It's one of those dumb fun things: I have Eudora set up to play different sounds for different types of mail (special people get special sounds :) ). I haven't figured out if Opera's M2 will let me do that.

I haven't written it off yet; there's a part of me that wants to make the switch. But I feel like I have to get to know it better before I'm ready to cut the strings to Eudora.


 11:15 pm on Jul 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

When I used to use Opera (v7.23), I was also using Eudora. I tried M2, but I didn't like it.

I've since switched to Firefox and Thunderbird. I switch not because I disliked Opera or Eudora (I still think they are both very good), I just happen to like Firefox and Thunderbird even more.


 1:28 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I use opera as my browser, but I use microsoft office outlook as my email because it offers more than Opera.


 2:15 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I just started using M2 and have had no problems. However, I don't use it for any filtering or tricks or anything - I basically just want to be notified quickly of when I get mail from certain accounts. So, for my no frills usage, it's been great. :)



 9:19 am on Jul 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

I use it. I had to abandon Outlook Express as it was giving me too much spam in my inbox. Opera has a built-in learning routine to handle spam.

Don't underestimate the power of Opera's mail client. Like the browser, there's a lot there that people just don't realise. At first it seems unwieldy and weird, because it works in a different way to other mail programs. (In fact I nearly gave up on it after 2 days of struggling. Then I opened the side panel and everything came clear!)

The raw power comes from everything being in one database. There are no folders. You can set it up to look just like another mail program though, by using filters. These are quite easy to do. In effect these then give you your folders.

An excellent feature is the View drop-down menu. This enables you to filter the list of messages you are currently looking at (eg: the inbox). So you can have only mail from today showing, or from the week, month, whatever.

It's a case of letting go from the old mentality that an email program only works in one set way, and embracing a new way that is very powerful and will no doubt improve even more in future releases.

(Note: if you need to compose HTML emails, Opera cannot do that yet. It can view them though, safely ignoring any harmful scripts that affect other programs.)


 1:13 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've been using Opera for e-mail for about 6 months now. It gets the job done, but it could be better. I use it for the convenience of having my e-mail and internet browsing handled through one program, and not opening the extra programs.

I think what bugged me the most when I started using it is that it didn't have a user friendly feel to it. For something like e-mail, I don't want there to be a learning curve for simple tasks. When I first started using it, it looked like it just threw everything together in one folder. I then had to learn how to use the filters correctly and it was a hassle just to get my mail organized again.

Now that I've been using it a while I like it but can't say that it's better than other e-mail programs out there.


 8:26 am on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

When I first started using it, it looked like it just threw everything together in one folder.

That's because it does. This approach enables it to be much faster, and cope with thousands of emails with ease.


 8:45 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Interesting feedback folks. Thanks. I may very well try it. It's a bit daunting as I have over 2000 messages in PMail - organized the way I want them and I'd have to redo all of that for Opera. But... that's the price for switching so I'd better be sure it's worth it.


 8:51 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

I love love love M2 - took a bit of getting used to but I will never go back to Outlook. Was a bit tricky to get from Outlook to M2 but managed to preserve my folder list etc.


 9:26 pm on Jul 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Another yea for M2 here.

Been using Opera mail since 6.0 and it's good to go.

quick start guide which explains the basics of e-mail in Opera 7 [my.opera.com]

Opera Mail Forum [my.opera.com]


 7:43 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)
I liked Opera for the little while that I used it. Then, when I decided to switch is when all the problems started.

Opera's Export filters are horrid. The way it stores it's mails is horrible. You'll see if you ever come to the day when you want to move away from Opera!

Patrick Taylor

 8:17 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I love the browser but after wasting two days trying to get a grasp of the M2 email program I gave up in disgust (with myself or the program? - I'm not sure).


 8:53 am on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

These are typical problems new users face. I was the same. But now I strongly disagree that M2 is a poor mail client. As for migrating, well you're trying to move ONE folder of mail into a program with dozens of folders, no doubt. I can't see how that will work.

The Opera filters work fine for me. Anyone else had problems with 'em?


 4:03 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Opera's Export filters are horrid. The way it stores it's mails is horrible. You'll see if you ever come to the day when you want to move away from Opera!

I don't quite understand why you are saying this. Opera stores mails in plain text - standard mbox format. It also exports to standard mbox files.

If you are referring to Opera's way of storing mail - everything in one place, then this is a good approach and allows it to be far more flexible than folder based clients.

Opera 7.5 has full text indexing, making for lightning fast searches. Why use folders when you can just open a view or do a quick search to find a message?


 4:51 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

M2 is great.

As previous posters say, it takes a bit of a rethink, but once I did I never looked back.

I have previously used, "The Bat', Thunderbird, Outlook, Pegasus and a bunch of others that didn't last 5 minutes.

Opera M2 gives me more of what I need - the real-time search facility is a massive time saver for me.

The spam filter isn't as good as some others, but I use spamihilator, so thats not a problem.


 5:20 pm on Jul 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Has anyone imported messages for Pegasus into M2?

4eyes you said you've worked with Pegasus - did you try to import PMail into M2?


 9:08 am on Jul 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Sorry Lorax - I went from 'The Bat' to M2, Pegasus was much earlier.

However, if you search for "pegasus mail system converter" there is a freeware package that will get Pegasus into Eudora format, which you *should* then be able to import into M2.

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