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