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Which email clients make changing address easy?



9:32 am on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Currently, I use Kmail as part of Kontact. Have a few problems with (occassional crashes, starting up without displaying etc) it and would like to change however...

The reason we use KMail is that makes it easy to change which email address you send from. Go to compose an email and you can either choose a profile from a dropdown (which also changes signature) or simply type in an infrequently used From: address without having to set up a profile.

What other IMAP email clients can do this?

(Would be nice if they could pick up a reply profile based on the email address an incoming email was sent to as well)


10:49 pm on Mar 28, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I use Thunderbird, although not as an IMAP client. I once tried IMAP under Windows but only as an experiment as I prefer mail to be under my full control - ie on my computers not "theirs".

I use email intensively (several hundred accounts at one time), including "forging" From, Reply and Sender addresses on occasion. There are several niceties for Thunderbird but some require add-ons: address switching is one of these.

My own add-ons include:
Display Mail User Agent
Quicknote (set to 4 panes)
Quicktext (very useful boiler-plate text insertion)
Signature switch (change sigs on the fly)
Virtual Identity (change email addresses on the fly)
Xnote (tag listed emails with pop-up info)

Some of the above may not be suitable for IMAP.


9:07 am on Mar 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We used to use Thunderbird several years ago before switching to KMail, so that Virtual Identity plugin may be just what I'm looking for. I'll give it a try. Quicktext and Signature Switch look useful as well.


10:11 am on Mar 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Been using the Thunderbird + Lighting combo for years with 15+ accounts and I'm very happy with it. There is a drop down list of all your accounts that you can choose from whenever you compose a new mail.


10:07 am on Apr 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Sylpheed can do it if you want something lighter than Thunderbird (I am increasingly switching to lightweight software).

It cannot pick it automatically for replies though. That would be nice.


8:23 am on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going with Thunderbird/Virtual Identity though, seems to work as I need it to out of the box (and as an added bonus, on Ubuntu at least, is trivial to sync the calendar component with the multitude of Google calendars I need to track - never got around to working that out in Kontact).

Seems more responsive than Kontact/Kmail, and more stable. And it's synced all my mail locally, removing another worry.


9:12 pm on Apr 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Good luck with it. I've been using Thunderbird for years, since it was part of the pre-firefox Mozilla suite. :)


8:20 am on Apr 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yep, remember downloading Navigator at work and splitting the installer across 14 floppies to take home!

...and then it all went horribly wrong for a while...

Back as a happy Firefox and Thunderbird user now though.

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