Best windows mail client for use with SmarterMail
Question asked by Samuel Morgan - January 30, 2017 at 11:44 AM
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Been using SmarterMail and thunderbird for some time, was on v5 of SM and upgraded to the latest version expecting some issues I was having with downloading mail via IMAP (sometimes mail won't download until new mail is received) to be fixed but find it is still an issue.
 
Now it may be a TB issue but I don't get it with other mail servers (gmail etc) so it must have something to do with SM. Also when I connect with K9 on my phone I get almost instant alerts to new email which is not he case with TB. The problem is that most of the good client out there are TB code based and still have the same problem or have other problems with syncing.
 
I am here wishing the writers of K9 would make a desktop version with more features as that seems to pretty much work flawlessly.
 
Anyone recommend a windows mail client that actually works well with SM and has power features like TB?
 
Or know if any fixes for TB?

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One option could be eM Client, http://www.emclient.com/
 
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Matt Petty Replied
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I have not used their new major version. Their latest major version overhauled their interface, It does look better. I just haven't used it yet.
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I use a wide variety of the Windows desktop mail clients available ust to be familiar with them. I like Emclient very much. The interface in the new version is a bit odd and overly minimalist but it works very well. I've tried to use a few of the ActiveSync/Exchange-like features with Emclient with mixed success. Sync works fine but sharing of resources doesn't seem to work well or at all (the last time I checked) but for IMAP purposes I've had no issues.
 
Outlook just keeps getting weirder and weirder from my viewpoint. Sure, it's still the standard, especially for ActiveSync, but the bloat is ridiculous. Emclient is small, efficient, and has a simple installation routine. And easy backup/restore.
 
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I had actually tried eM client a while ago and rejected it but just tried it again as I forgot why I rejected it, I just installed and to be honest wasn't that impressed, seems okay but missing some key configurability options. Things I don't like :
 
- Bad RSS implementation with RSS in a separate tab as a "widget", RSS is like email to me, I see new entries and I read them or mark them as read so it should look like an email account folder and email list. There widget thing didn't even render the rss correctly so looked messed up and like something crap they just tacked on to call it a feature.
- Unable to sort imap folders. I dont have that many folders but I do have a few that I always need to access and I know clients who have 100's of folders and being able to sort the most used to the top of your list is a really important thing.
- Unable to change the FROM email address on the fly when writing an email. Something TB recently added and I use quite a lot.
- Won't allow you to choose where to install (At least not when I just installed it), I always install apps outside my C drive so to have it force installed there is a big no no to me.
- translation option which is a feature I was excited about as I really need it, is basically useless as it will only translate small emails, no option to select a part and just translate that part or even just translate what it can, seems stupid to me.
 
Anyway sticking with TB for now, might take another look at TheBat but it is a little ugly.
 

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