Ever since I got my hands on it and was able to compare it to Eudora, I’ve wondered what the fuss was about Apple’s Mail program.
Besides having a really non-intuitive way of showing your various mailboxes (can anyone explain the meaningful difference between “On my Mac” and the “In” mailboxes? Aren’t they both in some way on your Mac, even if they’re IMAP?), and bizarre limits on rules (why can’t you both redirect and reply to a message with a single rule?), and perplexing Applescript support (especially compared to Eudora, even though that program has what could generously be called scripting quirks), its principal failing is the simple one: it’s dog-slow. Especially in comparison to Eudora, which zips through things. I can live without pretty dissolves when I move from message to message; what I want to do is move fast between those messages.
The frustration is only made bigger when it starts automatically indexing large messages or attachments, a process that one appears powerless to stop and which leads to the Spinning Pizza Of Death which won’t go away until it’s done. The Junk feature is nice, but personally I use Post Armor which is Java and highly tunable to kill spam before you even have to download it off the server. If Mail looked at mail for spamminess before getting them from the mail server, that would be one thing, but it pulls it all down first, which is just dumb. (In POP language, it could do a TOP x 100 to find out the spam-indicating stuff like who it’s from, who it’s to, and what the beginning of the message looks like, and leave it on the server or delete it. Now *that* would be smart.)
Plus it is the very worst sort of processor hog, sucking up CPU even when it’s not frontmost. So why am I using it? To have something separate of Eudora for various bits of mail I’m trying to integrate from all over. (I’ve just tried another search for a message, which has sent it off into a frenzy of indexing that includes a 1.3MB files. That’s a cue for me to take lunch.)
Unless this program becomes radically faster in Tiger then I’ll be giving it a wide berth. Life really is too short.