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Old 10-30-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Email Client Help (Mac)

Hey guys, figured many of you would be able to help me.

My mother runs a law firm, and uses an Imac at home for work. She has been using microsoft Entourage for her email client, but microsoft has since abandoned the program, no longer supports it, updates it, etc, and it has been giving nothing but problems lately, so we would like to switch. I know Outlook is the new Entourage, but I generally hate anything and everything Microsoft, not to mention, it's $299 for office (the only way to get outlook) and she already paid for the last version of office (which came with entourage.)

So, does anyone have any suggestions for an email client as powerful as outlook/entourage (that can organize like they can, etc) that is mac friendly, well supported, etc etc? Some suggested thunderbird, but I am not sure if it has all the features of outlook.

Any help would be appreciated, as I don't know much about business email clients. Thanks a lot.
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:04 PM   #2
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Not sure what she's looking for in an email client but here's a review that might give her an idea what to try....

http://www.macworld.com/article/2099...l-clients.html
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When I used email clients, I was very happy with Thunderbird.
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Old 10-30-2014, 03:32 PM   #4
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Not sure what she's looking for in an email client but here's a review that might give her an idea what to try....

http://www.macworld.com/article/2099...l-clients.html
One of the main thing she wants to be able to do is organize into folders. Say she has a case with you with 250 email, and a case with zell with 500 emails...she wants to be able to organize and browse emails into folders, so that the first folder will be Zell's Case, and all the emails they ever had would be in there, another folder with your name, etc. Obviously all the basics, like auto reply, etc as well.

Thanks for the link!
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:18 PM   #5
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Must it be a local email client? Gmail will do that for you no problem but that would mean a departure from all that is Mac and joining the heathens in the Google camp.

Honestly, I'd tell her to throw the mac in the garbage and buy a PC since that's what 99% of the businesses on the planet use for a reason. New versions of windows and office are pretty rock solid and work great.
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Must it be a local email client? Gmail will do that for you no problem but that would mean a departure from all that is Mac and joining the heathens in the Google camp.

Honestly, I'd tell her to throw the mac in the garbage and buy a PC since that's what 99% of the businesses on the planet use for a reason. New versions of windows and office are pretty rock solid and work great.
After owning Imacs (I have one as well), no one in my family will ever buy another windows PC ever again. As for local, she needs a client since she has to input POP server info, as it is linked to her website. I can get office for mac, but don't really want to pay for it AGAIN since we paid for it only a few years ago (and are now forced to buy it again since they abandoned a program in it).

On a personal note, years ago I used to build myself the best high end PCs from parts, and thought I was king sh!t....until I bought a macbook pro and a 27" Imac. Never going back.
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I use Postbox http://www.postbox-inc.com

The main reason I use it is because it does its own indexing and search and has the option to fully exclude spotlight from getting near it. This means my spotlight search and file searching works again because all it was doing before was showing email results.
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I use Postbox http://www.postbox-inc.com

The main reason I use it is because it does its own indexing and search and has the option to fully exclude spotlight from getting near it. This means my spotlight search and file searching works again because all it was doing before was showing email results.
Looks good, is it IMAP only or can it work with POP?
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Why not just use Mac Mail? You can create aliases accounts. You can create folders too. It syncs with all the other business apps, like iCal and Address Book. If she's sending out letters, you can easily bring over your Address and email into your Memos. If she has a business set up with a cable/phone company, she can use that email as her main one or if she has a website email, she can also use that. A lot of my friends and clients use Apple Mail, including myself for business. YOu can access Mail from either a PC or Mac browser.

I used Outlook for years and it sucked. I didn't like how it didn't flow with the other Office apps. Mail is very easy to Customize. I haven't updated my Mac yet, but I heard there were some improvements. If you have an iOS device you also see those folders that you created in Mail.

Its a shame that you spend all that money for a Mac and don't use it.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5361

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2622


here is an app she can also use https://www.marketcircle.com/daylite/
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Why not just use Mac Mail? You can create aliases accounts. You can create folders too. It syncs with all the other business apps, like iCal and Address Book. If she's sending out letters, you can easily bring over your Address and email into your Memos. If she has a business set up with a cable/phone company, she can use that email as her main one or if she has a website email, she can also use that. A lot of my friends and clients use Apple Mail, including myself for business. YOu can access Mail from either a PC or Mac browser.

I used Outlook for years and it sucked. I didn't like how it didn't flow with the other Office apps. Mail is very easy to Customize. I haven't updated my Mac yet, but I heard there were some improvements. If you have an iOS device you also see those folders that you created in Mail.

Its a shame that you spend all that money for a Mac and don't use it.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5361

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH2622
This is probably the route Im going to go, appreciate the help.
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After owning Imacs (I have one as well), no one in my family will ever buy another windows PC ever again. As for local, she needs a client since she has to input POP server info, as it is linked to her website. I can get office for mac, but don't really want to pay for it AGAIN since we paid for it only a few years ago (and are now forced to buy it again since they abandoned a program in it).

On a personal note, years ago I used to build myself the best high end PCs from parts, and thought I was king sh!t....until I bought a macbook pro and a 27" Imac. Never going back.
This is the issue. Windows has come a LONG way since "years ago".

In any case, I know there are many people who swear by a mac but I really don't think you can get the business functionality of a PC with a mac. The ability for you to link all the different office programs together is simply amazing.
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