HW: How long have you been using Mail.app? What other clients have you used (and why did you stop)?
JG: I’ve only been using Mail regularly since early September 2005, when we began eating our own dog food and switched our mail server at Joyent (the company I work for) to our own product, which supports IMAP but not POP.
I use Mail only to access my Joyent email account. I use Mailsmith to access all my other email, and have used it since version 1.0 in 1998. I’d still be using Mailsmith for my Joyent email if it weren’t for the fact that Mailsmith only supports POP.
(To be clear: I wholeheartedly endorse our decision at Joyent to only support IMAP clients.)
Also, you don’t want to get me started on calling Apple Mail “Mail.app”.
HW: What plugins and extensions do you use to make your email experience better?
HW: What’s your favourite thing about Apple Mail?
JG: The way it allows you to paste images inline within plain text messages.
HW: What’s your pet hate about Apple Mail?
JG: When it comes to writing, its mail composition environment is clumsy and primitive.
HW: If you could tell the Apple Mail development team one thing, what would it be?
JG: That the way Mail attempts to handle quoted passages in replies (in plain text messages) is cute if you want to be a top-poster who quotes the entire message you’re replying to, but frustrating and annoying if you want to do the right thing.
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