Dave Hamilton from the Mac Observer is thinking about switching to Mail.app.
He has had a gutful of his old mail client:
Mailsmith, by most rights, has stagnated. It pains me to write this, because as I said, Iâ€™m a really big fan of BareBones, and enjoy a great working relationship with their head-honcho, Rich Siegel. But itâ€™s trueâ€¦ Mailsmith hasnâ€™t had a public release/update since March of 2005. Now some folks may argue that it doesnâ€™t need an update, and for those folks, Iâ€™m sure thatâ€™s correct. My big problem is that I manage a LOT of e-mailâ€¦ I have almost 1400 mailboxes within which are nearly 200,000 e-mail messages. I pretty much save everything, and itâ€™s saved my ass in HUGE ways over the years, so I ainâ€™t gonna stop.
So, he wonders, does Mail.app have what it takes to manage a large number of mailboxes and bucketloads of email? Or is he better off archiving off a large slab of the emails and staying with Mailsmith?
My advice is not much good. I only have about 35,000 emails spread over four IMAP accounts and about ten mailboxes (see further, “How the delete key is your best friend”). That’s chicken feed by Dave’s standards.
Justin Blanton once ran a challenge to find the largest Mail mailbox, putting up his own inbox of 22,000 as a candidate.
What’s your experience? What’s your biggest mailbox? How many mailboxes does your Mail.app handle without working up a sweat?
Can Mail.app take the load? Does size matter?
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