Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Dec 2009 00:00 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones Mozilla has released Thunderbird 3. You can read the release notes, or download the darn thing. "If you like Firefox's tabbed browsing, you're going to love tabbed email. Thunderbird 3's tabbed email lets you load emails in separate tabs so you can quickly jump between them. Search results open in a new tab too. New tools like our timeline and filtering tools will help you pinpoint the email you're looking for, whether it’s the one from yesterday, last month, or several years ago."
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by StephenBeDoper on Wed 9th Dec 2009 20:36 UTC
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While there are certainly some nice improvements over the 2.x versions, there are still some fairly basic bugs and issues that have been around since the 2.x days. I just installed the 3.0 release and ran through my list of TB annoyances, most are still present.

- highlight (say) 20 messages in the drafts folder & hit enter, only 8 will open no matter how many you select.
- to attach a file, you have do drag-drop it on the head section of a compose window. Drag a file onto the body of a message, and (instead of attaching it) TB inserts a *link* to the file - an absolute link that will only work on the sender's computer. Why would anyone want to do that?
- the "View > All Headers" option is useless in many cases, since you can't just select & copy all of the headers. It took me a while to realize that the view source option is the only way to view the raw message.
- I love the ability to partially download a message (very handy for dialup), but downloading the rest of the message is still hit-or-miss (highlight a different message and TB will stop downloading the rest of the previous message)
- so far as I can tell, the option to auto-save drafts doesn't actually kick in until you type something in the reply/forward/compose window
- and my biggest gripe: when you restart TB after a crash, it doesn't restore anything you had open before (unlike Firefox), which is REALLY aggravating if you had a large number of reply/compose windows open before the crash (and even if had them all saved as drafts, there's the annoyance of having to re-open them 8 at a time).

That said, two of my longstanding gripes were fixed - TB finally has a built-in signature editor, and it now parses URLs as links in plain-text EMails ('bout time).

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