loving thunderbird

with the 1.5 release of thunderbird upon us (currently 1.5rc1), coupled with my foray back into linux on the desktop, i've been giving it another go. looks like most of my issues from my previous post have been addressed: specifically on-the-fly spellchecking and being able to create saved searches for flagged messages (big win!).

so, i'm currently using thunderbird full time on all my machines - complete with LDAP for my addressbook, and i'm liking it a lot. the multiple identity support in *one* account is great (since I have all my various mail forwarded to one place) - it means I can have a per-identity .signature (which since I maintain those in CVS - means they're uniform across machines). but, of course, it wouldn't be a blog post if i didn't complain about *something*. So here it is, my 2 big thunderbird feature requests:

  1. LDAP entry editing. If my dn has write access, I want to be able to edit LDAP addressbook entries from thunderbird. Please :)
  2. sender faces support. i have really grown to love this part of mail.app. Having people's pictures show with the headers in a mail message is a hugely effective visual cue (way to go apple!). i've got the MessageFaces extension installed which helps for people that actually send X-Face headers (which more or less nobody actually does)... and you can specify a local directory for images. but here's what i *really* want: search my LDAP directory for jpegPhoto entries that match and use those. that would rule.

mostly though, i'm pretty happy, especially after putting the following in my user.js file:

user_pref("mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new", true);
user_pref("mailnews.show_send_progress", false);
user_pref("mailnews.reply_header_type", 2);

The other big tip i have for those of you as addicted to growl as I am is to grab the YAMB extension which allows you to use growlnotify for new messages.

Anyone else have some good thunderbird tips?

James Walker

James Walker (a.k.a. walkah) is an independent developer and hacker. He is a long time Drupal developer, but these days spends more time in Python, Ruby and Javascript.

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