A group of Eudora's original developers has at long last released Eudora OSE 1.0, an open-source email client based on Mozilla's Thunderbird email program, but boasting features and interface elements pulled from the classic Eudora that so many people used and liked. Eudora, of course, began life in the late 1980s, but Qualcomm stopped development of the paid version of the software four years ago with version 6.2.4 (see "Eudora Goes Open Source with Thunderbird," 16 October 2006). Progress on Penelope, as the open-source update to Eudora was code-named, moved slowly, with the first beta release a year later (see "Penelope Project Ships Eudora 8.0.0b1," 5 September 2007), and the final release after three more years. Many long-time Eudora users have switched to other email programs, but for those who either aren't happy after the switch or who have held on to Eudora 6.2.4, Eudora OSE is worth a look. The developers advise users updating from the beta versions of Eudora OSE to back up mailbox and preference files before installing the new release. (Free, 21.1 MB)
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One thing to be aware of if you use Time Machine: all mails is now stored in a SQL repository and everytime you save new mail the repository gets updated. I filled a 1TB TM disk up in a few weeks - 2G got saved every hour every day.
Has letters.app fizzled?
I'm still hanging on with Eudora and want know my options
However, I recently realized that it's only based on Tbird 3.0, and 3.1+ is out. Again, frustrations. I'd gladly pay some company to keep OSE/Penelope up to date and add old Classic features. Sigh.
Please include it.
This new Eudora seems to import attachments and inline images satisfactorily. That's been a problem with all other replacements. So, when I need to change I can keep my old mail in the new Eudora, whatever I choose for new mail.
I also wonder about Tucker's question. If I don't like OSE, can I go back to 6.2 easily?
I downloaded the application, but upon installation it failed to find anything re my accounts including logins and passwords. Even with re-entering the information, it still couldn't get it right.
Fortunately, I backed-up everything before installation and was able to return to the old Eudora -- thank God.
My advice, proceed with caution. While this application *may* work, it doesn't find current settings and be prepared to renter everything to get it to work.
The new Eudora I just installed grabs all my mail from Thunderbird, not the old Eudora!
As far as I could see the initial installation offers to import, but not from Eudora. However, an import from Eudora can be done later. I didn't really check to see the old account information.
Have any of the following functions been added to Eudora OSE or MailForge? Pencil Edit, a search as brilliant as the old Eudora (Spotlight is useless by comparison) and the ability to amend subjects.