Hello! I'm a happy user of Evolution 1.0.2 on a MDK8.2. Well... now I don't know if the developers are on this list or not. If they are - than maybe they can give me some answers like "this can be done" "this is out of the question" "this should be out with the next version". If they aren't maybe the list can help me with some oppinions. My fist complaint (or did I miss something?) is that I want to use another editor than the default. How can this be done? And here comes my list of problems with the editor. 1. There's no word wrap setting (not to my knowledge). I'd be grateful if somebody will point me that "missing" option. 2. Related with the first one, there's no limit to the text... "wideness". It would be great to be a check box like "intelligent resize" that will wrap text according to window lenght, besides the normal "fixed" option. 3. A new line in an unwrapped quoted text leads to two newlines instead of one. And I have to edit by hand the extra newline. Anyone knows why? 4. There's only one type of "quotation". So if I I have two levels of quotation there's no change as Evolution doesn't know about it. 5. The "quotation" color is one of the most uninspired parts of Evolution. If I accidently delete a '>' sign, when I put it back it will show up with the same color as my aditions... although '>' at the beginning of a line means quote. 6. Breaking lines manually from the quote will show them with the quotation color, although this is false - to the person that will receive that mail from the broken lines, only the first segment will be shown as quote. The rest will be... just text. 7. As an addition to the previous problem, actually a combination of the previous two, if I manually add the '>' sign to the beginning of the line it will show as normal text and the rest will be as quote. I know, one solution would be to turn this different coloring off. But this doesn't mean that part doesn't need improvement. 8. Again about quotes - from the reply, normally (and it makes sense) if I want to break between line X and line X+1 to insert my comments it will put just one newline. This is weird as (see above) this would make sense to give at least two newlines, a lot more than in the previous sittuation. Now, I've seen on other mail clients (no names) that a newline would mean even three newlines, so my text would be clearly isolated from the original text making things a lot more readable for all, and especially for the guys who see it in plain text with no colors. Anyway, I do that, and I'd like to have this set by the mailer and not push enter three times than press "up" once. 9. Evolution crashed on me only twice. I don't complain about this as I don't know what triggered the problem and I can't reproduce the problem. With this occasion I discovered that it can recover text. Way to go! Great feature. And it really saves time. But, to my dissapoinment it reformatted my text. My replies go like this... quote, newline, newline, tab, my text, newline, newline, quote. With other words my text is sepparated from the original text by one empty line both before and after and I indent my paragraph with one tab. Recovery just removed the first empty line before my each insertion and it also removed the tabs. 10. Back to the main issue - why not make it smart enough (the editor) and understand that a newline in the quotation means break the line than add a '>' to the beginning of the new line and put a space after it than go on with the rest of the line. And that the second newline means keeping the things the way they were set and adding three (or two...) empty lines than put the cursor on the second empty line. 11. I see the editor has a hard time with highlighting addresses as well. It highlights even the '>' or the dot that belongs to the end of phrase. I have to add that I use only the "plain text" features as I don't plan to use the HTML mails any time soon. The filter problems: 1. The filters are quite limited. There is only a global AND and a global OR for all of the criterions of a rule. I'm used to employ procmail, and I have quite some problems implementing rules like: (E1 OR E2) AND (E3 OR E4 OR E5) 2. In case you don't come up with some type of grouping of the criterions, why not make some "composite" rules. I mean, so far if I have two mailing lists to filter for "uninteresting" mails and for offensive mails I'm lost. For all simple rules "if... than" type I can just choose "stop". this is an excellent option as it speeds up the process if you have many rules. But I can't say rule1: E1 OR E2 - action goto rule 14 rule14: E3 OR E4 - delete; stop. 3. As an alternate, I see Evolution goes for "all in one pack", but how can I plug in say procmail for processing incoming mail taken by Evolution. I see it keeps the mbox... 4. Am I missing something? If I put 'To:' in the specific field my rule would be ignored. It will work only with 'To', no ':'. Why? The DNS problem. If I'm online... send now and it is sent. If I'm offline and forget to check the offline mode I'm toast. It will get into a endless (or very loooong) loop and try to send that message. Same goes if I'm disconected - I'm on dial-up. And reconnecting won't help at all. Can't it just "monitor" the connection. Okay, say you have a noisy line and the responses are slow... or... maybe you have a 2400baud modem ;-) No problem. But if I'm offline it makes no sense. And the problem becomes bigger if my line dropps for some reason as I didn't see Evolution recover for the new connection (both identified as ppp0! but different IPs for sure). The above issue triggered two extra problems. The connection problem: say I want to grab my mail. For each connection there is a cancel button. Excellent. With one small side problem - the I can send mails via different relays, and all mails are put in the same queue and I can't disconect only a certain relay (say the server is overloaded and instead of being online for 5 minutes I can choose to go online later for those particular mails). Hmm... actually this seems to be another problem. So this should be entitled "the connection problems". Anyway, it's good to have those cancel buttons for every connection even if they are only incoming connections. But if I hit send the mail will be delivered in the background. If the server is slow or it doesn't respond I can't cancel this action. I searched and found nothing that can kill/delay that send. Now... probably this was done with swiftness in mind. But I don't see it as a good feature. What do I mean? I hit send later... and the mail will go to outbox, than, after sending to the sent mail folder. Great. And configurable. But if I hit send (as in send now) it will go... suspended. That message won't be anywhere till it getts send. Or, if I kill evolution it will go back as "recovered" message and the story starts from the same point. Why isn't the "send now" message copied to "outbox" till the delivery process announced the mail is on its way? The last two problems combined with the reformatting part (of the recovered mail) resulted to a very upseting sittuation. Hmm... I like the "summary". And I need the contacts. But I don't need the planner or the to do list. How can I disable them? Probably there are guys out there who dislike the summary feature but need the calendar part. How can I make them optional so they won't load? And finally, can I turn that outlookish way of rewriting my receivers? I have a friend. Mr. X. There is mrx home com and mrx work org Now, Evolution will put Mr.X and I won't see the address. And this is important. Also, did I miss something or there's no "nick" field in the contacts list? I mean I call Mr.X 'dude'. And I don't want this to show up in the "To" field. Let me rephrase I want to write pal... and in the "To" field would appear Mr.X <mrx homecom> I agree that some of the features should be optional. I know I'm not the only one who feels like that about some issues, but I can't say "this is the right way". So maybe some checkboxes and menus would solve all the problems. Well... these are the only problems I discovered. They seem many. But as you can see they are related and one solution would trigger the solution for the next and so on. So far the rest is good ;-) even better than that. By the way, I came up with another idea. Something I didn't figgure out as well. Can I make something like get mail from account 1 and account 2 by default and only if I specify "all" or get the mail from the other accounts manually. I have 4 current mail boxes. Two are for mailing lists - as I subscribe to many I just try to be fair and break the high traffic in two. One is "official" like job related things, and one is for my private mail and only a few have the last two. So there's no spam, no virii or other attacks and low traffic as well. I want to check from time to time the last two. And download the mails from the first two when the phone rates are low. Can this be done? Or this is something I have to add to my list? I only covered the parts I use, I have no comment about the other features.
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