I thought I would try Thunderbird out tonight and the inability to easily import my stuff from Mail.app and Address Book was an immediate turn-off even though the features in Thunderbird seem to put Mail.app to shame. Mail.app does a couple things really well. It integrates into the OS with other apps like Address Book and iPhoto and it puts all my inboxes (I have 3 active ones and 2 others I use occasionally) into one grand inbox for general use. I haven’t figured out how to collect all my Thunderbird mail from my 3 IMAP accounts into a single inbox. Of course using IMAP means I don’t need to worry too much about Thunderbird’s refusal to import anything from Mail.app – it is all on the server anyway even if I have to download the mail I want to work with again.
Granted I gave Thunderbird about 20 mins before closing it and deciding to stick with Mail.app (feel free to tell me I am being an impatient idiot who misses the point) and I am clear in my mind that if it wasn’t for the fact that I am using a Mac, I would be using Thunderbird for my mail and Firefox as my only browser (I have been using Firefox as my default and Safari as my backup for a week or so now) in Ubuntu. That being said, I am using a Mac and my Mac software works that much better in the scheme of things … even if Mail tends to work that voodoo shit from time to time.
Are you a Mac user? What do you use for your email? Am I being short-sighted about sticking with Mail.app?
Update: Ok, as usual I spoke too soon. Thunderbird can integrate with Address Book and this is expected to be a feature of Thunderbird 3.0 due out later this year (apparently).