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Old 25 May 2017, 02:53 AM   #16
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ooh ok...
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Old 26 May 2017, 02:18 AM   #17
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The only e-mail provider that comes close to Fastmail is:

luxsci.com
Pricey for individuals. Their least expensive account is 33% more than FastMail's most expensive ($120 vs $90/yr)
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Old 26 May 2017, 02:25 AM   #18
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Pricey for individuals. Their least expensive account is 33% more than FastMail's most expensive ($120 vs $90/yr)
lol in that case not a chance...
$30 is affordable for me, more then that is not...
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Old 27 May 2017, 07:19 PM   #19
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Man it's got to be worth a $1 a month...
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 07:08 PM   #20
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Hi

I've been using FastMail for a two or three years, but I've never known anything but the current interface. So I don't have any view on whether this is a retrograde step from what longer terms users previously had. I'm certainly not in the 'power user' category in terms of numbers of mails read and sent each day. I think I've explored whatever customisation is available in Fastmail to get the interface to the best appearance to suit my tastes and requirements. However I'd welcome any comments or advice on issues in this post.

I like Fastmail's commitment to security and privacy, and for this I would accept a trade-off in appearance. However, there are areas where I would love a little extra usability (as I see it), and I can't see that these would compromise either of the key features I mentioned.

I would love to be able to ...
  • Mail: Have the reading pane as a horizontal pane rather than the vertical as it is now. If anyone can suggest a solution, great. Or any reasons why it would be bad practice to have it horizontal?
  • Mail: The ability to add folders 'on the fly' by right-click > Add Folder. Rather than leave Mail, go to Settings, create the folder, back to Mail
  • Calendar: Absolutely would love to be able to search for text in calendar entries. For example, I know I have a regular doctor's appointment later this year, but I can't remember exactly when. I'd like to search for "Doctor".

So, since I want to stick with Fastmail as my mail service provider, does anyone have any experience of using it with non-Fastmail clients like Thunderbird, em Client or others? Do they provide a 'better' interface in anyne's opinion? Any strong recommendations or warnings? All views welcome ...

Thanks and regards
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 08:46 PM   #21
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Hmm.. IDK about doing a horizontal pane for the folders THAT would look rather awkward.. its best as it is... vertically aligned... because I have a lot of folders.. which fit perfectly in the left pane.. and I do not need to scroll the screen at all...
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Old 12 Jun 2017, 11:06 PM   #22
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I would love to be able to ...
  • Mail: Have the reading pane as a horizontal pane rather than the vertical as it is now. If anyone can suggest a solution, great. Or any reasons why it would be bad practice to have it horizontal?
  • Mail: The ability to add folders 'on the fly' by right-click > Add Folder. Rather than leave Mail, go to Settings, create the folder, back to Mail
  • Calendar: Absolutely would love to be able to search for text in calendar entries. For example, I know I have a regular doctor's appointment later this year, but I can't remember exactly when. I'd like to search for "Doctor".

So, since I want to stick with Fastmail as my mail service provider, does anyone have any experience of using it with non-Fastmail clients like Thunderbird, em Client or others? Do they provide a 'better' interface in anyne's opinion? Any strong recommendations or warnings? All views welcome ...

Thanks and regards
Welcome to the forums!

I think all of your ideas have some merit. You might want to create a support ticket where you note that these are improvements that would better your FastMail experience.

I suggest you download Thunderbird and try it. My sense is that it may fit your needs better, with one caveat. On the plus side, my recollection is that you can choose how to configure the reading pane, and you would get the better Mail and Folder integration you are looking for. However, the Calendar support would become completely disconnected from your mail client. I actually do not mind this personally, having become used to working that way long ago, but most want seamless switching between the two.
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Old 13 Jun 2017, 03:57 AM   #23
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Joe_Devore and BritTim

Thank you both for the prompt responses.

@Joe: It wasn't actually the folders list that I wanted horizontal. I agree - that would look really weird! At present, the list of emails in any given folder (say, Inbox) is presented vertically, and then to the right of it, separated by a vertical bar, is the content of whichever email happens to have focus at that point. This 'list' appears to be referred to in FM Settings as the Reading Pane and we can select to show it or hide it. What I was hoping for was still to have a vertical list, but one that extends across the screen, with the email content displayed on the lower half of the screen under a movable horizontal bar. Apologies for not making my intention clearer. (Having re-read this a couple times I do wonder if I've achieved any improvement!)

@BritTim: I'm not sure of the relationship between this forum and FastMail. I believe the forum is entirely independent but that doesn't prevent a working relationship existing. Rather than have me submit three lonely requests for 'improvement' is there any facility here for polls and voting? I'm sure more experienced and practiced users of FastMail may have more brighter, better ideas. If there were to be, say, an annual poll on what features or changes we might like, could that be delivered to FastMail somehow? Would that carry any more influence with them, being the collected weighted views of a group of interested and involved users?

I'm obviously still learning my way here in expressing views on this forum, so I don't want to revive old issues unnecessarily or go off on a tangent to how the community operates.

Thanks again

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Old 13 Jun 2017, 05:23 AM   #24
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In the past, the forums were an appropriate place for recording feature requests. In those days, FastMail employees often participated here. For reasons I will not go into, FastMail no longer see the forums as a useful resource, and have almost entirely ceased their participation.

A senior member of FastMail's staff has suggested support requests as the best way of making them aware of improvements sought by users. (I too find this a bit strange, but can see no reason for not complying.)
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