Eudora is dead; long live... Eudorabird?
by Giles Turnbull
When I first heard the news that Eudora as we know it was going to be replaced by a free, open source version based on Mozilla Thunderbird, I felt a twinge of sadness.
Although I don't use it anymore, I spent many years using Eudora on Windows and Mac operating systems, and always considered it one of the finest email tools around. And that was until very recently.
Yes, the OS X version of Eudora looked like something fossilized from a previous era. But it worked. And it worked so much faster than almost anything else around. Nothing was as good at searching through huge mailboxes. Nothing offered the same degree of tweak-tastic flexibility.
The thing is, Qualcomm was working on a Cocoa version of Eudora. At least, that's what they told me. In May this year I got in touch to ask them about it outright - I'd heard the rumors and I wanted to see if they were true.
This was the reply I got back:
Due to a variety of factors, the Cocoa version is taking far longer
than we'd planned.
We do not yet have a date for the Cocoa release but the plan will
incorporate the new features of SpotLight, WebKit HTML
display/authoring and the Universal binary. We just can't say
anything more about it right now.
I hope you can hang in there while we reconstruct Eudora for today's Macs.
|Anything to get me out of Apple Mail hell would be a welcome development (as long as hey dont use XUL)!|
|I very much hope that this results in some great contributions back to the Thunderbird open source project from a team of dedicated developers at Eudora!|
I was a long time Eudora user, their was not much else to use back in 1994. I really think that Qualcomm shot themselves in the foot with Eudora. It never really grew with the internet. It never handled HTML mail in any way close to being easy....some could consider that a good thing. The thing that really put the nail in the Eudora coffin was its price. There were too many free email solutions that did as good as if not better for most email, for most people. Qualcomm released a free version with ads which really drove people away. I still keep a current copy on my hard drive but I never use it. OS X mail just fine for me and it syncs with my .Mac account.
|Chris (a different one)
The primary reason one would use Thunderbird is the XUL interface... the back end is easy enough to duplicate without the complexity of XPCOM and all that cruft.
Mmm. I was looking forward to Eudora with HTML support. Maybe it truly is time to switch to Gmail. I just launched Eudora after a crash and got the “settings are corrupt; can’t continue” error. Good thing I’ve learned to back up my settings file.
Interesting. We all hear about success stories with Cocoa development, but it'd be interesting (and instructive!) to hear some failure stories.
|Ummm... they just released a new version of Eudora yesterday. I dunno if it's truly Cocoa, but it's new and has been in public beta for a few months.|
"... they will clearly be working hard to produce something that's much more than just a rebranded Thunderbird."
|I prefer Thundora...|