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Sylpheed: Very short review E-mail
Sunday, 30 December 2012 08:31

It's not Mozilla Thunderbird, and it's certainly not Microsoft Outlook, and so I wanted to try it - a completely different desktop e-mail client for Windows, called Sylpheed. Here's how I found it:


  • Lightweight
  • Independently designed and produced
  • Available for "Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like systems"
  • Fast to retrieve mail
  • Easy to set up
  • Supports POP3 and IMAP incoming protocols


In the default setup:

  • Doesn't do HTML e-mails, only text
  • Sometimes some folders aren't ready to move messages into, i.e., a dotted border doesn't appear around them when you drag messages onto them.
    • I say ready because sometimes they become available after some time
    • I haven't encountered this problem in Thunderbird or Outlook
  • This is a very small one: Slightly lacking in the UI finesse of Thunderbird and Outlook
  • This is a big one: Filters are defined program-wide, not account-wide.  So if I have two accounts, Rocky and Speedy, and get e-mail from, say, separate accounts on Twitter to each of them, when I define a filter for "Twitter" in Sylpheed, I can select a Twitter folder on either Rocky or Speedy to send it to.
    • So if the filter is defined on Speedy, if I run the "Twitter" filter on Rocky, it will move all Twitter messages from Rocky to Speedy!  That's not good, and is a deal-breaker for me unfortunately.

So for now it's back to Thunderbird (since I don't have Microsoft Office).