I’m contemplating a radical move: Eudora to Mail when I go from Tiger to Leopard. Since I’m already using EagleFiler for pdfs and web pages, I thought it would be logical to archive old mails too. Especially since I gather from what I read that Mail isn’t quite the place to keep thousands of messages. I’ve been using Eudora for more than 10 years and keep just about everything (except spam, but that’s taken care of with SpamSieve). That makes for a lot of messages…
However, I’m having problems transferring Eudora mailboxes to EagleFiler. If I transfer them directly (from the finder to the EagleFiler Drop Pad), some messages appear empty. When I double click on them to open them in Mail, I do see the message but all the HTML tags are visible too so it’s completely unreadable.
So I tried to convert the Eudora mailboxes to Mail first, using Eudora Mailbox Cleaner. Then I dropped the mailbox from Mail to EagleFiler. The result is somewhat better but there are issues with the encodings of messages containing accented characters. The transfer from Eudora to Mail is not perfect and many messages end up with errors in accented words. EagleFiler reproduces these errors. But even when the message is OK in Mail, when it gets into EagleFiler, the accented letters are wrong. Also, in Eudora the quoted parts have a vertical bar on the left. This bar is visible in Mail but disappears in EagleFiler, so many messages are impossible to understand.
I then tried transferring a mailbox from Eudora to Thunderbird (also with Eudora Mailbox Cleaner). The results with the accents are much better in Thunderbird. However, getting from Thunderbird to EagleFiler is more difficult. I dropped the mailbox from the Finder to EagleFiler’s Drop Pad, which worked but the results are just as poor: mangled accents and lost quotes.
I chose Mail over Thunderbird for one main reason. I plan to use Time Machine (and also Spotlight and QuickView) and I know it’s much better for these applications to have individual files for messages instead of large mbox files.
So, what to do?