Con­fig­u­ra­tion and doc­u­men­ta­tion

Nav­i­gat­ing the path be­tween get­ting started and get­ting stuck, and be­yond.

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For this test, the awarded score is cu­mu­la­tive from the qual­ity of doc­u­men­ta­tion to the ease of con­fig­ur­ing new ac­counts. Un­like the other tools that work flaw­lessly with most IMAP and POP ac­counts, GMail con­sid­ers ClawsMail as an un­se­cure ap­pli­ca­tion. You’re re­quired to en­able ac­cess to ‘Less se­cure apps’, from within GMail be­fore you can con­fig­ure Claws to fetch mes­sages. Failure to do so re­sults in a lo­gin failure mes­sage, even when you pro­vide the cor­rect pass­word. Un­for­tu­nately, de­spite the user man­ual and FAQ on the web­site, the Claws doc­u­men­ta­tion doesn’t dis­cuss this hic­cup of work­ing with GMail.

Evo­lu­tion is sim­i­larly dif­fi­cult to con­fig­ure with Ya­hoo, but like the other tools, the pro­gram can au­to­mat­i­cally fetch all the per­ti­nent de­tails when con­fig­ur­ing GMail. You can ac­cess the thor­ough doc­u­men­ta­tion from within the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self by press­ing F1. The quick ref­er­ence PDF pro­vides all the key­board short­cuts you can use.

As with most KDE ap­pli­ca­tions, KMail has a com­plete hand­book dis­cussing all its fea­tures. It can con­nect with a large num­ber of ser­vices with­out you hav­ing to man­u­ally en­ter any set­tings, and only took us a mat­ter of sec­onds to con­nect not only with Ya­hoo and GMail, but also a mail server hosted on GoDaddy!

Apart from thor­ough doc­u­men­ta­tion cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent as­pects of its usage, you can also ac­cess tips and tricks and de­tails about cus­tomi­sa­tion op­tions and more on Thun­der­bird’s sup­port page. Since Mail­spring com­pul­so­rily re­quires cre­at­ing an ac­count, it reg­u­larly sends emails in­form­ing users of its myr­iad fea­tures. Like the oth­ers, its on­line help pro­vides easy-to-fol­low in­struc­tions to con­fig­ure, en­able and use the dif­fer­ent fea­tures.

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