Cus­tomis­ing with add-ons

Be­cause build­ing on top of the stock in­stall isn’t enough…

Linux Format - - ROUNDUP -

Mail­spring’s de­fault in­stal­la­tion is the sum to­tal of what’s on of­fer. You’re pro­vided with a few more fea­tures if you opt to sub­scribe to the Pro ver­sion, at a cost of $8 per month (£6), but it still doesn’t give you as many fea­tures as you can get with the other tools.

Claws is a straight­for­ward email client, and you must re­sort to its plug-ins if you want ad­di­tional fea­tures, such as a news ag­gre­ga­tor. One such add-on is the ACPI no­ti­fier plug-in, which can light up the new email light on some lap­top mod­els, from Acer and Asus, for ex­am­ple. You can also opt from one of sev­eral themes to change the ap­pear­ance of the in­ter­face.

Evo­lu­tion’s de­fault in­stal­la­tion al­ready has sev­eral plug-ins in­stalled and en­abled. In fact, many of its ba­sic email fea­tures, such as new mail no­ti­fi­ca­tion is also pro­vided through a plug-in.

A lot of func­tion­al­ity on KMail is driven with what the ap­pli­ca­tion it­self iden­ti­fies as plug-ins. Click Set­tings>Con­fig­ure KMail and click Plug-ins on the side­bar for a list. You might be es­pe­cially in­ter­ested in the ad-blocker plug-in. Thun­der­bird of­fers the choice of dozens of themes to change the ap­pear­ance, in ad­di­tion to spe­cific ex­ten­sions to tweak the menu en­tries and make other changes to the in­ter­face. You also get func­tion­al­ity such as the Au­to­matic Dic­tionary. This ex­ten­sion can be used to re­mem­ber the lan­guage you use when com­mu­ni­cat­ing with a par­tic­u­lar per­son or group and au­to­mat­i­cally switches the spell-checker. The add-ons page pro­vides a cat­e­gorised list of avail­able ex­ten­sions such as Con­tacts, Fold­ers and Fil­ters, Mes­sage and News reading, Pri­vacy and Se­cu­rity, and Tags. You can also scroll through the Most Pop­u­lar list on the left.

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