I have a notebook at work and a server at home, both with multiple email accounts. I always had the wish to have a central email storage, but couldn’t quite find how to do it best. That’s when I found out about zoë.
Installation was straightforward: unzip, double click the JAR file, and a browser window opens. Configuration was easy as well, and import of my Mozilla Thunderbird MBOX files went smooth as well (though it took a while…).
Using it really is fun – I have yet to see a better solution to finding stuff in a huge mail database. But: I tried it for a day, and I have come to the conclusion that it is not quite “there” yet – here’s why:
- The concept is not properly explained anywhere. It is not clear to me how you would go about using it in conjunction with a “regular” email client.
- How do you set up a URL as default email client in Windows???
- The main page with your current emails does not referesh automatically
- There is no page for a log file where I can check on errors or warnings
- Mails with headers that mark them as SPAM are ignored, there is no way I can find out about false positives.
- There is no “New Mail” button – what genius came up with that idea???
- Mails forwarded to my provider’s SMTP server never got to their destination. No error code, no warning, no nothing.
- Configuration for multiple accounts, let alone multiple users, is clumsy.
- There is no “export to MBOX” functionality – thank you very much ;(
Right now I’m in the process of moving stuff back to Thunderbird (no comments about “leave mail on server”, please!) – use CYGWIN to copy all the .eml files from zoë’s directory structure to a single directory, drag the .eml files to Outlook Express, have Thunderbird import the mails.
Conclusion: GREAT concept, but still a lot of work to be done until it fits *my* purposes, at least as the one single solution to all of my email challenges. I have, however, found a way to make it useful: I will set up an “archive” mailbox that gets copies of all our email accounts, and will have zoë grab everything from there. This will give me a central storage for all of our emails and a convenient way to search for stuff, as well as a backup.