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    Question Mac newbie loving Mac, but disliking MS Outlook and iChat. Need advice.
    Hello,

    I'm an extremely happy PC to Mac convert. Too bad it took me all these years to finally see the light. However, it shouldn't surprise that the one thing I truly dislike within my Mac is the Microsoft product that I run on it; MS Outlook 2011. Besides being feature bloated - how many color tags and email configure option panes does one need? - the one feature I do want, and do use, is rules. Unfortunately, the rules feature works only when it wants to, which isn't often, especially if you have more than a half-dozen rules and various IMAP folders to assign the rule(s) to.

    I paid and downloaded Sparrow knowing it didn't have the rules feature, and I think it's great and lite, but I've decided that I need the rules function due to all the emails I receive via various accounts.

    So question #1. Any suggestions for a best-in-class email client for Mac that has a rules feature...that works?

    Secondly, neither iChat nor Adium allows me to send or receive files from a Gmail account. Annoying. I'm not alone it seems after scouring the Net for a solution. Anyone here have a solution or software recommendation? I suppose this issue might be fixed in the next OS?

    I sincerely appreciate being part of this community.

    Peace and God Bless...
    Past, present, and future are merely figments of our imagination, constructs built by our brains so that everything doesn’t seem to happen at once.

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    I tried several solutions and ended up using the native mac "Mail" program and "iCal". I do use Word and I agree it is not great but I am adjusting to it. In general I am buying into the notion that the thing to do is to use the native applications. They do work well although not as feature rich as the Office applications running in windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShaneK View Post
    So question #1. Any suggestions for a best-in-class email client for Mac that has a rules feature...that works?
    You paid for a third-party Mac app when Mail is just sitting there? Did you even give it a try? It has a great Rules feature.


    Secondly, neither iChat nor Adium allows me to send or receive files from a Gmail account. Annoying.
    I use an AIM screen name on iChat but I'm pretty sure I've passed a file or two to GMail users before and vice version. My wife uses Adium, I'll ask her about that but I can't see why that wouldn't work.

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    Unless Google has changed things, even in Windows with Gchat (Googles chat application) It's never sent file attaches. I always figured it was a google issue as iChat will send files perfectly with AIM chat

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    agree with the other guys - mail in combination with ical and the address book is truly what you need :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by rpg51 View Post
    I tried several solutions and ended up using the native mac "Mail" program and "iCal". I do use Word and I agree it is not great but I am adjusting to it. In general I am buying into the notion that the thing to do is to use the native applications. They do work well although not as feature rich as the Office applications running in windows.
    I went this route too after trying to make Outlook work on my new iMac and no regrets, though I miss the all-apps-in-one Outlook experience at times. I use BusyCal instead of iCal because I got it cheap in a bundle, but feel no need to replace the stock Mail app. Its rules work for me.
    Longtime Windows, then onto slippery slope with iPod/iTunes in 2006, then Apple TV, iPad, iMac, iPhone, rejuvenated a discarded MacBook and, finally, Apple Watch. Happy camper.

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    I sincerely appreciate everyone's input. Going the native Apple Mail route.

    Peace and God Bless....
    Past, present, and future are merely figments of our imagination, constructs built by our brains so that everything doesn’t seem to happen at once.

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