#769 new
Gary Williams

Offline behaviour

Reported by Gary Williams | May 13th, 2014 @ 10:57 PM

I am often away from an internet connection (e.g. when flying) when I write emails. With Mac Mail I would "send" these emails and they would wait in the Outbox until I was online, then they'd be sent automatically.

I don't see an Outbox with Mailmate. They wait in drafts. When I go online they don't automatically send so I right click "send". This action sends another copy of the email and leaves the original there, pending, so I delete it.

I am sure there is a better way so this can happen automatically.

Any thoughts?

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  • Meindert

    Meindert May 14th, 2014 @ 04:13 AM

    This is also distracting when you use Send Later, and something is sitting there over the weekend waiting to be sent on Monday morning. With a separate Outbox you could set Displayed Count to No Count. The Drafts number just nags at you, making you think you have to finishing writing something, even when you're finished with the mail and have scheduled it to go out later.

    Also, when you quit MailMate with a future-scheduled mail it nags you about quitting when something has not been sent, even if it's scheduled to be sent in a week. I think it should either (1) not say anything about scheduled e-mails, or (2) have a time (say, 8 or 12 hours in the future or user settable) beyond which the mail is ignored when quitting, with the sooner messages triggering a "1 message scheduled to be sent in 4 hours; Send now before quitting?" alert.

  • benny

    benny May 17th, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

    MailMate is supposed to send messages when you go online. If it's not working then it's a bug. It's not a feature I use much myself, but I just tried the following:

    • Turn Wi-Fi off.
    • Create draft and send.
    • Turn Wi-Fi on.

    MailMate sent the message after that. Can you reproduce the problem with the steps above? I suspect the problem might be that it fails under certain types of offline/online events. If it fails, is the problem then “fixed” if you restart MailMate?

    With respect to an Outbox: It's possible to create a smart mailbox based on the condition “Relay exists” which would show messages scheduled to be sent. In addition to that, one could add a condition to Drafts to only show messages for which “Relay does not exist”. I suspect that this is what Apple Mail really does (that is, never creating an Outbox on the server).

  • Meindert

    Meindert May 18th, 2014 @ 02:02 AM

    O.K., Relay.

    Just noticed these:

    • Relay-Date
    • Relay-Delay
    • Relayed
    • Send-Later-Date
    • Send-Later-String

    Are these set and used by MailMate?

  • benny

    benny May 18th, 2014 @ 01:13 PM

    @Meindert: Yes, these are virtual headers (not put in the message itself) used by MailMate internally. You can use them if you like, but they are not officially defined.

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