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Old 12-16-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
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Question Changing appearance of Sylpheed


I have been running Thunderbird on my Debian Sid/Fedora 17/ and Ubuntu installations...and recently thought about switching to Sylpheed, as it's much lighter. The problem is it's very plain looking compared with TBIRD with an added theme.

My question is how to I change/improve Sylpheed's appearance? I am not very familiar with GTK themes and how to implement theme.

Can someone lead the way for me?

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:48 PM   #2
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You might take a close look at claws-mail, which is closely related to Sylpheed and offers themes.

I'm using it quite happily on one of my machines.
 
Old 12-17-2012, 09:06 AM   #3
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Is Claws-Mail compatible with Sylpheeds set-up...that is will I have to configure it from scratch ?
 
Old 12-17-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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I installed claws on a system that previously had had Sylpheed (I'd lost Sylpheed in an upgrade due to a case of fumble fingers and used Kmail for a while, then got tired of that Akonadi stuff). It picked up and used the existing configuration, which still existed in my home directory, and actually displayed the old mail store from six months ago. All I had to recreate were my filters.

Of course, I only have the one experience and I can't guarantee that it constitutes a precedent.
 
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Claws-mail has a good website with instructions. I switched to it long ago and find it very good. Yes, it is plainer than Thunderbird: that's one reason why it's lighter!
 
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The only thing I really don't like about Sylpheed...and I guess Claws is their inability to display HTML stuff from
ad sites that I get regularly....I have to end up going to the website to really see what it's all about. I know Claws can call
Dillo to display HTML...but it really seems a kludge. I am not interested in sending HTML...but I get a fair amount of
HTML from commercial sites and for many a text alternative is not available...or not clearly available.

I will give Claws a shot ...too bad Thunderbird is getting so bloated...

Thanks
 
Old 12-18-2012, 08:46 PM   #7
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Sylpheed

I am running this on my laptop and I wonder, is there a way of printing the email addresses I have collected? Thanks
 
Old 12-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #8
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I suggest you start a new thread.
 
Old 12-19-2012, 03:51 PM   #9
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Well, I gave Claws a shot. Hummm. Looks a lot like Sylpheed....and suffers the same IMAP problem Sylpheed suffers from.
On my mail account on my domain Sylpheed keeps timing out on IO, after it sends a NOOP to IMAP, the it creates a new connection...
then everything is back to normal until the connection gets lost again. My host swears it's not their problem....although
Thunderbird does not have the same problem as Sylpheed and Claws-Mail.

The GTK HTML plugin is nice....but despite several attempts I could not create the same filters I have in Sylpheed. I found the dialog
very confusing...or maybe I am just getting old. After I **thought** I had the filter created, it wasn't there. Probably my fault...but
the score is Sylpheed 8, Claws 9 and Thunderbird (despite it's bloat) 10.

BTW Claws picked up Sylpheed's config almost perfectly. Maybe I should have used Claws migration assistant for
the filters......

Thanks to all and to all Happy Holidays
 
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It took me a bit to get the hang of creating filters in Claws. I think the process of selecting an action and then adding the action to the filter is not quite intuitive.
 
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:24 PM   #11
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Well, not quite intuitive is one way of putting it I never did figure it out, and when something as relatively simple as creating a simple
email filter takes me too long...I usually just quit. At my age, I can't spend hours at simple tasks...not that many hours left
 
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You make your selection as to what to do with the selected variable (Subject, From, To, etc.) in the dialog, you then have to click "Add" to move it into the window below.

The, when you click "Okay" and you go back to the filter window, you have to click "Add" again to add your new selection to the filter itself. Seems to me that one "Add" would be enough, but I'm just the user.
 
  


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