3886: Different mailbox order
From user Mattia:
I find the current view in the sidebar to be quite confusing. It currently looks like this:
That becomes quickly confusing when different accounts are archived in the program.
I would find it much better if the structure was more along the lines of:
Having just the different accounts on the top level and the respective IMAP directories underneath would make for a much clearer structure. Also, I wouldn’t have to hunt and peck around the sidebar when I want to export an entire account, hoping not to forget any folder, I would just select the topmost account and catch everything with just one click.
Hamilton Ford commented
I second this suggestion.
The current, Mail-like structure isn't an effective way of archiving mailboxes because it isn't obvious which folders belong to each account. It isn't an email client, and I doubt many people use it that way. Perhaps this could be a distinction between the Mail Archiver X Easy and regular versions.
I tried using Mail Archiver X to create backups of more than 2 dozen accounts for a company client, and quiclly realised it wasn't going to work. The option of viewing each account with a flat folder structure would be a significant improvement for this kind of use.
1. Not all the folders are shown, even when the "Archive all Folders" option is selected. The Spam/Junk folder is ignored every time and some other folders with names similar to special folders were also skipped.
2. Deleted/Trash folders often appeared within the VIEWS section, instead of being identified as folders. What on earth are VIEWS?! Trash and Spam folders can still be useful to archive because what ends up in there isn't always intended for immediate deletion.
3. The de-duplication of emails is effected across all accounts, instead of within each account during download. This is a big problem, because it means accounts are archived incomplete. De-duping should also be optional, or provide further granularity (across all accounts / per account / none).
OP here. Some additional thoughts about this from my conversation with Beatrix.
I realized that Beatrix replicated the structure used in Mail.app shortly after I proposed her my idea.
I think that the current structure makes sense for an email client, where Inbox and Sent need to be featured prominently, but can quickly become confusing in Mail Archiver X, where the goal is to store emails in the long term, potentially from dozens of accounts. Still, I understand that a lot of users with only 2-3 accounts will find themselves right at home with an AppleMail-like structure right out of the box.
Maybe the smartest solution here is to offer an option between the two views in the settings. The current view may be called something like "Classic view" (Apple Mail) and the one I have in mind something like "Flat view" (Only accounts on top). That way there would be an option for both use cases.