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HeavyThumper

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Windows Client
« on: November 05, 2015, 10:29:18 pm »
I know this has been discussed and discarded before - but I have to bring it up again.  And there's a reason.

Yes, there are a number of Windows email clients.  To put it simply, for one or more reasons, they all suck.  Thunderbird, Postbox, EM Client, Inky, Mailbird, The Bat, Outlook, Live...  Even more - AquaMail is simply the best IMAP client I've ever worked with.  You got nearly everything right (I have to say "nearly"...always have to gripe about something).

No other client I've worked with combines multiple accounts, IMAP server-side searching, synchronization, presentation...

Even while at a desktop - I typically check and read my email on my Android phone.  And often send from AquaMail as well - though I far prefer my full-size ergonomic keyboard & trackball to the touchscreen.

I just tried using it via Bluestacks - and it actually works!  The only drawback - which I haven't devoted any particular time to - is I'm unable to select/copy/paste when composing replies.  But the thought of a "pure" Windows app would be a great delight.

I don't know how difficult it would be to re-compile AquaMail, either as a standard Linux app for Linux clients, or using Cygwin for Windows clients.  A full re-write makes no sense - but if just a couple of headers need to be changed to provide a desktop client - I know I'd buy it instantly.  And desktop apps sell for considerably more than Android apps...

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2015, 11:22:21 pm »
Appreciate your comments, but...

... it would be a large task, the app has a lot of UI code, and the back-end code has a lot of Android types and classes in it (although the logic is mostly Android independent, with things like database I/O, threads, networking...). Besides, this back-end (mail sync) code is all Java.

Sorry, I just don't have the bandwidth (time / energy) to take on this, and there are more features to be added in the future.

PS - I thought EmClient and Mailbird were really nice, modern, post-Thunderbird (I've only seen Em before not Mailbird, and run Thunderbird from time to time as needed... same with Outlook 2016, for testing).
Creating debug logs for diagnostics: https://www.aqua-mail.com/troubleshooting/

The official FAQ: https://www.aqua-mail.com/faq/

Лог-файлы для диагностики: https://www.aqua-mail.com/ru/troubleshooting/

Вопросы и ответы: https://www.aqua-mail.com/ru/faq/

pyler

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2015, 11:43:31 pm »
If you have Chrome, you can run Android apps.
Do you want to use the latest AquaMail version?
Try AquaMail Updater!

Kostya Vasilyev

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2015, 12:04:33 am »
Actually, yes, I forgot:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aquamail/immkckhpjjkikagmhfnpjjcnaelegjel

Can't install it myself -- maybe because I'm booted into Linux right now... But supposedly it works not just on Chrome OS but on Chrome too.
Creating debug logs for diagnostics: https://www.aqua-mail.com/troubleshooting/

The official FAQ: https://www.aqua-mail.com/faq/

Лог-файлы для диагностики: https://www.aqua-mail.com/ru/troubleshooting/

Вопросы и ответы: https://www.aqua-mail.com/ru/faq/

StR

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2015, 12:23:28 am »
This recent post from Paris Geek has information about other Android emulators and details:
http://www.aqua-mail.com/forum/index.php?topic=4029.msg21192#msg21192

HeavyThumper

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2015, 01:42:21 am »
Actually, yes, I forgot:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/aquamail/immkckhpjjkikagmhfnpjjcnaelegjel [nofollow]

Can't install it myself -- maybe because I'm booted into Linux right now... But supposedly it works not just on Chrome OS but on Chrome too.

Unfortunately - appears to be Chrome OS specific.  Shows "Not Compatible" to me in Chrome browser on Windows 8.

HeavyThumper

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2015, 01:45:40 am »
Appreciate your comments, but...

... it would be a large task, the app has a lot of UI code, and the back-end code has a lot of Android types and classes in it (although the logic is mostly Android independent, with things like database I/O, threads, networking...). Besides, this back-end (mail sync) code is all Java.

Sorry, I just don't have the bandwidth (time / energy) to take on this, and there are more features to be added in the future.

PS - I thought EmClient and Mailbird were really nice, modern, post-Thunderbird (I've only seen Em before not Mailbird, and run Thunderbird from time to time as needed... same with Outlook 2016, for testing).

Would have thought with the Java back-end, and some of the porting libraries available, it wouldn't have been that difficult.  But...I'm not the author.  My position stands - this is the best email app I've ever used and nothing on the desktop comes close.

EM Client & Mailbird LOOK very nice - but their core needs work.  EM Client doesn't support server-side IMAP search (otherwise I'd accept it - was ready to purchase until I found that flaw).  Mailbird doesn't handle shared mailboxes well - and I'm still questioning some of it's other behavior - including privacy & security concerns.

StR

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Re: Windows Client
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2015, 04:11:31 am »