[chandler-users] Chandler as email client?

Mimi Yin mimi at osafoundation.org
Wed May 28 09:50:29 PDT 2008

What you describe makes a lot of sense Bjorn. It's exactly how we've  
always envisioned email fitting into Chandler. To date, we have some  
of the workflows you're describing already working, but not all.

What's working:
- Send todos and events out as email. (Unlike email, you can also  
edit and re-send items.)
- Receive tasks and events via email sent by other Chandler users.
- Add items from your email client into special Chandler IMAP folders  
to download them into Chandler where you can manage them like tasks,  
add alarms and put them on the calendar.
- Replying and Forwarding email
- Independent detail view for composing messages

What still needs to be done:
- Downloading all email into Chandler
- Attachments
- Syncing IMAP Flags and Read/Unread status
- Syncing IMAP Folders with Chandler
- Conversation threads
- Rich text editing for composing emails
- Rules for filtering messages into collections automatically
- Junk mail detection
- Spellcheck
(I'm sure there's more...)

Different people will require different sets of email features in  
order to be able to call Chandler their primary email application.

I imagine that as email functionality is added, Chandler will meet  
the needs of more and more people, but it will be a gradual process.

An interim step we have slated for 1.0 or soon thereafter is to  
automatically download Flagged email into Chandler. This requires you  
to have an IMAP account, but it would provide a smoother way to get  
important messages into Chandler.



On May 28, 2008, at 8:34 AM, Sheila Mooney wrote:
>> Sheila,
>> Thanks for your answer, although I had hoped to at last find the  
>> first
>> application that can combine my inbox with my calendar  
>> seamlessly... I could
>> not find any definite answer on chandlerproject.org when you have  
>> planned to
>> make a full fledged email client? What ever it is worth I put all  
>> my votes
>> on this feature :-)
>> What I want is to be able to schedule emails as task, and vice versa:
>> sending tasks as emails, without needing to switch windows or  
>> applications.
>> In my current calendar I have appointments and tasks that are not  
>> connected
>> to the emails that contain the input to the tasks. Often I need to  
>> search
>> documents in my inbox before I can start working with the task  
>> that is due
>> in my calendar. Sometimes they are lost ... If the tasks where the  
>> emails
>> and vice versa this would never happen.
>> Greetings
>> /Bjorn

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