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I'm looking for a mail client that supports handling rather large IMAP folders and that can ignore notifications for specific subfolders.

I'm an old Mozilla Mail user and obviously I migrated to Thunderbird a long time ago. However, the lack of response to filed "bug reports"/requests about re-enabling server side search instead of local search in combination with a complete lack of support for disabling notifications for specific (sub)folders has made me go for a hunt.

Does anyone know any decent client for Windows and OS X for this? I am actually considering making a branch of Thunderbird or try to patch up old Mozilla Mail again. This is crazy. ;-)

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Ok there goes my entire rep for a bounty, pleease! ;) – stefan Mar 29 '11 at 23:20
I don't use these these features, but it's possible Eudora OSE supports them. It claims it can do server-side searches. As for the notification thing, I'm not sure. Maybe using the filters and setting up custom notifications per-folder? – CreeDorofl Mar 30 '11 at 0:21
As far as I know there is a "Run search on server" option in Thunderbird 3. Do you mean that it doesn't work ? Also, notification should work for folders where you have explicitly enabled checking for new messages. – harrymc Mar 30 '11 at 6:18
@harrymc I've tried all kind of search functions in thunderbird. Nowadays it's all on client side and thunderbird basically hangs. I want notification but only on the important mailboxes. – stefan Mar 30 '11 at 11:34
Some email servers have a lousy implementation of server-side search. Have you tried more than one such server? – harrymc Mar 30 '11 at 12:15

As far as I know, Thunderbird is still said to be the best IMAP client around, and version 3 is supposed to have improved IMAP support.

There have been some IMAP changes in TB3, which are summarized in
Thunderbird 3.0 - New Features and Changes IMAP Accounts.

The most significant change was that when updating from 2.0 or an older version, all IMAP accounts are marked for offline use, which might slow TB down but avoids a problem when printing messages with attachments. If this problem doesn't concern you, you may undo the change for improved performance.

Your problem might also have been caused by a bad upgrade to TB3. You could try to uninstall TB3, clean-out the installation folder and install again.

I have searched the Thunderbird Support forums and have not found any significant reports about problems with IMAP, and recent questions seemed to have been well-answered. So if the above didn't help, I would suggest to try the forums again.

If the problem is still unsolved, but did not occur in TB2, I would suggest returning to it, as it is still probably the best client you could find. You could also try the email clients of Windows and OS X (but I personally would still prefer TB).

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The best client for IMAP support, and that can handle large IMAP mailboxes, is Mulberry:

It's a bit old now, but still very good.

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