I want to store e-mails as single files directly in the file system (in directories together with the other files which belong to the same "project").
What I need:
- the e-mail-files have to be searchable (content of mail full text and also content of attachments, if they exist)
- platform-independant: the e-mails can be opened in Windows XP (and 7), MacOS X and Linux
Is this possible?
- Which file format could be used and
- which applications would be necessary to open/display the e-mail on OS X, Windows or Linux?
- Can attachments stay within the file and be also searchable by their title and full text content?
- How could I store/export one or several selected messages from within MS Outlook XP or MS Entourage or Apple Mail (in OS 10.6) in this format at a distinct location on hard disk?
Background of the question:
I'm working on a PC (running Windows XP at the moment, but maybe Windows 7 or Linux soon) and on a Mac (OS X 10.6.8), which are in a LAN. I'm using Entourage 2004 and Outlook XP at the Moment for e-mails, but I'm considering to switch to Apple Mail on the Mac and some free alternative on the PC. E-Mails often belong to a "project" which also has other files and I'd like to have them all in one place instead of having to search for mails in the e-mail client and for other files in the project directory. Another benefit of storing the mails directly in the file system would be to have them available on both computers (while at the moment I can not access all e-mails from both computers as they use different mail accounts).