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old misc[edit]

The following line will soon become outdated:

"Recently PC Magazine gave Eudora it's highest rating"

The year of the rating should be given. Also, a URL would be handy.

EmRick 21:23, 9 Jun 2004 (UTC)

I removed the line completely. It seemed biased because it mentioned only one positive recension whilst ignoring totally other email clients. (talk) 13:46, 3 November 2005 (UTC)

"Eudora has many excellent features. [...] It also has very nice filters..". Well, maybe, but this sounds more like a sales pitch than a neutral article. AndrewWTaylor 18:49, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure Eudora didn't pioneer the concept of an always-present folder list as this article claims. Eudora instead had pull-down menus for choosing mailboxes. You could, in later versions, open a folder window, but this was after Outlook came out and people started demanding it, I think. However, I'm not sure enough of this to change it. Jerry Kindall 6 December 2005

I don't get this either. The proper way to use Eudora isn't to have one mailbox windowpane open and switch the mailbox being viewed in it using a mailbox list, viewing messages one at a time in a third static windowpane one at a time.
The proper way to use Eudora is to have all of your important mailboxes open at the same time in seperate windows (typically in and out, tiled one above the other), with whatever messages you're viewing/editing also open in their own seperate windows. This worked best on Macs since it required MDI on inferior GUIs like M$/X Windows. Really, the screenshot should be swapped to depict this.
This is also what makes Newswatcher (MTNW is my fave) so awesome. 07:37, 30 June 2007 (UTC)
I think Claris Emailer had the folder list even before Outlook. I think I even read somewhere that a lot of Outlook was written by former Clarus employees once that company was folded (or severely cut, at least). Eleusinian 04:49, 2 November 2007 (UTC)
I cannot find any source for Eudora being the first with an always-present folder list, and the statement had been left unsourced for a long time, so I went ahead and removed it. XMog (talk) 17:02, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

version history[edit]

Come on, let's add some dates and version numbers, for a history outline of this important program! 08:43, 26 November 2006 (UTC)


"An open source version of Eudora named Pandora based on the Mozilla codebase (like Thunderbird) is under development by the Mozilla Foundation."

I'm going to change "Pandora" to "Penelope" -- I don't see any source-basis for the term "Pandora" in this context -- and it would be confusing, since there was a different email client by that name in 1999:

"Joseph Bogner has a nice drawing of a chicken with thumbs up on his web site under copyright of Digital Adrenaline - so what? Well, there is truly unique software to be found on the same web site - freeware and all. The name of the software is Pandora - an e-mail client, and its download is 18 KB - in other words 0.65 % of the size of my main e-mail client and only 0.35% of the size of Eudora Pro.

Joseph explain that Pandora started up as a project to create a working e-mail client less than 10 K in size, then the project went a bit out of hand and grew... Still, as he wrote: "Pandora is the only program that I know of which can check your mail, send new messages and site quietly in the tray for only 18kb of executable size." (source: www-suite101-com/article.cfm/professional_travel/18222) - 20:28, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

Qualcomm involvement in Penelope[edit]

This statement is misleading: "In 2006 Qualcomm development ceased and Eudora was donated to the Mozilla Foundation with the expectation of its being rebuilt upon their Mozilla code base." The real situation is explained better in the Open Source section.

- There was no "donation" or other formal agreement with Mozilla - Qualcomm continues to pay the Eudora engineers for Penelope development; thus, saying that Qualcomm development ceased is untrue

Given the recent news articles about companies editing Wikipedia articles to put positive spin on things, I'm reluctant to edit the entry myself.

S1dorner 17:26, 22 August 2007 (UTC)

Is it better now? (Yes, you should refrain from touching the article -- but please do make suggestions here on how to improve the article.)- 19:05, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Fair use rationale for Image:Eudora-main.png[edit]

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BetacommandBot (talk) 20:51, 13 February 2008 (UTC)

Open Source?[edit]

If the new version is open-source, where exactly is the source? Does it require proprietary compiling tools?

The key "detail" to understand is that none of the old sources are ever going to be made public. "Opening the Source" is exactly what they will never do. There is no chance of the public getting access to the old sources, continuing to use the old products, and then changing/improving as desired.

Instead, the plan is for the company team to create an entirely new program, based on Thunderbird, that has some Eudora-like features. Which would be fine, if it was done fast and well. But so far, it seems to be a fiasco, just convenient cover for the fact that an email client that some users are very attached to is going away. All under the cover of giving the new fantasy product the same name as the old program.

The change to the new version is taking forever. There is seldom any communication from the developer team. The development process itself does not seem to be open -- the team does not seem to communicate with each other in public. There is no evidence that anyone other than the company team is really involved, has access, or can be involved. Progress is so slow, and the key features the potential users want such as retaining the mailbox file structures have been dropped -- there is no reason to think that this product will ever come to fruition.

People who want to use Eudora are stuck with 7.1-2006 and previous versions. The 7.1 download seems to still be available, but not the paid mode. This would be a very important detail to document in the article -- what the situation is for people who are using paid mode, whether it will keep working, and whether there is any way for them to get it back if they lose it for various reasons. Are they still paying? - (talk) 12:26, 16 February 2008 (UTC)

Also, 'free software' is not a license. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:08, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

Eudora OSE 1 was released in early September 2010. OSE = open source edition. Banjodog (talk) 06:48, 18 September 2010 (UTC)

New Mail Sound?[edit]

I haven't used Eudora for years, so I don't know if this is still the case, but Eudora's default new mail sound was identical to the chimes at the beginning of the log jingle from Ren and Stimpy. Does anyone know the connection? I've been wondering about this for years.Bugloaf (talk) 20:05, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

It was probably ripped from Ren & Stimpy. That was a popular sort of thing to do back then. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:00, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
I checked both the Eudora sound AND the Ren&Stimpy intro music. They sound similar, but the height of the noted and the intervals are quite different. So: no! the sound comes NOT from Ren & Stimpy, even if it's similar up to a point. (here the ren&stimpy intro: --Horia mar (talk) 12:18, 6 March 2014 (UTC)
It was indeed from Ren and Stimpy, but from the beginning of their fake-commercial for "Log". Listen here: -- Bovineone (talk) 20:24, 16 April 2014 (UTC)