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Advantages and Disadvantages of using Mulberry

This page is for user comments about what they feel are the good points and bad points about Mulberry - good points come first! The overall story is that Mulberry is technically excellent, and fully featured, but the user interface could be simpler.

Advantages

  • Excellent IMAP support
    • ability to share mailboxes (most other IMAP clients can access shared mailboxes, but can't grant access to them)
  • Handles large, high volume email accounts easily
  • Multiple identities with inheritance of attributes including address, signature, sent mail folder, server accounts, etc.
    • associate identities with specific mailboxes
  • Marks email read as soon as it's opened, or after a delay
  • Allows signing multiple identities with the same security certificate
  • Simple enterprise deployment using IMSP
    • Support for IMSP address book server - access the same address book from any machine or from web mail.
    • Support for IMSP preferences server - get the same preferences on any machine.
    • Display preferences are stored for specific screen sizes.
  • Almost unlimited options allow excellent personalization
  • Inheritance-based configuration of folders, accounts, and identities
  • Message editor with useful text reflowing options, eg., reflowing quoted text
  • Supports multiple message alert and checking styles that may be assigned to specific mailboxes
  • Has plugin support for PGP and GnuPG (PGP/MIME and identity specific options also supported)
  • Integrated S/MIME support
  • Multiple SMTP server support both at account and identity configuration levels.
  • Ability to define custom headers for identities
  • Ability to choose, at message composition/send time, where the outgoing message will be filed, and (for replies) to optionally also re-file the message being replied to.
  • Full support for SSLv3 and STARTTLS for POP, IMAP and SMTP
  • Doesn't render graphical attachments inline :-)

Disadvantages

  • Doesn't render graphical attachments inline
  • Single-threaded (so you can't get on with writing an email while Mulberry is checking for new mail).
  • Keystrokes not configurable
  • No localisation
  • Configuration in multiple places (eg. Preferences, Windows menus) is confusing
  • No IMAP IDLE
  • Complex user interface.
  • The excellent configuration tool that was available up to version 4.0.4 is not available for 4.0.5 or 4.0.6. The tool was great for customisation and enterprise deployment.