Saturday, January 05, 2008

Gmail - IMAP - and how to import from Apple Mail and Mail from MAC to Windows

I am wrapped on Gmail and the IMAP function.
On my Macbook I have Apple Mail and Thunderbird - I did try using Apple Mail but frankly it is a bit Mickey Mouse - I know what you will say Apple like to make it simple. I tried to use with two accounts and found it set up the second with an ADD Account and then would not let me change any of the properties as it was using the same library. At moment I don't think it is worth finding a solution. The same thing in Thunderbird works like a dream.
Anyhow that left me with some important Mail that I wanted in Thunderbird. But Apple Mail latest version has each message kept as .emix so not a simple task to import just the mbox large file.

The method shown here sounds difficult and the link to a converter does not work
import mailboxes from Apple's v. 2.0.x not possible - MozillaZine Forums

The other thing was I now have a PC Desktop with big screen but I also like to sit on lounge with Macbook and read email etc - How do I keep the email storage in sync?

So I read around and then found a EASY SOLUTION

First you need an account that works as IMAP and Gmail now does that

Set up IMAP access to my accounts on Apple Mail and also in Thunderbird on MAC and PC

When you have Imap installed see image above just drag an email from an inbox folder into one the of the folders under google mail. You can add folders also and move google mail in box into google folders

Now how to set up the Imap in the news readers.

Thunderbird - set up for Gmail as Imap - read carefully and follow as close as you can the SMTP is a separate page from the images as shown
  1. Salient points are
  2. When in Add Accounts in TB don't click Gmail - click Email and then Imap
  3. incoming server is
  4. On server settings - port is 993 and security is SSL
  5. Smtp os and connection is TLS
  6. Apple is similar
Now you can move/drag your mail from Apple folders into a Google mail folder and it will be there on your other views of Imap - on Windows machine or Thunderbird etc.
Yes your mail will be in sync across all the platforms.
see also Lifehacker
Gmail Tip: Import Messages into Gmail via IMAP
and In Depth - Turn Thunderbird into the Ultimate Gmail IMAP Client

and this is must read also on set up and tweaks
Setting up Gmail IMAP Support in Thunderbird (1.5 or 2.x) :: from the How-To Geek

Handling you need to think about

And 10/2008 I just realised I can import my Outlook 2000 pst into Outlook Express and then in OE I can load the import into Imap Gmail. You cannot drag folder in OE into Imap - you have to add a folder and then select all the mail in imported folder and paste into Imap folder.
However I do not think that OE works well with Imap and seems to be downloading all the mail again that I just dragged into OE. What but it was on the PC in OE so why download - well that is what it says it is doing. So I unticked these folders in Sync list but I get error messages.
I am using a new gmail account for the upload and will probably export to my main account after some more experiments.

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