[MlMt] Switching to Fastmail: some questions
philip at trouble.is
Thu Jul 22 23:20:29 EDT 2021
On 2021-07-23 01:13:58 (+0800), Ralph Alvy wrote:
> Well, Tuffmail is sadly ending operations on January 1, so I'm
> seriously considering moving to Fastmail. That said, I have a couple
Fastmail provides excellent service and a very robust,
standards-compliant, infrastructure. After moving many friends, family
and clients to them, I recently moved my gargantuan mailbox to them too.
> 1. I see that Fastmail supports its own version of Labels. Is there
> something in Mailmate that will recognize those Labels? Perhaps
> Mailmate Tags?
I don't think labels add much value to an IMAP workflow. Going by the
documentation, Ethan's notes earlier in this thread and some
experimentation, they only affect the Fastmail web interface and their
mobile apps. To IMAP clients, tags are folders. Given that you can
switch back and forth between folders and labels, I suspect the
underlying storage is unaffected by your choice of labels or folders.
Note that Fastmail also supports IMAP keywords. As far as I can tell,
you can't make these show up in their web or mobile user interfaces the
way you can in MailMate, but you can search on them.
> 2. I see that Fastmail has its own Contacts module, but that doesn't
> support synchronization with Google Contacts. Will I need to import my
> Google Contacts into Fastmail Contacts for Mailmate to see my Contacts
> when composing a message? Or does Fastmail use my Mac Addressbook for
Fastmail contacts use CardDAV. They work well with every other CardDAV
implementation, including macOS and iOS Contacts.app.
MailMate will use your Mac Contacts and doesn't care where the data
ultimately come from. If you sync your Mac Contacts with Google,
MailMate will see them. Fastmail's web interface and mobile apps won't
be able to see your contacts stored by Google.
I would recommend importing your contacts from Google into Fastmail and
syncing them to your devices from Fastmail. I have a lot more
confidence in the standards compliance of Fastmail's CardDAV
implementation than Google's. Fastmail can import contacts from Google
in bulk but it can't keep them in sync.
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