Closed Bug 359267 Opened 15 years ago Closed 15 years ago

Message Display: Group select (Option/Alt-Click) to select similar messages

Categories

(Penelope Graveyard :: Mail Window, defect)

defect
Not set
critical

Tracking

(Not tracked)

RESOLVED FIXED

People

(Reporter: mdudziak, Assigned: beckley)

Details

Penelope needs the ability to Option- or Alt-Click on a message and have similar messages in same mailbox selected and grouped together. Should support grouping based upon all message features (Status, Priority, Tags, Date, Who, Subject, etc.). Feature should work like it does in current Eudora.
Assignee: mozilla-bugs → beckley
This has been a great feature for sorting huge amounts of mail. If like me you let your local inbox growing and growing this is a life saver for quickly getting similar things together, without having to write a filter on every occasion (or where you might want to apply filtering only to *these* selected messages and not the entire mailbox).
This is great!  Yes, this needs to be kept!  And I didn't even know about this feature of Eudora!  Learn something new all the time, even after using it so many years!
Status: NEW → ASSIGNED
This feature is the main reason I purchased Eudora. It needs to be kept. If it is not, I will be extremely disappointed. I use this feature almost every single time  I do anything with email, and have not found any other email program with this feature.
I use this many times daily.
(In reply to comment #0)
> Penelope needs the ability to Option- or Alt-Click on a message and have
> similar messages in same mailbox selected and grouped together. Should support
> grouping based upon all message features (Status, Priority, Tags, Date, Who,
> Subject, etc.). Feature should work like it does in current Eudora.
> 

I also use this feature daily both on my PC at work and at my Mac at home in paid Eudora mode.  I don't do Mac Mail or Outlook because of this feature.
FYI:

The latest Penelope extension, which you can get at the link below, implements the first stab at this group select feature. It is not working just like Eudora (yet), but it is close....

The link:
http://eudorabb.qualcomm.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=372

This feature is fully complete and will be in the 0.1a10 build.  Here's some documentation on it:

The Alt/Option+click group selection functionality that's been in Eudora for many years has been implemented in the Penelope extension.  It acts as a quick search function.  What you do is hold down the Alt key (Windows, Linux)/Option key (Mac), and then click on a a particular piece of info in a message summary (e.g. the Sender's name).  Penelope will then select all the messages in that mailbox that match the particular item clicked on (e.g. if "Joe Smith" was clicked on, then all messages from "Joe Smith" will get selected), and the messages will gravitate toward the clicked on message.  Think of it like a magnet where all messages that match are attracted to the clicked on message.  The selected messages will still be in the same relative order as they previously were, just all bunched together.

If you Alt+click on a Subject, then when comparing Subjects to determine a match all "Re:" and "Fwd:" prefixes are stripped from the Subject.  This is done to give a "thread like" behavior to the selection.  Penelope's stripping of these prefixes to do the comparison is a little more advanced than Thunderbird's, so you will get more matches with Penelope than with Thunderbird's threading.

This will work on any of the data in any of the columns.  For example, Alt+clicking on an attachment icon will select and group together all messages in that mailbox that have an attachment.  There doesn't have to be any visible data in the column for it to work, either.  If you were to Alt+click on the Attachment column of an entry that didn't have an attachment (i.e. no icon is displayed), then the messages without attachments would be selected and grouped together.

There is also a modified form of this behavior, if you hold down the Shift key as well, then Alt+Shift+click will select all of the matching items, but will leave them in their existing position in the list.  This is helpful if you don't want to upset the sorting order of the mailbox.
Status: ASSIGNED → RESOLVED
Closed: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Mac Eudora ignores leading text on the Subject: line in [square brackets], such as mailing list tags. Is this in Penelope to?
(In reply to comment #8)
> Mac Eudora ignores leading text on the Subject: line in [square brackets], such
> as mailing list tags. Is this in Penelope to?
> 

No, unfortunately it is not (yet). If not added soon, I'll open another bug, or re-open this one....

Matt
(In reply to comment #8)
> Mac Eudora ignores leading text on the Subject: line in [square brackets], such
> as mailing list tags. Is this in Penelope to?

Good suggestion.  I've coded this up and it will be in the next build (not a10, but a11).
Very useful. Favourable vote
Note that this would be a good Thunderbird feature, although I don't know if you are only working within Penelope.
(In reply to comment #0)
> Penelope needs the ability to Option- or Alt-Click on a message and have
> similar messages in same mailbox selected and grouped together. Should support
> grouping based upon all message features (Status, Priority, Tags, Date, Who,
> Subject, etc.). Feature should work like it does in current Eudora.
> 

Absolutely, totally, completely essential. Don't lose this it's brilliant.
(In reply to comment #13)
> (In reply to comment #0)
> > Penelope needs the ability to Option- or Alt-Click on a message and have
> > similar messages in same mailbox selected and grouped together. Should support
> > grouping based upon all message features (Status, Priority, Tags, Date, Who,
> > Subject, etc.). Feature should work like it does in current Eudora.
> > 
> 
> Absolutely, totally, completely essential. Don't lose this it's brilliant.
> 

The good news is that we've already done this for Penelope ;-) It just needs a little polishing.

Matt
Target Milestone: 0.1 → ---
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