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PilotBill
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IMAP with TBP

Any thoughts on IMAP versus POP with TBP, a question I am asking because Gmail now offers a choice? I want to use the best, most reliable protocol but the advantages of IMAP seem moot if you’re using a portable email client. Furthermore, would I be giving up offline accessibility?
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I use IMAP

so that the folders I make will travel with me and have a consistent look. I don't understand why you think IMAP is moot in a portable environment or what it has to do w/ offline accessibility. If you were offline, you wouldn't be able to read message if it was POP or IMAP. For that factor, I would use TBP and first download all the emails I want to read when I am offline.

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IMAP

Thanks for your reply. My internet access is inconsistent thus I'll download and send my messages at work with internet access and compose/reply new messages at home where I don't have internet access. As I only access my email through TBP, I have constancy. My concern with IMAP is when I am at home, I won't be able to view mu email messages.
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TBP does give you the

TBP does give you the ability to read IMAP offline. You have to designate which folders you want to read offline. The contents of those folders will be copied to your portable apps drive each time you connect, synchronizing what's local (for offline use) with the IMAP server, along with sending what's in your outbox.

What you would miss at home with IMAP is exactly the same as what you'd miss with POP -- if you can't connect to the server, you miss new messages with either. But with either, your messages from the last time you connected are still there (in IMAP, for the folders you designate for offline reading).

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IMAP

Thanks, I've played around with my "backup" copy TBP and have learned a lot. I have two gamil accounts and when both offer IMAP, I'll make the switch.
A separate question.When I set up my two accounts, not on propose but I have my "secondary" with a tan envelop icon and mi main account with a blue monitor. All works but should both have the tan envelope?
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Bill

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envelope vs folder

On my TBP, the envelopes are email accounts, while the blue monitor is designated as my Local Folder by default from the Thunderbird. All my email accounts have the tan folder, be they POP or IMAP, university, work or personal, all have the tan envelope.

Also, when I download files to read offline, I can do it two different ways. I download them into my email account file or I can download them all to my Local Folders file. I only download to my Local folders to offload them to my archive space. Otherwise, if I have a lot of emails (or more likely newsgroups) to read offline, I download them to the email account. Both procedures store the files to my harddrive, but by keeping them in my email account they stay in the normal online file structure in both on and offline use.

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