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Old May 2nd, 2009, 11:07 PM   #1
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help solve my email sync problems

Hi,

Here's my situation, I use my own domain for my email. I have an iMac in my den and a MacBook that I take to work with me everyday. Here's my long list of "wants":

a. I want to use Mail.app on both Macs to read and send email.

b. When I send an email on one Mac, I want the email to appear in the "sent items" on both Macs.

c. When a new mail arrives, it should be marked as unread on both machines until it gets read on one of the machine. When it gets read on one Mac, I want it to be marked as read on both Macs automatically.

Solutions I've considered;

1. I've heard that I can configure gmail to send/receive email from my own domain -- if I do this, can I use Mail.app to seamlessly use gmail for the mailboxes?

2. I've tried setting up my Mail.app accounts as IMAP accounts, but the problem with that is all of the mail is effectively permanently located online and eventually I'll run out of storage space. Also, I accidentally had a test email client set to POP3 and it retrieved all email from the mailbox, and then the email vanished from the IMAP accounts (because it was accurately showing the contents of the online mailboxes).

3. I've looked into MobileMe, but it appears if I want to use Mail.app I have to use my @mac.com email address for everything -- it appears to support the usage of my own domain but only for the web client. Also, I want to set this up for my wife too, she definitely doesn't want to go to an @mac.com address, and that would also mean two mobile me accounts (@ $99 per).

Does anyone have any ideas? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old May 3rd, 2009, 01:13 AM   #2
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Solutions I've considered;

1. I've heard that I can configure gmail to send/receive email from my own domain -- if I do this, can I use Mail.app to seamlessly use gmail for the mailboxes?

2. I've tried setting up my Mail.app accounts as IMAP accounts, but the problem with that is all of the mail is effectively permanently located online and eventually I'll run out of storage space. Also, I accidentally had a test email client set to
Sounds like google apps email is what you're looking for... With gigs and gigs of storage available, you shouldn't worry about space for a very long time.

I've been using it myself for many years for my domain, never had an issue. Once you activate IMAP in the account's preferences, you can then set up the imap account on Mail.app and retrieve the email. POP and IMAP are activated independently on gmail, so if you leave POP turned off you won't run into the accident you described.

EDIT: as for MobileMe, they don't give out @mac.com addresses anymore, only @me.com.. And there are family packs available so 2 accounts would be less than 99$ each. Either way they don't do domain emails so it's not a solution for you.

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Here's my situation, I use my own domain for my email. I have an iMac in my den and a MacBook that I take to work with me everyday. Here's my long list of "wants":

a. I want to use Mail.app on both Macs to read and send email.

b. When I send an email on one Mac, I want the email to appear in the "sent items" on both Macs.

c. When a new mail arrives, it should be marked as unread on both machines until it gets read on one of the machine. When it gets read on one Mac, I want it to be marked as read on both Macs automatically.
This would all be solved by IMAP.

[/quote]I've tried setting up my Mail.app accounts as IMAP accounts, but the problem with that is all of the mail is effectively permanently located online and eventually I'll run out of storage space.[/quote]

Not at all. Somewhere in Mail -- and I confess a quick search to bolster my failing memory didn't reveal it -- is a condition that once the email is moved from the inbox to another mailbox or folder, it's deleted off the server. So file your mail (using rules or manually) and no worries.
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