In Praise of Eudora (and in Sorrow at Its Non-Availability Today For Mac Users)

Two and a half years ago, I did a post on Eudora, and it has generated 19 comments over that time. There still seems to be no solution for anything near as good that will run on the new Mac operating systems. I’m still using Snow Leopard (10.6.8) on my office MacPro for the sake of Eudora. I occasionally give silent thanks to Steve Dorner for developing Eudora back in the ’90s. He thought so many things out so well.

Old article on Steve Dorner:

Why doesn’t some venture capitalist put up the money (hire Dorner?) to create a mail program as good as Eudora that will run on new Macs? There’s a huge gaping hole in quality still.

The following comment came in today and I think it’s interesting enough to bring it to the forefront:

judy Weintraub has left a new comment on your post “Anyone Find Substitute For Eudora With Mac Lion?”:

i just googled ‘eudora for mac’ to see if there was any improvement in the grim situation of losing Eudora ever since i got my MBP with Mountain Lion a year ago this month. I’ve been suffering with the Apple Mail program ever since, and today, i was just so sick of the ongoing extra work i have to do, all the mouse clicks and sorting, tweaking, searching the daily spam for important emails, using Mail, really poor program, but from what i could find out, just one crappy program among many–compared to the vastly superior Eudora.

I tried MailForge, i was really hopeful for that, but then it just started crashing and became useless, and totally unsupported. i wonder why it has no support. It was a good imitation—i would pay plenty for a Eudora mail client, or a well running MailForge. I first started using Eudora in February 1995, not resting in peace since i had to stop. When apple Mail first came out, i tried it. i couldn’t believe how un-user friendly it was, how unintuitive and microsoft-like. i would invest just about any sum of money to get the Mac OS working with Rosetta again.

I still have my previous computer, a MacBook running Snow Leopard, and at this point, am thinking i’m just going to invest the money to get it running adequately again. It was 5 years old when i regretfully replaced it with the ML computer, the track pad was barely working, very frustrating, the hard drive seemed to be failing, though that was never clarified, and it could use some more memory, i think that was all. Maybe $300-$400 to get back my machine that has Eudora. It will be worth it.

Posted by judy Weintraub to Lloyd’s Blog at November 16, 2014

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

6 Responses to In Praise of Eudora (and in Sorrow at Its Non-Availability Today For Mac Users)

  1. Judy;

    Still using Eudora, and I agree, someone ought to pick up this neglected program and launch it into the new century. The shift keys on my Win7 machine work pretty well too, perhaps someone will incorporate that feature into future Mac products.

  2. "……I'm still using Snow Leopard (10.6.8) " on my first gen intel Imac

    My Cannon IP4200 just died and I'm looking for a replacement, maybe an all in one unit.. Any suggestions..?

    Mike W


  3. Mike, We have a (maybe 5-year-old) Brother DCP 9040-CN Fax/Printer/color copy machine combo that works fine. Also a much older Elite XL 20/600 black-only printer that needs replacing, which we'll probably do with a HP LaserJet Pro 400 M401n Monochrome Printer (CZ195A).

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