Mail

Introduction

A simple, streamlined, and beautiful email client designed for GNOME 3.

Designers

William Jon McCann

Status

  • {o} Needs design

    {*} Design in progress

    {*} Needs implementation

    {o} Implementation in progress

    {o} Stable

Objectives

Goals

Primary

  • Integrated with GNOME technologies
    • Contacts
    • Calendar
    • Notifications
  • Aggregate inbox from mail sources in GNOME Online Accounts
  • Handle attachments according to Content Transfer guidelines
    • Save to Photos, Videos, Music, Documents, etc
  • Conversation view of messages
  • Indicate unread messages
  • Search messages
  • Compose and send messages
  • Take action on messages:
    • Reply
    • Reply to all
    • Forward
    • Mark as spam
    • Delete
    • Print
  • Support both push and pull updates
  • Save user state
  • Automatically save message drafts

Secondary

  • Support a to-reply queue
  • Inline replies
  • View alternate folders
  • Support some source specific functionality:
    • Archive
    • Labels
    • Star

Non Goals

  • Folder management

Constraints

Relevant Art

WebOS

http://static.businessinsider.com/image/4da6f57a4bd7c838641e0000-590/webos-30s-mail-app-also-looks-just-like-the-ipads-mail-app-this-is-definitely-a-good-thing.jpg

iOS

http://images.apple.com/ipad/built-in-apps/images/mail_hero_20111004.jpg

Gmail on iOS

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.engadget.com/media/2011/11/gmail-ios.jpg

Sparrow

osx-sparrow-1.png osx-sparrow-2.png osx-sparrow-3.png osx-sparrow-4.png

Fluent

fluent_email.jpg

fluent-timeline.jpg

Persona

persona-conversation-view.png

Contact view

Attachment view

Elementary's Postler (Mockup, app no longer maintained)

PostlerMockup.png

Geary

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/131/6/2/geary_welcome_by_danrabbit-d4zcfnd.png http://yorba.org/images/geary/geary_main.png

.Mail (mockup)

http://www.vanschneider.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/mail10.jpg

Gmail Offline (Chrome app)

http://i.imgur.com/74yWFPr.png

Discussion

Tentative Design

Mail.png

Comments

How do you handle automatics mails? shopping, mailing lists, spam, petition, bank, etc. are a big part of today mailing ! This can't be tight to contacts… -- ÉtienneBersac 2011-12-04 22:48:52

What about folder views? I think it would be more efficient to add third pane on the left with folder list, like Gmail on iOS. -- KrzysztofWalo 2016-12-09 04:13:05

Flipboard-style functionality---i.e. unified Twitter, Facebook, Google Reader, YouTube, NYT, etc.---may be worth including as well. I personally would find it extremely useful to be able to "process" (GTD term) through my mail and all the other various inputs/inboxen in one go. -- JamesCape

The upload to the cloud idea for attachments could be a nice addition to tie into Gnome Mail. An evolution of this could then allow attachments to be replaced/updated or retired and this could be tracked quite nicely by the app (The attachment 'foo.png' was updated on XX/XX/XX view original) or (The attachment 'secret.odt' is no longer available - request a new link from author?) -- NickGlynn 2016-12-09 04:13:05

Proposed Updates -- matthewsolle

I'm including here some proposed updates and optimisations for a netbook screen to preferences and in particular Adding a new email account and editing the settings for the existing Evolution. The idea is that any work done here could be used for the preferences for any new email app.

Further updates include all of the preferences. Will add more details in regards to plans.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430478/Gnome/Gnome-evolution-wireframe-PART-1_20-3-12_V2.pdf http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430478/Gnome/Gnome-evolution-wireframe-PART-2_20-3-12_V2.pdf

Further suggested update for Adding an Account

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430478/Gnome/Gnome-evolution-wireframe-28-3-12_PART-1_V3.pdf

And suggested enhancements/improvements/rationalisations to editing an account within preferences

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/430478/Gnome/Gnome-evolution-wireframe-4-4-12_PART-2_V4.pdf

See Also

Design/Apps/Mail (last edited 2013-12-20 17:36:14 by WilliamJonMcCann)