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What is the best free IMAP based email client for OSX?

The built in client does not fully support IMAP and insists on showing all the folders available and ignoring which ones you have subscribed to.

Thunderbird will only show if there are new messages in your inbox. To see if there are new messages in other folders you have to select them all one at a time which is a real pain.

I use ximian evolution  under Linux and it works great but there is no mac version that I can find.
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I have installed evolution but it is only showing my inbox. Under linux I choose the 'overide server-supplied namespace' option and leave the namespace blank to overcome this problem but on the mac this is not working. Any ideas?

Any other suggestions for an email client?
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I'm a big fan of Thunderbird:

http://www.mozilla.com/thunderbird/

Lots of support, great product!
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Hi grblades,

I did a bit of digging and found that the Mulberry is one of the strongest IMAP supported mail client on OS X.  However, the company went broke but the software remains on the Internet..  Here's the references:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulberry_(email_client)
http://www.itc.virginia.edu/central/display/versions.php?softwareID=46&nav=title
http://wings.buffalo.edu/computing/software/download/mac/email.htm
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Hi grblades,

You can also configure Thunderbird to check all IMAP folder for new mail.. if that is your only problem that you have to click on each of the folder to see if there is new mail...  The configuration is in user.js and add in the line:

user_pref("mail.check_all_imap_folders_for_new", true);

ref: http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/tips#beh_downloadstartup
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Thanks. Yes that was really the only problem with thunderbird so it works great now with that setting change.
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