IMAP is a mail download protocol which allows you to keep folders on the server and access these folders from multiple computers. This is great for users who don't use just one computer to check their email. With IMAP, users download a local copy of their mailbox and folders from the server. If you create folders on your computer, you must sync up with the server. However, you're not required to create folders. You can work with just one mailbox (your INBOX) if you like.
- Make sure you're running Eudora 5.1. To find out what version of Eudora you're running, choose About Eudora from the Help menu
- From the Tools menu, choose Personalities. You'll see a list of "personalities" in the left window pane.
- Right click on <Dominant> personality. Select Properties Each personality represents one email account from which you check mail from. If you've configured your account under another personality name, choose that instead.
- Under Generic Properties tab, make sure the following is set: Real Name: your-real-name (e.g., Arthur Dent) Return Address: firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g., email@example.com) Login Name: your-username (e.g., adent) SMTP Server: Using AOL, Earthlink, Pacbell, AtHome, or other ISP's: your-isp-mail-server (e.g., mail.pacbell.com) Secure Socket When Sending: Never
- Click on Incoming Mail tab, fill in the following: Server: disorder.primate.net Configuration: IMAP IMAP Mailbox Location Prefix: mail/ For New Mail, download: Minimal Headers Only When I delete a message: Mark it as deleted Authentication Style: Passwords Secure Socket When Receiving: Required, alternate Port
- Click OK
- Check mail, enter your password when prompted. This will fail because you need to add disorder's server certificate to Eudora.
- To add the server certificate, right click on <Dominant> again. Select Properties.
- Click on the Incoming Mail tab.
- Click on Last SSL Info
- Click on Certificate Information manager button at the bottom of the page.
- Click on Add to Trusted button.
- Click Done
- Click OK
- Click OK again.
- Now you can check mail again.
- To view your list of mailboxes, from the Tools menu, choose Mailboxes. You will see your mailboxes on the left of the screen, under <Dominant> Please note. With IMAP, you must expunge your deleted messages manually. (Under Message menu, click Purge Messages)
In Eudora, the Mailbox windows contains two sections. The section labeled "Eudora" can be thought of as your local hard drive. It contains all the mail you downloaded via POP. The section labeled 'disorder.primate.net' is your IMAP server drive. Therefore, it is important that you know where you are going to create any new mail folder. If the new mail folder is under "Eudora", then it's a local folder. This means that if you access your mail from another computer via IMAP, you will not see this folder. If you're migrating from POP to IMAP AND you DID NOT leave your mail on the server, you may want to transfer existing Local Mailboxes to the IMAP server. This will allow you to see the contents of these mailboxes when accessing mail from other machines. If you will always check mail from one machine, you do not have to do this.Transfering Local Inbox
Open the local Inbox mailbox (the one under Eudora) and mark all of the messages by using the Select All feature from the Edit menu. From the Transfer menu select the item Dominant (or whatever personality your 'primate.net' account is under) and then select Inbox. All messages are moved to Inbox on the IMAP server.Transfering Other Local Mailboxes Create a new mailbox on the IMAP server. Right clicking on <Dominant> and choose New.... Enter the name of the new mailbox, for example OldMail. Note that the name of the mailbox you are creating may be the same name of the mailbox on the local hard drive. Open the local mailbox and mark all of the messages by choosing the Select All from the Edit menu. From the Message menu select Move Message and then select the mailbox you just created. All messages are moved to the mailbox on the IMAP server. The transfer may take some time depending on the number and size of messages being transferred. Verify that the procedure has completed successfully by opening the newly created mailbox under <Dominant> Continue for all mailboxes you wish to transfer.