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About Overcome Email Overload with Eudora 5
About Kaitlin Duck Sherwood
If you read your email with Netscape Communicator, you have two options. read the Eudora book. The tactics -- which buttons to push and which menus to pull down -- will be different, but much of the strategy will be the same.
About Half the Chapters Are Non-TechnicalAbout half of the book (either one) talks about non-technical ways of coping with your email better. For example, you can store common responses and use them over and over again. For another example, if you put "No Reply Needed" at the bottom of messages, you won't get as many messages that just say "Thank you". Chapters 5-11 don't depend much on what email program you use. Chapter 1, Introduction doesn't either.
Chapter 4 Is Program-SpecificChapter 4, Move Around Your Messages Quickly, is highly specific to what email program you use. It might not help you much, but it's not a critical chapter. While most chapters tell you how to be more effective by doing different things, this chapter tells you how to be more efficient by doing the same things better.
Note that one really nice features of Eudora and Outlook is that you can add buttons to the toolbar, and there is a significant part of Chapter 4 that discusses that. To the best of my knowledge, you can't do the same type of customization in Netscape.
Chapters 2 and 3 are Program-SpecificYou can use essentially all of the strategies in chapters 2 and 3, but the implementation will be different. In particular, Netscape 6 does not (yet) have labels, but you can hijack and use Priorities instead. (Yes, that means you can't tell what the sender thought, but when was the last time you say someone use a Priority appropriately?)
Note: future versions of Netscape will probably have labels. Mozilla, which is an open-source program that Netscape usually draws from, got labels with version 0.97.
There will also be different screen shots, different menu commands, and different buttons to press. However, it shouldn't be so different that you can't figure it out.