Its like Google, for you desktop email

In the big brouhaha around Google and its GMail, and other new email clients like Bloomba, one company that often gets overlooked is Creo. They make a software called Six Degrees that allows you to search through your email, much like Google. One of its most interesting features is ability to search based on conversations, much like GMail. “But She’s a Girl” posted a review of their software, and it is worth a read.

Now Creo have launched Six Degrees 2.0, and there are some major changes. It runs as a local server (Jakarta Tomcat, to be precise) which you connect to using your web browser, and sift through the database using an HTML front-end. Better still, you can now import mail from a variety of different email clients, and also Unix mbox files, which should make importing possible from any application. It can also check POP and IMAP servers directly and sync with IMAP folders, so that once you have imported your old email, it will update its database automatically as new messages are delivered and sent.

I had used the first version and found it slower than well, Jason Giambi’s swing. Glad to see that they have re-architected the whole product and supposedly made it really fast and nimble.

There is another open source solution, Zoe which is pretty similar to Six Degrees. “Zoe is written in Java, and other Java app writers should take a look at how painless the expierence is there: unzip the application, and run it. From the web site Zoe appears to be Mac-centric, but it works the same way on Windows (and presumably Linux/etc.,” writes Kyle Cordes. I am loving these two apps because my email database now takes up about a third of my hard drive and I am often lost when trying to find relevant information. Try and let me know what you folks think about these apps.

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