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Archive your email before your Mavericks install

October 21, 2013

Tom Andersen

Consider using Email Archiver to create an archive of all your email before you upgrade to Mavericks. There have been reports of changes to playing havoc with some people’s Mail installations, although my trove of 250,000 emails upgraded without a hitch to 10.9. If you make an archive with Email Archiver, the format of the archive is a simple folder structure filled with PDFs of all your emails and attachment folders where needed.  A feeling of peace of mind if you have years of correspondence trapped in

Mavericks comes with a few new features, one of which is tagging. 2.8.0 introduces Mavericks tagging on 10.9. On earlier systems, tags are created for the OpenMeta standard which works well for that. In addition Email Archiver sets up special attributes so searching for emails is easier and faster, whether you search in Email Archiver or the Finder.

Version 2.8.0 features a solution for the export problem – we have customers who use Email Archiver to make an folder of PDFs in order to send to someone for legal discovery, etc. The export command creates a new folder and makes all the PDFs it needs to – with the additional feature of creating duplicate PDFs where duplicate emails in the same folder are found. We have found that this is necessary for some legal work. Thanks to a customer for getting this feature in!

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  1. Howard #
    November 25, 2013

    How large is the pdf file you created from your 250,00 emails ?
    I back up each years emails as a separate .mbox file, can email archiver make a separate pdf for each of those archive files?

    • November 25, 2013

      The Folder is 15GB. This includes all attachments. One small email with no attachments is larger when made into a pdf, but attachments are 30% smaller than the format used in mbox or eml files, so its about a wash for most users.
      You can drag an mbox onto Email Archiver, it will create a folder of emails, one PDF for each email, with attachment folders.

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