V i r t u a l I d e n t i t y

Usage

To use Virtual Identity, press the small button between the "From" label and the Account-Dropdown-Menu in your MessageCompose Dialog. Once you press this button, a new Virtual Identity Account is created (at this moment the account information is internally stored and still not accessible from the Account Manager).

You are now able to change the FullName, Email Address and/or the SMTP-Server settings with the appropriate fields. If you press the button again, the editable fields will be hidden. But in distinction to earlier versions the Virtual Identity is now not yet removed. You will see, that your active Account is now the Virtual Identity one (with a number for any Virtual Identity you are currently using - maybe you are editing more than one mail the same time).

To remove the temporary Virtual Identity Account without sending the message you have to choose one of your permanent identities in the Dropdown-List while editable fields are hidden (the last entry in the list is your Virtual Identity one). Just added a smart-reply feature (see Options dialog). Might be released in the next days.

Smart-Reply

(as I wrote it in a mail ;)

The idea is to reply with any address, depending on the recipients (or ccList) of the mail you are replying. An easy way to test this is to reply to a mail you send to 'anybody else' (choose one from the sent folder). The recipient is 'anybody else' and his address is in none of your identities, so virtual identity creates a special one. If I am replying to the last mail I sent to you (you are the recipient) the messagecompose-dialog is started with virtual-identity enabled and in this case your address is used as my virtual sender. (my mail-server wont accept this, but thats another problem)

What is it good for? You could now (if you have an own mailserver) forward any unused address to you account and use a single, special address for every mail you write. Any answer is than forwarded to your homeaccount. Replying to any answer is done by smart-reply - also not a problem. And if you dont like this single address (maybe too much spam) any more you could drop it on your mailserver...

Thanks

The idea behind smart-reply was initiated by Yves, thanks a lot.

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Created by: rene last modification: Friday 11 of November, 2005 [20:40:36 UTC] by Anonymous


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yetanotherid
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Formatting box bug and more....
on: Wed 11 of Oct, 2006 [20:06 UTC] score: 0.54 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

First of all... Thanks for a great extension!! I just thought I'd let you know I've used Virtual Identity 0.3.4 with Thunderbird 1.5.07 (and also the last couple of versions of VirtID) and always experienced the formatting box problem. I've also tried the bugtest.xpi and the altered version (o.2.3b) posted by someone else. The problem exists with all of them.

On the usage side... the smart reply feature isn't very friendly, display wise. The 'ask' dialog box always pops up in the same place regardless of where you move it to, which would probably be okay on a single monitor, but when you run your email program on a second monitor as I do, you don't always notice it appear on the first. Also if you cancel the email composition, the 'ask' dialog box should realise it has no point existing anymore and close. Regarding the way smart reply works, it certainly seems to do so as advertised for me, however it could use one or two more features. It would be nice if the "use smart reply" feature could be called 'use smart reply and forward". ;-) It would also be nice if on the occasion that an email is received and one of the reply options is a Thunderbird account or identity, to have Virtual ID use that account or identity itself, rather than an alias. Just seems that if the real account exists, it'd be better to use it's settings than the settings of another account while you use an alias. Similar to the way the Correct Identity extension works I guess. In fact if you could combine the two extension, it'd make a very useful one.

But none of that's life threatening, and it's still a great extension. Thanks!!



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Anonymous
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Occasioally Crashes Thunderbird 1.5.0.4
on: Tue 06 of Jun, 2006 [18:28 UTC] score: 0.57 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

It looks like this extension causes occasional craches in 1.5.0.4.

First obvious issue is (exactly as the last guy said) that when I click the + box, it doesn't show the set of boxes as seen in the screenshots. There's no Full Name, Email Address or SMTP field. It looks like the drop down list is just replaced with a single text box which spans the width of the drop down list.

If I type in a "virtual address" into that text box, and then click send (to myself), it looks like it's sending, but then Thunderbird sometimes crasbhes. When I reopen Thunderbird I receive the email with the right "virtual address" as I had typed it. The virtual address also doesn't appear in the From drop down list afterwards.

The reason I want to use this thing is that I have an email forwarding address, but I'd like to "send" email from that address, but because it's just a forwarding address, there's no POP server to put into an actual account. If anyone knows of another way than using this extension to do this, please post.



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rene
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Re: Occasioally Crashes Thunderbird 1.5.0.4
on: Tue 06 of Jun, 2006 [19:24 UTC] score: 0.57 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

Hi,

> It looks like this extension causes occasional craches in 1.5.0.4.

Just upgrading and I'll see if this works for me

> First obvious issue is (exactly as the last guy said) that when I click the + box, it doesn't show the set of boxes as seen in the screenshots. There's no Full Name, Email Address or SMTP field. It looks like the drop down list is just replaced with a single text box which spans the width of the drop down list.

This is a (not so) new feature, cause people didnt liked the place of all the different fields. You can reactivate the old look in the preferences dialog.

> If I type in a "virtual address" into that text box, and then click send (to myself), it looks like it's sending, but then Thunderbird sometimes crasbhes. When I reopen Thunderbird I receive the email with the right "virtual address" as I had typed it. The virtual address also doesn't appear in the From drop down list afterwards.

So this is (except the crash) also how it should work. Virtual Identities only stored in the drop down list while using them, if you change to another Identity (pre-stored) or if you sended the message, the temporary created Identity is gone. Maybe there is something broken in removing the Identity, but thats the last thing the Extension does. If this is working ok, the crashes are only difficult to trace and maybe not really related to the extension. (but I'm not sure)

> The reason I want to use this thing is that I have an email forwarding address, but I'd like to "send" email from that address, but because it's just a forwarding address, there's no POP server to put into an actual account. If anyone knows of another way than using this extension to do this, please post.

If you like to use a special Identity every time again, it's much better tu use the Identity-feature of thunderbird. You can find this in the account-dialog, if you select the accout-name and you see on the right side the 'account settings' tab, there is at the bottom a button 'manage Identitys'.

regards,

Rene



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Anonymous
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Smart reply stinks...
on: Tue 31 of Jan, 2006 [08:51 UTC] score: 0.60 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

It suddenly turned itself on without warning and the next thime I know mail I'm sending to a mailing list has the list address in the "From" field and mine is nowhere to be found!

I've used ths extension for ages but this odd behavior only recently began.

I turned the "feature" off. I can't have something like this happening again!:

http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2006/01/msg03509.htmlexternal link



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Anonymous
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Stumped! Not working with TB v1.5!
on: Mon 16 of Jan, 2006 [00:35 UTC] score: 0.60 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

I got a + sign as expected. I click on this + sign expecting a drop-down window where I can fill the virtual address details. Nothing is happening except the drop down window of my "From:". As soon as I click on the + sign, the down arrow vanishes and on the right side a red "virtual identity 0.3.4" appears. That's all - nothing else. I'm not getting the Form you have shown in your example. What gives??



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Anonymous
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smart-reply doesn't work with Thunderbird 1.5?
on: Sat 07 of Jan, 2006 [22:53 UTC] score: 0.60 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

I don't get smart-reply to work with TB 1.5... It always seem to use my default adress when there is no exact match...



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Anonymous
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Another request
on: Wed 14 of Sep, 2005 [10:15 UTC] score: 0.60 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

Could this extension be extended (duh) to support multiple identities based on folders as an option?

I manage different roles by having different folders (or even servers), and I often communicate with the same people using different identities based on which folder the e-mail is from

That would be a timesaver for me!



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Anonymous
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Smart-Reply is almost great!
on: Tue 12 of Jul, 2005 [07:11 UTC] score: 0.60 Vote: 1 2 3 4 5

I love the new Smart-Reply - actually wanted to ask for something like this. The only thing is that the Reply-To header is not filled in and you have to do it manually to get it right. Am I missing something - is there a way to do this? If I don't fill it in, I can still send the reply, but the field isn't right and I think it will cause problems. Hope there is something I am missing or can be fixed to make this work automatically - it would be huge in terms of how I work. BTW, my email address and Reply-To are the same on each email, just different for so many emails.

Thanks for any further help or info.




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