Well I finally decided to quit adding new stuff, and just get a compatible FiltaQuilla out the door that works with Thunderbird 3.0 and SeaMonkey 2.0. You can get the new version from Mozilla’s download site here.
In addition to some new filter actions (print, add sender to address list, and save attachments to a folder) this release introduces “custom search terms” for the first time. This is a new feature that has been added recently to the mailnews core code, and is part of the TB 3.0 and SM 2.0 releases.
The search I am talking about is the old-style Thunderbird search, not the newer global database (gloda) search that was added to Thunderbird. Gloda gets all of the press, but we’ve also taught the old style search a few tricks as well! These are particularly useful in saved searchs (also called virtual folders).
Let’s assume that you want a virtual folder to contain all of the active items that you currently need to process involving projects. Incoming emails are marked with tags, either manually or by some sort of filter. You define new tags for each project, and each tag begins with “pro” and ends with some sort of project marker, say a number or word. You want to have your active folder contain messages that have a tag containing “pro”, but NOT include messages that are tagged “done”.
The standard mailnews tag search forces you to enter the tag name for each tag that you want. There is no way to search for tags by the characters in the tags. Plus, searching for several tags is an OR function, and saying to not include DONE messages is an AND function. But the standard mailnews search does not handle complex boolean searches.
let tags = message.getStringProperty('keywords'); (/pro/.test(tags) && !(/done/.test(tags));
Now save this as a virtual folder, and you have the exact virtual folder that you want!
OK, this is just for geeks, but it is really powerful in letting you define folders that can precisely define the workflow that you want. There’s also a few other geek-friendly search terms, including the much-requested regular expression search by subject or other header. For details, see the updated FiltaQuilla page on this site.
FiltaQuilla is still in experimental status, though I have now nominated it to be public. Still it may be a few weeks before it gets there. If you are an existing FiltaQuilla user, you will need to go to the download page directly and download and install the new version.