Meet the Thunderbird Conversations Developer

Jonathan Protzenko

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Why was Thunderbird Conversations created?

Some time in 2007, I quit using Thunderbird 2 because GMail's UI was lightyears ahead of that of Thunderbird 2. However, I grew dissatisfied with GMail over the time : slower than a Desktop-based email client, web-based which means that it does not integrate into the system very well... Plus I was checking out other email accounts with GMail because I wanted all of my emails in the same place, and I didn't like it very much.

I wanted to "reclaim my inbox" but some features just kept me back from switching back to Thunderbird. So one day I decided to implement all the features I missed as add-ons. There's already "Manually sort folders" which I think fills a big hole. I hope this one will improve everyone's experience. I have some other prototypes in the works... stay tuned!

What's next for Thunderbird Conversations

I will make sure this add-on keeps working with the latest version of Thunderbird.

The add-on still needs to be improved. In particular, quoted parts are sometimes not properly detected. I need to add more visualization options, more customizations. I also need to improve performance and reactivity. There's also a ton of small details that you usually don't notice but that really give a better user experience when present. Small features like that really take a lot of time to implement, because it requires poking in many different areas of Thunderbird.

Ideally, I will try to backport as many features as I can to mainstream Thunderbird so that at least some part of this add-on can be integrated in standard Thunderbird 3.

About the Developer

Developer Information
Name Jonathan Protzenko
Location Paris, France
Occupation Ph.D. Candidate
Email address
User since March 5, 2007
Number of add-ons developed 7 add-ons
Average rating of developer's add-ons Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Who is Jonathan Protzenko?

I maintain a couple of extensions to Thunderbird. Do not hesitate to contact me by email for ideas, bug reports, features, suggestions, patches, etc.

In real life, I'm a computer science student in Paris. I develop add-ons as a leisure, on my spare time. I also wrote a book on XUL in a previous life but due to studies I haven't been able to develop add-ons until recently, which is why I just started to get involved again with Mozilla.

Oh and by the way, I'm French :).