As promised on our Geary crowdfunding campaign page, we want to know what features our users are looking for in an email client. And in listening to you, we have some good news to announce.
To refresh your memory, these are the features we’re promising to build in Geary 0.4 if we reach our goal:
- As-fast-as-you-can-type searching
- Always-on notification of new email
- Support for all major IMAP servers
- Save and auto-save drafts
I’m pleased to announce that in addition to the above, we promise to add these features as well:
- Transparent GPG integration (digital signing and encryption/decryption of messages)
- Calendar integration (see update below for details)
- Import address book from Google Contacts
This is quite a line-up of features, but again, we’re only promising all of these if we make our target of $100,000. You can help make that a reality.
What if we don’t make it?
While there’s still 19 days left in the campaign, it’s still worth discussing what happens if we don’t make the target. Since this is an all-or-nothing campaign, Yorba will receive nothing if we don’t reach or exceed our goal of $100,000. What then?
Well, we still have a little gas in the tank and can keep working on Geary. We won’t have enough time to develop all of the above features, however, so it would be a pretty limited subset of them. In fact, it may only be a couple, plus some bug fixes. That may be about it.
After that — who knows? There’s a lot of possible futures and it’s not worth speculating which one will develop. In any future, it’s hard to see continued aggressive development of Geary without further funding.
So why contemplate that possibility when you can help create a much better future? Please consider donating today and tell everyone you know who supports open-source and wants to see it flourish!
UPDATE: We’ve received some comments asking what we mean by calendar integration. Our plan is that Geary will allow you to add invites you receive via email to your favorite calendar application. We are not planning to add a calendar itself to Geary.