|Post Road Mailer v2.0||- by Tash Hepting|
nnoVal Systems Solutions is making its next foray into the e-mail wars with the 2.0 release of Post Road Mailer (PRM). With competitors such as SouthSide Software's PMMail, and Nick Knight's MR2ICE outgunning the old version of PRM, it's nice to see an updated and feature rich product emerge from an OS/2 veteran. I had a chance to look at a version of the program almost identical to the release version made available to the general public on July 31 of this year.
The help system has a quick-start guide that shows you what to do to create a new inbox and customize the settings to your e-mail environment.
Each letter has a lot of information contained in the entry. By default, unopened mail has an icon that looks like a sealed envelope, unless it has a "Mood Icon" (see below). Opened mail has an icon that looks like an opened envelope, even if it was sent with a mood icon. If there are any files attached to the e-mail, there will be a paperclip around the envelope. If you have attached a "sticky note" (see below) to a message, there will be a small pushpin next to the message. Messages that just arrived this session have a "NEW" bullet next to them. Messages that you have opened this session will change color to red so you can tell what you have already looked at. Messages that have been replied to will have a red check mark over the opened envelope. Those that have been slated for shredding will be X'd out (unless you set PRM to immediately move them to the shred folder).
From the toolbar (GIF, 3.3k) you can perform a variety of actions such as composing a new note. Composing a note in PRM is a two step process. When you start to compose a new e-mail, the first thing you see is the message header window (GIF, 10k). From this window you can address e-mail, attach files (MIME or UUEncoded), change the mood icon, change your signature, or toggle the use of PGP (if you have it installed) to encrypt or sign your message. After entering all the header information, pressing the "Text" button on the bottom of the window will bring forward a separate window for composing your messages. When you are finished, simply press the "OK to send" button at the base of either window, and the note will be moved to your outbox and sent.
Reading mail in your inbox is accomplished with the expected double click on the message. Attachments, which used to be presented as icons in a folder with cryptic names like C345FB are now displayed in a "details view"-like window which lists the name of the file and who sent it, along with the aforementioned cryptic name. As before, you can associate applications with file types for easy viewing of attachments.
From the settings notebook (GIF, 9.5k) you can set up your PGP information to allow encrypting or digitally signing your e-mail as easily as clicking a check box. You can also set the program to automatically decrypt incoming messages if you like.
If you are on-line while reading a message which contains a URL (like http://www.os2ezine.com/) you can simply double-click on it and WebExplorer will appear and load the page. Unlike PMMail v1.5 which also features easy access to WebExplorer or other web browsers, PRM will send the URL directly to the running version of WebEx if it is already open.
You can define custom filters to perform a wide variety of tasks on your incoming mail (generate automatic replies, move messages from a mailing list into a specific folder, redirect mail, etc...). The filter will search a specified portion of the e-mail for a text string, and do the selected action to every piece of mail that meets the criteria.
You can use OS/2 icons (.ICO files) to add character to your messages by either attaching a mood icon to messages you send out to other PRM users, or by configuring filters that will attach mood icons to incoming mail.
Ever wanted to jot down a quick note about an e-mail and then be able to find it later easily? With sticky notes it's possible. Simply right click on the message, and select "Sticky notes..." (GIF, 5k). You can then enter a short message, set the date you want it to show up, click on the "followup" checkbox and hit OK. Now, when you pull down the "Features" menu, and select "followups", it will let you specify a date and search your inbox. Unfortunately, in this copy, it did not display the notes found in the search, making the feature rather useless. I have contacted InnoVal, and hopefully they will be fixing this before the general release.
After subscribing to several mailing lists, and receiving tons of e-mail I find it hard to find specific messages after a time. Luckily PRM has a mail search feature which will scan through all the folders you specify for a particular string. This alone is worth the price of admission!
For people who are on slow connections or having problems with a particular message, PRM includes a mail previewer to scan your POP server and display the headers or the number of messages waiting. This feature allows you to delete messages directly off the server, peek at the first few lines of a message before downloading it, and retrieve selected notes.
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