E-mail made even easier
E-mail made even easier. Claris Emailer is a commercial
program to enable you to send and receive electronic mail. While this may seem
to be a simple task, with the variety of online systems available and the demand
for more power in a email type program some applications I have seen have become
almost too complicated to use. Claris Emailer, while with a few minor problems,
seems to accomplish the task.
the program was done with a straightforward series of question screens. Be
prepared with your E-mail account(s) information and it should not pose a
problem. The best feature, in my opinion, is the ability to send/receive mail in
multiple accounts. This means that you can handle a mail account on America
Online, CompuServe, eWorld, RadioMail or the Internet. You can do this by having
the software dial into your online service, sending/receiving mail, then hanging
up and going on to the next. The procedure I used was to be logged into the
Internet with a TCP connection and then retrieving mail using a TCP link to AOL,
eWorld, and of course my two Internet mail accounts. One stop emailing! I do not
have an account on CompuServe or RadioMail so I was not able to test them out
over the Internet but I do believe CompuServe will work this way. As for
RadioMail...it is new to me.
Email can be
sent using a New message or replying to a previous message. It uses an E-mail
form and is easy to fill out, with the ability to use the tab key between blanks
making it a more natural process. An address book can be used and allows the
entry of a person's real name instead of a sometimes cryptic and long email
address. You can send an e-mail message to up 250 people at once (Provided that
your e-mail provider allows that many!). A file attachment can be added to the
message by using a dialog box to select it or if you have drag & drop in
your system, by just dragging the file into the attachment box.
checked based on a frequency you set up in the schedule area. It can also be
received manually by using a check mail now option. Mail received is deposited
in your In Box. You have the option of having an icon blink in your application
menu and/or an alert sound. While the alert sound was pleasant and a minor item,
I was surprised at not being able to select another sound instead.
can then have the mail sorted and acted upon by Emailer by using the Mail Action
option. This feature lets you selectively delete mail, forward to another
account, file it away in a Folder in the Filing Cabinet, Auto Reply to the
message (useful in a variety of ways) and more. For example if you receive a lot
of requests for a piece of information you can set up a Mail Action to search
all incoming messages for that type of request and to reply to the person with
the information automatically even if you are not there to do it! The only
feature I would have liked to see is if a message is received and auto-filed to
a folder, it is marked as read instead of unread until I actually read it. You
can also receive file attachments to you messages. Emailer takes care of the
problem of converting them into a usable form. You can even drag the file off of
the document to where you want it.
address book was able to import my old address book in from Eudora with no
problems. According to the documentation it will handle AOL, Compuserve, eWorld,
Information Manager, Navigator and others.
If you receive mail from someone
not in your book and wish to add them, it can be done from the e-mail message
itself with one click.
You can store multiple addresses for one person. I
tried that but found it easier to add the person as another entry. That way I
could use a nickname for the second e-mail account. For example, I used a
friends company's name for his work e-mail and his name for his home e-mail.
You can search the address book using what is called an
auto-sensing filter, which means as you type it automatically shows all records
that contain that text.
I was impressed with
the quality of the product. Everything seemed very natural to use. I was also
impressed that the program had keyboard equivalents for everything I tried,
making it easier for PowerBook owners and more natural when you are already
typing. I was disappointed to find that Balloon Help was not available and
messages that got filed in a folder automatically are not marked as Unread.
Never less if you are looking for a new e-mail program you may want to give it a
try. There is a 30 day trial version available.
You need an Account with an online service,
AOL,eWorld, Compuserve, RadioMail or the internet (any SMTP/POP3 mail
Macintosh or Power Macintosh with 68020 or higher
System 7.0 or
1.5mb available memory 4mb recommended
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