Mail on steroids
There’s not much to email; you send and receive messages, with or without attachments, and that’s it.. or it was until Auckland software developer Computer Works came up with MailRules.Steven Ballantyne | Tuesday, May 08 2001
If the worldwide web, with its bright colours and pretty pictures, is the popular face of the internet, then dull old email is the part that’s actually useful. There’s not much to it though; you send and receive messages, with or without attachments, and ... that’s it.
Or it was until Auckland software developer Computer Works came up with MailRules. MailRules adds automation, encryption, guaran-teed delivery and a few other bells and whistles to ordinary email, transforming it into a heavyweight organisational tool.
For starters, you can use it to set up drop folders for your files, automatically emailed either immediately or at the end of the day. Set up as many folders as you like, with different destinations for each MailRules handles complex mailing lists and administration tasks easily.
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It’s even better if the person you’re sending to uses it. With MailRules at both ends, you can set up drop folders that automatically synchronise themselves over the internet, with or without powerful file encryption. MailRules is unusual because it doesn’t require a central server for these functions. Everything happens between individual machines and means it’s an inexpensive way to work. If you’ve got a business, take a look at MailRules before you shell out for a corporate intranet or an enterprise application.
The program can automatically send large files. Most internet service providers (ISPs) limit the maximum size of attachments, to conserve their hard disk space and spare dial-up account holders from time-consuming downloads.
This is too bad if you need to send big files, but MailRules automatically slices them into chunks, encrypting and compressing until they’re small enough for ISPs to accept and sends them to another MailRules user. It can also be set up to do this while you sleep, shutting down your PC afterwards.
Given its powerful organisational capabilities and serious price $485 ex GST MailRules is more likely to appeal to business rather than home users. However, if you’ve serious emailing to do, this is the ideal program.
Download a fully functional 30-day demo version for Windows 95, 98, Me, NT and 2000 to see if you like it, from www.mailrules.com.
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