February 8, 2017
There are a couple of notable changes coming in POP Peeper v4.4:
- An improved method for creating new account
- Memory and load-time optimizations
New account creation:
In POP Peeper v4.4, POP Peeper will lookup the server information for your domain (based on your email address) from various sources, including an online database. As long as the domain is listed, you won’t have to worry about entering the specific details (server address, port, SSL, and even whether your login name is ‘email@example.com’ or just ‘jsmith’). If you have your own personal domain, then you can create a simple xml file containing the information and store it either locally or on your website. The create-account wizard has also been streamlined so that there are fewer pages to go through for this automated process.
Memory and load-time optimizations
Since the beginning, POP Peeper has stored message data in memory. This was acceptable 15 years ago when 2-5 MBs (yes, MegaBytes) was the typical storage you were allowed for email. But times have changed and so many people end up keeping gigabytes of messages in their inbox folder. Besides a waste of memory, this would often lead to program crashes if more than 1GB of memory was required.
As of POP Peeper v4.4, the message data will be kept in the database until it’s needed (ie. you open the message). This will significantly improve the amount of memory that POP Peeper uses. Also, because POP Peeper v4.4 doesn’t need to load the entire message at load-time, the database has been optimized to improve how quickly it can start by using significantly fewer resources (cpu time and disk access).
If you’re interested in testing v4.4 before its official release, please contact me as I would like to collect before and after results. A public beta will be available at a later date.
October 25, 2016
POP Peeper v4.3 is now available. This update addresses issues with DPI and other bug fixes and adds some minor features including the capability to add notes to your accounts.
If you have registered the Plus Pack, it is recommended that you use the Product Request form instead of using the above download link so that you can get v4.3 of both POP Peeper and the Plus Pack in a single installer:
Product request form
August 20, 2016
It seems like just 15 years ago that I started working on a personal email notifier because… well, who remembers? On August 23, 2001, I put v.1 on my home page, known as “Mortal Universe Software Entertainment” (MUSE) back then, hosted on whatever ISP I was using at the time. A few months later, I submitted v1.0 to download.com — thinking it was finished — and moved onto other things. About a month later, download.com published it and I started getting feedback.
One of the first requests I received was to support Hotmail (it really was called “Hotmail” back then). I thought it was an interesting idea. In hindsight, it was one of the best and worst decisions… 🙂
The oldest version of POP Peeper I could find in my archives was v2.3.1, released May 21, 2004. There have been some changes since then, but it’s easy to see that the interface hasn’t changed too much in 11+ years. I don’t think that there was even a menu in the first versions. Here’s a screenshot of v2.3.1 running on Windows 10:
POP Peeper v2.3.1 on Windows 10
But enough nostalgia! For those interested in the programs of today — to celebrate POP Peeper’s 15th birthday, there’s a 15% store-wide discount this week, through August 27, 2016:
July 12, 2016
In POP Peeper v4.2, POP Peeper became “dpi aware” for the purpose of making text more clear in recent OS’s (Windows 8.1 & 10). The side effect of this, which most affected people with very high DPI (> 150%), is that it made graphical elements very small, such as the toolbars.
The next version of POP Peeper will not only address the concerns with the size of the graphics, but will correct some other related issues, as well. For example, you will be able to right-click on the header of the message list (and account list) and select, “Use optimal column sizes” which will take into account not only your DPI but also your current font. You will also be prompted to auto-resize the columns when you change the font.
Since the graphics would need to scale based on the DPI, there are some new graphics, primarily for the icons in the message list. When new graphics were used, a similar design and color scheme were used to keep it consistent with previous versions of POP Peeper.
I am particularly looking for people with high-resolution/DPI monitors to test this, so if you’re interested, let me know.
Below are 2 screenshots from Windows 10. The first uses 125% DPI and the second uses 200% DPI.
Windows 10 – 125% DPI
Windows 10 – 200% DPI
June 21, 2016
POP Peeper v4.2 is now available:
Download POP Peeper v4.2
If you have the Plus Pack, use the Product Request form to download a single installation that contains POP Peeper with the Plus Pack:
Product Request form
As previously announced, the most significant changes are:
- OAuth2 support for GMail, Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook (more info)
- DPI awareness to fix blurry text when using high DPI in Windows 8.1/10 (more info)
For the full list of changes:
POP Peeper Version History
To enable OAuth2 for your existing accounts, see this FAQ: