October 11, 2017

If you have an AOL or AIM account, you may be getting a message saying you need to update your security settings by November 7, 2017.  For this, you need to make sure that your AOL/AIM accounts are using either “SSL/TLS” or “STARTTLS” for both your incoming and outgoing servers.

To check these settings in POP Peeper:
– edit each of your AOL/AIM accounts
– Near the bottom-right (to the right of “server type”), set the SSL dropdown selection to “SSL/TLS” (if it’s set to STARTTLS, that will also work)
– Select the “Send Mail” page, on the left
– On the top-right, set the SSL dropdown selection to “SSL/TLS” (if it’s set to STARTTLS, that will also work)
– Press the “Update” button on the bottom


POP Peeper and Website news

September 28, 2017

POP Peeper v4.5 will be released soon.  While this is mostly a maintenance release, there are a couple of new features, one of which may be interesting for security-minded folks, especially if you run POP Peeper on a portable device.  The new option will allow you to create your own encryption key for the ini file (the file that stores all your accounts, including login/passwords).  POP Peeper does encrypt sensitive data in this file, but adding your own key is much more secure.  The downside to this feature is that you will need to enter the key every time POP Peeper starts; and, if you forget the key, there will be no way to recover the data.  This is because, for obvious security reasons, POP Peeper will not store the key.  In v4.5, this feature must be enabled via the command-line (there is no GUI to enable/disable encryption); help will be provided in the documentation.

There is currently a Beta / Release Candidate version available for v4.5 which includes this feature.  If you find this feature useful, please let me know.  If there are enough people who use this feature, it will be further enhanced in the future — including GUI access to enable/disable encryption.

Download POP Peeper v4.5 beta/RC


And speaking of security-related news — the website now supports HTTPS (http secure) by default.  It should be noted that the website does not accept any payment transactions itself, but there can still be exploits gained by sniffing unencrypted communications.  There were some hiccups along the way — POP Peeper’s Activation failed and files downloaded through the installers also failed — but these have been addressed and there shouldn’t be any more issues.


POP Peeper’s 16th birthday

August 23, 2017

Old enough to drive on its own now!

And to celebrate — everything in the Esumsoft store is 16% off!


Visit the Esumsoft store for 16% off






Preview: Aeris Calendar v3.0

June 20, 2017

Aeris Calendar will soon be getting a major update.  The most notable feature is support for the iCalendar format, which means that you’ll be able to view your online calendars from Google, etc.

Here’s a screenshot of Aeris Calendar v3.0:

Click on the thumbnail for full-screen.  For comparison, here’s a screenshot from Aeris Calendar v2.0:
Aeris Calendar v2.0 comparison

Check below for the differences in these two screenshots.


This next screenshot shows a new feature of the desklet:

The “todo” list from Aeris v2 has been replaced with a 3-day forecast.  The “todo” list is still available if you prefer that.




See if you can find the significance of this screenshot:
Hint: it’s weather-related.

There’s a new “current weather theme” available that will update the background image to match the current weather.

Also depicted in this screenshot: the clock face can be changed and several templates are included by default or you can easily add your own.


Here’s one more screenshot from the new “Schedule” page:

This shows that calendars can be used for more than just holidays, birthdays and your personal schedule; you can also access the schedules of your favorite sports teams, for example.



Here’s a run-down of the most notable features in v3.0:

  • Support for online calendars (iCalendar file format and webcal protocol)
  • New “Blue sky” theme has higher resolution (screenshot #1)
  • New analog clock with adjustable clock face (screenshot #1)
  • New “Schedule” page (screenshot #1,4) which shows events and agenda in a new format
  • Text on Calendar has a shade box for improved legibility (screenshot #1)
  • New icons: weather (screenshot #1)
  • New icons: moon phases (screenshot #1)
  • New icons: navigation (screenshot #1)
  • Desklet displays 3-day forecast (screenshot #2)
  • Current Weather theme (screenshot #3)
  • Weather has an ‘overview’ page, showing current, 3-day and hourly forecast
  • Reminders have the option to use synthesized voice
  • Calendar can start on Monday (or any day of the week)
  • Several new high-resolution background images are included
  • Notes can be searched

POP Peeper v4.4 released

May 11, 2017

POP Peeper v4.4 has been released, you may download it here:

The highlights of v4.4 are:
– Improved memory usage
– Enhanced SSL security
– Easier account creation
– Improved IMAP error handling

You can see the entire change log for v4.4 here:

Note: The Plus Pack has NOT been updated for v4.4; v4.3 remains the latest version.  This means that you can use the above webpage for downloading without needing to update the Plus Pack.