POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Rule Wizard

August 30, 2018

The Rule Wizard allows you to create a rule based on the selected message.  This can be used to create a rule for either legitimate or junk messages.  For example, you may want to play a unique sound when you receive email from a certain sender, or automatically delete email from a specific domain, etc.  This makes it much more convenient to quickly add a rule.

In the following example, I’ve received an email from Amazon.com and I would like a special icon to be displayed next to all email that I receive from Amazon.

First, I select the message and press the “Rule Wizard” button in the toolbar (the “Rule Wizard” button is also available when viewing the message).


I’m given the choice of creating a “Legitimate” or “Junk” rule, or “Append to existing rule.”  I’ll select “Legitimate” since I’m expecting legitimate messages from Amazon.


Next, I must choose which part of the message I want to create a rule for: Sender, Subject or Message.  I’ll select “Sender” because I want to create a rule for email I receive from Amazon.


This page will have slightly different options based on my previous choice.  Since I’ve selected the Sender, I’m given a variety of choices regarding the user’s email address and name.  In this example, I want to apply a rule to email from any amazon.com address — and not a specific email address — so I’ll choose “email address domain.”  I don’t need to add any additional requirements for this rule, so I’ll press “Accept and continue.”


I’m now given the choice of what actions I want to perform when I receive email from Amazon.com.  Because this is a “Legitimate” message, many choices are not available had I selected a “Junk” rule; for example, I cannot delete this message.  I want to display an icon that will stand out when I receive messages from Amazon, so I find the appropriate icon in the “User flag” dropdown.  This particular Amazon icon does not ship with POP Peeper, but you can add your own custom icons.  After selecting the icon, I press Next.


Finally, I name and review the rule, and then press Finish.

To test that the rule works as expected, I can re-evaluate the message and see that the icon appears as expected:


The main goal of the Rule Wizard is to provide an easier method of accessibility for what is already available in POP Peeper v4 (via the AntiJunk interface).  While using the AntiJunk interface is very powerful, it is not very convenient for casual use.  Most rules are conceived when you receive an email that needs attention, so the Rule Wizard provides an accessible way to quickly create a rule while viewing the message.


POP Peeper’s 17th birthday

August 23, 2018

It’s POP Peeper’s 17th birthday today and the celebration continues for the rest of the month — everything in the Esumsoft store is 17% off for a limited time!

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POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Imap upload part 2

July 26, 2018

After announcing the “Imap upload” feature last week, I realized that it relied too much on knowing “how it worked.”  That is, if you didn’t know that you could drag&drop .eml files from Windows Explorer onto the Account List, you may never know that this feature existed.  And, once you had the “upload” window open, there was no indication that you could drag&drop *more* files onto the window (or how to remove messages from being uploaded).  So, an “upload” item was added to the main ‘File’ menu and the window was re-designed:







If that was all that changed, then I wouldn’t bother posting an update.  But while on the topic of dragging&dropping messages, I decided that the current method of using a toolbar button to move messages to a different folder was not very user-friendly.  So you can now drag&drop messages from the message list onto an account/folder:

If the folder that you want to move the messages to doesn’t exist in POP Peeper, you can simply drag the messages on to your main account and POP Peeper will ask you what folder you want to move the messages into (or create a new folder).

Currently, you cannot move messages from one email address to a different email address using this method (although it could be done using Archive combined with the new Imap Upload feature), but let me know if this is something you’re interested in — this could be added into a v5.x release if it’s useful for enough people.



POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: Print and Imap Upload

July 18, 2018

If you’ve ever used the “Print” button to print a message, you may have been surprised that it started printing immediately without letting you choose the printer and always in a plain text format.  Printing is getting some much needed attention in version 5.  Printing enhancements include:

  • Print “what you see” — HTML, Rich or Plain text
  • Select which printer to use before printing
  • Print just a range of pages
  • Print preview is available for HTML





IMAP upload / Save sent:
This feature allows you to upload saved messages (.eml) to any of your IMAP accounts.  As a separate but related feature, this capability also provides the option to save messages to your online “Sent” folder when you use POP Peeper to send email.

Uploaded messages retain the original message source, so it’s often a much better solution than forwarding a message.  This may seem like a specialized feature, but here are some use-case scenarios:

  • Recover deleted messages
  • Transfer messages from one account to another
  • Archive messages to an online account that only exist in your local email client








POP Peeper v5 sneak peep: auto-update and modeless view-message

July 5, 2018

I can’t say that a lot of people have been clamoring for an auto-updater, but one of the primary goals of this feature was to allow people to easily update the Plus Pack.  Because the Plus Pack is a premium-only upgrade, it’s always been distributed as a separate download.  But, as of v5, all you’ll need to do is install POP Peeper, enter your Plus Pack license key and POP Peeper will automatically download and install the Plus Pack for you!  The auto-updater will, of course, be able to update the core components of POP Peeper Pro and other modules as well, such as SSL.  And for the people that don’t like auto-updates and like to control their updates — don’t worry, it’s optional.

Modeless view-message window:
“Modeless” simply means that the window won’t block access to other windows.  You’ll be able to open a message and still access the main message list.  You can even open multiple message windows.

OpenSSL v1.1
POP Peeper v5 will support OpenSSL v1.1.  The SSL version that POP Peeper v4 supports (1.0.2) is still being maintained and updated by the OpenSSL team (it won’t expire until 2020).  However, the binaries are not compatible; which means that you cannot use OpenSSL v1.1 with a program designed to use v1.0 and vice-versa.