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OE Classic Pro users can already download new and improved version 2.7.
Updated on Apr 8th, 2017 - Order now to get v2.7!

If you don't yet have access to Pro, here is what you're missing out:

 

OE Classic 2.7 (the latest Pro version)

Apr 8th, 2017

New features
  • Optional sending read receipts to senders who request it (message disposition notification)
  • Option to request a read receipt for all sent messages (Compose options)
  • Warning if closing the program is attempted while there are still opened message editor windows
  • Faster deletion of folders/newsgroups
  • Popup menu with Load/Save/Copy/Paste/Select All in Message Rules - Add Condition (for text conditions)
  • Added F5 as secondary shortcut for Send/Receive
  • Additional default attributes for message editor font - color, bold, italic and underline
  • Toolbar Customize added in View menu and popup (right click) menu in Main Window, Message Viewer, Message Editor, Address Book
  • Added Next Unread Message and Identities toolbar buttons
  • Many icon improvements, especially for small sizes (16x16)
  • Option to automatically add sender to address book when replying and an override option (in Message Editor) when auto-save is not needed
  • Attachment file size shown after the file name and attachment Properties in right click menu (Message Editor)
  • Improved text to HTML conversion to preserve multiple spaces/tabs (Insert text from file, Reply/Forward to plain-text messages, Insert plain-text signature)
  • Composing Plain Text email messages and HTML to Plain Text (and back) conversion in Message Editor
  • New message template format which allows plain-text templates in addition to HTML templates (existing templates were updated)
  • Dual format signatures (uses plain-text signature if message is in plain text format and HTML signature if message is in HTML format)
  • Multiple Received dates shown in Message Properties and highlighting if date differs too much from Sent date
  • Layout options were redesigned to offer full Toolbar customization using the new Toolbar Editor
  • Compose options Plain text font choice (not reflected in the sent message, as plain text messages don't have formatting)
  • New Send options with default compose format and if reply message will use same format as incoming message
  • New Read options - Font size for plain text messages, HTML zoom
  • Enhanced status bar in message viewer - zoom level and message type
Bug fixes
  • High DPI support in Message Editor (small button toolbar)
  • Auto-select of subject line text is disabled for replies and forwards
  • Message Editor no longer breaks HTML while switching from Source to Edit due to spaces being added at word wrap points
  • Blurry and uncentered high DPI text labels in Options fixed and also accessibility improvements for the Options window
If you want access to OE Classic Pro 2.7, you can order it now!

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WannaCry attack on Windows XP

May 15th, 2017



Have you heard of WannaCry, the latest ransomware attack on Windows XP, exploiting the EternalBlue vulnerability and leaving users of Windows XP with encrypted files with option to either pay the ransom (not recommended) or permanently lose the files (if they have no backup)?

Sadly, many have not and still continue to use Windows XP in spite of our warnings that the support for it has ended in 2014, leaving it open to any malware released afterwards. Maybe Windows XP (and Outlook Express) used to be good, but it is time to move on and continuing to use it is just a terrible idea (from the security standpoint).

Don't forget that OE Classic works on more recent Windows such as Windows 7 or Windows 10 just as good as it does on Windows XP - in fact, it works better due to built in features of Windows 10 it utilizes.

OE Classic 2.6 released (search contacts, views)

Dec 7th, 2016



New version offers you some great new tools - let us present you the most interesting ones:

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Search box offers selection what to do with the results

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Current View menu offers to hide read messages

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Left to right and right to left document types are supported

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Error messages are more clear and offer tips how to fix them


Entire list of changes follows.

New features
  • Permanently delete messages or folders by pressing Shift+Del keys, without moving to Deleted Items, it can also delete damaged messages which cannot be deleted using regular delete
  • Added search box in Address Book with selection what to do with the results (filter them, select all or select only first result)
  • Added search box in To/Cc/Bcc contact selection window
  • Support for right-to-left scripts (such as Arabic or Hebrew) in the message editor
  • Message-list views with Show All Messages and Hide Read Messages (View/Current View menu)
  • Shows tooltip when user hovers mouse over the message/folder/contact list and title is wider than available column width
  • Bcc list and Watch/Flag are now shown in message viewer window (if present)
  • If message in MBX file cannot be read (e.g. if file is damaged), the error message is conveniently shown in preview pane or message viewer window

Bug fixes
  • Workaround for some malformed types of messages to display them correctly
  • Quickly clicking Delete button (or pressing CTRL+D shortcut) in viewer window produced an error
  • Opening newsgroup message or range of messages which have not been downloaded yet in message viewer produced an error
  • Clicking contact Properties in Address Book was not working until a contact was clicked
  • Clicking blocked content bar to load blocked images removed visible embedded images from the message
  • Updated SSL/TLS libraries with the latest bug/security fixes (v1.0.2j)
  • Updated built-in SQLite with the latest bug fixes (v3.14.2.0)


Smaller DB file size in version 2.6

Oct 8th, 2016



Due to new SQLite database default page size increase from 1024 to 4096 bytes, we wanted to do a test how this would affect OE Classic folder .db files, such as Inbox.db.

Initially, when a folder is created, it makes a slightly larger file - 12 KB compared to the old size of 5 KB. But, as soon as the folder starts to fill up with messages these differences begin shifting in favor of the new (and larger page size) database format.

After moving 16,218 test messages into old and new folder format and comparing file size, the new format was over 50% smaller. More precisely, in our test case, new Inbox.db file was 11.7 MB and the old format used 23 MB. The MBX file was the same size, as it still uses the same format. So definitely a win for the new format as it uses less disk space, except initially when the files are small anyway. Also, with the increased page size it should also perform slightly faster as well (even though, we did not measure a significant difference).

To utilize this new page size format all you need to do is to update to version 2.6 (currently beta) which uses it automatically. Any newly created folder will use new page size which generates smaller database files.

Also, worth mentioning is that except the file size change this doesn't affect older folder files - they will continue to work just fine in this new version as well and no database format update is needed for now.

OE Classic 2.52 released (improved editor)

Oct 4th, 2016



This version mostly improves message editor and fixes some bugs related to sending messages.

New features
  • View menu in message editor with 2 checkbox switches - All Headers (toggles Cc and Bcc fields), and Source Edit (toggles Edit/Source/Preview tabs)
  • Automatic expand/collapse of Cc and Bcc fields, depending on if they are filled or empty and if All Headers menu checkbox is unchecked
  • Show/Hide Cc/Bcc clickable label in message editor
  • Count of items in address book group properties
  • Default button in To/Cc/Bcc selection is highlighted in bold font
  • Notification if version is outdated when support form is started (only for stable versions)

Bug fixes
  • Folders inside Deleted Items could not be deleted
  • Fixed some controls DPI scaling issues (address book, address book selection, columns editor)
  • For new messages Message-ID and In-Reply-To headers were identical, which caused sending errors on some servers


Why you should upgrade regularly

Oct 1st, 2016



In our statistics we see that quite a few users are using old and no longer supported versions such as 1.9, 2.1, 2.31, 2.4 and so on. Many of these versions were released 2 or even 3 years ago.

Not updating for that long is really not a good idea. Here are a few good reasons why you should update:
  • New versions bring new features you requested.
  • They also improve existing features so they become faster, better and more stable.
  • Users ask questions about already implemented features and already fixed bugs. In such cases user-support time is wasted on problems which are already fixed. This is important reason for you (and us) to update.
  • New versions bring security improvements. Want the best protection against spam or viruses? Use the latest version.
  • Finally, if you don't update for too long, we may simply abandon old version file format and you may not be able to update. We keep compatibility with older formats for a long time, but not forever. It is not possible to make the program better and keep the old file format because some features depend on improved file format too.

We hope these will raise the awareness of the importance of updates. Don't ignore them - they are really important! We don't make the program bloated and introduce unnecessary features - we carefully evaluate what goes in. Lots of time is also spent to make it user-friendly and not just cram new features into it to make a mess.

So let me write this once more - update to the latest version. It is free and it will work better than the older one.

Keep in mind to use special upgrade procedure if using any version older than 2.32 (as described on download page).

In other news, we are testing IMAP support. It works already and internal builds can connect to a server and fetch messages. But there is a lot of work in tweaking it properly and adding it to the user-interface in a user friendly manner. We'll get there and we will keep you informed.

OE Classic 2.51 released (bug fixes)

Jul 20th, 2016



This version contains lots of smaller improvements and bug fixes.

New features
  • Message rules word lists are sorted alphabetically when added, automatically eliminate any duplicates and also allow multi-selection (for faster Remove)
  • Editing of already inserted Message Rules Conditions
  • Message rule Account condition uses default account as a starting selection
  • Message source editor does word wrapping instead of using long lines
  • Message rules windows can be resized
  • Email validator level can be adjusted in the new Advanced options
  • Folder delete is no longer permanent operation and can be reversed as deleted folder is only moved to Deleted Items folder
  • Nested folders are also deleted after deleting top-level folder
  • Empty Deleted Items option now also permanently removes all subfolders inside Deleted Items folder
  • More icon improvements

Bug fixes
  • Undo/Cut/Copy/Paste/Select All toolbar buttons and Edit menu items were greyed in message editor
  • Removed byte order mark from some messages causing improper display
  • Zero length words in message rules are no longer allowed
  • Message rule list Move Up/Move Down buttons did not select the item which was moved
  • Message rules were not checked for invalid/deleted folders - such rules now show meaningful error and they can be opened to change the folder to an existing one
  • Emails with frame/iframe content opened a new browser window - it is now blocked
  • Account ID was shown instead of the name in the message rules condition list
  • Switching between Edit/Source/Preview tabs in message editor caused message to be shown or sent incorrectly under specific circumstances
  • Multiple clicks on message compose Send button could generate 2 (or more) messages in Outbox
  • Message sending/saving is no longer allowed while the user is still editing source (user must switch back to Edit tab)
  • Visual HTML editing features were not disabled while source editing was active
  • Copy/Select All were not working in Preview tab of message editor
  • Message editor fonts are more consistent when replying to other messages (keeping selected font type/size)
  • After copy-pasting plain text in message editor, line breaks were not preserved as in original text file
  • Reply All no longer includes user's own emails as a recipient in To/Cc list
  • Change of focus to folders in main window after opening message in a new window no longer happens


OE Classic 2.5 released (Message Rules)

Jun 9th, 2016



We have great news for you!

OE Classic 2.5 adds support for the Message Rules feature!

And not just that - if you have used Outlook Express message rules you will quickly notice that you can do so much more with OE Classic rules. Yet, a great deal of effort has been put into making the user interface as easy and as intuitive as it can be.

Here is just a quick glance what you can do with message rules:
  • Compare items by using simple or complex rule expressions
  • Simple rules like Contains and Does not contain are provided but they are also extended with a few more - Starts with, Does not start with, Ends with, Does not end with, Is, Is not, Is blank, Is not blank
  • Practically any email field can be matched for a specific condition
  • Contains and Does not contain conditions can be used in combination with wildcards - asterisk (*) for a range of characters and question mark (?) for a single character. If you ever used wildcards you will immediately know how to use them. For example, you can search items like "John*" to locate "John Smith" or "John A. Smith" but this is just a brief example - you can do a whole lot more!
  • You can also combine it with case sensitivity so "John" will not locate "john" and similar
  • Lots of fields for searching are provided - From, Reply-To, To, Cc, Bcc, From/Reply-To/To/Cc/Bcc item count (number of emails in the list), Subject, Priority, Date, Message size and Account
  • When matching numeric item conditions such as Date or Priority you can use extensive set of comparisons - for example, you can compare if date is between certain range (both interval and two interval ranges are supported), if it is older, newer, and you can search for absolute (specific date) or relative (age) date ranges.

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Here is how the message rules look like

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If Outlook Express would have the same user interface this is how it would compare

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Numeric items can be matched for a single value or 2 types of ranges (inner and outer range)

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Dates can be matched as age in days or fixed date, again as single value or ranges


OE Classic message rules are unique feature and are unseen in any email program we have examined and we did not just look Outlook Express and Windows Live Mail. But compared to Outlook Express, OE Classic rules are light years ahead - OE Classic is the only software which now offers this level of versatility and flexibility!

Additionally, our work on this feature is not done yet - we are preparing a few more conditions and a few more actions to be added to the message rule system very soon!

Except message rules, we also have a few additional useful features so here is the full list of changes in this release.

New features
  • Message Rules/Filters added with fast short-circuit evaluation
  • Insert Text From File and Insert Attachment in message editor now remember last used folder
  • Insert Text From File can also insert HTML files
  • Reply, Reply All, Forward (main window) and Insert Text From File, Insert Signature (message editor) make web/email links clickable when quoting plain text email or when inserting plain text signature
  • File progress bar and buffered copy in database upgrade, prevents program becoming unresponsive for large files


TLS and Message Rules

Jun 3rd, 2016



OK, we have the good news and the great news! Which one do you want first?

So the good news first.

OE Classic web site now uses TLS encryption and this means you can access the page using https:// protocol so - https://www.oeclassic.com/ works and displays a padlock icon in many web browsers, indicating secure connection. The encryption is not forced upon user because many pages are public such as news or download page and they don't really need the encryption. Also, some older web browsers don't work well with the encryption and we wanted to support those too.

However, some web pages do benefit from encryption as they send/receive sensitive data (username and password, Pro version download) and these are - registered user page, IAF file decoder and so on. So for a few of these pages the encryption is mandatory and if you open them using non-secure URL (not starting with the https://) the page will automatically switch to secure version. If you prefer to load all pages using secure connection you can simply update your web browser bookmark to https://www.oeclassic.com/

We also plan more updates to the web site to better serve you so expect more news in a while. Keep in mind that we now also have a Facebook page so like us and follow us there as well - https://www.facebook.com/oeclassic

And the great news?

At last, OE Classic 2.5 adds the Message Rules feature. And it is already available for download for OE Classic Pro users on the registered user page!

OE Classic 2.43 released (message source edit)

May 18th, 2016



Do you like to create stationery? With version 2.43 you will love it even more because it brings you message source editor with HTML syntax highlighting and Preview tab. And also some bug fixes and speed improvements.

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On the bottom of message editor you will find 3 tabs for switching between visual editor, source editor and preview

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Source editor shows HTML code and uses syntax highlighting


New features
  • Added options for some of the earlier changes - Navigating to URL and From account selection
  • Improved URL detection in text
  • Message editor Source and Preview tabs (for editing HTML)
Bug fixes
  • Typing a font name in Message Editor or Options allowed only a single letter to be typed and not a full name
  • Some text messages have not been filtered for special HTML characters
  • Fadeout of memo scroll bar showed some undesired artifacts
  • Del key was not working for To/Cc/Bcc fields

Also, we started Facebook page for OE Classic. Therefore, you can also follow and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oeclassic

Outlook.com changes for Windows Live Mail 2012

May 6th, 2016



If you are using Outlook.com as your email service you may have received a notification email with the title Action required for users of Windows Live Mail 2012 which, among other things, states that:

"Windows Live Mail 2012 does not support the synchronization technologies used by the new Outlook.com. When account upgrades begin at the end of June, you will no longer be able to receive email sent to your Outlook.com account in Windows Live Mail 2012. Please take action before June 30th, 2016, which is when we'll begin upgrading accounts that currently use Windows Live Mail 2012."

Behind the scenes (and not mentioned in the email itself), Windows Live Mail 2012 uses DeltaSync protocol, the proprietary Microsoft communications protocol to connect to Outlook.com and this means that some portion of WLM 2012 will stop working after the server upgrade.

However, this does not affect standard communications protocols such as POP3, IMAP and SMTP and therefore, this change does not affect OE Classic at all.

OE Classic will continue to work with Outlook.com because it uses standardized protocols which are not affected by this change to Outlook.com. So you don't have to worry about any of this, you will be able to continue receiving and sending emails in OE Classic just like you used to do so far. Also, this change does not affect any other email service such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, GMX or any other.

Of course in case of any change which will make it incompatible, we will modify OE Classic accordingly as we keep track of all such changes (including security protocols and vulnerabilities). But for the moment, the changes in OE Classic communication protocols are not needed and they will continue to work beyond the above mentioned date.

And just as a short update - the work on Message Rules is getting in the final stage and it will be one of the best and most flexible mail filtering systems available we have seen in any software so far (and light years ahead of the original Outlook Express extremely limited Message Rules system). Regardless of the power it will offer, it will have very easy to use user interface so it will be understandable to many users. More on all this very soon!

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