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Twitter feed added

Oct 15th, 2012


We just added Twitter feed so if you use Twitter you can follow us there as well. Follow button is in the newsletter box on the right.
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New features
  • More message attachments are recognized - message/disposition-notification (notification on successful email delivery) and text/rfc822-headers (notification on failed email delivery)
Bug fixes
  • Less-than and greater-than signs are now properly displayed in text attachments that are displayed inline
  • Filename handling is now more robust when renaming or creating folders, subscribing to newsgroups, saving attachments - essentially any file operation
  • Fixed folder rename which caused program freeze if you used new-line characters as a part of new name
  • Fixed List index out of bounds error on program startup related to folder rename above
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New features
  • Added blocked content bar above email viewer to load external content
  • OE Classic installation registers program as email and news client in Windows (will be used for setting as default email client)
Bug fixes
  • Last embedded image in message was never displayed
  • Improved compatibility with yDecode
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On the bottom of the help page you can now find searchable email service providers database so it can help you configure your OE Classic accounts. The same database will also be used in future versions of OE Classic for automatic configuration of email account settings.

If you cannot find an entry in the current database or if it contains errors, you can contact us and suggest correct settings so we can update the database.
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There was an issue with Add... button in Accounts window that normally starts Account Wizard. It didn't work in free version. Paid version was not affected by this bug. This version fixes that and also includes a couple more fixes we did in the meantime.

New features
  • Newsgroups and Address Book are placed in Tools menu and have keyboard shortcuts
Bug fixes
  • Ampersand character (&) wasn't displayed correctly in the folder bar
  • Some main menu items are now properly named
  • Add button in Tools/Accounts window (starts Account Wizard) didn't work in free version
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Based on popular request this version enables Address Book button on toolbar. It works the similar way like Addresses button in Outlook Express except one important difference - in Outlook Express this button opened Windows Address Book (separate program used for various purposes besides email). In OE Classic, this button simulates Windows Address Book behavior. Windows Address Book (WAB) doesn't exist anymore on recent Windows like Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Although the functionality is not much different from what OE Classic had so far it is now easier to manage contacts for many users. There will be of course more improvements to Address Book in the future.

New Address Book with functionality similar to Windows Address Book (WAB).
New Address Book with functionality similar to Windows Address Book (WAB).


New features
  • Address Book toolbar icon is now active and opens editor for contacts
  • Added Select All in main menu (Edit menu), function based on focused field
  • Delete messages now also works for newsgroups message list
Bug fixes
  • CTRL+V (paste) now properly works based on focused field in email editor window. Also, Undo/Cut/Copy/Select All have improved too
  • Fixed memory leak for all tree controls (especially Newsgroups list window)
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Important note to existing users: Due to changes in configuration there won't be a default account set. So you must set it again as some functions require default account. To do this simply open main menu, select Tools / Accounts and click Set As Default once for any email account of your choice and once for any news account. This note doesn't affect new users that are installing OE Classic the first time.

As a token of gratitude for your continuous registrations of full version we decided to purchase a nice looking GUI control pack which we'll be using in this version and versions that will follow. Not only the user interface will now look better but will also be more functional and probably with less bugs as these new controls help a bit automating things we had to code manually before so the program development should also be faster.

New options window with some of the new and better looking GUI controls, compatible with Windows 7 as well as older versions like Windows Vista or Windows XP.
New options window with some of the new and better looking GUI controls, compatible with Windows 7 as well as older versions like Windows Vista or Windows XP.


New features
  • Some user interface controls updated to new, better looking ones (e.g. attachment icon, from/to/subject lines, options)
  • Added options with these categories - Signatures, Newsgroups, Maintenance
  • Signature editor, browser and options how to insert signature
  • Newsgroups option - number of headers to get in one go. And you can set it to more reasonable (bigger) values than the maximum of only 1000 headers like in Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail.
  • Option to empty deleted items on exit
  • Option to delete only messages older than specified number of days
  • Newsgroup message is struck out when clicked but unavailable on server
  • Status bar now also counts unread messages for email and newsgroup folders
Bug fixes
  • Due to option changes you need to set default email and news account again
  • Fixed some character display issues related to message subject display
  • Fixed outbox message sending - inability to send more than one message at a time and sending messages using wrong account
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OE Classic 1.21 released

Feb 21st, 2012


When using encrypted connection to outgoing (SMTP) server, some servers require to start encrypted connection right from the start and some others start connection in unencrypted mode and then require STARTTLS command to mark the beginning of encrypted communication.

Older versions of OE Classic didn't support STARTTLS command properly and could only do the first type of encrypted connection. This release fixes that issue.

This is done in following manner:
  • If the checkbox Server requires secure connection (SSL/TLS) in account properties is checked OE Classic will connect using the first method (whole communication when you send emails is encrypted)
  • If this box is unchecked it will connect in unencrypted mode, then try to detect if the server supports any methods of encryption and if it does - it will use the most secure available method (STARTTLS first - whole communication is encrypted, if that fails, it tries hashed passwords - it only encrypts username and password but the rest of emails are unencrypted which is still better than no encryption at all, and finally if both of these fail, it uses least secure - unencrypted mode).

So - however you check this checkbox, OE Classic will use most secure mode offered by server you connect to, this checkbox only determines which of the two methods will be used. Note that some servers use 2 ports for connecting and only on one of these ports you can use encrypted communication. Example of this is smtp.live.com - if you connect to port 25 it will only hash passwords (second best method), and on port 587 it will support STARTTLS - obviously, using port 587 is more secure.

Future versions of OE Classic will be able to automatically auto-configure most popular servers with most secure settings.

Here are changes in this version:

New features
  • Tries to use the most secure connection available for outgoing servers
  • Pro version now has "Pro" in program title bar and in about box
  • Some speedups in link detection in plain text messages and view source
Bug fixes
  • Outgoing (SMTP) connection to servers requiring STARTTLS fixed (it caused issues with smtp.live.com and some other servers)
  • Fixed problem with tall popup menu for copy/move list of folders
  • Back to standard popup menu due to bugs and problems with beautified menu
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As promised, we are releasing newsreader feature in OE Classic. Newsreader is very much like it used to be in Outlook Express except it's better. It can decode stuff Outlook Express and many other newsreaders couldn't and it does not have useless and downright annoying thumbnail image preview mode like Windows Live Mail but instead it displays images inline - as it should.

Newsreader can decode yEnc posts without any external decoder (like our other software yEnc Decoder - yDecode), it automatically recognizes multipart posts (e.g. messages having "(001/100)" and similar counters in the subject line), and supports 64-bit article indexing. It is worth noting that some newsreaders that don't support 64-bit indexes can cease to function (stop downloading new messages) on some high volume newsgroups like alt.binaries.boneless which already have gone over 32-bit index limit. With 64 bits it is not likely to overflow in decades.

My favorite mini-feature is nickname generator and domain name generator in newsgroups account wizard - you can use it for newsgroups or any other purpose you need.

Here is a quick tour to highlight features we believe are the coolest in this update:

Newsgroup account wizard can generate unique nickname for you. You don't feel like Disco Genius today? Then use it to create your own out of millions of possible combinations. Generated email is "standard" invalid email (note "nospam" and ".invalid" domain) which nobody can spam to and is safe to use in newsgroups (given you don't want anyone to email you).
Newsgroup account wizard can generate unique nickname for you. You don't feel like Disco Genius today? Then use it to create your own out of millions of possible combinations. Generated email is "standard" invalid email (note "nospam" and ".invalid" domain) which nobody can spam to and is safe to use in newsgroups (given you don't want anyone to email you).

Newsgroup selection has 2 filters - by group type and by keywords you enter. You can combine them to easily find group you want. You can also see number of groups after filtering (if filters are cleared you see total number of groups) and approximate number of posts so you can determine which groups are more popular than others.
Newsgroup selection has 2 filters - by group type and by keywords you enter. You can combine them to easily find group you want. You can also see number of groups after filtering (if filters are cleared you see total number of groups) and approximate number of posts so you can determine which groups are more popular than others.

Multiparts are automatically detected and grouped into same group which you can open by clicking "+" icon.
Multiparts are automatically detected and grouped into same group which you can open by clicking "+" icon.

Popup menus are now context sensitive - the items will change depending on folder or item you right-clicked.
Popup menus are now context sensitive - the items will change depending on folder or item you right-clicked.

Message decoder can now recognize wider variety of message attachments. This example shows delivery status and RFC-822 (returned email) attachments in a failed delivery reply message.
Message decoder can now recognize wider variety of message attachments. This example shows delivery status and RFC-822 (returned email) attachments in a failed delivery reply message.

Detailed list of improvements:

New features
  • Newsreader with support for yEnc, multiparts and 64-bit article indexing
  • Wizard for newsgroup accounts
  • Random nickname generator for newsgroups (or any other purpose you like)
  • Random domain generator and spam-safe invalid email generator for newsgroups
  • Properties for newsgroup accounts
  • Newsgroups selection window with account selection, newsgroups count, count of newsgroup posts, newsgroups count after filtering, filter by keyword and type (filters can be combined)
  • Improved and beautified most popup menus (right mouse button menus)
  • Context sensitive popup menus (item list changes with different folder)
  • Internal code refactoring to simplify calls to same functions from different places (e.g. calling "Print" from main menu, toolbar etc.)
  • Improved behavior of mouse wheel on some controls
  • More options in main menu (Folder, Print, Save Attachments...)
  • Added "Empty Deleted Items" right mouse option for "Deleted Items" folder
  • Faster refresh of message list, especially for select all (CTRL+A)
  • Beautified message display (centered images, cleaner attachments view etc.)
  • Icons for messages in email and newsgroups (showing message status, if it is local or remote, which part of multipart it is etc.)
  • Outgoing plain text message is now automatically wrapped to 80 columns rather than being based on window width
  • Print option enabled from toolbar, main menu, popup menu, keyboard shortcut
  • Improved detection of text and image attachments in messages
Bug fixes
  • Fixed specific bugs in copy/move messages
  • Fixed missing folders in folder list for copy/move
  • Fixed a bug causing messages sent from certain mail clients not to display
  • Bug fixes in message list refresh and folder list refresh
  • Internal improvement of handling disabled options when they are unavailable
  • Fixed a bug that could cause transactions to malfunction (in message save)
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Great news! After some initial testing, it appears that there are no significant obstacles to add Usenet newsreader (newsgroups reader) functionality into OE Classic.

So, except adding email accounts, you will also be able to add your newsgroups server and newsgroups account.

What we can tell for sure at the moment is that the newsreader will support all newsgroup posting formats/encodings including MIME (which is least common on Usenet, even though widely used for email), UU encoded messages (more common on newsgroups although quite obsolete as encoding) and yEnc encoded posts (most common for binaries groups and posts).

OE Classic won't need any external decoders like Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird did (they all need our other product - yEnc decoder - yDecode to function properly and to display all messages they couldn't on their own).

At first, the newsreader won't support merging of multipart posts but it will be able to read multipart messages individually. In the following versions you will be able to automatically join multipart posts (messages marked as (01/15), (02/15), (03/15) and similar in the subject line) just as yDecode already does but again, without any external decoder.

We must also say - newsreader will be very easy to use - as easy as it used to be in Outlook Express. It will NOT be messed up as in Windows Live Mail - image attachments will be displayed inline (as they should be) and not as thumbnails and will not require additional mouse clicks to show them in full size (in unnecessary viewer program). If you used Windows Live Mail to read Usenet posts you know what we are talking about.

This and other regular bug-fixes are scheduled to be released in the next version. After that, we plan to do more improvements to the address-book and then some bug-fixes and speedups but more on that later.

We are also preparing some other improvements regarding web site functionality. Stay tuned!
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