Glass Bead Software is showcasing SnapTalk and SnapMail — its proprietary chat, messaging and communication tools that require no server or Internet connection — at this week’s Macworld San Francisco.
SnapMail is an intra-office chat, messaging and communication application for the Mac office. Using peer-to-peer technology, SnapMail sends messages, files and voice mail instantly. SnapMail keeps all messages and documents safely in-house. It doesn’t require a mail server, Internet connection or any administration. And it’s a lightweight application: it requires only 2MB of RAM.
Last August Glass Bead updated SnapMail to run natively on Mac OS X. The update continued to maintain SnapMail’s “administration-free” status, but also integrated the benefits of Mac OS X’s “excellent” TCP-IP networking, according to Eric Harris-Braun, co-founder and chief technology officer at Glass Bead Software. The communication tool now runs on all Mac OS Systems from 7.5 to OS X. SnapMail pricing starts at US $149.75 for a “five-pack” ($104.75 for educational customers).
SnapTalk is an office chat application that lets you talk with colleagues, archive conversations, attach files, and use instantaneous Quick-Replies to answer office workers with a mouse click. It sports an Auto-Reply message setting, text styling and time stamp, to see when the last message was sent.
Currently, it’s for the classic Mac operating system only at a cost of US$12 per user. However, a beta for Mac OS X is being released this week with a final version (SnapTalk 3) due March 1. The new version will integrate the benefits of Mac OS X’s TCP-IP networking, according to Harris-Braun.