A new version of PowerMail, CTM Development’s e-mail client for the Mac, is now available. Version 3.1, Carbonized and ready for Mac OS X, sports over 95 enhancements, support for the IMAP protocol, and reliability and performance enhancements, according to Marie-Thérèse Lamagat, vice president of CTM.
PowerMail’s IMAP reimplementation represents over 13 man-months of effort since it’s been rewritten from scratch and contains no code from the PowerMail 2.4 source base, Lamagat said. The newest version also adds a “perform filters” menu to apply one filter, or all active filters, to selected messages, and a new option under the Sending and Receiving prefs to choose whether or not received StuffIt archives are to be decompressed or not.
Settings windows (account, scheduling and filters) are now resizable and their screen position are saved. When multiple language plug-ins are installed, PowerMail 3.1 automatically uses the language that corresponds to the localized Mac OS 9 version you are running (this also happens on Mac OS X using System-level functionality). PowerMail currently ships with English and French-languages implemented and CMT is “interested in working with motivated users to deliver fully maintained 3.1 plug-ins” for Japanese, German, Swedish and other languages, according to Lamagat.
Each paragraph is now aligned to the left or right, according to the script direction of the first character of the paragraph, so a message mixing roman and Hebrew and Arabic paragraphs will be displayed correctly. Filtering has purportedly been accelerated by over 20 percent. As of version 3.1, registered users now have a facility in the Help menu from which they can create a message destined to PowerMail support.
PowerMail 3.1 is available both as a 30-day evaluation or free update for currently registered users of PowerMail 3. A single disk image now contains Mac OS X and Mac OS 9-8 versions both in English and French and is available online. The cost for new users is US$49.