has released KidzMail 1.1, an e-mail client built for children. With the US$10 application, kids can draw pictures and send them to people in their address book (which is controlled by parents). It’s compatible with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x.
With KidzMail addressing e-mail involves choosing recipients from a list of pictures and names — even if children can’t read the names, they can select the pictures. Pictures are sent as both JPEGs and KidzMail pictures. The former can be viewed by just about anyone, while the latter is for other KidzMail users. What’s more, the e-mail client has the ability to send coded messages that only KidzMail can decode.
Version 1.1 (a free update to registered users of version 1.0) adds a zoom button to the Mailbox window — and the window now remembers size and position. The Mailbox window’s list remembers column widths, which column is being sorted, and which direction to sort. KidzMail 1.1 also adds support for authenticated SMTP and non-ASCII characters in both subject and body when composing and reading email.