All the Graphics
JBMail: Bare Bones Email|
By Thiravudh Khoman
For the past 2-3 months, I've been using a bare bones Windows email program called JBMail. JBMail serves as a companion to as opposed to a replacement for my regular mail client, Eudora. Why did I add it to my repertoire of programs? Simple.
JBMail is a read-only POP3 mail client. You can't use it to send mail, but you can use it to read mail. Rather than downloading your mail messages and attachments in their entirety, it only downloads the message headers (i.e. To:, From:, Subject, Date, and message size) (figure 1). If you want to read a message, you can ask to "preview" it, in which case JBMail will only download that message to a viewer screen. What you will see though, is the message with its complete set of routing headers. This may seem a bit messy to some people, but the message text is still easily readable (i.e. it appears at the end). Don't expect to be able to read formatted HTML messages though.
Given these minimal functions, why would anyone want to use it? Simple:
JBMail allows you to save "profiles" for multiple email users (the profiles contain email account information such as login name, password, POP server, and port). Unfortunately, this feature is only activated in the registered JBMail Plus version, which costs US$25 (a bit pricey in my opinion). The freeware version of JBMail v1.2 allows you to save ONE profile although you can also use it with other email accounts as well simply by entering information on the fly. The freeware version of the latest JBMail v2.0, however, doesn't allow you to save ANY profiles at all and email account particulars MUST be manually entered each time (bummer).
JBMail may be downloaded from https://www.pc-tools.net (it's less than 100kb). It works with all versions of Windows 95 and higher.