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  • It is from someone on your whitelist
  • It is from a new sender whose registration request you accepted
  • It matches a permission rule you created
  • It is from a domain that is on your accepted domain list.
  • You approved it manually

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March 4th, 2005. Version 3.x
March 4th, 2005
ChoiceMail 3.x
Release Notes - these notes describe features that apply to all versions of ChoiceMail except where indicated

New features
Built-in lightweight email client (ChoiceMail One / ChoiceMail Small Business) — It is now possible to send emails directly from within ChoiceMail One or the ChoiceMail Small Business Client. You can create, reply to or forward messages. You can use any of your POP3, alias or virtual email addresses as the FROM address. It's extremely convenient for those quick and dirty emails you need to send out without the bother of starting up your heavyweight email program.
Virtual email addresses (ChoiceMail One only) — ChoiceMail One now supports the ability to manage more than 5 virtual email addresses. (You can now purchase additional virtual email addresses in blocks of 50 to use with ChoiceMail One)
Web browser (ChoiceMail Enterprise / ChoiceMail Small Business) — Completely new web browser interface – easier and more efficient navigation.
Web Browser interface (ChoiceMail Small Business/ChoiceMail Enterprise)— Ability to download attachments directly from the web browser
Vanity pages (Optional in all versions) — Personalized vanity pages can now be associated with individual email addresses belonging to a user account rather than just one vanity page for the entire user account.
Built-in customer affiliate system— A great new way for individual customers to spread the word about ChoiceMail and make some money too.
Logging (CME)— Logging is now available in ChoiceMail Enterprise.


Optimizations— Major overhaul of how email messages are handled – only half as many files will be stored on disk as compared to earlier versions. Retrieval performance is much improved for ChoiceMail One and dramatic improvements occur for ChoiceMail Enterprise when using a database other than the built-in JET system
Detect registry blockers— The setup wizard can now detect that its attempts to reconfigure email programs failed because the user is running a spyware blocker that is also preventing needed changes to the registry.
Web Browser interface (ChoiceMail Enterprise/ChoiceMail Small Business)— Display version of ChoiceMail in browser
Virtual addresses— Virtual addresses are now displayed in sorted order in the online virtual address dialog manager.
Virtual addresses— Virtual addresses are now displayed in sorted order in the system tray icon menu. You can also invoke the virtual address dialog manager directly from the system tray.
Interacting with other spam blockers (ChoiceMail Enterprise)— Handle a situation where badly implemented (or misconfigured) spam blockers block ChoiceMail Enterprise from sending emails because ChoiceMail Enterprise (correctly) fails the (incorrectly implemented) attempts of the other spam blocker to validate the legitimacy of the sending domain (sigh).
Server disconnection— Some POP3 servers disconnect automatically if there’s a long delay without any activity. Added the ability to send periodic signals to the server to let it know that we’re still alive!
Activity logs and feedback— When copying the activity logs to the clipboard for submission to our online ticket system, basic ChoiceMail configuration is also included to make it easier to diagnose the problem.
Permission rules— Added (empty) function to test if subject or body is empty
Process control (ChoiceMail Enterprise)— More ability to prevent ChoiceMail Enterprise from being inappropriately overloaded.
Filtering disabled— The Accepted-Reason header now indicates WHY filtering is disabled, not just that it IS disabled.
Setup wizard— Improved ability to recognize configuration changes due to changes by ISP – a number of other misc. improvements as well.
Sender Info dialog— Eliminated buttons in favor of a menu
Virtual Email Address dialog— Eliminated buttons in favor of a menu
Tray icon (ChoiceMail One/ChoiceMail Small Business Client) — Tray icon now tells you how many virtual email addresses you have
Help system— Context sensitive help is easier to access
Large system fonts — Dialogs and controls now position themselves better when large system fonts are used.
General operation— Added checks to prevent users from mistakenly trying to run ChoiceMail directly on their desktop
Permission rules— Added a default rule to detect Yahoo mailing lists and not respond as those lists don’t follow mailing list standards that ChoiceMail detects automatically.


AV on exit― Fix to prevent a bizarre problem with thread AV on exit
Web Browser interface (ChoiceMail Enterprise/ChoiceMail Small Business)― Fixed a bug where certain characters entered into the filter text field could screw up an SQL query
Setup wizard (ChoiceMail One/ChoiceMail Free)— Now use explicit IP address rather than localhost. This prevents problems that can occur if user installs IPv6 support on their system.
Installer (ChoiceMail One/ChoiceMail Free)— Fixed a problem where uninstalling could fail if ChoiceMail was installed multiple times.
Web Browser interface (ChoiceMail Enterprise/ChoiceMail Small Business)― Fixed a bug where the filter field could not always be cleared.
Web Browser interface (ChoiceMail Enterprise/ChoiceMail Small Business)― Fixed a bug where the FROM address wasn’t always displayed when sending out a new email
Failed downloading error— Fixed a problem where a notification in a rule could cause an access violation if the message in question did not have a FROM address
Challenges— Addressed an issue on NT 4 where challenges might not go out
Challenges (ChoiceMail Small Business)— Fixed a problem where a sender could get multiple challenges
Administration interface (ChoiceMail Enterprise/ChoiceMail Small Business) Fixed problem where the wrong layout was used for the admin pages in web browser interface
Permission rules― Fixed a problem where the manual blacklist action was deleting the sender rather than just the message
Caching (ChoiceMail Small Business)— Fixed problem where some settings were not being cached properly in the ChoiceMail Client
Email configuration (ChoiceMail Small Business)— Fixed problem where an email address was sometimes not remembered when changed
ISP changes— Fixed problem where we might not recognize an already configured email addresses properly in the case where the ISP changes servers.
Junkbox— Fixed problem where messages from the junk box could not be deleted one at a time.
Permission rules— When using manual checking of whitelist/blacklist, blacklist action was performing a delete sender rather than delete message.
Memory leaks— Found and squashed a few exotic leaks!
Domain Address Editor— Fixed a problem where it looked like IP address ranges were disappearing when a new one was added. Also fixed a problem where an invalid range in a region caused the total list to increase each time regions were merged.


What our users say:

I have not had a single piece of spam make it into my mailbox.

Catherine D.


ChoiceMail Awards and Reviews

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