This is a major release of Gmail with many important new features.
Major new functionality available in this release:
Distributor tools and Installation:
Custom installation mode:
The GARagent delivery generation tool and the Install programs have been extended to support Custom Installation Mode. Using this mode, a distributor may send out CD's containing G&R software, and the customer installs the product(s) he has bought licenses for.
Automated installation mode:
A distributor can deliver a file with presets for the installation process, enabling a fully automated installation process.
The install program tests if a license key for a product is present and if not reminds the installer to contact their distributor.
General for Windows components
Parameters may be loaded from a file:
All windows products may now use the parameter "-@ filename", where is a text file where actual parameters are stored.
Improved handling of distribution lists: The GadminW utility has been extended to show distribution lists in a special sub-window. The contents of the distribution list may be modified or deleted.
Added parameters: The Gmapi utility has a new parameter, "-next", that causes the program to retrieve the next message after the one specified by the "-mid mail-ident" parameter. The default behaviour would be to retrieve the specified message or terminate with an error code.
The new SMTP and/or POP3 mail server is released.
With the new G&R Gline module GL_DIAL.EXE, Gmailer for Windows 32-bit version now supports the standard Win95 and Windows NT Telephony . The new line module uses the modems configured under "Control Panel->Modems". When using Windows Telephony, modems can be shared between different applications such as PPP dial-up without having to terminate Gmailer first. Gmailer Dial-up may also run as a service on Windows NT. Using GL_DIAL rather than Glink will increase the speed and reduce the use of Windows resources.
A new utility called GSERVCMD is supplied for command line configuration of Gservice. The utility makes it possible to configure Gservice on a remote server using the NT scheduler's AT command. It can also be used for preparing full automated installation of Gmail.
Support of sub-folders:
Gmail now supports sub-folders for both private and shared folders.
Shared folders are addressable. Each shared folder must have a unique name that is used as a standard mailbox. This is not the case for shared sub-folders; they do not need unique names. Shared sub-folders are addressed through the mailbox of the parent folder by sub-addressing the parent folder. For example, if 'glink' were a sub-folder of the shared folder 'support' on the node 'gar', then the address of this sub-folder would be: glink support gar (Gmail syntax) email@example.com (internet syntax)
If 'scripts' again were a subfolder of 'glink', the address to this folder would be:
scripts glink support gar (Gmail syntax) firstname.lastname@example.org (internet syntax)
Shared folders for subscriber groups:
Group folders have up to now been accessible to all users configured with the same group folder directory. Different user groups needed different group folder directories. This is insufficient in situations where users logically belong to several user groups. The result has often been use of a single directory for all shared folders in order to allow any user to access any folder. This is a disadvantage in that all folders become visible to all users.
You can now define group folders accessible to a limited group of users only. You specify a list of members when creating the group folder. You can later modify the list of members by entering the 'Rename folder' function.
Folder tree subset view:
If you have created many folders but normally use only a few, you can define a folder tree subset for display, see the extra button in the 'folder tree setup' dialog box. You can thereafter toggle between the folder tree subset view and full folder tree display with a command in the option menu.
New Directory maintenance utility:
A new utility has been made for Directory maintenance. The utility lets you search the Directory, the distribution lists and/or the routing files for all instances of a name or an address. The result is presented in a list, and detailed information is given for the entry selected, including where it was found. The selected entry may be modified or deleted.
Improved 'save address' function:
The function for saving addresses from incoming messages has been improved. Rather than adding the address to your private directory, you can now navigate to the sub-directory to be updated and insert the address at the selected position.
Recognition of URLs:
URLs are often included in message text. If the ProcessPath option is set then double-clicking on one will now launch your Web browser at the location of the URL. This is an extension of the previous functionality that launches the appropriate application when you double-click on a file pathname.
Netscape and Internet Explorer integration:
A configuration utility has been made to set up Netscape to use Gmail as the preferred mail system. To do the necessary configuration, select the Options dialog box in the Options menu and check the Netscape option there. Thereafter Netscape will launch Gmail when an e-mail address is selected from a Web page.
If you use Internet Explorer as your Web browser, then you should install the MAPI.DLL supplied with Gmail. The Internet Explorer (and other 'mail aware' products from Microsoft or third parties) will then automatically use Gmail as the preferred mail system.
Use of Word spelling checker:
In Gmail you can configure an external word processor and start it from the 'create message' dialog box with the message text written as input. Often this capability is used only for a spelling check of the message text, using the spelling checker supplied with the word processor. As soon as the message text is checked, saved and the word processor terminated you return to Gmail with the corrected text.
If you have Word installed, you now have another option. When the 'GmailOptions +EnableSpellingChecker' option is switched on, a button is added to the Create Message dialog box. This button starts Word in spelling checking mode with the message text as input. As soon as the spelling check is completed, the corrected message text is returned to Gmail.
This option is available for the 32 bit Windows version of Gmail only. Please note that you can either configure an external editor with the EnableWinMailEdit option or a spelling checker with the EnableSpellingChecker option. The latter option is used if both options are configured.
Server for reading new messages from mailboxes to mail-in folders:
Reading new messages into your mail_in folder can take time, for example when accessing the file system over a network. A new server utility has been made to overcome this inconvenience. The server, Gpmd, is run on a machine that has direct (fast) access to the mailboxes and PMD. This server can poll one or several configured mailboxes for mail and read the new messages into the corresponding PMDs. When you start your Gmail, all new messages have already been read into your mail_in folder. See the Gmail reference guide for details or display the Gpmd parameters by executing the command 'GPMD -?'.
Improved mail index rebuilding utility:
The utility for rebuilding a damaged folder index, Gmrebld, has been improved. For the convenience of administrators, in addition to interactive mode, Gmrebld may now be run in batch mode, and the PMD directory may be specified rather than using the PMD of the current user. If you suspect several folders in a PMD to be damaged you can specify that all folders in a PMD should be rebuilt. See the Gmail reference guide for details or display the Gmrebld parameter by executing the command
Transfer utility to move marked messages to another mailbox:
A new transfer function transfers one or more marked messages to another mail address. The message text and the original header information in the message are preserved. The recipient of transferred messages will see the original sender as the originator of the message. A reply to a transferred message will therefore go back to the originator of the message. Transferred messages are not deleted automatically; they must be deleted manually, if desired, after a successful transfer.
Delete expired messages:
A message with an expiration date set will be discarded if the message expires before it has reached the recipient's mail_in folder. For previous releases of Gmail, an expired message was delivered, but an expiry note preceded the message text.
Option to suppress line wrapping:
Long lines in a message text are wrapped when displayed. A new option in the Edit menu for Gmlistw lets you turn off this line wrapping.
Open unread folder when minimized:
When minimized Gmail by default checks your mailbox. It reads new messages into your mail_in folder and signals new mail by changing its icon.
You may instead configure Gmail to check for unread messages in all the folders configured for the 'Open unread folder' function. Refer to the 'Open unread folder' setup in the Options menu, and the command in the file menu. To make Gmail check these folders when minimized select the Options dialog box in the Options menu and check the 'Open unread folder when minimized' option there. If this option is enabled and you want Gmail to check your incoming mail in addition to the folders you must include your mail_in folder in the selection of folders to be checked for unread messages.
As soon as Gmail detects an unread message in one of the configured folders, it will open that folder and change its icon to signal the unread message. Gmail will however remain minimized and no more polling is done until Gmail has been maximized then minimized again. This includes polling of your incoming mail.
The poll interval is every 60 seconds. You may change this with the PROFILES parameter 'polltimembx n' which is the same parameter used for the default action of polling only your mailbox. Please note that if you want no polling at all when minimized, you must set the 'polltimembx' parameter to zero.
NEW PROFILES PARAMETERS:
Add the Spelling checker button in the 'create message' dialog box for calling Word in spelling checking mode, see the description above.