Popcorn is a lightweight and portable email client for Windows. Works as a client/server application, reading mail "directly" from POP servers (all downloaded mail is stored in memory only). Send and receive mail using secure SSL encrypted server connections. Ideally suited for "on the road" mail access, for scanning, reading and sending mail over slow connections. Supports multiple email accounts, enabling you to read and send mail from any number of servers. Immune to all forms of email attachment and HTML viruses/scripts/trojans because it does not display or run received attachments and/or HTML.
Reviewing 1.99.1 (Jun 29, 2012)
What a great software!!!
Reviewing 1.87 (Nov 3, 2008)
how do you set up email on this?
what are the incoming and outgoing servers for gmail?
Reviewing 1.83 (Apr 28, 2008)
Great to see that this is still in development. Brings back fond memories. I'm using it as a portable mail reader on my USB drive. Excellent.
Reviewing 1.77 (Jul 19, 2007)
Enough of the grumbles about Popcorn having a paid version. Popcorn is now totally & unequivocably FREE.
There was unquestionably an update from version 1.76 to version 1.77 on July 19,2007. I verified this by SHA-1 checksum, and by the version number obtained by using Help>About in the Popcorn GUI.
The nature of the changes is explained HERE.
Obviously, the programmer changed his about about never updating this program. IMO he just couldn't stand by & desert his "baby girl" while she still had a couple of unmended snags *somewhere in her nylon knickers.* ^_^
Popcorn is a superb minimalist e-mail client. That is all it professes to be, and that is what it is.
So small you can run it from a floppy -- but BIG in stability, and fully competent in the functions it offers.
I give it a 5 in its own minimalist class, but it must rank 3 against the full-functioned clients such as Courier & The Bat. I averaged the 5 and the 3 to assign a rating of 4.
Reviewing 1.76 (Aug 17, 2006)
According to the website "The Popcorn e-mail client is no longer actively developed, updated or supported by Ultrafunk in any way" and that version 1.76 is "unlimited freeware".
Reviewing 1.73 (Feb 10, 2005)
No SSL support? No attachment support? An older freeware version of this app that has the same functionality for the most part but doesn't cost $20!!
I'd have to say i.Scribe brings more to the table in that price range, small and portable, brings a plugin architecture that allows SSL and attachments etc...
Thanks but no thanks on Popcorn!
Reviewing 1.72 Beta 2 (Nov 3, 2004)
When this was freeware it is very good. It didn't have all the features you wanted but it was free so you couldn't complain. The author said he had no interest in ever making it shareware. Fair enough he changed his mind it isn't a crime, it is annoying but that is about it.
Now for free Popcorn was worth using however for £20 it really isn't. Yes it is a nice program but to justify suddenly charging for it the author should have added support things like SSL, attachments and HTML email (I admit that HTML email would be hard).
I don't mind paying for software but I will not pay for something that isn't worth it. A few updates and this program but be the best portable email client available. It is a shame the author doesn't care for his customers enough to update it.
Reviewing 1.70 (Aug 12, 2004)
I had this on my thumbdrive for awhile, but can't stand it. The interface is cluttered, it's not extensible, has no SSL support and is very insecure. Definately not worth anywhere near $20, I wouldn't use it as freeware even.
Reviewing 1.69 Beta 3 (Jun 8, 2004)
Great little email application, perfect for a USB flash drive.
Reviewing 1.68 Beta 4 (Apr 24, 2004)
Oh please let me pay $20 for a mail program that isn't half as good as I can get for free! We have all loaded stuff from this site that just crushes this. If you're going to ask for money, you better be exceptional. This isn't
Reviewing 1.67 Beta 3 (Mar 19, 2004)
This program is different to others:
- it is small size, compared to others.
- it did not required installations.
so it is suitable for on road use, example when we travelling/vacations.
we can use this by Diskette, or USB disc.
What need to improve is:
need to add local copy of the message.
example we use this on hotels internet cafe (using diskette) to check emails. normally the internet cafe at hotels is expensive, so if we read all emails at the internet cafe and reply it there, it will be expensive.
My idea is using this client to download all emails, back to hotel room, read all email using notebook, write reply if needed, back to internet cafe for sending all email we write.
* Other missing function missing is internal smtp engine. normally we will not know the smtp address of the internet cafe use, and normally they will not tell us. with internal engine we still can send emails easily.
Look at Dokodemo email client from Japan which is not developed anymore I guess :(.
Reviewing 1.67 Beta 3 (Mar 18, 2004)
Looking at the picture, the design is crap !
Reviewing 1.65 Beta 3 (Jan 25, 2004)
Some of you are really ignorants. This program is about the three things, awarded with the "Green Award" by TinyApps.org. Thunderbird fulfills none of those, since it requires installation, it writes to the registry and it modifies files outside of its own directory. Popcorn and Thunderbird are totally different programs, aiming for totally different goals.
Reviewing 1.60 Beta 4 (Dec 29, 2003)
I'd have to agree Thunderbird is the best mail app out there now. I recently switched to it and have been more than pleased, it's takes all the good stuff of outlook and eudora, puts it in one place, then adds a ton more on top of that, and it is in what, beta 0.4? amazing! Skip on this app, even for USB flash drives for which there are better options (i.Scribe comes to mind).
Reviewing 1.60 Beta 4 (Dec 28, 2003)
I love this program and its simplicity, although I am using 1.5 beta3, which was the last free version with multiple accounts. It's great to clear all the spam from the server before starting my main email program (my genuine/spam ratio is usually 1/30). Not being able to interpret HTML I consider it a bonus for me, as I can safely open any email, including those with viruses.
Reviewing 1.60 Beta 4 (Dec 27, 2003)
Obviously every1 around here doesn't like Popcorn then. Well the only thing I would like to point out is that its primary use isn't as a replacement mail client. Its fantastic use stored upon a usb flash drive (or even a floppy disk) when u go away. All you have to do is have a quick word with a cyber cafe owner to let u plug it in and then you have full access to your e-mail in a known environment, where you can save the e-mails on you, and not have to sit through an advert bloated web interface, entering passwords here there and everywhere.
I give this program 5/5 because of this handy ability. Plus it has a clean interface, that works well for me!
Reviewing 1.57 Beta 2 (Dec 3, 2003)
Just try FoxMail, it's free, very light ! Works greatly ! And forget this one... No interest... What a waste of time...
Reviewing 1.57 Beta 1 (Nov 28, 2003)
another waste of programming code. This program just lets wout read your email at the server level and do everything there rather than at the desktop level. WHY!?!?! Just leave your email client open to get your mail and take care of it that way. And shareware? For this??? Are you stoned??? Is there a zero in the house?
Reviewing 1.57 Beta 1 (Nov 27, 2003)
With the million email clients out there, Popcorn would have to be spectacularly good for it to have a life as Shareware. And it isnt. If you're too tired to continue development of your freeware app, then consider making it open source. Its ok to go Shareware if you have something unique, but Popcorn isnt. It was a good freeware app, and would have been a great open source project. There is no doubt however that it is a lousy shareware app.
Reviewing 1.55 Beta 5 (Oct 8, 2003)
A noble efford, but I believe an app such as i.Scribe could be a better alternative, and now that popcorn costs money for more than one email account it loses its one great redeeming quality which WAS it being freeware.
Reviewing 1.55 Beta 5 (Oct 6, 2003)
Fxer81 we are tired to read your comment about SSL support.If you don't like this prog stop to use it instead of always repeating the same things over and over
Reviewing 1.51 (Sep 26, 2003)
This program gives me the careening off a cliff feeling, hopefully the author will start to do some real work on this project, especially now that he expects to be overpaid for his efforts
Reviewing 1.50 (Sep 24, 2003)
Still no SSL support, so you get to carry around several other apps when traveling to try to access your email, all of which must be installed on the machine which is often impossible on strange computers.
On top of that Popcorn now costs $20 for what used to be free. $20??? Just sounds like greed to me as there are hundreds of better/more complex shareware apps than popcorn that are cheaper or the same price. This app just keeps getting worse
Reviewing 1.50 Beta 3 (Sep 10, 2003)
Why would you use POP for this? This is exactly what IMAP was designed for. POP was designed for offline mail reading.
Reviewing 1.45 (Jul 9, 2003)
This program would be awesome! Except that I can't check my email with it because it does not support SSL. It's not rocket science to include such a feature, but whatever. iScribe works fine.
Reviewing 1.45 Beta 2 (Jul 5, 2003)
APOP support? How about SSL support? I thought new versions of programs were supposed to move forward not sideways. Still can't reccomend Popcorn over iScribe.
Reviewing 1.40 (May 20, 2003)
Still no SSL support, making it still junk. At least iScribe lets you write a plugin to support SSL.
Reviewing 1.36 (Apr 20, 2003)
Junk. No SSL support, and with so many mail servers moving to secure connections only Popcorn can't even check your mail any more, and they have no plans to add SSL support so it's time to move over to iScribe.
Reviewing 1.24 (Dec 16, 2002)
Zeee Best! This is about zee best minimal software for any hardare. eh? not true? eh?
Reviewing 1.24 (Oct 16, 2002)
Excellent program for notebook users !!
Reviewing 1.24 (Oct 16, 2002)
Awesome utility! I highly recommend it to all of my customers that have dial-up Internet so that they can delete any crap in their mailbox before they even attempt downloading anything. I guess UltraFunk has decided to keep it alive! Thanks guys!
Reviewing 1.20 (Jul 20, 2002)
Too bad Ulterfunk announced that Popcorn has been discontinued. Why? it was a success
Reviewing 1.10 (Feb 25, 2002)
Ok i have been using the program for a few weeks now and i must say it is very very good, my first review was a review about using the program for 1 hour at home however after using it for a few weeks i dont think i can live without this program now! It is so light i can put it on a floppy disk with all my work files and whenever i need to check my email any computer with a floppy drive will do, it is even better in cyber cafes, as i just put it on my website and download it (download takes about 5-10 seconds over 56k) then i can check my POP email anywhere, it isnt designed for download attachments or understand HTML (although the autor does say that they want to implament these features). I like the way it doesnt delete the messages off the server, so i can check my email as if i had never read it before when i get home or to my desk. Saving emails as txt files is great (however it is a little limited, like i said no attachments). all in all this program is by far the best program i have downloaded in a long while, with HTML support (which would be very easy as they could just use the IE HTML engine on all windows systems) and attachments etc this program would be even better. It isnt suited to everyone, home useres stick with your webmail/outlook (express), this program is better suited to people on the move alot and who only have brief access to the net. 2 minute and all my emails are saved to the floppy as TXT files for reading later on, it is perfect :) hats off to the programmers
Reviewing 1.02 (Oct 11, 2000)
This ting is way too good..at this size you couldn't ask for more...It's completely stable..
If it could support html and attachment handling it could be the best for its size..It's a must have and a relief from having to load a huge mail client everytime to check if i got a mail...get it..
Reviewing 1.02 (Oct 10, 2000)
Very good program. Does what it sais, and very fast. I've downloaded every version of it because I know it'll only get better and better, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, DOWNLOAD IT NOW.. =)
Reviewing 1.00 (Aug 21, 2000)
Cool client, pretty damn fast, interesting concept.
Needs better mine/etc decoding/encoding though.
Reviewing 1.00 (Aug 21, 2000)
**** THIS ****ING PROGRAM! Thank you BetaNews for promoting SPAM.
Reviewing 0.99 (Aug 4, 2000)
Small, light and easy.
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