The Bat! (64-bit) 7.4.16 for Windows

by Ritlabs

Avg. Rating 2.5 (408 votes)

File Details

File Size 34.4 MB
License Shareware, $26.95
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 10,942
Publisher Ritlabs
Homepage The Bat!
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

The Bat! is a secure desktop email client for Windows, built to protect your correspondence against third-parties.

The Bat! protects your information through multiple encryption streams, with the option to keep all information encrypted on you disk, and to protect emails during communication using end-to-end encryption (E2EE). The Bat! can work without global email providers that keep your messages in the cloud, where they can be stolen. The Bat! keeps your emails on your computer to make them private. The Bat! blocks malicious code and tracking pixels that spread via email. This is a way to protect from email hacking.

The Bat! email program is able to process and store an unlimited number of messages and has no restriction on the number of email accounts accessible via IMAP, POP, MAPI protocols. The Bat! is a perfect multiple email account manager - allows you to quickly access all your email accounts in one place. The Bat! is a safe, robust and reliable mail application. It handles very large message bases quickly and with small memory footprint.

Latest Reviews

Kaden

Kaden reviewed v7.4.10 on Feb 17, 2017

For many many years I was holding on to using Qualcomm Eudora Pro 7.1.0.9. I finally found myself having to move on with over a decade of older emails to somehow import into a new client. I experimented with many options including Mozilla Thunderbird and Pegasus Mail. Neither fit the bill and only an ancient version of Thunderbird was even capable of importing Eudora 7.x databases. I remembered The Bat! but I had never used it before but it allowed Eudora email importation. Voila, it worked. I still prefer the layout and functionality of Eudora Pro 7.x but The Bat! covers most of my needs. There are a few sticking points where I feel that some things take too long whereas Eudora was faster (ie syncing mail, performing searches, compacting, etc). Again, it needs to be noted that I have a LOT of old and new emails from multiple active accounts. I likely wouldn't have problems if I was dealing with a lesser quantity of email. The Bat! is well worth the price, gets the job done, and is actively maintained. I definitely recommend giving it a shot.

NOTE: 7.4.10 was released on February 15. Version 7.4.12 was released on February 16.

partypop

partypop reviewed v7.4 on Dec 13, 2016

For years I have been using Outlook Express on Windows XP. Newer versions of Windows have Windows Live Mail (junk). Thunderbird sucks, so I decided to try something different. All I have to say is wow, I never thought I'd actually pay for an email program. But very glad I did. This product is AMAZING. The functionality of this software is amazing, Scheduled emails (sent anytime I want) a feature I wanted so long, I have it now. On the fly encryption for the email? Wow. This prodcut is not 5 stars, its 10 stars.

RastaWorld

RastaWorld reviewed v4.0.22 on Apr 24, 2008

I used it for more than a year, and I am surprised I used it that long. Lots of bugs in the application. Just check their forums. Plus the developers and moderators are rude when posting bug finds or asking for help.

Honestly, the bat sucks, and if your looking for a good client you can always try PocoMail.

hell0

hell0 reviewed v3.99.3 on Aug 19, 2007

I thought about buying it when it was 2.x.

But after they added a useless feature like support for smilies, while they had lots of cosmetic bugs to fix, I finally got it. I understood that the development of The Bat is going into a wrong direction and decided to replace it, first for Becky Mail, and finally - for free Thunderbird.

I also looked at the stats of the Russian-language group at Yahoo Groups called "thebat" - they have 50 posts per month now, while they had around 300 per month in 2004, when I left that group.

brusco

brusco reviewed v3.95.03 on Dec 24, 2006

why does it seem like a version of this junk is released every day? and the only people who award it 5/5 are the makers of the product?

They need to concentrate on QUALITY and not a synchronous schedule. It seems to me like theyr'e trying to attract idiots who prefer pretty screeshots rather than good reviews. get Mozzilla Thunderbird. Its better than the pro version of this garbage.

yagood

yagood reviewed v3.80.06 on Jun 30, 2006

It is completetly shocking that such feature-packed program can be so spoiled by authors that it has 2.0/5.0 at FileForum. Of course I agree - it's buggy, authors are not that great programmers, but it might have been a superb application...

jonathanbrickman0000

jonathanbrickman0000 reviewed v3.71.03 on Apr 2, 2006

I used and recommended The Bat! consistently until the end of the 2.x series. There was a large and popular international community using The Bat! at this time. For some reason, at the end of the 2.x series, a large number of identical feature requests began to be not only ignored, but deleted from forums; and although badly needed features were not added, expensive upgrades were requested. So, I do not use or recommend The Bat! anymore; primarily I use Mozilla Thunderbird. The Bat! doesn't deserve less than a 2 of 5 rating, though; it is definitely useful.

a6

a6 reviewed v3.62 on Nov 1, 2005

argh. this progam sucks bad. i used v2.x and was very satisfied with it. but i tested this new version to see if it's worth upgrading (thanks god that i didn't buy it!) and about 500 mails got lost - and for the record, not because i was not able to create a working backup... before restoring my backup everything worked fine, but out of the blue (while i clicked on an account with doing just this - click it) an error message said to me: database error - you want to correct it? and of course i wanted. with the result that almost every mail stored with bat v3.x got deleted. now i said to me, ok, let's try the backup. and as i stated above, the restore function restored them, just to delete them again. and best, programmes do not answer any questions. well, for all of this crap, a no-point-option would be useful. program without real support, and a great lack of working functions... no go.

DIRKES

DIRKES reviewed v3.62 Beta on Oct 26, 2005

Same procedure.
It create a "access violation", if I want create a new account. I wrote 3 times to the author - now answer.
Sorry, but this behavior does not justify Registration or a purchase.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v3.5.30 on Jun 23, 2005

The software is good. But support .... I detect it one my own body. Wrote alot of emails-German and English support. Until today I received no feedbacks.
Not fine, that they want our money and then they say "bye" to the user(s).
Is that to be favorable the registration behavior?

Avg. Rating 2.5 (408 votes)
Your Rating
Kaden

Kaden reviewed v7.4.10 on Feb 17, 2017

For many many years I was holding on to using Qualcomm Eudora Pro 7.1.0.9. I finally found myself having to move on with over a decade of older emails to somehow import into a new client. I experimented with many options including Mozilla Thunderbird and Pegasus Mail. Neither fit the bill and only an ancient version of Thunderbird was even capable of importing Eudora 7.x databases. I remembered The Bat! but I had never used it before but it allowed Eudora email importation. Voila, it worked. I still prefer the layout and functionality of Eudora Pro 7.x but The Bat! covers most of my needs. There are a few sticking points where I feel that some things take too long whereas Eudora was faster (ie syncing mail, performing searches, compacting, etc). Again, it needs to be noted that I have a LOT of old and new emails from multiple active accounts. I likely wouldn't have problems if I was dealing with a lesser quantity of email. The Bat! is well worth the price, gets the job done, and is actively maintained. I definitely recommend giving it a shot.

NOTE: 7.4.10 was released on February 15. Version 7.4.12 was released on February 16.

partypop

partypop reviewed v7.4 on Dec 13, 2016

For years I have been using Outlook Express on Windows XP. Newer versions of Windows have Windows Live Mail (junk). Thunderbird sucks, so I decided to try something different. All I have to say is wow, I never thought I'd actually pay for an email program. But very glad I did. This product is AMAZING. The functionality of this software is amazing, Scheduled emails (sent anytime I want) a feature I wanted so long, I have it now. On the fly encryption for the email? Wow. This prodcut is not 5 stars, its 10 stars.

RastaWorld

RastaWorld reviewed v4.0.22 on Apr 24, 2008

I used it for more than a year, and I am surprised I used it that long. Lots of bugs in the application. Just check their forums. Plus the developers and moderators are rude when posting bug finds or asking for help.

Honestly, the bat sucks, and if your looking for a good client you can always try PocoMail.

hell0

hell0 reviewed v3.99.3 on Aug 19, 2007

I thought about buying it when it was 2.x.

But after they added a useless feature like support for smilies, while they had lots of cosmetic bugs to fix, I finally got it. I understood that the development of The Bat is going into a wrong direction and decided to replace it, first for Becky Mail, and finally - for free Thunderbird.

I also looked at the stats of the Russian-language group at Yahoo Groups called "thebat" - they have 50 posts per month now, while they had around 300 per month in 2004, when I left that group.

brusco

brusco reviewed v3.95.03 on Dec 24, 2006

why does it seem like a version of this junk is released every day? and the only people who award it 5/5 are the makers of the product?

They need to concentrate on QUALITY and not a synchronous schedule. It seems to me like theyr'e trying to attract idiots who prefer pretty screeshots rather than good reviews. get Mozzilla Thunderbird. Its better than the pro version of this garbage.

yagood

yagood reviewed v3.80.06 on Jun 30, 2006

It is completetly shocking that such feature-packed program can be so spoiled by authors that it has 2.0/5.0 at FileForum. Of course I agree - it's buggy, authors are not that great programmers, but it might have been a superb application...

jonathanbrickman0000

jonathanbrickman0000 reviewed v3.71.03 on Apr 2, 2006

I used and recommended The Bat! consistently until the end of the 2.x series. There was a large and popular international community using The Bat! at this time. For some reason, at the end of the 2.x series, a large number of identical feature requests began to be not only ignored, but deleted from forums; and although badly needed features were not added, expensive upgrades were requested. So, I do not use or recommend The Bat! anymore; primarily I use Mozilla Thunderbird. The Bat! doesn't deserve less than a 2 of 5 rating, though; it is definitely useful.

a6

a6 reviewed v3.62 on Nov 1, 2005

argh. this progam sucks bad. i used v2.x and was very satisfied with it. but i tested this new version to see if it's worth upgrading (thanks god that i didn't buy it!) and about 500 mails got lost - and for the record, not because i was not able to create a working backup... before restoring my backup everything worked fine, but out of the blue (while i clicked on an account with doing just this - click it) an error message said to me: database error - you want to correct it? and of course i wanted. with the result that almost every mail stored with bat v3.x got deleted. now i said to me, ok, let's try the backup. and as i stated above, the restore function restored them, just to delete them again. and best, programmes do not answer any questions. well, for all of this crap, a no-point-option would be useful. program without real support, and a great lack of working functions... no go.

DIRKES

DIRKES reviewed v3.62 Beta on Oct 26, 2005

Same procedure.
It create a "access violation", if I want create a new account. I wrote 3 times to the author - now answer.
Sorry, but this behavior does not justify Registration or a purchase.

Dirk van Hoofen

Dirk van Hoofen reviewed v3.5.30 on Jun 23, 2005

The software is good. But support .... I detect it one my own body. Wrote alot of emails-German and English support. Until today I received no feedbacks.
Not fine, that they want our money and then they say "bye" to the user(s).
Is that to be favorable the registration behavior?

GOD00007

GOD00007 reviewed v3.5 on May 19, 2005

I'm forced to give a very low voting for their support and customer care,and forum administration.

I was treated badly in thier forums for comparing thunderbird with the bat.
I stated clearly what thunderbird offers than the bat and the moderators removed my post with no regards.Also some days back i requested a demanding feature that hasn't been implemented more than a year...they removed that post as well.

They do not welcome or allow to voice our concerns on the flaws TB has, instead shamefully deleting our comments and hiding it from others.
Some of the most demanding feature requests are still withheld.This shows that TB team do not focus on them, rather on their own point of view.
And unnecessary features being added on every release and they jump to version numbers and charge for it!
A very pathetic sales strategy i would say.

I would highly recommened looking at programs that offer better services to customers and acknowledge our opinions.

Pocomail is one such good program.
It uses less resources than the bat and very powerful,and their forums responded to every problem i had , not like these bat folks who delete posts!!

Now i use thunderbird which i feel that suits me the most, uses less resources and of course FREE!!

So my advice is not to get fooled by paying for these programs and not getting the support you deserve.

zridling

zridling reviewed v3.5 on May 16, 2005

I'm doing GMail these days, and am done paying for email clients, but I might reconsider throwing money at TheBat. One thing I do like is is the new interface. A good review of The Bat can be found here.

ibod

ibod reviewed v3.0.2.10 Beta on Dec 2, 2004

I still use TB! but barca/poco have been getting more tempting.
The add-in spam filter 'bayesit' used to work fine for me until it became part of the distribution. Since then, it's been unusable; preventing any email whatsoever from being downloaded on occasiion, plus infrequent errors and lockups. If Ritlabs want to include it in the distro then it's part of the review here.
I really haven't seen any quantum leap in efficiency with v3.0. The new filter UI is eye candy only, v1/2 was perfectly functional.
I gave up a long time ago with getting IMAP to work with TB! That was supposed to be a V2.0 feature.
The message editor is a pain if you want to write paragraphs with the first line indented: The next line will wrap to the same indent.
You can't view an HTML message without going through a 'are you sure?', 'are you really sure?' charade.

deadmonkey

deadmonkey reviewed v3.0.1 RC6 on Oct 12, 2004

CapZap: Actually you wont read about an exploit as TB! has pretty much zero support for HTML. Outlook has issues because you can create "advanced" emails using HTML and JavaScript. I am not going to argue about if HTML belongs in emails but the point is TB! would have just as many issues if you had proper HTML/JS support. Some see it as a limitation others as a security feature. It just depends what you need. The main reason Ritlabs are updating so much is because they annoyed 99% of their customers with a 2.1x release being changed to 3.0 so they are desparetly trying to fix all the bugs they promised their customers would be fixed in 2.x but never were! They shot themselves in the foot and are now trying to run a mile. It isn't going to be easy but it is possible. Only time will tell what will happen with TB! I hope they sort out all the problems reported in 1.x and 2.x that are still not fixed. Once they do I will think about purchasing it again.

CapZap

CapZap reviewed v3.0.1 RC6 on Oct 10, 2004

I've used TheBat since March of 1999. I've tried to install and use every beta Rit Labs has released. Unbelievable stability, reliability, useability AND transportability. This client is the standard to which every other email client should aspire.
Yeah, they update frequently. Because they want it right -- they keep up their homework so you'll never read about some vulnerability like you do with Outlook.
Highly recommended.

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