The Bat! is an e-mail application that features support for multiple POP accounts, true multithreading, MIME and UUencode standards, message notification, PGP support, APOP authorization, message sorting, message templates, minimization to the system tray, and multimedia support.
- Increased speed of entering a folder or sorting messages in the list by "From/To/Subject" columns if there are only Latin characters. The speed increase is mostly noticeable in folders with more than 100 thousand messages
- If you have Account|Properties|Verbose log turned on, then The Bat!, on the "Send queued mail" command will write addition information to the log: on total number of messages in the outbox, and on the number that has not been selected for sending because
- The Bat! can log Simple MAPI calls. To enable logging, do the following. Uder "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\RIT\The Bat!" add DWORD value named "LogMapiCalls", value "1". Then, restart The Bat!. After that, The Bat! will create mapi_log.txt file in the %EMA
- Welcome message (in "Inbox") is no longer used for IMAP accounts
- MD5 hash has been removed from the S/MIME preferences
- When non-OpenPGP mode is selected, the PGP menu items in the message editor are hidden
- (#0000062) The Bat! didn't highlight addresses with equal sign ("=") in the local-part. If such addresses were displayed in the headers, there were no menus to carry out operations over them such as adding to the address book
- Import S/MIME certificates(s) from a signed message didn't always work
- Default print margins are now 0.25 (quarter) inch
- Malformed account transport settings on high resolution monitors
- (#0001066) Untranslatable tooltips in the print preview
- Fixed several memory leaks: when deleting messages, when working with the text editor and the spell checker
- (#0000933) Unable to start The Bat! if on-the-fly encryption (OTFE) setup had been cancelled
- Better error handling of The Bat! version checking via DNS, sometimes invalid responses could cause an Access Violation error
- (#0000880) Opening mail shows error popup "TMailMessage.FindIdx --- ALREADY DESTROYED!" (Fixed "ALREADY DESTROYED!" or "METHOD CALLED ON FREED OBJECT!" errors when selecting different folders on IMAP while The Bat! filters messages on IMAP)
- Fixed an Access Violation error at start related to Quick Reply, also fixed the "ClassName: EComponentError / Message: A component named __ already exists" error related to quick reply
- (#0001146) Messages arrived to an IMAP folder aren't filtered if they arrive while other messages are filtered
- (#0000193) If an IMAP filter has multiple actions, sometimes only some of them are executed
- Minor speed increase when working with internal hash structures
- (#0000841) The Bat! didn't properly support character encodings when working with HunSpell dictionaries, e.g. the Latvian special symbols are replaced with Cyrillic symbols in the Spell Checker
- (#0001147) Filtering on IMAP stops with an Access Violation error while setting color groups
- (#0001142) Drop-downs on the main toolbar have areas with no reaction to mouse clicks
- Editor text color and search highlight text colors were hardcoded as "black" and "white", while they had to take colors from Windows system colors (Themes)
- There was an error when trying to run The Bat! while another The Bat! process didn't exit for some reason
- (#0000152) Automatic filters stop working altogether for certain IMAP folders, restarting didn't help, newly arrived messages were not filtered too
- (#0001144) Wrong size of fonts in print preview and the printed message (in tags like "small")
- (#0001012) Print preview looks OK but the final print is not formatted properly
- (#0001140) The HTML is viewed OK but in print or print preview, margins are incorrectly calculated and the text is trimmed at the right
- There were redundant right and bottom margins on printed pages
- (#0001143) Searching for messages using the mid: links in other folders didn't work since 220.127.116.11 released on 02-Mar-2012
- [#0001139] If there were national characters in mailto: url and The Bat! was set as a default mailto: handler, these national characters were replaced to question marks. As a result, description of web-pages with national characters sent from browsers app
- (#0001134) Filling the background color of table cells fails
- (#0001131) "Minus" closing buttons in the message finder didn't scale on high-definition monitors; besides that, these buttons were two pixels higher than needed
- (#0000462) OpenPGP Error Window does not show national characters
- (#0001141) Truncated text field in QR-Code Generator (German GUI)
- (#0000539) Decryption of an email with large attachment takes much time if internal OpenPGP implementation is used
- If you collapse an account in the folder tree and restart The Bat!, this account again becomes expanded, if you had clicked the folder tabs before
- The Bat! didn't start on single-processor single-core computers, it gave an Access Violation error
- Fixed an access violation error on exit that could prevent from saving toolbar configuration data
- There were an error after closing a separate window that shows an HTML message and opening it again and clicking to load external images while using The Bat! HTML viewer
- (#0001166) The printed text is tiny, although the print preview is ok
- (#0001153) IMG ALT was printed with tiny font
- (#0001082) Image can not be pasted into HTML message by context menu
- Captions of some character set names weren't translatable
- (#0001059) Stopping search in the Message finder gives access violation in IMAP accounts
- (#0001012) Print preview looks OK but the final print is not formatted properly - becomes excessively wide and cropped at the right (unless external images are loaded)
- (#0001168) The printed font is smaller than expected
- Margin size adjustment controls (blue) didn't show in the print preview if the window was opened maximized
- (#0000718) Support for modern GnuPG 2.1
- PGP 10.4 was not supported
- (#0001175) The Bat! crashes while copying tables in MS Excel
- MaliSendMailW gave access violation errors
- 64-bit Simple MAPI handler DLL gave access violation errors
Reviewing 7.4.10 (Feb 17, 2017)
For many many years I was holding on to using Qualcomm Eudora Pro 18.104.22.168. 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.
Reviewing 7.4 (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.
Reviewing 4.0.22 (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.
Reviewing 3.99.3 (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.
Reviewing 3.95.03 (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.
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