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Messenger Pro 4.23 does HTML email, Unicode

Published: 10th Dec 2006, 20:35:41 | Permalink | Printable

<blink>Everyone loves HTML email</blink>

R-Comp logoMessenger Pro can now display HTML-formatted emails, thanks to a new built-in HTML engine. Version 4.23 of the email and usenet client was sent out by publisher R-Comp just before the weekend. It allows users to properly quote replies to HTML-based emails, and the engine can handle top-bit set foreign characters, links, images, and lists.

The plain message text can still be viewed, much to the relief of the more old school Internet users.

In an announcement sneaked out to customers on Friday, the company said: "Version 4.23 adds several major new features, which we hope you'll find useful. Perhaps the most significant upgrade is to the handling of HTML emails.

"Messenger Pro 4.23 now includes a simple HTML interpreter which allows it to give a sensible display of HTML-only emails."

The new release also includes Unicode support for non-Latin character sets, allowing emails containing foreign characters to be properly displayed on all versions of RISC OS, although it's said to be "enhanced" for RISC OS 5. Also, messages can now be easily forwarded as attachments.

Messenger Pro is currently developed by Colin "FTPc" Granville. The latest version was rolled out as a free update to existing Messenger Pro 4 users. Earlier this year, R-Comp contacted the NetSurf team with a proposal to make the open source web browser a plugin for external third party applications to use, although it's understood this did not come to fruition.

Update at 22:43 11/12/2006
We learn that the HTML engine in MPro 4.23 was written by Colin from scratch "because nothing currently available worked quite how he wanted", according to R-Comp. The Unicode system is the Castle Unicode, and is distributed with permission.


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If Colin "FTPc" Granville could find some time to add FTP over SSH (SFTP or is it FTPS?) support to FTPc, I'd be willing to pay for that as a commercial product.

 is a RISC OS User7thsoftware on 10/12/06 8:41PM
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Wouldn't you know it, I've absolutely no HTML only emails in my spam bin today to test it. Well one is HTML but the header describes it as text/plain, so it isn;t handled.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 10/12/06 9:11PM
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7th software: It's FTPs and I've already added it - see latest version. Note FTP over SSH is something completely different. Unfortunately you need rcomp's SSL module which I don't have the rights to distribute but I believe that it is available with hermes or webster so if you have either of these it should work - it does for me anyway.

 is a RISC OS Usercoling on 10/12/06 10:53PM
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coling: Why not just link to OpenSSL directly? NetSurf already does this.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 10/12/06 11:55PM
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Thanks Colin and R-Comp for the new MPro! It is the best upgrad ever since it immediately enhances usability significantly. See my comment (5th comment) on [link] too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/12/06 5:19AM
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rjek: Because rcomp's module was available and easy to use. If you have a version of OpenSSL which just compiles with acorn c/c++ send it and I'll use it.

 is a RISC OS Usercoling on 11/12/06 8:40AM
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coling: Ah, but availability was the concern you at first raised :) I'm surprised people still use Acorn/Castle C/C++, tbh.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 11/12/06 11:44AM
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...but top bit set characters in an email's "To:" field aren't accepted, I think, as in a commented email address like "Martin Würthner <martin@mw-software.com>". Or have I missed something?

 is a RISC OS UserBernardUK on 11/12/06 4:12PM
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I still use the Acorn/Castle C/C++ (well, just the C, really). There is one very simple reason for this, which is that it does precisely what it needs to do for me; compile the code I write into an executable. Why should I go to the effort of changing the compiler I use?

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 11/12/06 6:33PM
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VinceH: Speed of generated code, flexibility, cheapness of upgrades, and if you've got a Unix or Windows box to hand, massively faster compilation. The only advantage that Norcroft has these days is its speed of compilation, and the pretty icons.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 11/12/06 8:06PM
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Yes, well sometimes pretty icons make all the difference, as just about every RISC OS user should know.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 11/12/06 9:04PM
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I have the new 4.23 but I haven't seen how I can enable/disable html in e-mails i receive, nor any warning or help regarding safety of html e-mail. So, in fact i don't experience much difference between this version and 4.12...

 is a RISC OS UserRien on 17/12/06 10:06PM
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