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Messenger Pro 3 released

By Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Dec 2004, 23:04:34 | Permalink | Printable

Really worth the wait?

Messenger logoR-Comp have announced the release of Messenger Pro 3 and will be demonstrating it at the Midlands show.

In June, we reported that Mark Sawle, the Messenger Pro author, was looking for a RISC OS developer to take over the application while he concentrates on Gemini. We've since learnt that Colin Granville, developer of FTPc and PDF, is now heading up Messenger Pro 3 development.

What's new to the commercial 32bit compatible email client? According to R-Comp..
  • Background file operations: copy, delete, move messages without disturbing foreground activities too much
  • Windows open intelligently and resize depending on the size of the message. Plus, the user interface has been updated to be more modern and inline with RISC OS Select and RISC OS 5
  • Toggle between mono-spaced and proportional fonts using a keypress


Upgrading to Messenger Pro 3 will set you back 19 quid, and is available as part of a gradual development scheme, as R-Comp explain: "The Messenger Pro 3 upgrade is a little different to the way things have been done in the past - rather than being one 'final' release, Messenger Pro 3 will be an ongoing upgrade scheme/path, with enhancements and new features being added along the way. Unlike other similar arrangements, you won't be charged a subscription, just a one-off upgrade fee."

Providing a decent, user friendly interface to email was once a strength of RISC OS, and something that a future portable RISC OS should play on, but will these improvements be enough, particularly for Messenger Pro? Only the users will tell - and let's not forget the Messenger Pro suggestion list. How much of that has been implemented?

Links

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There is an HTML typo after 'Granville, developer of FTPc' > basically, the word 'and' (between FTPc and PDF) appears as a link under Firefox</pre>

Feel free to mod this down once it's been fixed. Besides, I spent far too long writing this comment as i didnt know how to quote

 is a RISC OS Usergovind on 4/12/04 12:20AM
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Fixed.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/12/04 12:22AM
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that was fast ;-) and i was still struggling trying to write the correct HTML in a comment. I'll shut up now ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usergovind on 4/12/04 12:25AM
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"Background file operations" - the Windows version could do with that - I found it basically single-tasked whilst downloading headers, or binaries, or messages - on a 2.5GHz PC!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 4/12/04 1:55AM
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The link to the suggestion list is down, but if that was the "bug list", then almost all of it is dealt with I believe. Certainly a large proprtion

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 4/12/04 6:10AM
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The "bug fixes" part of the changelog is several screens long, but of course, press-releases can't focus on bug fixes!!!

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 4/12/04 6:15AM
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Sorry, the feature-suggestions (together with bug list) move some time ago. The new address is:

[link]

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 4/12/04 11:15AM
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P.S. You can find the results of the survey so far at the bottom of the page.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 4/12/04 11:16AM
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Most of the bug section of adam's list is sorted. Some of the new features are also present. There are some bits of the list which I suggest removing - for example the one about "why does the inbox open when Mpro is run when it is already on the iconbar" (answer - if people keep running messenger (or clicking button in DialUp) they probably don't want two copies open, but rather want to see their email!). There's obviously good stuff in the list still to do, but progress is positive :-)

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 4/12/04 8:34PM
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This is *great* news! Like many, I use MPro all the time, and have longed to see further development. 19 quid seems very reasonable for the type of scheme suggested, and the features already implemented sound brill. Not to forget the bug fixes, of course ;-)

A BIG thank you to Mark Sawle for allowing this to happen, and to Andrew and Colin for *making* it happen. It's very impressive that Colin has managed so much so quickly. Now all that remains to do is for me to do the credit card wielding which, for once, will be a pleasure!

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 4/12/04 9:17PM
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Some questions. I decided to post here as others might have the same ones rather than email direct.

I have MPro2 Online and want to upgrade to version 3.

1. Does MPro3 include any updates to the Online part of the program?

2. If not will it?

3. Does MPro3 just use the same Online program as version 2?

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 4/12/04 11:53PM
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Good news, indeed. I subscribed to this upgrade scheme right away.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/12/04 9:04AM
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dansguardian - there's an updated version of RemoteNB as well. In this release it is primarily bug fixes, but there's code in there for cacheing which should speed the program up quite dramatically when enabled.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 5/12/04 10:53AM
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does MPro3 now recognise folders, or does it continue to treat everything as 1 flat filing system. Such an apporach was fine in the early days, but I now have so many emails archived in various places.. mainly on a server.. that attempting to use messenger to access them is slow and quirky.. and especially with RemoteNB ..

so.. any movement there?

Thanks

 is a RISC OS Userjb on 5/12/04 11:01AM
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arawnsley: Yes, I realise that some of the entries are mistaken, or miss the point etc. (Although I admit to not knowing exactly which entry your example is from.) However, when I started the list I made the conscious decision not to "moderate" it. It would too easily just become (or appear to become) my own, personal, wishlist then!

I look forward to being able to update the lists with lots of little purple "fixed"/"Implemented in v3" labels :-)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 5/12/04 12:15PM
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I don't suppose there's any chance of getting secure online ordering is there? Via paypal or worldpay.com or similar, as I don't entirely like sending my credit details over an HTTP connection.

I suppose I could phone... *shudder*

 is a RISC OS Useraardvark on 5/12/04 1:27PM
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Well, I bought it! Perhaps I might get round to installing it tonight!

 is a RISC OS Usermrtd on 6/12/04 3:42PM
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Support of a hierarchical folder structure in MPro would be most welcome indeed.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 9/12/04 12:25PM
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My MPro3 upgrade arrived tonight. Works well and I look forward to its continuing development.

 is a RISC OS Userxyzzy on 11/12/04 12:25AM
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