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HERMES Mail/W: an overview

In 1999, QUALCOMM Eudora, the predecessor to HERMES Mail, was unquestionably the most powerful, feature-rich eMail client in existence. Because eMail is a mature technology, with improvements being evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it remained ahead of the pack long after its abrupt discontinuation in 2005. Thanks to the proven advantages of the Open Source development methodology, HERMES Mail continues to carry on Eudora's time-tested legacy and furnish the power user with unprecedented extensibility, stability, performance, and security.


User and Domain Fencing

Never again reply to all and wish you hadn't. With the innovative User Fencing feature enabled, HERMES Mail for Windows alerts you whenever you try to send mail to any address on a configurable list. You can set how it alerts you: by popping up a dialogue box, by speaking the address, or by underlining or highlighting the address in your desired colour.

Keep your personal and professional personae separate. If your work eMail address is owned by your employer, you can use the Domain Fencing feature to warn you when you try to send a message outside your workplace intranet. Just like with User Fencing, you decide how HERMES Mail alerts you.

Message Queueing

Compose now, send anytime. Competing programs give you two choices when you're finished writing a message: send now, or send at the next scheduled mail check. If you need to send a message at a specific date and time, tough. HERMES Mail does not have this limitation: with its Message Queueing feature, you're in control of the time at which every message is sent.

Work Offline

Work anytime, anywhere. Unlike cloud services used as a software substitute (SaaSS, such as Gmail, GMX, ProtonMail, Yahoo, or Yandex), HERMES Mail is a traditional eMail app that runs on your computer. This means that you can compose mail wherever you are---even forty thousand feet up in the air---and send it when Internet connectivity becomes available.

Content Concentrator

See only what matters. With HERMES Mail's Content Concentrator mode enabled, you can strip out boring and unnecessary parts of an eMail conversation, such as quotes, signatures, and headers, and leave just the "meat".

Polyglot Spelling Checker

Check spelling as you type---in any language. Unlike its predecessor, HERMES Mail includes a spellchecking system known as Hunspell, which has become something of a pervasive standard: it's used by LibreOffice, Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and InDesign and QuarkXPress, and many other examples of high-quality software. That level of support means almost every language spoken to-day has a dictionary to go with it, and old Aspell dictionaries are supported also.

Unprecedented Flexibility

If you can conceive it, there's a button for it. Any feature normally accessible through a menu item can be turned into a button and placed on the toolbar; together with the other features of HERMES Mail, this gives the computerist the ability to mould the eMail experience to his own taste, rather than vice versa. For example, you can define a group consisting of the members of your project team, then create a toolbar button to compose a message to the group; from this point onward, you can communicate with your team with one click.

Even more settings for power users. HERMES Mail includes a feature best compared to the about:config page on Firefox, with literally hundreds of hidden options to toggle on or off. The possibilities are limitless: it's like having a gameshark for your eMail app.

Superior Organisation

Tabbed user interface. This works just like a Web browser and has all the advantages thereof (primarily, ease and speed of switching between tasks).

Message highlighting. This feature is invaluable for anyone who receives several categories of high-volume mail; he can organise these categories by colour, enabling rapid discernment of sender, project, mailing list, etc., and he can even automate this task.

A sophisticated filtering system. Filters provide limitless possibilities when it comes to incoming messages: one can use them for complex Boolean searches (for example. X and Y and/or Q but not Z) as well as automation.