Small and fast email client that lets you send, receive and manage emails without fuss. It also supports a contacts and to-do list
i.Scribe is a lightweight and straightforward e-mail client that offers a simple method of sending and receiving emails with minimum effort. It is addressed toward all users, regardless of their skill level.
Tweak a few parameters, yet no very appealing GUI
At startup you can select your preferred language, since i.Scribe is built on a multilingual platform, as well as establish a directory and filename for storing emails and contacts, aside from making the tool your default e-mail client.
The interface is not visually impressive, but i.Scribe prefers to let users easily navigate its options without worrying about visual effects.
Setup up information pertaining to your account
From the settings panel you can write identity details (name, email address, recipients, XML signature) and configure options when it comes to the SMTP server and mailbox type, port number, authentication type and details, preferred charsets for sending, and SSL.
Add signatures and automatic removal of executable attachments
It is possible to append signatures to replies and forwards, use quotes, enable sound notifications for new emails, enable the automatic deletion of executable attachments for security reasons, establish optional HTTP and SOCKS 5 proxy parameters, edit font properties, and create log files.
Mark spam and import data from other apps
You can mark emails as spam, filter items, view a calendar and manage to-do lists, appointments and events, organize a contacts list, use a refined search function (e.g. include subfolders, limit fields in emails and contacts), create template emails, disable the filtering of incoming emails, as well as import data from other email clients, such as the address book from Thunderbird. These are just a few notable options supplied by i.Scribe.
A last evaluation
The application is very forgiving when it comes to the CPU and system memory, and responsive to commands. It performed well throughout our evaluation, and did not cause Windows to hang, crash or show errors.
In conclusion, i.Scribe is a surprisingly feature-rich email client which puts emphasis on transfer speed and seamless accessibility. If you do not want to waste time with the installation process, you should know that a portable edition is available for download, called Portable i.Scribe.
LIMITATIONS IN THE UNREGISTERED VERSION
- Free version is limited to 1 email account and 5 user-defined filters.
- Scribe is quite small, around 500K to download. And even when downloaded takes up very little of your hard disk or memory while running. You can easily use Scribe from a floppy disk. The usually memory footprint is about 3-4 MB with a reasonable sized mail folder loaded. Great for those older machines that don’t have gobs of RAM and HD.
- Startup and shutdown are very quick. Typically taking only a second or two. Mail sends and receives go as fast as your net connection allows. No needless waiting around for things to happen (like Outlook). Because Scribe uses a flexible flat file format for mail storage you can move email with huge attachments around with no effort at all, unlike some email clients that have to copy the entire email, including attachment to another file on disk causing unnecessary waiting for the user.
- Scribe comes totally self contained. Once you unzip the distribution file scribe is installed. There’s no DLL’s left lying around or registry settings to worry about. All the data and settings for scribe are stored in it’s directory. And when you delete that directory you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after Scribe.
- Scribe runs in Windows and Linux. Allowing users to maintain all their email and contacts in one place. Run the version of scribe for the OS your running and access the email received in another OS. There is a legacy BeOS version that may be able to read/write to a Scribe mail folder.
- i.Scribe is free for everyone to use. No time limits, no nagging shareware banners or number of trials. Use it to your hearts content. But for those who want more features and would like to support me in producing this software there is a commercial version, with extra features, called InScribe.
- Up To Date
- I’ve been releasing updates about once a month since the start of 1999. People email bug reports and feature requests in to me and where possible they get incorporated into an update. Releases are tagged “stable” or “unstable” to help you to pick a version suitable for your purposes. The unstable builds are public beta’s for experienced users to test.
- Scribe can be translated into any language. Here is some information about translating the user interface text into another language.
- Scribe has a plugin interface that allows people to expand the capabilities of the application. If anyone is interested in writing a plugin I can send you the libraries and documentation to do so. So far you can write plugins for 3rd party MIME type viewers, directory services and text handling utilities. In the future Scribe will support plugins for mail source/sink and mail storage. Which will mean that the very core of Scribe will be open to new ways of receiving, sending and storing email.
- Scribe is not vulnerable to email virus’ like Klex because the HTML support is not provided by Internet Explorer but by a build in HTML control that has no scripting and no execute capability. The attachment list won’t hide the real extension of a file either, which typically used by virus’ to trick the user into opening an executable when the user thought it was a document. And if a virus does get in through by some other means, it won’t be able to find your address book thus prevent it from mailing itself to all your contacts.
- Scribe supports importing and exporting mail, contacts and calendar events to many open formats such as MBOX, .EML (single email), vCard, vCal/iCal and CSV (comma separated variables) contacts. Also support for proprietry formats and API’s such as MAPI (import/export available only on windows), Outlook Express’s MBX/DBX format and Eudora’s address book is included. Scribe also has native support for converting winmail.dat attachments from Outlook user’s into separate attachments that you can open or forward, which works even on Linux!