Many people jump into the Blackberry world to insure they are getting any and all emails as soon as possible. RIMâ€™s push email service meets those needs for over 3 million users with that number quickly rising. However some may find that the plain text email is not enough. Thatâ€™s where Emailviewer by Reqwireless comes in, it adds the option to your Blackberry to receive emails in full HTML which insures that youâ€™re not missing out on anything.
The Install: Install is your typical regular install with Application Loader: Download Emailviewer, unzip it, and then find the .alx file with the Application Loader to install. There is two different versions for Emailviewer, a BES and WAP version so make sure to install the proper one.
Setting up: When first starting Emailviewer it will bring you to the main page where you need to setup your email account. The information that is required is your enter you POP3 setting, email address, userid and password. If you have more than one you just repeat the process with no documents limit in sight. After setting your account make sure to do a test email to insure everything is working. You can also set up a SMTP server if you wish to not go through your Blackberry. This gives the ability where you can separate your Blackberry emails from your regular emails.
Contact list: The contact list Emailviewer use is just what you have in your BB address book which makes using Emailviewer simple. No need to add contacts or even import them into Emaiviewer.
Features: POP3 retrieval, SMTP use, HTML email viewing. When opening an email you have the following options: (from Reqwireless)
â€¢ Messages – return to the current list of messages
â€¢ Reply – reply to the sender of the message
â€¢ Reply All – reply to the sender and any other recipients
â€¢ Forward – forward message (including attachments) to a third party
â€¢ Details – see the list of recipients and the date/time when the message was sent
â€¢ Full Image – view the closest image at full size (normally, images are scaled to fit the width of your display)
â€¢ OCR Image – attempt Optical Character Recognition on the closest image (useful for faxes and scanned documents)
This is something directly from Reqwireless but it gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
â€œUnless you’ve specified a custom SMTP relay (described further below), authentication is required before email can be sent from a newly-created account. If EmailViewer requires authentication for a sent message, a confirmation message will appear in the relevant inbox. (This can easily be checked right on the phone; just select Receive from EmailViewer’s main menu and the confirmation message should appear as a new message.) Once confirmed, the original message will be delivered to the intended recipients, and future messages will be sent immediately without this confirmation step. At this point you may safely delete the confirmation message. This authentication mechanism is used to ensure that only you can send email from your email address and to prevent the Reqwireless service from being used as an open spam relay.â€
Composing emails is easy as clicking compose, choose who to send it to, enter your subject and body and send.
Receiving Email: Click receive when you want to check your email at anytime. If you have more than one account it will ask which one you want to check.
Menus: All the menus are to the point. Once you get to one all the options that are available to you are obvious.
Support: I didnâ€™t make calls and send e-mails for the purpose of this review. They have a pretty indelth FAQ with some other general need to know information. There is a support form you can fill out if you run into an issue. Their user guide pretty much answered what I needed to know.
Summary: With the most powerful feature of a Blackberry being their push email technology I am now seeing the importance of this product. I do not view HTML emails almost as a rule for security so having that on my Blackberry isnâ€™t important. But this application does what it advertises efficiently and effectively. Like mentioned before, users can set up different email accounts so they are able to seperate between a business and personal accounts.
Reviewed by Byron Bacher.
The program is available for $29.99 at Neon Toad, http://www.neontoad.com