> Do any of the products that have been mentioned provide for leaving
> large e-mails on the server, but alerting you to the fact that
> they are there?
Yes, Mail Washer, Popcorn and nPOP all do this.
Mail Washer is somewhat more specialised in that it is designed to intercept
mail and process it according to rules that you apply - typically to bounce
unwanted mail, so is not designed for your purpose.
Popcorn and nPOP are both, effectively ultra-small, but competent, e-mail
clients. What sets them apart from Outlook/(Express), Netscape Mail, and
most other full-blown clients, is that they do NOT download the mail onto
your local hard disk before you can read it, so you are not forced to
download that "big one" to view mail that has arrived subsequently.
I can't recall exactly how Popcorn works, but it is similar to nPOP in it's
facilities. I went with nPOP because it offers slightly more, is half the
size, and is still being developed.
By default, nPOP is set to read the first 100 lines of any message on the
server. (Note that it only reads the messages on the server into RAM. It
doesn't download them in full!) However, you can change this setting from
anything from zero lines, when all you see is the header (including message
size in bytes), to the full message, including the 5Mb of attachments! Or
you can set it to some intermediate figure, then mark specific large
messages for full retrieval.
For very slow modems this is ideal. Set the lines figure low enough and you
retrieve only the first plain-text part. You don't even have to spend time
on-line retrieving the HTML attachments, which merely "prettify" the
You have to take deliberate action to delete any mail from the server, so
unless you choose otherwise, messages are still available to pick up in
Netscape Mail, in the normal way, when you return to base.
(Similarly, but opposite to you, I originally want an nPOP-like product to
delete unwanted mail with large attachments, so that I could continue to
download subsequent mail into my main e-mail program.)
An advantage over some other programs is that nPOP stores the number of the
last message you viewed, so the next time you connect you only retrieve the
headers of new messages, making subsequent calls that much quicker as well.
(Again, you can reset this pointer and retrieve all messages again, if
Although, by default, nPOP will save to disk any message text that you have
retrieved (as plain text), you can set it to save only the headers or
nothing at all. This means that once having retrieved as much of the
message as you wish, perhaps 50 lines, you can read it, at your leisure,
nPOP is the ideal travelling companion, being much faster in use than web
sites like http://www.mail2web.com
which I am sometimes obliged to use. It
will work from a floppy (nPOP.exe is 164kb) as settings are stored in the
nPOP.ini file and not the registry. You should have space for around 1.2Mb
of plain text mail on the disk - equivalent of about a quarter of the
Bible! Travelling with a floppy means you might even be able to leave you
laptop behind! :-) When working from a floppy, mail only appears in RAM on
the host computer, so it is pretty secure too, as nPOP will leave no
footprint on the hard disk of any computer that hosts the floppy!
Because, unless you take action otherwise, it leaves all mail on the server,
it will have no impact on Netscape's, or any other program's ability to
download the same messages later.
nPOP has an option to send a blind copy of mail that you send to yourself
(or any other address), so you can ensure that you can pick up a copy of any
sent mail when you get back to base. Once in Netscape, you'll be able to
move it into your sent mail folder. It won't be immediately obvious from
which program you actually sent the mail!
# Simple address book
# Individual signatures for each mail account installed.
# Mail filters, which can be set to detect the contents of portions of a
range of mail header lines (using wildcards, if necessary), and have them
be: retrieved/not retrieved, marked for full download, marked for deletion,
marked as read, copied to the saved mail folder, and all according to their
nPOP isn't perfect, but there's a small group of people working on that, and
won't suit everybody, but you ought to check it out!
The unofficial UK Support site for nPOP.