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Current Version: 1.0 Beta Build 29 (October 31, 2007)

Balzac is a new email application for OS X 10.4 and above that aims to provide a simple view on your mail whilst allowing fast, sophisticated searches of past correspondence. It has been written to utilise all the advanced services available in OS X, from the address book to the built in spell-checker. The list below is a short summary of the most interesting features of Balzac:

  • Dynamic views on your mail (ie 'Smart Folders')
  • User defined categories - messages can be in several categories at once
  • An inbox which shows you messages from the last few days
  • Fast searches on header fields or text content of all messages
  • Customize the way you view your mail with HTML templates for list views and message views
  • Send custom HTML email using templates
  • Security features for viewing HTML email
  • Supports Growl notifications

Build 29 adds/changes the following:

  • Fixed bug in whitelister dealing with numeric HTML attributes
  • Removed spurious status messages in Leopard
  • Worked around date parsing bug in Leopard causing inbox to display as empty

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Andrew Starr has a marvelous page of Eudora plug-ins and enhancements that Eudora users must check out. His entire site (known as eMailman) is worthwhile for every email junkie out there.

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Adam Engst has put together a comprehensive overview of email attachment formats that is invaluable for anyone who wants or needs to understand the complexities behind them.

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