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Directory Widget

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Current Version: 1.0 (September 5, 2006)

Directory Widget is a new widget from Andrew Starr (perhaps best known to Orchard visitors as the eMailman) that provides uniquely useful LDAP lookup functionality.

Directory Widget will look up directory information (e-mail addresses and more) from many colleges, universities, and other institutions (for example the National Institutes of Health). Although it uses LDAP (Lightweight Directory Address Protocol), the end user does not need to understand what LDAP is. The widget comes preloaded with settings for over 70 directory servers. Additionally, the user can add more servers to the widget. eMailman, LLC plans to release updates with additional servers. A partial list of current servers preloaded into the widget is at

The widget defaults to the most recently used directory (or users can have multiple instances of the widget running so that their most frequently used directory is always available). Users can easily select from a different directory or add more. Users can then search by full or partial names. Results can be viewed with just names and e-mail addresses or with the full results returned by the server.

Companies and institutions can contact eMailman, LLC to discuss site licensing or customized versions of the widget.

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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.

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