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Review E-mailExec 2.0

Added on 8/22/2002


D7 D8 D8_5 Mac PC

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Author: MediaMacros (website)

Xtra that allows Director presentations to have real email links that do not open web pages. Opens the default e-mail program used on a system and allows you to specify:
-To (Who the email is going to)
-Cc (Carbon Copy)
-Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy)
-Message (Supports messages with up to 1824 characters including spaces and carriage returns)

The new Xtras that usually catch my eye are items that either add new functionality to Director, or ones that simplify an otherwise arduous or overly complicated task; This little gem is the later.  Anyone who has ever tried to send email from Director knows that it is a double-edged sword.  Before this Xtra there were a few options but the simple creation of a mail via the user's default mail client was sadly unstable and unpredictable.  You can currently use goToNetPage or Buddy API's baOpenURL to get a blank email message, but passing subject or body content will not always work. Browser version, mail client, and a host of other factors make it difficult to know if the newly spawned email will contain the correct content and will the browser decide to open as well.

Well worry no more as EmailExec has arrived!

Its use is simple and the code very easy to use but this will save you hours of frustration.  With a few quick lines of lingo you can pre-compose emails for the user in his/her default mail client.  It works cross platform and covers almost every part of the mail you would want to effect. All the various “TO” fields, subject and message body can all be passed safely with no concern for OS, mail client, browser version, etc.

At $49.95 this one is a no-brainer.  I am a strong believer that time is money for this small amount of money you save a massive amount of time. It uses are specialized but for anyone sending mail I would recommend that you pick this up.  

There are a few areas I would like to see added in future versions; Adding attachments being the largest.  I can't even begin to imagine how many emails I have gotten from Director users asking how to send mail with attachments from Director.  If this were added then we would be close to a perfect score on this Xtra.  Some other items that would be nice would be the ability to actually let lingo handle sending the message, allowing flags like importance, and using some advanced mail client features in the header like read notification. A Shockwave version would also be nice.

Overall I have no complaints.  If you have some extra cash in the software budget grab this little item and keep it handy for all your upcoming projects.



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