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Karel Kosman photoI was introduced to this email program a long time ago and my business has grown with it. I find it a very powerful tool and much better than Outlook, although it may be a little more complicated to set up. Here are some of its advantages:

  • create the usual filters, as any email program;
  • create generated responses or templates with a flick of a short-cut key. For example, you can set a template that would respond to a particular email by "Dear " followed by the name of the person as drawn from the email header, then followed by certain text drawn from a file, followed by the person's original message, and then attach any number of files (or all sorts of other, nifty tricks). If you need help automating and speeding up the processes of your numerous inbound emails, you can email me and I can help you for a small fee;
  • it is virus proof, as long as you do not double click on a bad and attached file (instructions here regarding which file extensions are unsafe). By default .gif files do not show in your email, because viruses can be transferred through such image files;
  • selective mail downloading (ALT F+S), meaning you can download only the headers of emails (showing the size of the emails and who they are from etc.) from your email account and decide what to do with them, such as delete them, download and delete them, download without deleting them, or just leave them up on the server. This can be a useful tool if you have a very slow, problematic or expensive internet connection. With such connections I'll erase emails with large attachments that I know are not important, download a certain amount of emails at a time, or only selected emails. You can also selectively send (ALT F+I) only some of your prepared emails if you have the same problem;
  • colour email headers in different ways and change the viewable "subject" and "from" information to help with organisation (example and explained below);
  • mail merge, with which you can set up mass emails hooked up to a database file, html format each outgoing email, and attach any number of files to each email. For example, your database file could have 100 rows and the following columns (cell contents of first row): First Name, Last Name, Email Address, Subject, Information, Status. The cells of the "Information" column can be entire paragraphs, or several paragraphs. In this way you can easily prepare emails to a hundred people, where each email would be customised, such as:
    Dear <First Name> <Last Name>, the status of your application is <Status> for the following reason: <Information>.
  • the possibility to select multiple files (using CTRL and the usual Windows tricks) when attaching. Also when saving multiple files attached to an inbound email. Not all email programs offer this feature;
  • it is free! Although the author is accepting donations;
  • it is light and fast. I've used this program on a very slow computer before, which dinosaur Outlook would certainly incapacitate;
  • many other features, such as IMAP, noticeboards on a network, and commandline options which I have not even explored yet.
  • Because setting it up can be a little more complicated I will show here my personal settings, occasionally with an explanation if I feel one is necessary. You can download the latest version from Pegasus Mail. It occasionally gets upgraded, always available for free.

    To set up once installed, go to Tools > Internet Options to set up your email accounts. You can set up different pop3 and smtp accounts. You can later set up different Identities which use different internet settings. Here are some important settings:

    For the Receiving POP3 tab:

    * When checking for mail, perform checks for all identities - this is if you have multiple email accounts and would like to check them all at the same time instead of each of them separately.

    * Don't check this identity when checking multiple identities - if you do choose to download your email from all your accounts at the same time, you can select which identities to exclude from this rule.

    For the Sending SMTP tab:

    * Send email at once without placing it in the queue - select this if you are always online and want to blast each email as soon as you press Send.

    * The second and third boxes I have selected/checked, and the last two I have unchecked.

    Following are my settings for the Tools > Options menu:

    Basic Settings

    * Preserve... - if you want the ability to undelete. Turn off if you have limited system resources.

    * Use system-defined... - I like my usual dark background with light text to help save my eyes from glare (set up your computer monitor).

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Advanced Settings

    * Accept requests... - I like to turn that off because I do not need to send out more emails than I already do, and I do not like people "spying on me".

    * Deleted messages... - a session is when you turn the program on and then off. I get a lot of emails so I like this folder to automatically empty whenever I turn off the program, which is not that often (unless Windows flips out).

    * The SMTP time zone is based on where you live, or want to be perceived as live. I move around a lot and consider myself based out of Prague (+0100), so I like others to think I am sending my emails from that time zone, no matter which time zone I may be stationed on.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Messages and Replies

    * I don't want Confirmed Reading or Delivery because I get enough blasted mail.

    * I prefer to send out my mails without formatting (Rich Text). However, if you copy in a picture or some formatted text, or start making some special formatting commands such as bold etc., the program will automatically set that particular email as Rich Text.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Message Formatting

    * Checked for overlooked... - can come in handy as sometimes one simply forgets to attach a file, which can be quite problematic if it is work related. I guess the program does a quick search for certain terms, like "attach", in your email and warns you that you may have forgotten just after pressing Send.

    * Always paste plain text... - leave unchecked if you occasionally want to copy in nicely formatted text that you've prepared in Word for example, or some pictures into the email.

    * Tabs and Margins: you may have to experiment based on your computer monitor's size and your graphics card settings.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Signatures

    You can have up to 9 signatures. For more than that you should use the Template function.

     

    Copies to Self Pegasus Mail setup
    Sending Mail

    * Permanent BCC... - if you want to send a copy of each outgoing email to some other address (blind means that the usual recipient does not know about it).

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Preview Mode Settings

    All mine are checked and selected.

     

    Folder Behaviours Pegasus Mail setup
    Message Reader

    * Right margin for wrapping... - again, you may need to experiment based on the size of your computer monitor and resolution of your graphics card.

    * Where a choice of format exists... - I always like plain text and simple. Nice juicy big letters that are easy for me to read, and always the same size.

    * Turn attachment preview off... - just double click it if you want to see an attachment, otherwise automatically previewing it just gets in my way and slows things down.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Content Viewers

    * The blue marked ones are those which can be a virus and destroy your system. Pegasus warns you whenever you double click on such an attachment. Otherwise you can set other programs manually (if some files do not open properly or you want to override the Windows setting). For pictures I like to use Irfan, which you can download from my Download Translation Programs pages and which is a free and very fast and light program good for viewing pictures.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Hyperlinks

    * Phishing is another thing Pegasus can help you protect yourself against and which is further explained in How to Protect Yourself Against Phishing.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Reporting/Logging

    * Placing more icons into your system tray than necessary may use up RAM. Or I've got enough stuff cluttered down there, and don't need to be distracted by some flapping wings.

    * I definitely like the sound alert feature.

    Pegasus Mail setup
    Automatic Formatting

    * Here you can add your own. For example, I often found myself signing my name as "karel", since I missed the shift key. It was a frequent mistake, but with this autoreplace it now automatically changes it to "Karel". Now isn't that just a lovely program?

    Pegasus Mail setup

    Some Other Information about Pegasus Mail

    I wrote this section a long time ago for a much earlier version of the program, but it should still apply.

    Pegasus Mail setup

    Explanation of the icons above:

    A: open a blank letter, in which you may fill out the address and information yourself;

    B: open FOLDERS (explained below);

    C: open ADDRESS BOOK (explained below);

    D: when you have a letter selected or opened, press this icon to create another letter in which you respond to this letter and sent to the same address the letter you had opened or selected was sent from;

    E: forward a letter you have selected or opened to another address;

    F: move a letter you have opened or selected somewhere in your FOLDERS;

    G: delete something (file, folder etc.);

    H: send any mail you have queued. You can see how many letters you have queued to send at the bottom of your screen next to how many "new" letters you have;

    I: check for any mail waiting for you on your server;

    J: check for new mail and send queued mail at the same time (we by habit always press this icon when hooked to the internet);

    K: press one of these icons to order your letters by one of these categories (ie- "From", "Date/Time").

    Using FOLDERS ("B" above)

    It is good to use Folders to organise your email. You may create for example a "Friends" folder, or "Business" folder, whatever. You may also create a Directory of Folders. To create a Folder or Directory of Folder, press the FOLDERS icon ("B" above) and then the New (+) icon. Select Message Folder if you just want to create one folder into which you may MOVE (for example) your letters; otherwise, press Filing Tray if you want to create a Directory Folders which will hold one or more Folders.

    If you want to work with a particular folder, select the folder with your RIGHT mouse button. Now, you may move the folder somewhere else, or for example Reindex it if you are having strange computer problems with it.

    COPYSELF should be the folder in which you may view letters you have sent to others in the past. It may be a good idea to delete the content of this folder once in a while. (To delete the content, open the folder - click on COPYSELF after opening FOLDERS - and then press Delete.)

    Because it sometimes takes a while to open up the program if you have much New Mail, you may want to create a directory named Read When Have Time, into which you may MOVE all letters you think are less important and which you will want to read later.

    Also, to help you organise your email letters, you may want to colour them, which you accomplish by first selecting the letter or letters you want to colour (to select more than one letter, hold CTRL or SHIFT while pressing with the left mouse button) and then press F11. Choose your colour now. The black button on the far left is the Windows default.

    Pegasus Mail setup

    With a lot of emails in your inbox, colouring them in different ways can certainly help you with organisation, as can changing the "From" and "Subject" fields (accessible by pressing the F12 key). Heck, through the Folder menu, you can even sort your emails according to colour!

    To Work with your Addresses ("C" above)

    Here, you may want to create different directories, such as "Friends", "Business" etc. To accomplish this press New (+). Otherwise, to open a directory you have already created, double click on the directory you want or select it and press OPEN.

    Once you have your directory open, you may Add new addresses by pressing ADD and filling in the information. On another note, if you OPEN a letter someone has sent to you and then immediately OPEN a certain directory of Addresses and press ADD, the details of the person who sent you the letter should automatically be filled into this address.

    Once you have filled out a list of some addresses, you may start working with it. For example, open a directory of addresses and double click on a name. Assuming you do not have a blank letter already open or you do not have your cursor placed somewhere which allows entries, when you double click on an address, a blank letter should open with that person’s address already punched into the proper place.

    If you want to send the same letter to several people, open a Blank Letter, make sure the cursor is placed in the To row, go to whichever directory of addresses, select the people to whom you would like to send the letter (once again, you may hold the SHIFT or CTRL key down while selecting with the left mouse button) and press PASTE.

    Preparing a Letter in Pegasus Mail

    You may format your text in the customary fashion using the formatting icons located above where you will write your letter.

    Otherwise, for more complicated formatting, you may format and write your text in Word for example, select it, and copy it into the letter section. Tables do not transfer well unfortunately.

    You may also change the colour of your text with the F11 key.
    You may also choose a different Signature than your default signature here.

    Once you are finished writing your letter, press SEND, shown when you have Message (F8) selected.

    If you want to send any files, press Attachment F7 and go to the directory on your computer where the file(s) is(are) located. As a shortcut, you may press the Recently Used Files icon (ALT U), or after pressing the Add Attachment icon (ALT A), you can press the Recent Directories to avoid having to fumble around your computer looking for a particular file. You can select multiple files with the CTRL key and then press Open.

    How to Copy Pictures and Fancy Formatting into Your Pegasus Mail Outgoing Emails

    You can copy formatted text and graphics from any program and it gets pasted nicely into the body of your email, although sometimes you may run into problems. If I am experiencing problems, I find it useful to first copy the text and/or graphics into a blank Word file, then select it and copy it from the Word file instead.

    For graphics, I often use the PrtSc (Print Screen) button on the keyboard, which copies whatever I see on the monitor into the clipboard. From there I can paste it into my beloved Irfan and crop with the mouse and CTRL Y shortcut key, then copy (CTRL C) that, paste it into Word, and copy that to paste it into Pegasus.
    If you want to get super fancy, like with sending forms etc., you can try that by attaching html files, or use Outlook for special cases like that (or hire one of my programmers to help you with that).

    Sending Customer Emails to Multiple Recipients Using Pegasus Mail

    Pegasus Mail

    Open a blank email (CTRL N) and choose the Merge tab. Select the "Enable Mail Merge" box. The easiest way I found was to create a data file in an Excel file and save that as CSV, Comma Separated. In that case select Comma as the Field Delimiter option in the Pegasus Mail Merge tab.

    In my Excel-saved CSV file I would put each field name in the top row. I think it has to be a maximum of eight characters and without spaces or special characters. If using such a field name row, in the Mail Merge tab select "Pegasus Mail should interpret the first line in the data file as a list of field names". Once you saved your CSV file, put its path into the Data File section of the Mail Merge window using the Browse button to the right.

    Select the 'Dry Run' box and put a number 1 or higher in the box to the right. Once you press Send, it will send you that many samples, so that you can open the emails to test it and see what they will look like to the recipients. They will end up in your Inbox within a few seconds (even if you are offline) and you can just erase them after view/previewing.

    Once you are certain everything has been set right, uncheck the 'Dry Run' box, press Send, and watch your Queued Emails in the status strip at the bottom of the Pegasus program increase by the number of emails you have just mass prepared.

    Obviously, the number of rows below the 1st header row in your CSV file is the number of emails that will be prepared. I presume there should be no empty rows between filled rows, otherwise it might stop there at the empty row.

    Once you have prepared all that, you can merge the data into your email by using ~k<FIELD>~ where the <FIELD> would be what you have written in that cell in the top field row. So, if your first column is the email address column (you can even have multiple emails separated by a comma in each cell, for example if a recipient has multiple emails) and the first field row of that column has the text EmaiL in that cell, you would put the text ~kEmaiL~ into the To field of the Message tab of your email message. You can do the same with the Subject if you want a custom subject. Same with the actual body of the email. If you want to attach a file or files, do that in the normal fashion. You can fancy format your emails in the usual manner as well. Pretty simple once you do it a few times. Or you can buy programs which do roughly the same but cost around 100 dollars.

    Setting How You View Your Emails

    When viewing the list of emails in your Inbox, you can press the f button to the left of the send icon (H above) to select how big the font is etc. I have that set to Ariel font at size 18. It makes the lists easy to read.

    Once you have opened an email, you can press the same f button to select the size of the font of each email message (set it once and it applies to all subsequent ones). For this I have chosen Times New Roman at size 18. I work with my email program almost more than anything else, so I try to make it as comfortable as possible.

    What to do if You Have Limited System Resources

    If your computer is slow and you have a limited amount of ram, you might consider reading my computer tips pages how to optimise your computer. If that does not help, I found there are a few quirks about Pegasus which you can manually work around to speed up the program. First of all, as mentioned above, you can turn off the Undelete option. Perhaps a bit risky, but with a really slow computer I found this sped things up substantially.

    Secondly, if your COPYSELF folder gets really big and full of messages, I found that deleting or moving all the messages within it to another folder (such as COPYSELF_Old) sped things up a lot too. But if you go to your Folders folder (File > Mail Folders, or CTRL L) and right mouse click on the COPYSELF folder and press Folder Information, you might find that it still contains all the moved or deleted messages as shown in the "Size on disk" and "Deleted data" sections. I could not figure out how to get around this other than to delete the entire COPYSELF folder and then to recreate it.

    Another reason why your Pegasus Mail program may start to slow down, with limited system resources, is if your inbox (New Mail folder) starts to have too many emails. For this I created a filter (Tools > Mail filtering tools > Edit new mail filtering rules > Rules applied when folder is closed) which automatically moves mail in my inbox and which is older than 90 days old to another folder I created (such as Older Inbox Mail). This keeps your inbox smaller or limited in size. If you have a large Inbox, it might suck up RAM and slow down your entire computer (if you have limited resources).

    Identities

    Identities, found through Tools > Identities and which can be switched easily using the Identity drop-down menu in the toolbar (usually shows as "Default"), is useful if you have multiple personalities. Perhaps you have a business personality, and personal personality, and a horny personality where you want to conceal your identity. All your internet options and personal and other settings can be set differently for each identity.

    Calendar

    Speaking of horny, if you're really turned on by Outlook's calendar you can always use that separately, but I think the Pegasus programmer is working on developing a calendar. I just use my ppc. Or you can download calendar-only programs from the internet. I find Outlook can hog up a lot of RAM and I generally do not like to use it. Just look how long it takes to open the blasted program. You can use the ol' CTRL ALT DELETE to compare your RAM before and after you turn on the program.

    Ghost Queued Mail

    Alas, each program can have its weak point, and I found one which has not been resolved yet. Sometimes when my system freezes or something goes berzerk (like when I send certain very long signatures without pressing the Rich Text button), I find a certain number of Queued Mails can appear, although there really is nothing there. And since I'm a computer geek, I try to erase it, and the number of ghost queued emails which forever sit there staring at me, while I know a certain amount of them are non-existent, so drives me up the wall that it forces me to find a solution. And heck, I guess that's what makes me a computer guru, doesn't it? By the amount I have learned over the years because I persevered and always found a solution for every problem.

    Anyway, if you got any ghost queued messages you mouth-frothingly need to get rid of, just go to your pmail folder (should be C:\Pmail), then your Mail folder in that, sort your files according to extension (endings), and look for the .pnx extensions (maybe .pmx, but I think .pnx). If you have three ghost queued emails ready to be sent, you should have three such .pnx files, and if you open each of them (in Notepad, for example), they should be entirely empty. Once having confirmed that, just ZAP those little buggers (erase them) and you can then reduce your frantic breathing pace of over-anxiety. Restart Pegasus for the changes to show.

    Preparing Templates

    You can prepare automatic replies as explained above. You will find this through the Tools > Template Editor. You can make templates for blank New Mails, or for Response Emails when you have an email selected and press SHIFT R. With such response templates you can get real fancy. If you want to get any fancier than all that I have explained above, I'm not going to post EVERYTHING that I know on these pages but for these secrets you can throw me a few bucks and I'll help you set up whatever you need. Hey, I'm a one man show running a multinational super global corporation, so I've employed a billion tricks with a billion programs, and paid my programmers to design other programs for me, to automate and scale down my entire operations. I can do the same for you!

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    Published - June 2010









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