First steps with PowerMail

PowerMail relies on the system software available in Mac OS X; this benefits our users by removing the need for any installer or "first-run program" and minimizes the disk space requirements. To install PowerMail, simply drag the appropriate "PowerMail" folder to your hard disk and double-click on the application.

After launching for the first time, it creates a new folder called "PowerMail Files" in your Mail folder; this will contain all of your personal database files. You can move this folder to any convenient location on your hard disk or on a file server. (Storing the folder on a server makes PowerMail slower, but it may be useful for some situations, such as multi-user/kiosk usage). In the unlikely event that PowerMail loses track of its data files, it prompts you to locate the PowerMail Files folder again or to create a new folder.

Configuring PowerMail

You will need the information provided by your network administrator or Internet Service Provider; see the section below on "Creating multiple accounts", which gives step-by-step instructions for setting up accounts.

Connecting to a POP server and downloading mail

Once you have configured at least one account, you can connect and read any pending incoming messages. This section takes you through the steps of connecting to a POP3 (Post Office Protocol) account and getting your messages. Once any pending messages have been transferred from the server to your computer, you can use the PowerMail browser to read and manage messages.

To connect to a POP account:

  1. Make sure that your network settings are correct in the System Preferences, and connect to your service provider.
  2. Choose Connect from the Connection menu. The PowerMail Connect dialog box appears.
  3. Check the account (or accounts) that you want to connect to.
  4. Click OK.

PowerMail connects and retrieves any pending incoming messages. You can observe the progress in the Status Window. With a POP account, all pending messages are downloaded to your computer and appear in the In Tray in the PowerMail Browser window.

To make subsequent connections using the same settings, and without going through the Connect Dialog, choose Connect Again from the Connection menu, or click the Connect Again button in the Toolbar.

PowerMail connects using the settings previously entered in the Connect Dialog; in order to selectively connect to one account, use the popup menu found under the "Connect again" button on the toolbar.

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