Thursday, September 23, 2004

Pegasus Mail

For quite a long time I have been exclusively using the Pegasus email client, which in my opinion, is streets ahead of any other email program that I've tried to date.

Pegasus is the brain-child of gifted New Zealand programmer, David Harris. In spite of the vast amount of work involved in maintaining and updating such a complex program, David is committed to keeping Pegasus totally free. The only revenue that the programmer derives from Pegasus is through the sale of manual sets and Pegasus novelty items such as clocks and coffee cups. The online help files that come with the software are very good, so there is no need to buy the manual unless you need help with particularly advanced configurations.

The program's comparative security is just one of its outstanding features. As the information on the site states:

"Pegasus Mail protects you from even the worst HTML-borne virus and trojans, and protects your privacy by intercepting web bugs. Pegasus Mail is immune to *all* the exploits that affect the "other" mailer - browse your mail with genuine confidence."

Pegasus also has an outstanding filtering system that allows you to set up simple, or very complex, rule sets to ensure that your mail ends up exactly where you want it. This includes the ability to manipulate copies of sent emails to appropriate folders as well as server side filtering. This powerful content control can be an excellent anti-spam tool.

Another plus is the control the user has over the way email is sorted. Within each individual folder, you can set one of a number of views, such as threaded, or grouped, views, subject, date, sender, or size, and the folders will retain this configuration between openings.

This software has so many features that it would be impossible for me to write about them all here. For me, its the attention to detail that makes the software so good. For example, if you include the word "attachment" in the text of an email and then don't actually attach anything, it will ask you if there was meant to be an attachment before it executes the send. This can prove to be a real embarrassment saver!

As you may have gathered from the above, this is software that I, and many others in the worldwide community of Pegasus users, have grown to love.

However, because the program is so powerful and feature rich, it may not be quite as easy to "drive" as clients like Outlook Express. That is, to get the most out of the client, you may need to spend some time learning its secrets. Also, the aforementioned security features mean that it may handle HTML email differently than OE users have grown to expect.

All in all, I consider Pegasus Email to be among the very best programs that I use, and this includes bought programs as well as freeware.

Click the link below to download the program and find out more.

You can find out more about Pegasus and download the program via the link below:
Pegasus Mail


florence.b said...

I have been learning on Pegasus slowly, only accessing basic features. I have not been successful in finding a multiple identity option in the program. Help taxt is complex.

Clif said...

Hi Brett, this is an outstanding review. Take a bow.