We take mail filtering for granted today, but it was big news back in 1991. Pegasus was the first to do it and, 12 years later, its long history ensures lots of development time and a strong community of helpful users. The latest release is a major upgrade, but filtering is still at the forefront. A good example is the Content Control spam trap, which weights common junk words and phrases, but also uses the traditional black and white lists. Known spammers can be added to the blacklist, trusted senders to the whitelist, and if you hang a high negative weighting on a trusted email address or mailing list name it will always pass through the filtering intact. The theory sounds good, but the whole thing is complex and unwieldy in practice. It doesn't trap enough spam and creates false positives in the process. You may get better results if you're prepared to invest a lot of tinkering time, but all Pegasus Mail's faults are exposed when you look at Outlook using SpamNet. Comparatively, SpamNet needs hardly any configuration, other than the odd 'block or unblock' using a toolbar button, but still traps around 95 per cent of the spam thrown at it. However, there's more to a mail client than spam blocking, and Pegasus is certainly fully featured. It will happily run across a LAN as well as a desktop machine, and there's built-in support for Novell NetWare too. What's more, you can download the freeware Mercury Mail server application if you want the closest integration. Among Pegasus' new features is proper SSL support for IMAP4, POP3 and SMTP using 192-bit encryption keys (via Peter Gutmann's cryptlib encryption library) as standard. The POP3/SMTP code routines have been totally re-written to allow multiple active POP3 mailboxes, and they apply filtering rules on the server too. External HTML rendering within messages is blocked, and a group viewing feature allows an active thread view, which sorts mess
ages into threads and moves threads with new messages to the top of the tree. Template editing has also been made easier, as you no longer need to understand the template scripting language. There are plenty of good things to say about Pegasus - easy mail merging, a decent distribution list for managing large mailing lists, POP3 selective download previewing, a UK spell check, even a telephone message form. All this is great, but there are unfortunately far too many downers to add to the list. Pegasus may have pioneered filtering, but the standard filter-editing interface hasn't kept pace with the times and feels awkward and messy in use. Even worse, if you're migrating from any other client, you can forget an easy ride. There's no easy import function to move your existing messages over, and the chances of keeping your folder structures intact is also pretty remote. Of course, all of this sounds petty when you consider that Pegasus Mail is free. In case you were wondering, it makes its money by charging $30 (£18) for a PDF manual, or $95 (£57) per year for a 'Full Support Subscription' for one to five users, which provides formal technical support for both Pegasus and Mercury Mail server. There's no doubt that Pegasus is great value, but whether it's worth the hassle is another matter entirely.
If you feel uncomfortable using outlook, you can try this program, Pegasus mail is a very good alternative to the Microsoft opponent, maybe is not getting updated from a lot of time, but is function are many and there is no need to update a program already so advanced. This program has many advanced options, for example the filter functions are very useful and simply to configure, the program offer an integrated mail server that can be used for sending email in a local network and support Novell Netware. At the beginning maybe you will find yourself a little confused with the interface of the program, the interface is not so easy to comprehend at the first moment and could take some time to learn to use this program correctly because is not so intuitive. The security of this program is very efficient, it has its own proprietary codify for the messages and the program has already included a special "black list" of dangerous file extension, least of all, the program will not allow the user to open a file inside the program.
I've been using Pegasus Mail for about six years and, although I've gone through other email clients in my professional capacity (as an IT Technician and now as a Webmaster), I've stuck with it for personal use. Let me track my personal history as a Pegasus user. Initially, I wanted something I was familiar with. Pegasus, a favourite in many educational institutions, was the program available at the college where I worked. Therefore, my first choice was decided by nothing more complicated than simple circumstance. I imagine that's why so many people today use programs like MS Outlook (which is on a high proportion of business desktops) or MS Outlook Express (hard to avoid if your machine comes preloaded with Windows). After a while, I decided to think again about my choice and I looked around at other packages, such as Eudora. Pegasus didn't stand out as completely unique; on the other hand, nothing else had any features that I felt were missing, and so I decided not to change. After all, I could send and receive, create a folder structure to store old messages, save a message to finish later, etc... and that was aside from all the tricks I have still never got round to playing with (like putting photos in the address book). As I started to send and receive more emails, my next evaluation was based on what would help me make the best use of a slowish modem on a pay per minute dial up connection. Pegasus made it easy to queue up mails for sending in a quick burst once I'd turned the line on, and never once tried to connect without my permission). It also let me check the messages waiting on the server before downloading them. Voila - I could instantly wipe out spam and oversize files before wasting valuable seconds of connection time. Even now that I'm using BT's surftime package to give me free offpeak access, I still tend to avoid such things, which has doubtless helped protect me from all manner o
f email-borne viruses and useless junk. The bottom line is that Pegasus Mail is an extremely capable email program. It can do everything that I need - I've only mentioned a few of the features I use most often and skimmed right over others that I also find important; multiple email accounts and user accounts (fun for all the family!), distribution lists (for contacting groups of people), and more. I've not even begun to think about email related tools that I don't currently use at all (IMAP support, LDAP client, etc). There's more than enough to do most things you'd want to do with email. I think that's really the heart of why I haven't ended up turning to anything else - Pegasus works really well for email and doesn't confuse matters by trying to include newsgroups, web browsing, diary, to-do list, and the like. Consequently, it is very good at its job and doesn't open up all the security holes found in a more 'multi-talented' package, such as MS Outlook. If you've got other programs to surf the web and sort out your appointments, and want something that just does email very, very well, I'd recommend looking at Pegasus. Oh, and did I mention that it's free... ;-)