DreamMail 4.4 - A Review of the Free Email Program

The Bottom Line

DreamMail manages email and RSS works wonderfully with stationery, labels, and related message search. Unfortunately, international language support is limited, DreamMail's spam filter seems ineffective, and IMAP accounts are not supported.

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Pros

  • DreamMail manages email accounts and RSS feeds with power and security
  • You can use and create flexible message templates, and DreamMail works with stationery, too
  • DreamMail finds messages related to a contact swiftly, and you can flag messages with versatility

Cons

  • DreamMail has trouble with language encodings other than US-English and Chinese
  • You cannot set up virtual folders to organize mail or assign free-form labels to messages
  • DreamMail does not support IMAP accounts and lacks effective spam filtering

Description

  • DreamMail lets you access multiple POP accounts and can aggregate news from RSS feeds, too.
  • You can sort or action on mail using filters. Unwanted mail can be removed right from the server with a remote mailbox tool.
  • Templates in DreamMail can include not only macros but also background images and other formatting.
  • DreamMail can also use Windows Mail stationery.
  • For enhanced security, DreamMail can display all mail in plain text only.
  • DreamMail offers versatile message search and can find all mail exchanged with a contact swiftly.
  • You can flag messages with one of 13 customizable color labels.
  • DreamMail makes it easy to backup email data and can remind you to do so regularly.
  • DreamMail supports Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista.

Review

DreamMail is a bit of everything: sometimes a little more than a bit, and sometimes a bit too little.

Appearing like a combination of Windows Mail and FoxMail, DreamMail feels familiar and  efficient from the start.

You can access multiple POP accounts with it, read RSS news feeds and use the integrated browser to access web-based accounts. Unfortunately, DreamMail does not support IMAP email accounts.

If you like Windows Mail stationery, you'll appreciate DreamMail's templates. Not only can you set default templates for new messages and replies (more options would be great) and use macros to insert the recipient's name or an original message's attachment list, these templates also behave and look like genuine stationery. DreamMail comes with an impressive collection of nice designs. You can use Windows Mail stationery as well.

Unfortunately, you cannot type any old character in those nicely clad emails. If you use anything but ASCII or Simplified and Traditional Chinese, other characters haphazardly turn into a random piece of the latter in plain text emails. As much as I love Chinese characters, I want my umlauts, too.

The spam filter included in DreamMail, alas, does about nothing except providing black and white lists. DreamMail's more general filters are quite useful, though, and you can use a remote mailbox tool to read and delete messages right at the server.

While DreamMail offers comprehensive search options and can show you mail related to a sender in two simple clicks, virtual folders are not part of its mail managing toolset.

To categorize messages, you can use folders, of course, or one of 13 customizable flags.

To avoid emails that too complex and flashy, DreamMail can display all messages in plain text only. You cannot have rich messages or block remote images, though.

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