Everyone knows what a pain it is to have separate Inboxes and settings for your work and personal e-mail programs. It’s even worse if you’re a frequent traveler but don’t have regular access to a laptop. Corporate Web mail is often just a truncated version of what you see at the office, and sometimes it’s a completely different interface. The Dmailer V7 lets you take your Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Mail e-mail accounts with you on a USB drive (or memory card, hard drive, or MP3 player) and access them from any machine in an environment that more closely mimics what you’re used to--even if the second PC has no e-mail software installed. While we encountered a couple of head-scratching situations, the concept is simple, and it works.
Our version of Dmailer V7 came on a standard USB flash drive (you can also download it from the Web site). It uses AES 128-bit encryption to keep your files safe. You simply load the software onto your storage device, which is plugged into your Microsoft Windows machine (sorry, Mac users), and it helps you set everything up. It also assumes that you use Microsoft e-mail programs and already have them configured. It supports Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, and Vista
; Outlook 2000, 2002, 2003, and 2007; Exchange 5.5, 2000, 2003, and 2007; Windows Mail; and Outlook Express 5.5 and up. If you’re not using one of those systems, you’re out of luck.
How Dmailer V7 Works
Dmailer V7 includes a user interface that mimics the basic appearance of Microsoft Outlook/Express, so navigating and using its features was fairly easy. The installer asks you to enter some basic information about your e-mail accounts and browser (it’s compatible with both Firefox and Internet Explorer), and then you can choose to import your e-mail, contacts, calendar information, personal files, and browser bookmarks. Once they’re synced, you should be able to access all this information from any other PC once you plug your storage device into it. Setup on the initial Windows XP computer flowed smoothly, and we were able to send and receive e-mail without any complications.
When we plugged the USB key into a desktop running Windows 2000 with SP2, we were forced to re-enter a lot of the e-mail account settings, even though this is supposed happen automatically. Once we did, though, we were able to send attachments from our e-mail address on the second PC, even though there was no e-mail program on it at all. Dmailer also gave us unfettered access to our Firefox browser settings, down to the placement of all the bookmarks. We added a new bookmark while using Dmailer V7 on the second PC, and when we plugged the key back into the first PC, everything we did was synchronized to the original computer. Every e-mail, file, and bookmark was replicated nearly instantly.
No More Syncing
Dmailer V7 transports your e-mail settings and information from PC to PC well. For people who have multiple computers but want to coordinate just one e-mail account and a set of files between them, Dmailer provides a simpler solution compared with full syncs between machines. It’s also a useful tool for corporate users who normally use a desktop but borrow laptops for travel.
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