DreamMail is a powerful, yet somewhat obscure, email client software for Windows with features filled to the brim. It was designed to handle multi-user and multi email account, and supports SMTP, eSMTP, POP 3, and even RSS feeds. You can even access webmail accounts such as Yahoo which doesn’t have POP3 access for free users. With support for filters, labels, mail blacklist/whitelist, search and other functions, DreamMail makes for a pretty darn good email program. It’s two sore spots are – lack of support for IMAP and poor junk filtering capabilities.
Given below, in brief, are some of the features of Dream Mail.
Multi-accounts and Multi-users: A single DreamMail installation can be used by multiple users who share your computer, such as the family PC. You can’t read your mom’s email and neither can she read yours, and both can have multiple email accounts. Each user’s account is password protected.
Protocol support: Common email protocols POP3, SMTP, ESMTP are supported. As already said, IMAP is not supported. Webmails like Hotmail or Yahoo! are easily reachable from the User Interface.
Message sorting: Quickly sort mails by unread, read, from a particular sender, mails with attachment, mails received/sent during a certain period such as 1 week, 2 weeks etc. You can also filter emails by subject, content, priority, flag and others.
Messages filtering: You can use blacklists or whitelists of email addresses, subject, message content, source, IP addresses, header and more to make sure important mails are never missed and junk emails do not clutter your inbox. The programs automatic junk filtering however leaves a lot to be desired.
Mail categorizing: Assign priority and colored labels to emails, or move them to virtual folders.
View in HTML or TEXT mode: Received mails can be displayed on HTML mode or TEXT mode with or without online preview. E-mails header are also shown.
Templates: Many dozens of mail templates are included into the software, and you can create new templates yourself. There are 15 categories, each of them containing at least two to more than 10 templates, ranging from serious ones like business, birthday wishing or salutations to leisure-like ones as cartoons, moods or butterflies.
Address book: Contacts are arranged alphabetically and spread across multiple pages sorted by letter. A contact page can be opened by clicking the corresponding letter in the lower part of the page, like on a diary. The details for the contacts are numerous with fields like instant messenger ID, nickname, hobbies, birthday and more. You can even rate your contacts.
Attachment Management: All email attachments can be viewed together under the attachment manager, and sorted by date, type, size etc.
Export, Import and Backup: You can import mails from an EML file, Microsoft Outlook, Foxmail or another installation of DreamMail. Similarly, mails can be exported as EML, HTML, MHT and TXT file. As with mails, the address book can be imported too from Microsoft Outlook, vCard, WAB, CSV and TXT file. Address book can be exported to a CSV file.
DreamMail can also incrementally backup your mails and restore it from a backup.
RSS Feeds: The feed reader is unfortunately quite bad. It can load only XML files, so if a website is using a service such as FeedBurner, you won’t be able to subscribe to it. Since nearly every website uses FeedBurner or some other redirection service, the RSS reader is pretty much non functional.
DreamMail has its shortcoming but at the end the positives outweighs the negatives. The program’s vast number of features and highly flexibility is hard to ignore. It is a very fine piece of software indeed, one that deserves to be tried, at least once.