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Shareware; $59.99

Current Version: 2.2.5 (June 15, 2010)

DirectMail is a shareware mailing-list and bulk email program for Mac OS X 10.3 and later, featuring a simple and clean user interface and a low price point. DirectMail supports the creation of plain text, rich text, HTML and combined HTML/plain text multipart/alternative emails; includes mail merge, address importing, multilingual capabilities; and is capable of direct connections to recipients' email servers.

Version 2.2.5 makes the following changes:

  • Fixed partial data loss bug occurring on Mac OS X 10.5 systems.
  • Scan Incoming Mail now works with IMAP servers and is better at identifying bounced emails.
  • Fixed several performance issues with history charts.
  • Fixed a bug that would prevent some web pages from being successfully imported.
  • Messages sent using e3 Delivery Service now respect the user's locale.
  • Fixed bug with printing custom column data.
  • Text attributes applied to [unsubscribe link] and [unsubscribe instructions] mail-merge tags are now honored when the message is sent.
  • Fixed text alignment issue in first-run setup window.
  • Added capability to send to duplicate email addresses.
  • Preview window now animates into place.
  • Various other minor bug fixes and enhancements.

User Reviews

[1.7.8] "This is one of the best values in shareware. A simple, easy-to-use interface makes Direct Mail a snap to use with no learning curve. The versatile import command accepts mailing lists in CSV format, which is very convenient. All I wanted to do was send occasional bulk emails with heavy HTML, CSS and embedded image content, and Direct Mail was the perfect solution for me."
—Russell Shaddox, September 8, 2006

[1.7.8] "An excellent direct mail program for Mac OS X, offering intuitive ease of use. Still showing growing pains when trying to create more subtle mail messages. Importing Word for Mac files and images into Messages results in loss of formatting. Notwithstanding Direct Mail itself incorporates many formatting tools, I have experienced many times the email messages look totally different upon arrival in the target's mailbox. Support or service extremely slow or lacks completely, which is totally unacceptable and will stain this otherwise excellent value for money product. Invitation to Mr. Jonathan and friends: do surprise me, but hurry up!"
—Herman Thuy, September 9, 2006

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Related Links

Andrew Starr has a marvelous page of Eudora plug-ins and enhancements that Eudora users must check out. His entire site (known as eMailman) is worthwhile for every email junkie out there.

Graham Orndorff has written a superb collection of articles on setting up email servers and secure email clients on Mac OS X.

Adam Engst has put together a comprehensive overview of email attachment formats that is invaluable for anyone who wants or needs to understand the complexities behind them.

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