Last update 02-Feb-2003.


In version 3.31 the following features are added to the program:
  • The online help has been extensively improved and brought up-to-date.
  • IMAP: MercuryI, the Mercury/32 IMAP server module, is now a standard component of the Mercury/32 release. Long in development, MercuryI allows IMAP4rev1-compatible mail clients such as Pegasus Mail, Mulberry and Outlook to access entire mailbox structures in a managed way.
  • Policies: This powerful new feature allows you to create your own external tasks to examine mail messages. Mercury provides support for things like attachment unpacking - all you do is put together a script, batch file or program that does the processing you need, then tell Mercury how to invoke it. As an example, it takes about 10 minutes to create a virus scanning policy to check all your mail for viruses, even if the virus scanner does not understand Internet message encodings. Policies are found on their own page in the Mercury Core Module configuration dialog, and there is extensive help for them in the help file.
  • Content control: Are you sick to death of spam? So are we. Mercury now has one of the most comprehensive content examination and control features we could put together. Using the new content control option, you can apply tests of arbitrary complexity to incoming mail and take any of a number of actions based on the results. A clever weighting system allows you to aggregate a number of points with varying levels of importance during the evaluation.
  • Blacklist overhaul: Mercury now allows you to create a practically unlimited number of blacklist definitions (for services such as the RBL, or ORDB), and the functionality available for testing those blacklists has been thoroughly updated.
  • NetWare support A new NDS-mode enabler has been included with this version: the new enabler allows you to specify an object that Mercury should try to look up in the NDS database before starting any mail transaction. This approach, while a little rough and ready, allows Mercury to work reliably in an environment where servers are occasionally unavailable.
  • Programmable autoresponders/autoreplies Mercury now allows you to set up multiple automatic replies and have the correct one chosen based on factors like the day of the week, the time of day or the current date.
  • Numerous bug fixes Many, many small problems have been addressed, especially in the MercuryE end-to-end SMTP delivery module.
  • And (not mentioned in the release notes) but very powerful: Mercury can now service an unlimited number of queue directories, spread over a (Novell) Network.

Han van den Bogaerde
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