PentaSuite - Email and MAPI Support
Both PentaSuite and PentaZip can attach
files directly to an Email message. The systems we have tested are:
- Netscape Messenger
- Microsoft Exchange
- Microsoft Outlook
- Microsoft Outlook Express
- Lotus Notes (All
32-bit versions of Lotus Notes from 4.5 onwards provide the necessary
.DLL. However, version 4.5.4 works reliably in all situations.
Version 4.6 and 4.6a were missing some fixes to the MAPI support
that were in 4.5.4 and so do not work properly).
- Novell GroupWise
There are other programs available
on the software market that adhere to the MAPI standard. PentaSuite
and PentaZip should work properly with such systems.
What does MAPI mean?
MAPI means "Messaging Application
Program Interface". Its purpose is to allow a program to attach
the file or document currently open (such as a compressed file opened
using PentaZip) to an e-mail message. The e-mail program which is
present on your system and has been defined as default will be used
to do this.
Besides PentaZip, there are other programs
that adhere to the MAPI rules (set down by Microsoft and others)
that can access e-mail. Included among those programs you will find
Word Processors, Graphics, spread sheets, etc.
What is the purpose of MAPI?
As mentioned above, the MAPI support
allows you to quickly attach documents to e-mail messages directly
from the application that created the document. Without MAPI, users
must first save the document, remember what folder the document
is in, switch to your favorite e-mail program and then manually
attach the document to the outgoing message.
MAPI streamlines this process dramatically.
To e-mail the current, open document from your word processor, select
the Send command from your word processors File menu. This
automatically activates the default e-mail program and attaches
a copy of the open document to a new message.
The MAPI system has created a standardized
method for message handling by applications so that software programs
can attach documents to e-mail messages quickly, easily and transparently
for the user.