C-Command Software has released SpamSieve 2.9.7 with improvements to overall accuracy in the spam-filtering utility. The update no longer links against AppleScriptKit, a change that removes some GUI scripting functionality but works around a bug that could prevent SpamSieve from launching. It also improves the movement of trained messages when Outlook has lost track of the special Junk E-mail folder, fixes an Outlook bug that prevented addresses from loading if an error was reported while acquiring a contact’s email address, fixes a permissions-related problem and works around a rule-syncing bug in Apple Mail, adds more checks to ensure that SpamSieve has proper permissions to access required folders, improves error reporting for Apple Mail and Growl, and improves the Japanese localization. SpamSieve now requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later (older versions compatible for Mac OS X 10.2 through 10.4 are available from this support page). ($30 new with a 20-percent discount for TidBITS members, free update, 10.8 MB, release notes)
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