Eudora Pro 4.1 in Public Beta — We reserve reporting on public betas to truly impressive releases, and Qualcomm’s Eudora Pro 4.1 beta falls squarely into that category. Although the revision number is a small bump, the feature list will have long-time Eudora users drooling. Eudora Pro 4.1 now supports IMAP, includes an inline spell checker like Microsoft Word 98, offers a completely revamped Search command, provides an optional preview pane in mailbox windows, colorizes quoted text, and adds a Speak action to filters. A neat minor feature is the x-eudora-setting URL type that enables users to click an x-eudora-setting URL sent in an email message and edit that setting in a graphical interface – this feature provides access to Eudora’s numerous tweaky settings without requiring ResEdit or AppleScript. Although the time-limited beta has been solid in our testing, it has known bugs, and we don’t recommend you try it without a backup of your mail folder. The current beta, 4.1b26, is a 3 MB download. Do note that the README file’s wording regarding Eudora not working with FreePPP is unfortunate and incorrect – Eudora works fine with FreePPP, but the OT/PPP and MacSLIP settings panel doesn’t apply to FreePPP. [ACE]
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