Re: Signature addressing

Subject: Re: Signature addressing
From: Andrew Woodhouse <awoodhou -at- MPC-UK -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 1996 15:01:44 GMT

Jane Bergen <janeb -at- answersoft -dot- com> writes:

> Julie wrote:
> > The best way I've found for adding a signature block to the end of
> > messages, (using MS Exchange) is:
> >
> > 1) Create a .txt file in WordPad (Small print preferabbly)
> > including your information.
> >
> > 2) From Exchange's main menu go to Insert, then File and choose your
> > text file and insert it into your message.
> >

> This works fine for a few messages but if you send several messages
> it could really slow you down. I came across a shareware program
> called "Internet Idioms for Microsoft Exchange" that has a utility
> for doing this and several other Exchange things. You can find the
> file at this URL:


> If you are looking for the file elsewhere and need its "real" file
> name, I believe it's

> Jane Bergen
> ...............................................................
> Jane Bergen, Technical Writer
> janeb -at- answersoft -dot- com or janeb -at- airmail -dot- net
> "The difference between the right word and the
> almost right word is the difference between lightning
> and the lightning bug" (Mark Twain)
> ...............................................................

Two points on this:

1) If you're serious about using email, don't use MS Exchange unless you're in
a mixed MSMail/internet mail environment *and* want (or need) to receive faxes
with the same program as your email. It is horribly slow and cumbersome for
simple internet email, and also contains some bugs. I have the impression that
MS rushed it out without adequate testing.

There are plenty of excellent, freeware, mail clients out there that are more
feature-laden, and much faster, than Exchange. Pegasus Mail, Eudora Lite, and
Email Connection spring to mind.

I use exchange for faxes only, and my life's been much better since I did so.

They also support standard internet mail-type things like signatures,
filtering, etc. natively (i.e. without having to bolt bits on) and *do not*
cause havoc among mailing lists by trying at every opportunity to send RTF
attachments, which 99% of the internet community can't use.

2) The relationship between this and Technical Writing seems at the very least
tenuous. The WIN95-L list would be a better place for such discussions (there,
mail clients are almost as much of a holy war as web browsers)


Andrew Woodhouse
US WEST International Systems Group

email: awoodhou -at- isysg -dot- com
Tel: +44 181 214 3499
Fax: +44 181 214 2335

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