When the Postman Rings Twice...

A first test of Nick Knight's Internet Mailer

Translation of MR/2 ICE review in OS/2 Inside - Feb 1996 p. 17. Translated from German and posted with the permission of OS/2 Inside
We all have a cross to bear with the Internet. Everyone raves about it, and OS/2 Warp provides a respectable protocol suite for it, but the situation changes when we look at the applications! E-mail is the area for which everyone immediately finds a practical use - only to start Ultimail and then to turn away in horror. Fortunately, there are alternatives. We presented PMMail and the Post Road Mailer in our October issue. Now, yet another programmer has set about to provide us with an additional attractive and practical alternative.

Nick Knight of Secant Technologies is already well known to Fidonet users for his QWK-standard mailer, MR/2. The new product, MR/2 ICE (Internet Cruiser Edition), has little to do with that program, however. It is, in fact, a complete E-mail system for the POP3 and SMTP standards. There are, in addition, already plans to add a newsgroup reader.

The E-mail portion is for the most part complete and works flawlessly. MR/2 ICE can even be configured to receive mail by SMTP, whereas POP3 reads work using the pre-configured settings. Mail can be sent using either POP3 or SMTP without any further configuration. MR/2 ICE is a fully integrated PM program. If the developers of OS/2 had only suspected the extent to which programmers would use the notebook strategy perhaps they would have taken more care in its design and organization. The complete user interface of MR/2 ICE takes on the form of a notebook.

There are three standard notebook tabs - Inbox, Outbox and Folders. When you create new folders in order to sort your mail according to topic or person, a double-click opens a new notebook page. A new tab with the appropriate name also appears. These dynamic notebook pages take some getting used to, especially since these pages can only be closed by the context menu of the corresponding folder.

Once you have gotten used to this system, however, it turns out to be an unusually practical arrangement that elegantly bypasses a number of the more nonsensical peculiarities of the notebook design. Even in the beta versions, the program is quite stable.

A few performance problems, for instance when opening the reader and the editor after receiving mail, will probably be ironed out at the latest in the final release.

A number of very attractive and useful features such as a good editor with numerous functions, a large number of templates for signatures, diverse macros for automatic configuration of the templates, drag and drop, etc. make MR/2 ICE a serious competitor for existing E-mail programs. Nick Knight has created a special web-page for MR/2 ICE: http://www.mr2ice.com/. You can find beta- and release versions there. Shareware registration is $20.00 during the beta phase and will probably by $25.00 for the release version (without Newsgroup support).