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--------------------------------------------------------------------------- YAM - Version 2.6 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- About YAM --------- YAM (Yet Another Mailer) lets you send and receive electronic mail (e-mail) over the Internet and maintain archives of messages in your computer via a graphical user interface. The idea came to the original author (Marcel Beck) back in 1995 when he first tried using e-mail. The programmes available at the time were either powerful but complicated to configure, or else used a too limiting user interface. The goal, therefore, was to program a cross between AdMail and AirMail, with a few ideas coming from Pegasus Mail. While earlier versions of YAM were developed closed source, today's versions are developed by an independent open source community. Since the year 2000 a group of mixed developers maintain YAM and release new versions from time to time. While these versions are all targeted for the Amiga platform, versions of different AmigaOS incarnations are supplied. This includes native PowerPC ports to modern Amiga platforms like AmigaOS4 or MorphOS. Before you start the installation --------------------------------- YAM 2.5+ not only uses newer configuration files, the files used to store separate emails are named differently as well. Therefore, before you start the installation script to overwrite your existing installation, it's strongly recommended that you create a backup of your old YAM installation, including all folders and configuration files. Afterwards you can install the update into your old YAM directory if you wish. On start-up, YAM 2.5+ will automatically convert your old configuration files to the new 2.5+ format, and after being started, YAM will rename your old emails as necessary, always under your control. It is also recommended that you re-save your configuration as soon as possible in order to update your .config file to the new format, which will reveal all the new options available. In addition, please note that since YAM 2.5 no YAM: assign is required anymore. That means, you may even install it in a new location and start it right away from there without having to touch your old installation. Afterwards you may manually import the mails from your old installation. What's new ---------- Here's a list (in alphabetical order) of the brave developers who have contributed to this release since the last official one: Alexey Ivanov David Rey Guenther Nikl Jens Langner Joerg Strohmayer Matthias Rustler Olaf Barthel Thore Boeckelmann And here's a PARTIAL list of the changes in this version with respect to the previous official update: - updated translations for czech, french, german, greek, italian and swedish language. - updated default theme images by Martin 'Mason' Merz. - added import and export functions for alien address books (i.e. XML files as used by SimpleMail). - AmigaOS4.1's new notification system will can used to inform the user about new received mails. - improved handling of header lines in general and especially malformed header lines by certain Microsoft software. - improved download and export speed of mails by optimizing the amount of data shown on the screen. Overall the speed increased about 200%. - improved the spam handling by treating the user's address book as a white list. - rewritten RFC2047 and RFC2822 routines to match the current RFC recommendations. - individual character sets can now be configured for reading and writing mails instead of having one character set for all actions. - improved ARexx command handling and extended command set. - all error messages which occured during a mail transfer now include the account name to make it easier to spot the faulty account in case a user has more than one account at the same provider. - mail attachments are displayed as a scrollable virtual group to be able to show an unlimited number of files. - all balance object use the new NBalance.mcc class which supports custom mouse pointers. - foreign characters with a mail may be converted to either "?" or similar look alike characters. - reduced overall stack usage by using dynamically allocated memory when needed. - the text font and style can be configured independently for reading and writing mails . - the spam training data can be optimized to keep the data base small by removing very rarely used word. - made the date scanning of birthdays locale aware. - added various AROS versions (i386, ppc, x86_64). - added NOSPLASHWINDOW tooltype to start/quit YAM silently. - on AmigaOS4.1 the new URL: device will be preferred over openurl.library to invoke a browser. - lots of other improvement we don't remember right now (keep in mind: more than 2 years of development was put into YAM 2.6!) :) If you want to have a more detailed technical information on what was actually changed, please have a look at the included 'ChangeLog' file. What is still missing? ---------------------- - lots of translators! YAM 2.4 featured lots of different languages, but due to the large amount of changed texts these catalogs are completely outdated. Especially support for such common languages as Danish, Finnish, Spanish, etc. is currently missing. If you are a native speaker of a language that YAM does not offer (anymore), then please contact us. - lots of documentation! As with the translation, the documentation largely lags behind. Again, if you are a native speaker (even for English) and if you are interested in updating/writing YAM's documentation then please contact us. - now that YAM 2.5+ comes with a new themes management, users are free to create own themes in a fashion that allow them to exchange them with other users. So go and create your own themes and submit them via AmiNET&Co! :) Source code ----------- Due to lack of time and motivation, Marcel Beck stopped working on YAM back in 2000, but the sources were released under the GNU General Public License at SourceForge.net. If you want to help developing this program further or perhaps you are considering a port to a different operating system, please consider joining the YAM Open Source team instead of doing it on your own. Our home page is at http://www.yam.ch/ from which you can obtain all necessary information to contact us. We want to hear from you! Donations --------- If you like the development of YAM and you want to give our open source developers an additional motivation to continue to update YAM in future or if you simply want to say "Thanks", the YAM project accepts money donations via PayPal. All the donations during a release cycle are collected and divided by considering the activity of each developer during the time the development lasted. This way we hope to attract more developers in future, which in turn should give you a new version more quickly. http://www.yam.ch/Development/Donations So in case you want to support our efforts to develop a modern up2date e-mail client for modern AmigaOS-based systems, please consult the above URL for more information on how to donate to us. Online resources ---------------- As YAM is an open source development effort, we have several online resources cover your daily YAM needs: http://www.yam.ch/ - Official Support Homepage http://download.yam.ch/ - Direct path to the download page http://faq.yam.ch/ - Online Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) http://bugs.yam.ch/ - Bugtracker and Feature Requests http://forum.yam.ch/ - Web-based online forum For Developers: http://nightly.yam.ch/ - Access to automatic nightly developer snapshots http://svn.yam.ch/ - Web-based source code SVN access http://stats.yam.ch/ - Daily updated development statistics __ / / __ / / Only Amiga makes it possible... \ \/ / \__/ Amiga is a trademark of Amiga, Inc.
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