Softpedia Editor's Review for Popcorn
Ultra-lightweight POP3/SMTP e-mail client
Written by Bogdan Popa on April 9th, 2013
Popcorn is a small email client that connects itself to a POP3 server and informs you whenever there's a new message waiting in your inbox.
The application is fully portable, which means it can be easily copied on a USB Flash drive and used on the go, without prior installation.
Although the support is limited to POP3 accounts exclusively, Popcorn may still come in handy to a number of users, not only because it's so light, but also thanks to the fact that it's extremely easy to set up.
The straightforward interface offers you instant access to your inbox once an account has been configured, with a dedicated panel to switch accounts. Popcorn supports several email accounts at the same time, with a dedicated manager to configure settings for each of them.
While setting up a new account is easy, provided that you know all details such as server name and passwords, not the same thing can be said about the main window, which comes with small buttons, each of them assigned to a different task.
Of course, it's all a matter of time until you find out what's the purpose of a certain button, but a more intuitive look or detailed descriptions could be useful.
Last but not least, Popcorn allows you to set up an “Address Book” and write new messages quick and easy, with a tiny icon that sits in the System Tray and allows you to either check for new emails on all accounts or compose a new message.
Overall, Popcorn is useful especially because it can be used on the go, but otherwise, the lack of more customization options and a more attractive interface may disappoint some of the users.
Here are some key features of "Popcorn":
· Popcorn is a lightweight and portable e-mail client for Windows.
· Works as a client/server application, reading mail "directly" from POP servers.
· Send and receive mail using secure SSL encrypted server connections. (More details in the "Send and receive mail using SSL in Popcorn" section).
· Ideally suited for "on the road" mail access, for scanning, reading and sending mail over slow connections.
· Supports multiple account profiles, enabling you to read and send mail from any number of accounts.
· Requires no installation, no data is saved locally other than a portable .INI file containing account information.
· Ideal for cleaning up POP accounts, removing spam, unwanted mail, large attachments etc...
· Immune to all forms of e-mail attachment and HTML viruses/scripts/trojans, because it does not directly support receiving attachments or viewing HTML.
· Optionally supports viewing/saving attachments and HTML through external applications.
· The built-in mail editor and address book enables you to compose and send new mail with or without file attachments, reply to, forward and re-direct received mail using SMTP or (E)SMTP with authentication.
· Fits easily on a floppy or other portable (even read only) media, making it easy to carry around at all times.
· Using the Mail Message (.eml) format, you can easily import mail items composed, saved or sent from Popcorn into other popular e-mail clients.
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Fixed an issue introduced in release 1.99 that caused mail sending to fail if the SMTP server supported the CRAM-MD5 authentication method.