Developer Central 32, Mike Gunderloy, Reviewer
Mass e-mails are a fact of life, even for those of
us who don't send spam. Heck, you're reading one
right now, aren't you? Now, I'm not responsible for
managing the Developer Central mailing list or
sending the e-mail blasts, but if I were, Total
Access Emailer would be an attractive product for
TA Emailer works with e-mail addresses stored in any
sort of Access database, either MDB or ADP (the version of the program
you buy is specific to the version of Access, though, so if you have
data scattered across Access 97 and Access 2000 you'll need two copies).
You can pick any field in any table or query as the source of the
addresses, and use any other data stored in the table in the mail. For
example, if you set the start of the body text to "Dear [FirstName] [LastName]",
TA Emailer will fill in the data from the FirstName and LastName fields
of each record.
TA Emailer avoids the annoying Outlook security features
that prevent mass mailings by sending directly to an SMTP server. You
can use an SMTP server you already have access to, or follow the
instructions in the help file to set one up on Windows 2000 or XP. You
can schedule the blast to go out at any time, and you can set a delay
between messages or between groups of messages so you don't outpace the
server's ability to send them.
Email jobs are saved so they can be edited and reused.
You also get statistics and reporting after a blast has gone out.
There's even a programmatic interface in case you'd like to add emailing
capabilities to your own Access applications. All in all, a nice piece
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