TrayPOP is a small utility which lives in the notification tray of your desktop's taskbar. It monitors one or more mail accounts (only the POP3 protocol is currently supported).
TrayPOP automatically and silently downloads the headers and the first 30 lines of each new message. The intuitive notification icon lets you know when new messages have arrived. These are all immediately available for browsing with a single click of the left mouse button.
TrayPOP is the quickest possible way to scan your messages. The click brings up a pop-up menu showing you the subjects and senders of each new message. By simply moving your mouse (or using the arrow keys), you can read the messages and optionally see the detailed headers.
When you see a message that needs special attention, you can launch your main mail client with a second click of the mouse button. You can also delete a message that you've read, but that you don't see any reason for keeping around.
The VC++ 5.0 runtime DLLs (MSVCRT.DLL and MSVCP50.DLL) are required. They can be downloaded from The DLL Archive.
TrayPOP is freeware, and can be distributed freely, in the unmodified form of the zip file above. No files must be removed, modified or added to the zip file, nor may the name of the zip file be changed.
If you're an impatient, carefree person (like me), you don't need to read on. TrayPOP is extremely easy to use.
Sources are not freely available.
No procedure is currently available for automatic deinstall. It is however, sufficient to remove the executable as well as the registry key:
Clicking the right mouse button on this icon brings up the main menu, allowing:
In addition to the icon, a text ("tooltip") will be shown if the cursor rests over the icon for a half second. This text will elaborate a bit on the current state of the program, specifically it will give you a message count, including how many messages are new since the last time you looked at the list, and the time of day of the last connection to the mail server.
The message list is brought up by clicking the left mouse button on the notification icon. Navigate the list by moving your mouse, or by using the arrow keys on the keyboard. Currently, no word wrap is performed.
Currently, all options are local to the current profile only. There are no default settings. (This might be added if the demand is significant.)
You can have TrayPOP check your mail account automatically. This happens at an interval of a number of minutes of your choice.
You can select the base icon used to identify the mail account in the tray area of your taskbar. Currently, all supplied icons are almost the same: an envelope with differently colored "stamps".
You are allowed to hide any account's icon, as long as at least one icon is visible (otherwise there would be no way to get back to the Options dialog... :-)
Pressing "OK" in the Options dialog saves the entire configuration to the registry.
Pressing "Cancel" in the Options dialog actually reloads the entire configuration from the registry. An unfortunate side effect (currently) is that knowledge about current messages is lost, but this is retrieved again the next time TrayPOP checks your account..
So TrayPOP is also able to permanently remove messages from the server, by selecting "Delete" in the message view menu.
The message will be removed immediately from TrayPOP's list, and it will be removed from the server the next time TrayPOP is scheduled to check your mail. The checkbox "Delete updates server immediately" in the Options dialog box can be checked to force an immediate connection to the server to be made. This will make sure that your main client doesn't download the messages you delete from TrayPOP. If the connection to your POP3 server is a slow one, you'll want to leave this box unchecked.
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Specifically: The POP3 password is stored using simple encryption in the registry. If this worries you, please do not use TrayPOP.
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