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SMTP Client Deux v1.2.0 Beta 1 Released by Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Public Beta of Next Version of 4th Dimension Component

Vero Beach, FL - Wednesday, December 11th, 2002: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., today announced the release of SMTP Client Deux v1.2.0b01 for Macintosh and Windows. SMTP Client Deux is a 4th Dimension component which provides a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol. SMTP Client Deux works on top of the commercial TCP Deux 4D component, available from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

With the SMTP Client Deux component, a 4th Dimension developer has a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol from within 4D. The protocol relies on the TCP Deux component for all TCP communication needs, thereby removing any reliance on current or future TCP plugins which are available for use in 4D. The implementation of SMTP within the SMTP Client Deux component also eliminates long standing bugs and anomalies that have existed in plugin implementations of the SMTP protocol.

The single greatest feature of SMTP Client Deux is that it does not use the SMTP layer within 4D Internet Commands. Over the years, many developers have encountered different bugs and anomalies within the SMTP implementation of 4D Internet Commands. SMTP Client Deux uses the routines within the TCP Deux component package for all TCP communications, which themselves only use the TCP layer within 4D Internet Commands when that plugin is in use. So, most if not all errors which 4D developers experience when sending email with 4D Internet Commands are removed when using SMTP Client Deux.

As well, SMTP Client Deux provides a full and complete implementation of the SMTP protocol. So, for those developers using either version of Internet ToolKit and experiencing difficulty setting up their own email sending routines, there is no longer any need to go through this hassle. SMTP Client Deux provides you with successive email sending routines so that you can choose the implementation that works best for your email sending needs.

SMTP Client Deux includes full compatibility with SMTP AUTH, authenticated login for SMTP servers. When enabled, SMTP Client Deux will choose the most secure means supported by the SMTP server to login. This includes CRAM-MD5, NTLM, Login, and Plain SMTP AUTH mechanisms. SMTP Client Deux is the only solution currently available for 4D developers that has full support for SMTP AUTH.

A full manual, explaining every call and feature available in SMTP Client Deux, is included with the component.

Features in the SMTP Client Deux component

SMTP Client Deux provides a complete implementation of the SMTP protocol within 4D. The functionality available in the SMTP Client Deux component include:

  • Simple and direct email sending (e.g. QuickSend);
  • Single method access for sending HTML email;
  • Full support for one or more attachments;
  • Built in attachment encoding for error free operation;
  • Full support for SMTP AUTH;
  • Full support for NTLM, the proprietary SMTP AUTH scheme commonly commonly used by Microsoft products;
  • Full support for specifying content-type for attachments;
  • Full support for specifying content-type of email body (e.g. for HTML email);
  • Complete email header field control;
  • Utility routines for formatting and encoding attachments;
  • Utility routines for formatting recipients;
  • More than two dozen different email header lines supported;
  • Custom constants to speed the creation of complex emails;
  • Fully cross-platform and native implementation for SMTP protocol;
  • Support for 4D v6.8.x under Carbon, providing compatibility with MacOS 8/9, MacOS X, and Windows 98/2000/NT/XP;
  • Support for encoding for Chinese and Japanese targeted emails.

The SMTP Client Deux component requires the TCP Deux component be installed to operate properly. TCP Deux is available from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., and provides TCP communications functionality needed for the implementation of the SMTP protocol.

The SMTP Client Deux component also requires the BASh component be installed to operate properly. BASh is available from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., for free and provides an extensive set of functionality to any 4D based project.

New Features in v1.2.0 Beta 1

Version 1.2.0b01 of the SMTP Client Deux component contains important bug fixes and feature additions.

First, SMTP Client Deux has been renamed from SMTP Deux. All items in the component have been renamed to facilitate this change. Full instructions for upgrading are included in the SMTP Client Deux download archive.

Second, there have been many bug fixes and compatibility improvements in the component. Issues specifically related to 4D v6.8.x have been corrected as well as conflicts with other components and plugins have been addressed.

Third, SMTP Client Deux now internally supports the encoding of email for different targetted character sets. Specifically, standard encoding has been provided for Japanese and Chinese email in all of the email sending routines within SMTP Client Deux.

Pricing and Availability

The SMTP Client Deux component is available for free to all owners of TCP Deux. There are no licensing or deployment restrictions of any kind for the SMTP Client Deux component.

The SMTP Client Deux component can be downloaded by following the Downloads link on the Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., web site, located at:

     http://www.deepskytech.com/

More information about the SMTP Client Deux component and this beta release can be found at:

     http://www.deepskytech.com/prod_components/smtp_client_deux/

About Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., provides software development, consulting, hosting, and colocation services. Founded in 1997, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., develops and supports a wide variety of software development tools and services to aid in the creation of custom applications and web sites for the Macintosh and Windows platform. For more information, please visit our home page at http://www.deepskytech.com/.

For more information contact:

Steven G. Willis
President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.
sgwillis@deepskytech.com
http://www.deepskytech.com/
772.794.9494

You can also join the Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., announcement mailing list. Subscriptions can be placed online at:

     http://www.deepskytech.com/mailinglist_signup.html

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