The Bottom Line
Pine is no longer actively developed.
- Pine is rock solid, flexible and fast
- Includes a great, easy to use message editor
- Easy and quick to operate
- Pine doesn't work well with POP accounts directly
- Lacks S/MIME and OpenPGP email security support
- Pine lets you access local mailboxes, IMAP and POP accounts, the latter in an online mode.
- Supports TLS/SSL encryption for server connections and Kerberos or CRAM-MD5 authentication.
- Simple incoming mail filters (using procmail or another mail filtering utility is prferred).
- Pine includes a simple, but efficient address bok.
- Address book and settings can be kept on an IMAP server together with all messages.
- Pico, Pine's editor, offers proper text rewrapping and a spell checker.
- A multitude of options (and compile-time settings) lets you configure Pine as you like it.
- Pine suppots colors and message threading in the mailbox display.
- Offers "roles" for different email identities and templates for often used messages.
- Pine supports Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/3/XP, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD and many (most) other Unix variants.
Guide Review - Pine 4.64 - Free Email Program
Pine treats messages and attachments the right way, and its message editor, Pico, is a helpful companion in composing neatly formatted plain text messages (while creating HTML messages — by hand — lacks comfort and power, but you can view incoming HTML mail in Pine, of course).
While PC-Pine, a Windows version of Pine exists, Pine feels much more at home in a Unix environment where other programs help it access POP accounts and filter mail. Unfortunately, Pine lacks support for encrypted messages.