The Bottom Line
- AOL Communicator has great spam filtering
- Supports AOL, POP and IMAP accounts
- AOL Communicator is easy to use and powerful
- AOL Communicator's plain text support is broken
- Lacks custom mail views, labels, message templates
- The Mac OS X version of AOL Communicator is a tad slow
- AOL Communicator manages multiple AOL, POP and IMAP email accounts.
- Flexible filters let you organize incoming mail automatically in AOL Communicator.
- AOL Communicator also offers adaptive spam filtering. You can hide and auto-delete spam easily.
- AIM integration notifies you of new mail in the buddy list and lets you IM email senders quickly.
- A search bar, flexible search features and a quick reply function provide convenience and comfort.
- AOL Communicator can automatically archive all mail and integrates backup/restore functionality.
- Disables scripts and cookies and doesn't download images in spam to ensure privacy and security.
- AOL Communicator supports message encryption and signing using the S/MIME standard.
- The AOL Communicator address book automatically synchronizes with your AOL Address Book.
- AOL Communicator supports Windows 98/ME/2000/3/XP and Mac OS X 10.2.
Guide Review - AOL Communicator 20030919.3 - Free Email Program
Communicator unifies all your AOL, POP and IMAP account in an easy to use yet powerful package. Folders and filters let you organize mail automatically, and AOL Communicator comes with a Bayesian spam filter that cans spam precisely. Communicator integrates nicely with an enhanced IM client.
Unfortunately, Communicator doesn't mimic the near-perfect email formatting of Mozilla, which it resembles closely otherwise. Instead, the plain text handling in Communicator is as broken as Outlook's (with misplaced '>' characters and line breaks).
There are a few other minor issues (no spell checker keyboard shortcuts), and custom mail views would be great. Oh, and how about RSS/AOL Journals integration?