The Bottom Line
- MacFreePOPs makes it easy to use FreePOPs for accessing web-based email accounts via POP on a Mac
- An automatic update mechanism keeps you abreast of changes to MacFreePOPs and its webmail modules
- MacFreePOPs makes it easy to configure FreePOPs options, view log files and control the service
- MacFreePOPs does not help you with setting up accounts in various email programs
- You cannot send mail through MacFreePOPs, only receive
- MacFreePOPs lets you run, control and tweak FreePOPs on Mac OS X.
- FreePOPs and its modules provide access to web-based email accounts via POP in any desktop email program.
- MacFreePOPs can start and stop the FreePOPs service automatically, and a menu bar extra controls it.
- You can change many FreePOPs settings (such as ports, browser mimicry and log level) via an easy interface.
- A log file viewer lets you view and follow FreePOPs logging as it happens.
- An automatic update mechanism installs updates to MacFreePOPs, FreePOPs and web-based email modules.
- MacFreePOPs supports Mac OS X 10.4-6.
Guide Review - MacFreePOPs 2.6 - Mac Webmail to POP Tool
MacFreePOPs is that smart tool. Or, to be more precise, it employs FreePOPs to do the actual translating and serving of mail.
MacFreePOPs, though, is the front-end that makes running FreePOPs a snap. You can start and stop the FreePOPs service (called a "daemon") manually or automatically and control it from the menu bar, too.
In addition to friendly access to FreePOPs settings, MacFreePOPs offers a handy tool for following log files for the unlikely event that downloading your mail does not work just right.
Since web-based email services often change, MacFreePOPs must as well. Fortunately, an automatic update mechanism takes the hassle out of this game of catching up.
Together with FreePOPs's many fine qualities, MacFreePOPs also inherits its few weaknesses — chief among them the lack of support for outgoing mail. You'll have to find a mail server that helps you out and accept that sent mail will not appear in your web-based email service's "Sent" folder.
A bit of help with setting up various accounts in the more popular email programs would be great, of course, as could be an interface to setting individual FreePOPs modules' options.