The Bottom Line
- DbxConv exports mail from Outlook Express to the universal mbox format
- A command line tool, DbxConv is still straight forward and easy to use
- You can export Outlook Express folders to .eml files, too
- DbxConv could support more export formats directly or suggest settings for email clients
- You cannot filter or sort mail for exporting
- DbxConv does not identify and open your Outlook Express folders automatically
- DbxConv saves Outlook Express .dbx files to mbox or .eml files.
- Working from a command line, DbxConv converts any number of .dbx files fast in one go.
- A number of options let you tweak details of the created mbox file format as well as name them intelligently.
- You can set the file extension used for mbox files in DbxConv, too.
- DbxConv supports Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/3/XP and Outlook Express 5/6.
Guide Review - DbxConv 1.3 - Free Outlook Express to mbox Converter
If an IMAP server with ample space is at hand, you can use it to move mail from one program to the other. Usually, this is a task whose arduousness increases exponentially with the number of messages and folders you have. A better way to get mail out of Outlook Express is badly needed.
How about a small tool, for example, that simply takes the mail in Outlook Express and saves it in a format that most email programs can understand? DbxConv is that tool, essentially.
Hand DbxConv a .dbx file (the arcane file format), and in a snap it will have saved it as an .mbx file. DbxConv is a command line tool, so if you know what to do, the job is done fast and without the burden of menus, toolbars and wizards.
You do have to set the state manually, though: create a new folder to hold the converted mailboxes, copy DbxConv to it, open your Outlook Express store folder, copy all .dbx files to the temporary folder and finally key in the right command.
The right command, usually just "DbxConv *.dbx", can also include a number of options. Some programs require special file extensions or mbox format tweaks, for example. It would be nice if DbxConv could suggest the right settings right away (Eudora does not like any).