The Bottom Line
WinMail Decoder Pro could be a bit more comfortable to use, though, and it would be great if it could open emails containing winmail.dat attachments from Outlook Express (which, sadly, does not even display them) directly.
- WinMail Decoder Pro extracts files and messages from winmail.dat attachments
- A command-line tool allows drag and drop extraction
- WinMail Decoder Pro does not integrate with email programs
- You cannot see contained files before extraction and cannot extract only certain files
- It would be great if WinMail Decoder Pro dealt with mail saved from Outlook Express directly
- WinMail Decoder Pro extracts the content of application/ms-tnef winmail.dat attachments.
- A command line tool automatically extracts enclosed files via drag and drop.
- An interactive version of WinMail Decoder Pro lets you choose the destination directory.
- WinMail Decoder Pro supports Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/3/XP.
Guide Review - WinMail Decoder Pro 2.01
Then, WinMail Decoder Pro can help. Save the winmail.dat attachment to your Desktop, drag the file onto the WinMail Decoder Pro command line tool and, after a command prompt window has popped up, you'll have all the enclosed files right on the Desktop, too.
The "interactive" version of WinMail Decoder Pro is a bit more tedious to operate. Unfortunately, it only shows you the enclosed files after it has extracted them. Seeing them beforehand and being able to avoid extracting the formatted copy of the message, for example, would be more useful. It's also a pity that WinMail Decoder Pro does not interact better with Outlook Express. Granted, this is Outlook Express's fault, which does not even show the winmail.dat attachment let alone save it.
You can, however, save the complete message as an .eml file easily, out of which you can extract the winmail.dat attachment, out of which you can extract the enclosed files with the help of WinMail Decoder Pro. If that worked more smoothly, it would be fabulous.