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tkbiff 3.20

tkbiff is a E-Mail Tools tool for Communications, by Don Libes. tkbiff is yet another program to report new mail that has as its claim to fame a high degree of configurability.

Don Libes
Run on OS:
Windows All
File type:
File size:
150 KB
Updated on:
May 25, 2014
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Softmenu rating: 6/10

tkbiff 3.20 Reviews - by Softmenu Editor

It is one of the best E-Mail Tools software that I have ever used for Communications.


Software Description - by Publisher

This software description is given by Don Libes - the software publisher/developer, and almost no changes made by softmenu.

Full Description see below:

tkbiff is yet another program to report new mail that has as its claim to fame a high degree of configurability.

You can configure it to display messages, show pictures, play sounds, or order pizza. Everything associated with the user interface can be changed - colors, key bindings, this message, everything! The configuration is usually stored in C:/Users/YourUser/tkbiff.cfg. The reminder of this message describes the default configuration.

The default configuration is intended to allow very fast message browsing while taking very little screen real estate.

tkbiff comes with a very pleasant default configuration. The default configuration is aimed at three things:
· Speed and Convenience
tkbiff lets you browse mail with a single mouse click - particularly convenient if you normally use heavy-duty mail readers (such as Outlook Express, Messenger, and Emacs VM) which can be slow and in states where it is inconvenient to rearrange window configurations just to peek to see if a mail message is worth spending more time looking at.
· Feedback and Flexibility
Playing a sound is traditional - providing a fast way of finding out who mail is from without having to shuffle through windows or look at the screen in the first place. But tkbiff can do other things on receipt of a message: pop it up automatically, display the sender's icon, or even order pizza.
tkbiff can also decide what to do based on the sender, whether you were listed in the To: line (versus Cc:), or how many times the word "pizza" was mentioned (and if it was cheese or pepperoni).
· Minimal screen real-estate
tkbiff avoids unnecessary frills such as mailbox icons or postage stamp icons or borders inside of borders inside of borders. All you see is your mail and in a clear, obvious, and accessible way. Of course, if you really want glorious 3d highlights, huge fonts, lots of borders, animations, etc., tkbiff can provide that too.

Here are some key features of "tkbiff":

· tkbiff runs on UNIX, Windows, and MacOS.
· tkbiff supports SSL/TLS (encryption and certification) connections.
· tkbiff supports IMAP and POP. Sockets are not left idle.
· tkbiff supports (but does not require) the optional POP commands: UIDL, TOP (for efficiency) and APOP (for security).
· tkbiff supports (but does not require) the optional IMAP command: STARTTLS.
· tkbiff supports most UNIX mail formats (Maildir, mbx, mbox, mboxrd, mboxo, mboxcl, mboxcl2, emacs-rmail/babyl) and interoperates with all known mail clients.
· tkbiff is fully event-driven and includes an easy to use trace facility. So if tkbiff seemingly hangs, you can ask what it's waiting for and it will tell you. (Great for giving your ISP clear and constructive suggestions about their flakey network or misbehaving IMAP server!)
· tkbiff requires no special permissions to install or run.
· tkbiff needs no compilation.
· tkbiff won't interfere with other biffs. You can let your old biff continue running if you want to compare them side by side.
· tkbiff understands problematic mail such as missing or duplicate message ids, bare From lines, directories that live on caching NFS servers, etc.
· tkbiff understands mail clients such as elm which do creative things with file access times or temporarily remove messages and then put them back.
· tkbiff can be used to monitor multiple mail files simultaneously.
· tkbiff can monitor new or old mail files. (Some people find tkbiff so convenient that they use it as a fast browser on static mail files or folders.)
· tkbiff's configuration file is portable. So your configuration will work the same way on all platforms (unless, of course, you configure it not to :-)
· tkbiff can take advantage of any system-specific features. (If you want to have tkbiff control your proprietary audio player, tkbiff will be happy to do so.)
· If you design a nifty configuration, you can redistribute tkbiff with your configuration.
· tkbiff understands all the usual X arguments (-display, etc) and has built-in support to redirect audios back to the client when running remotely.
· tkbiff can be used in public environments - where the OS doesn't know who you are. In such situations, tkbiff records no identifying information and will prompt for it by default.
· For most sites, tkbiff takes about 1 minute to install.
· tkbiff can run with or without a GUI - or totally without a user-interface (i.e., as an autonomous agent).


· tkbiff requires Tcl/Tk

Supported Operating System:

Windows All

Running requirements

Need not extra requirement except the OS environments mentioned above.


Please check the license above, if this is a freeware, it will be no limitation, else it may have the days or times limitation, please read the specifications attached with the download file carefully.

Tested virus free - tkbiff has been tested to be a safe software on May 25, 2014.

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