Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Installing MessageExport Add-on in Microsoft Office Outlook 365

MessageExport add-on brings additional email export functionality to Microsoft Outlook 365.  With MessageExport installed, Outlook 365 can save emails as PDF files, and automatically run user scheduled export actions.  Although email-to-pdf export is a major feature of MessageExport add-on, it can also save email to other formats, including CSV, EML, MBOX, JPG, GIF, TIF, Text, PNG, MHT and more.

MessageExport is free to try for 15 days.  Following the free trial, leave MessageExport installed! Although it will no longer run schedules or bulk export, you can continue to use it to individually export emails.  You can also convert the "free" version of MessageExport into the full version any time with an activation code.

Installing MessageExport


To install the 15 day free trial, visit the publisher's website and get the latest code-signed installer for MessageExport.

MessageExport is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook 365. It also supports Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013 and 2010.  Without a supported version of Microsoft Outlook, you should not install MessageExport.

A 64 bit version of Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista, and a minimum of 2 GB of RAM is recommended.  32 bit Windows and 32-bit Outlook is supported, but performance may be compromised.

Tip: Outlook 365 must be closed before the MessageExport installer can begin.

Click on the MessageExport installer and follow the prompts!


Screen image displaying, Welcome to the MessageExport Setup Wizard
MessageExport Setup Wizard

Screen image displays "Accept End User License Agreement."
Accept End User License Agreement

Screen image shows "Select installation directory."
Select the application folder. Default is recommended.

Screen image with options for importing new export profiles into MessageExport.
If you are updating MessageExport, choose the best option for your installation.

Screen image displays, "The setup wizard is ready to begin the MessageExport Installation."
Begin the installation process.

Installing MessageExport
MessageExport installer will copy files to your computer.

Installation of MessageExport is completed
Finished!  Time to restart Outlook 365.

When the MessageExport installer wizard finishes, restart Microsoft Outlook 365 and lets verify that MessageExport  is now part of the Outlook menu system.
Outlook 365 start screen and logo
Start Outlook 365

MessageExport tab in Outlook 365
Find the MessageExport tab in Outlook 365
To start using MessageExport, choose an email (or several emails) from the Outlook mail list.  Then, choose an export profile from MessageExport's drop down list and click "Export."

To purchase a license for the full version of MessageExport, click "Get Full Version" from the toolbar.  After you receive your registration code by email, paste it into MessageExport's "Registration Code" field and click "Activate."

MessageExport add-on software activation screen.
Activating MessageExport add-on for Outlook 365.
Now you are ready to get to work!  If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the MessageExport support team at Encryptomatic LLC, or call +1-651-815-4902 x2.




Thursday, March 14, 2019

We Have Updated OutDisk FTP Add-in for Microsoft Outlook

File Transfer Protocol, or #FTP, is a venerable old protocol with a legacy stretching as far back as 1971, when Abhay Bhushan wrote the spec for it.  With concerns slowly mounting about security over the years, FTP has given way to other file transport methods that securely handle passwords and encrypt transfers.

We originally released OutDisk FTP in 2006, and over the years it has not been one of our more successful products. The complexity of configuring FTP accounts and servers was a hurdle for some. Given the amount of time our support team spent troubleshooting our customer's person FTP servers, we learned firsthand that OutDisk is a niche tool that is not right for everyone. In fact, most people should use an file transfer add-in from a service like Dropbox, and not try to roll their own service.

Yet, our more hardcore OutDisk users (generally more technically capable with solid IT experience) have found ways to solve an array of problems with it, many of which we never envisioned.  At their urging we have updated OutDisk for Outlook 2019.  The emphasis of OutDisk moving forward will be on use of the SFTP Secure File Transport Protocol which adds encryption layer providing security far beyond old FTP.

If you are one of the persistent hardcore OutDisk users who wouldn't take "maybe" as answer, this update is for you.

What is OutDisk SFTP for Outlook?


It's been awhile, so we may as well start at the beginning.

OutDisk SFTP is a tool for transferring files from your Windows desktop to your remote server.  It can be used from the Windows desktop, but most people who choose OutDisk do so because of it's tight integration with the Microsoft Office Outlook interface.

When you send an Outlook email with file attachments, OutDisk SFTP Outlook add-in will, either automatically or by your manual selection,  remove the attachments from the email and upload them to your server. It then inserts your custom message and a https link into the email so the recipient can download the attachments.

The benefit of using OutDisk is that it makes your emails smaller and more likely to be delivered to the recipient's inbox.  You can also choose to automatically compress and encrypt the file attachments.

People who use OutDisk are generally in a small to mid-sized company, although we have had large electrical utilities use it.  What they all seem to have in common is a) they want to simplify sending attachments for their Outlook users, b) they don't want their users uploading company documents to their private Dropbox account or some other 3rd party file storage system, and c)  maybe they want to take some load off of email servers and storage, or have a legal need to keep control of documents, or have some kind of other specific use that had them searching Google for an FTP add-in for Outlook.

Here's some pictures of the OutDisk SFTP integration with Outlook.

How does OutDisk SFTP work from the user's perspective?

After setting up your SFTP server, and installing OutDisk SFTP with their log-in credentials, your users should find it simple to use.  They just create an Outlook email as they normally would, attach a file to the email and send it (as they normally would).

Here's an email with an EXE file attachment that I prepared to send to myself:

Outlook new email Message window.
Email with exe file attachment.See the OutDisk tool bar integration upper right corner.

Here's the normal message from Outlook reminding me that I can do that.


"This item contains attachments that are potentially unsafe."
Outlook warning about potentially unsafe file attachments.

And now, here's the email as it arrived in my Gmail Inbox.


Finally, here's the https webpage the recipient sees when they follow the link.  And yes, you can change the text that OutDisk inserts into the email. It's fully customizable.

image of OutDisk sftp landing page.
OutDisk SFTP download landing page

Yes, you can change the logo to your company logo.
We have provided a test SFTP service in OutDisk, just so you can try it right away.  File size is limited, and we sweep through and delete everything quite often, so please do not use it in production.

In Conclusion

We are very pleased that we can keep OutDisk compatible with the current versions of Microsoft Windows and Office.  If you think you might be a candidate to use Outdisk, or if it may be a fit for a project you're working on,  you can learn more and get the free trial at the OutDisk product home page.

By the way, those are my real email addresses. I love to hear from customers. Drop me a line and say hello.







Friday, February 8, 2019

How to Turn Important Emails into Memorable Photographs


The decline in letter writing constitutes a cultural shift so vast that in the future, historians may divide time not between B.C. and A.D. but between the eras when people wrote letters and when they did not. --Malcom Jones

As email rapidly took over from letter writing and mailing physical photos, personal and business communication took on an electronic form that seems ethereal by comparison.

Why convert an email into a picture when you could just print it, or save it as an email file?   Printing isn't desirable because of the perishability of paper and the storage problems that come with it. Storing an email file might not be as future-proof as as an image file to future generations.

Recently, several MessageExport customers have told us about their novel use of MessageExport. They have been using the email imaging abilities of MessageExport to convert important family emails into JPG image files.  These 'pictures' of email are then stored to their photo storage system under the Received date of the email.

The reason for converting the email to JPG was that this approach preserves the content of the email message and make it easily accessible to future generations.  Our customers wanted to capture the email message as it was rendered in Microsoft Outlook, with colors and images, and the formatted signature that gave the message a little personality.

Here's a video we made about how to use MessageExport for MS Outlook to convert any Outlook email into JPG photo.



You can try MessageExport free for 15 days!  Get the free trial and see what MessageExport can do for you!