Did what I needed Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Simple, no mess, no fuss. It shows the winmail.dat attachment and the files inside winmail.dat all like normal Thunderbird file attachments with normal Thunderbird attachment behaviors.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.3). 

So are there options or not? Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Tbird 2.0.0.16. Installed this add-on. Went to Tools -> Add-Ons, selected this add-on, clicked the Options button. What did I get? A title bar (with no text) without a window pane under it. So if there are options, this add-on won't show them. If there are no options, why is the Options button not disabled? I configured Outlook 2002 to send in RTF format (and also had to configure the Internet option to use RTF when sending to Internet recipients to prevent converting to HTML). I used bold, italics, coloring, and font sizes in the test message. When received in Tbird (and with Lookout installed and enabled), bold and italics were there but no coloring or font size changes. The winmail.dat attachment was there (as can also be seen in source view for the "Content-Type: application/ms-tnef; name="winmail.dat" MIME part). I double-clicked on the winmail.dat attachment to open it figuring that maybe their helper requires it be opened to get at the formatting instructions inside (although obviously it should've already seen the MIME part holding the winmail.dat content). Nope, that just had me prompted for a helper app but none were shown. ALso shown as an attachment in the message view pane was an .rtf file. This file is NOT listed in the source view of the message; that is, there is no MIME part for this attachment. So I double-click on it and got prompted as to what to use to open it. Wordpad was shown (and so was Other for browsing to a program but then supposedly Outlook wouldn't be installed on a host where I needed to use this add-on). I used WordPad and could see the bold, italics, coloring, and font size changes - but then WordPad has always been able to render *some* (not all) formatting in RTF files. It is, after all, an RTF application. To check the WordPad selection was not part of Lookout's undocumented enhancement to Tbird, I uninstalled Lookout, restart Tbird, and re-selected the RTF formatted test e-mail. This time there was no .rtf virtual attachment shown in the message view pane, so Lookout adds that. What it adds is a test that there is a winmail.dat file and then presents an .rtf attachment in addition (that isn't in the e-mail itself) that you can use to load the e-mail into WordPad. Yet their web site says they wrote a TNEF decoder. No, they did not write WordPad. If they had written a decoder then why doesn't the e-mail display *inside* of Tbird rather than have me select to open it in WordPad? Their entire usage description is "When LookOut is working, you will see the names of the TNEF encapsulated file attachments next to the winmail.dat file. The user interaction is transparent i.e. There are no special dialogs or menu items, etc." Okay, so I see the .rtf file and have to guess that is what they mean by the encapsulated file. They don't mention that you have to open the attachment to see the message in its RTF format. They talk about a decoder which should present that formatting within the message view pane inside of Tbird but instead you have to use WordPad to view the formatting. So what does their decoder do? Extract the .rtf file out of the winmail.dat file so WordPad can read it? It does work (because it shows the .rtf content as a pseudo-attachment that you can open) but it is clumsy because the user has to read it outside of Tbird (to load it into WordPad). I guess it works, sort of.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.3). 

Option Stub Accident

I accidentally included the stub options XUL file. I will omit that for 1.2.4. Outside of that issue your observations are correct but unavoidable. Lookout is designed to look for TNEF parts and expose sub parts and data from within the TNEF block. Think of this TNEF block like a ZIP archive, you would still want the option of downloading the ZIP as a whole. I am working actively with Mozilla to have TNEF parts treated as MIME sub-parts. Otherwise I would have to hack the GUI even more to inline the RTF in addition to doing an RTF to HTML conversion. If you have an application associated with "application/rtf" mime type then that will launch when you open the RTF body alternative. Please contact me if you would like to contribute help documents to the LookOut project.

Same as "Mark Hamlen" here. IMAP and LookOut Problem. Rated 4 out of 5 stars

First of all I'd like to thank you for your work.

Mark Hamlen is right. LookOut seems to have a problem with imap accounts, as long you not mark them as "use offline" and fully download the message.

So there is a possibility to workarround this issue. And I personaly think that this isn't really a BUG of LookOut, yust a "how to set up a working configuration" thing.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Not working also Rated 1 out of 5 stars

I've came to notice that this only happens when I receive attachments whose names have non-ASCII chars like ç and º and á for instance.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Test Unicode Please

I am preparing Lookout 1.2.3 now. You will find it at the project site. I have fixed a bug where an extra string terminator was left in a unicode string.
http://lookout.mozdev.org

Still getting 1.2 Rated 3 out of 5 stars

I'm using imap with googlemail and Lookout only works if I synchronize for offline. Otherwise most (but strangely, not all) of the attachments are Part 1.2 (and Part 1.3 if there are more than one).

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Package for debugging

Please save the email to a file (.eml), zip and send to me please.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Worked like a charm for me. I am using this with Google IMAP and contrary to the previous comment it works for me there too.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Works perfectly. It does what it claims. I am extremely happy with LookOut. Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Works perfectly.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Doesn't work for me Rated 3 out of 5 stars

The idea is very welcome, but the current version doesn't work for me. I use TB 2.0.0.14 and Gmail IMAP and I still get those silly "Part 1.2" attachments.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Part 1.2 contents

Do you know that the Part 1.2 has an attachment inside? Some times it may just be metadata.

Perfect. Rated 5 out of 5 stars


I have no complaints.

This is exactly what is needed. Sending people a link showing 3 simple steps to turn off winmail.dat attachments has proven to be ineffective - but this is almost ideal. (Ideal would be if MS would simple stop re-encoding an already encoded attachment...)


Thanks!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Troubles with IMAP Mail Rated 5 out of 5 stars

LookOut is a very promising add-on which everyone needs that has to communicate with Exchange users from time to time. My problem is simply, that Thunderbird just downloads the header and the mail body but not the attachments before clicking them. So LookOut simply can't see the containing files, since they're not there. An option "Auto download winmail.dat from IMAP server" would be very much appreciated.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.2). 

Investigating

I will look into that but I use IMAP and I do not experience the same issue. Perhaps I have offline setup that downloads the messages.

Works for me Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Thunderbird 2.0.0.12, Lookout 1.2.1

I used to get the indecipherable "Part 1.2" for every email attachment. (IMAP connection hosted from a Windows Exchange Server)
Now I can view and open attachments.
Why isn't this functionality part of stock Thunderbird?

Hooray! Thanks!

-SteveB

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

not working Rated 2 out of 5 stars

have TB 2.0.0.9, loaded LookOut. at first it did not seem to work. The the install restarted TB - loaded mail and just got the winmail.dat file. As noted in the info, after I clicked another message and then came back to the one with the winmail.dat file (twice) the decoding worked and I could see the attachment now.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

Re-evaluate

Please consider re-evaluating the LookOut Thunderbird add-on version 1.2.2 and see if there is any improvement.

Not all files decoded Rated 1 out of 5 stars

The .dat file included a Word Document and a PDF.

Lookout was only able to decode original e-mail text and the PDF. I had to use a stand alone program to fully decode (winmail reader)

Also only works in the window pane, not when the e-mail was opened.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

Re-evaluate

Please consider re-evaluating the LookOut Thunderbird add-on version 1.2.2 and see if there is any improvement.

Doesn't work Rated 1 out of 5 stars

Apparently some are having some intermittent luck with this extension, but i'm experiencing the same problem in one of the "discussions" (one post, one reply): Thunderbird shows an RTF attachment and the winmail.dat, but does not parse either to a full message body. The reply suggests marking the message pane for viewing, which i already had.

It's a great idea, but not much help on execution.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

Re-evaluate

Please consider re-evaluating the LookOut Thunderbird add-on version
1.2.2 and see if there is any improvement.

Doesn't work Not yet rated

Doesn't do anything if you don't have the message pane enabled.

If there are two attachments it gives you two copies of only ONE of the attachments, with different names.

Oh well, nice idea anyway.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

A good beginning... Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Well I think this one rocks; at least for the idea and algoritm!

I just wanted to start developing such extension, but now I found yours - already working.

Unfortunately it does not seem to be written very carefully, for some reasons:

- default (wizard) options dialog present, not being used
- infinite loop mentioned in other comments
- ...

I will have a look at the code later and continue testing - maybe I get in contact with you later on!

But as I said before: the first step is well done!

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

multiple attachments Rated 2 out of 5 stars

Sadly it's not fixed yet. Four jpg attachments on the one message opened up as four identical copies of one of them. Had to open the message in (shudder) Outlook to retrieve them.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2.1). 

Some bugs Rated 4 out of 5 stars

There are some "alert" codes inside which sometime may pop up message infinitely. In such scenarios, I have to kill thunderbird.

After comment out "alert" codes, things go well. Hope the next release will fix this bug.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2). 

recursive file opening Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great Add-On!!! Such a huge help to our company! We practically run off of Linux & Mozilla software on Windows machines.

Only one concern. On some messages, the script Recursively Reopens the same image 16+ times. I'll look into the script and see if i can help make a fix & contact you with the changes.


Thanks Again,

Damian Suess
CEO, President
Xeno Innovations, Inc.

This review is for a previous version of the add-on (1.2).