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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

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    I have both right now.
    I have to say that EMPOWER seems to be deathly slow. BBSmart has my vote. I really appreciate the speed and ease of use.

    Maybe i'm doing something wrong with empower or I have some settings mixed up, but BBSmart is way faster compared to Empower. If I am messing something up, somebody please let me know.

    If worse comes to worse, you can't beat free!!
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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Never tried BBSmart, but have used Empower for a couple weeks now.

    My reasoning?
    1. Empower was free
    2. I don't want all my e-mail in HTML and it's easy to switch back and forth at will.
    3. Fast enough when I want HTML.
    4. Very active support here by the developer. Much rather give my money (if there was a fee) to someone who actively supports their product.

    Try them both if you like. They both provide a good service, but just figure out what it's worth to you. For me, HTML viewing is more of a rarity than the norm. Then again, I like Linux shell windows and always did have a spot in my heart for the good old days of text based e-mail.
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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Is empower still free or you have to pay for it now?

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    I think it is still free. I just did the ota update last night and have yet to see anything about adding in liscence code.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Empower. It does what it says, its free, it works. Nuff said.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Empower without question! Fast
    Free
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    Get it free while you can BB smart on my pearl went through a few second loading process with empower displaying just a mili flash before converting the message.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    I wonder how long empower will continue with free updates on this app. without making any money?

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    I had originally heard the same reports about speed in opening, that is what led me to choose Empower, that and the price. But I can not judge BBSmart as I have only used Empower and will continue to as I works for me and does what I want it to.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    They just took on a sponser and supposedly they are going to be driving the background stuff now.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Ok... Well I am now trying both BBSmart & Empower.

    Here are some screen shots of a typical HTML email you would recieve from eBay regarding a winning bid. (I do a lot on eBay and part of the reason I decided to try one of these programs as viewing with the traditional BB viewer is not easy)

    Currently I would have to say that I like BB Smart only slightly better... but can't justify it to be a $25 difference. So I guess it all depends on when empower starts charging and how much.
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    Traditional View:



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    Empower:




    I just realized it would prob have been better if I changed the settings in both of the programs to have a grey top and white background and identical fonts to properly allow you to compare... but you get the idea!!

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    robertmrome very nice before after comparison. thanks for the post

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Great comparison. They look almost exactly the same to me! I see your point about the $25 difference. Not really there from that example.
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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    Quote Originally Posted by mjwood0
    Great comparison. They look almost exactly the same to me! I see your point about the $25 difference. Not really there from that example.
    One big difference that you can't see from the pics I posted there is that with BBSmart when you go to convert it to HTML there is a bar that scrolls across the screen showing what percentage of the email is converted... with Empower the screen just goes blank while it converts.

    Although there is no real difference (nor could I tell any difference in the time it took for each) I always like to know where I stand and how much has been done thus far...

    Call me impatient if you want, but staring at a blank screen and waiting is not something I am good at!!! I'd rather have it tell me or at least have the hourglass so it at least seems like it is working

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    I suggest trying both, I personally use Empower, been with them since BETA and love the program.

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    Re: HTML email... Who to go with??

    How long do your e-mails take to convert?!?!

    Mine are done in literally a quarter of a second! If a status bar did pop up, I probably wouldn't have a chance to read it.
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