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MailBook 2000 on Academic CMS

By Cathy Hardy, Academic Database Administrator

The University has an updated mail program running on the Academic mainframe’s CMS for faculty and students. MailBook 2000 is an updated version of the old RiceMail program that has been used here for years. RiceMail was working well, but was not Y2K compliant and the University did not have the program source code to customize it. MailBook is by the author of RiceMail, Richard Schafer, and is very similar to the RiceMail we’re used to using. The MAIL command still reads and sends electronic mail (E-mail).

Reading mail

MAIL's incoming mailbox (inbox) is the standard CMS virtual reader, not a separate virtual machine like the OfficeVision inbox server. If inbox E-mail exists, MAIL scans reader files and builds a menu of inbox messages. Items can then be selected for display. The sortable and searchable menu can be limited in various ways, including by date ranges.

Inbox messages can be acted upon in several ways: saved in NOTEBOOK files, deleted, printed, replied to, or forwarded.

Sending Mail

The MAIL command also sends E-mail. Users can easily send E-mail to one or multiple recipients, either typing the E-mail message to send or including one or more CMS files. E-mail can be sent to local system users or, if connected to the Internet, to users of systems around the world.

The MAILBOOK command manages the NOTEBOOK files created by the MAIL command. MAILBOOK uses the same user interface as the MAIL command, but works with messages stored in NOTEBOOK files instead of the user's inbox.