- 2007 June 28: The University of Washington (UW) released Alpine 0.999, Pico 4.96, Pilot 2.99, UW IMAP Toolkit imap-2006j, and mailutil 2006j.8 for αlpha testing. To learn about the Alpine Message System, which is basically Pine 5.0, and to help test it, see my blog item titled Building and Installing Alpine (Apache-Licensed Pine) and the UW Alpine Information Center.
- The earlier Pine-related news items are displayed only on the permalink for this item.
- 2007 March 12: On the All About Pine page, added Wish #1: Feed Wishes.
- 2007 March 2: SeaMonkey Suite 1.1.1 released. The SeaMonkey Suite IMAP client is a nice complement to Pine and is discussed on the All About Pine page in the section SeaMonkey Suite and Thunderbird versus Pine. I discuss why I use SeaMonkey Suite in a blog item titled SeaMonkey Suite 1.0.1 and Send This Page and in mozilla.support.seamonkey in a message titled Re: Seamonkey mail vs Thunderbird.
Note: SeaMonkey Suite 1.1+ supports many (maybe infinitely many?) IMAP keywords. IMAP Keywords are discussed in Setting Up Keywords (Labels) below.
- 2007 January 30: In my blog, I posted an item titled Building and Installing Alpine (Apache-Licensed Pine).
- 2006 December 6: The University of Washington won a $100,000 Mellon Award for Technology Collaboration (MATC) “for the development and support of IMAP/PINE email tools.” To learn more about this, see MATC 2006 Winners Announced, MATC Winners 2006, and UW a Recipient of the First Annual Mellon Awards for Technology Collaboration. Congratulations to the Pine Team!
- 2006 November 24: On this page, added a section titled Privacy Configuration Settings.
- 2006 November 19: At Slashdot, there is a discussion about Eduardo Chappa's Patches For Pine Going Away. As usual, some Slashdotters are commenting without reading the referenced page (which is mirrored here).
- 2006 September 20 and 25: Cyrus Daboo released Mulberry 4.0.6 and I posted a blog item titled One-Click Tagging in Mulberry. If you would like to really understand IMAP or IMAP keywords (which are discussed below), I highly recommend that you use Mulberry as one of your IMAP clients. Mulberry is an excellent complement to Pine and I discuss it on the All About Pine page in the section IMAP Arena 1: Mulberry versus Pine.
- 2006 August 20: Mulberry, which is a cross-platform email and calendar client, is now free/gratis and version 4.0.5 has been released. This is great news for IMAP users, especially if you use IMAP keywords (discussed below), LDAP address books, or the Sieve filtering language. Mulberry is an excellent complement to Pine and I discuss it on the All About Pine page in the section IMAP Arena 1: Mulberry versus Pine. I discuss the trend towards making software free (both gratis and libre) in Freeing the IMAP Clients at Deflexion.com.
- 2006 August 18: On this page, updated the sections Using the Incoming-Folders Collection (aka Pine Shortcuts) and Using Pine's incoming-archive-folders Variable. I also started a discussion thread in gmane.org.infiniteink about Understanding Pine incoming-folders and incoming-archive-folders. Please join this discussion thread if you have any questions or comments about Pine incoming folders.
- 2006 August ~2: The University of Washington (UW) launched the Alpine Information Center. Alpine, which is the name of the upcoming Apache-Licensed Pine, includes a web-based version of Pine (formerly known as WebPine), as well as Unix, Mac OS X, & MS-Windows desktop versions of Pine. I discuss the history of — and problems related to — the Pine 4.64 (and earlier) license in the section Free/Libre Open Source Software and Pine on the All About Pine page. I discuss the trend towards making software free (both libre and gratis) in Freeing the IMAP Clients at Deflexion.com.
- 2006 June 19: On this page, added a section called Using a Shell Script to Launch Pine.
- 2006 June 9: MacOSXHints.com has a poll about What's your favorite email application? Check out the discussion and poll results (currently ~1% of the votes are for Pine).
- 2006 June 7: If you use Pine on Mac OS X, check out today's Deflexion.com blog item, which is titled Clicks, Colors, and Speed in Terminal and iTerm. This discusses why I run Pine in Terminal rather than iTerm, and includes some Mac Pine tips. Related tips are in Mac url-viewer tips below.
- 2006 May 17: In my blog, I posted an item titled Server-Side Message Labels, which describes how I use labels to help me manage my email. I discuss how to use labels in Pine in Setting Up Keywords (Labels) below.
- 2006 May 11: Mark Crispin posted a message to gmane.mail.imap.uw.c-client message in which he said:
“imap-2006 will be a major update... There's a major update to Pine in progress as well. The two will be released together, as has been our practice for the past several years.”
- 2006 May 6: Updated the Collection Tips below so there is now an explanation of how Pine represents directory names and dual-use names (aka hybrid folders). A dual-use name is a single name that is used for both a mailbox and a directory.
- 2006 February 26: In Reading From Multiple NNTP Servers below, added information about how you can use Pine and the Genecast NNTP server to read feeds, including my blog feed and my del.icio.us bookmarks feed.
- Starting 2006 February 23: In comp.mail.pine, there is a discussion titled Do people still use Pine? This thread includes more than 35 messages -- don't be shy about posting your thoughts!
- 2006 February 4: Updated Fun with Color and Kolor below so it now includes a subsection called Index Color Rule and Virtual Mailbox Example. The new subsection includes:
- an example index color rule, which I use to color solicited-bulk-email messages blue on my Pine MESSAGE INDEX screen, and
- instructions for creating a “virtual mailbox” of messages that match this rule.
- 2006 January 23: In my Deflexion.com blog, I posted a blog item titled IMAP Tip: Use a backup-all mailbox. A backup-all mailbox has many uses, including providing an easy way to have an instance of Pine notify you about all your new (RECENT) incoming messages and a good place to experiment with and learn about Pine saved searches (virtual mailboxes). Details are in the blog item.
- 2005 December 16: In comp.mail.pine, Chris Game posted a message in which he said:
“Every time I've tried to read through [the Power Pine page] in search of some useful tips, I've lost the will to live well before the end!”I know that this page (which is more than ten years old BTW) is overwhelming and out of control, and I plan to move it — and all the Infinite Ink pages — into a searchable modularized groovy wiki in 2006. I hope we can all maintain the will to live until then! (:-))
- 2005 November 28: In comp.mail.pine, I posted instructions for installing the UW pre-built
pine-bin.osx-10.4.Zon Mac OS X Tiger. If you want to build Pine yourself, for example if you want to use a PASSFILE or if you are using a system for which there is no pre-built binary, see the Build Tips in Using a PASSFILE with Unix and Mac Pine below.
- 2005 November 25: As I announced in a blog post titled Turning on Comments or My Own Private Usenet, I have enabled comments in my Deflexion.com blog. Your comments are welcome!
- 2005 September & August: On the All About Pine page, added Wish #1: List the Relevant INBOX in every IMAP FOLDER LIST and 4 wishes to the Miscellaneous Pine Wishes.
- 2005 September 28: As announced here, the University of Washington (UW) released Pine 4.64, Pico 4.10, Pilot 2.0, and UW IMAP Toolkit version 2004g. To see what's new and to download the Pine Message System, go to washington.edu/pine/changes/4.63-to-4.64.html.
Because of a buffer overflow problem in earlier versions of UW IMAP and Pine, it is recommended that everyone upgrade to UW IMAP 2004g+ and Pine 4.64+.
- 2005 August 25: On this page, in the Gmail Tips section, added a tip about how to “bounce forward” (redirect) archived messages to Gmail. Now that Gmail lets users customize the 'From:' address in outgoing mail, many people, e.g. Jeremy Zawodny (but not me), are switching to Gmail.
- 2005 August 19:
- In comp.mail.pine, I posted a quick start to setting up Pine to access an INBOX on a POP server.
- On this page, I updated the section Using Pine's Built-In Fetch (#move) Ability, which describes an alternate way to access a POP INBOX with Pine.
- 2005 July 30 - April 4: Eduardo Chappa posted a Pine Tip of the Day. These tips are available via the web (HTTP) or via a web feed.
- 2005 July 2: On this page, added Step 6A, which is about the default-fcc variable, and combined Steps 6B & 6C into Step 6C.
- 2005 June 26: On this page, added a tip to the Speeding Up Pine section. This new tip is currently #28 and is especially useful if you have a slow connection to the Net and run Pine remotely in an ssh window. This tip includes a sample
slowpinealias that you can use to launch Pine when you have a slow connection.
- 2005 June 1: On this page, added a section called Using the Rename Command to Move a Mailbox.
- 2005 May 8: On this page, updated the section Using Pine's Built-In Fetch (#move) Ability so it now includes a subsection called The Metaphysics of a #move Folder: Noun or Verb?
- 2005 May 2: On this page, updated the section Using a Pine Filter to Automatically Move Messages. On the All About Pine page, updated the Wishes section so it now begins with Wish #1: Filter Wishes.
- 2005 April 28: As announced here, the University of Washington (UW) released Pine 4.63, Pico 4.10, Pilot 2.0, and UW IMAP Toolkit version 2004e. To see what's new, go to washington.edu/pine/changes/4.62-to-4.63.html.
- 2005 March 9-12: On this page:
- Updated the Gmail Tips section so it now describes how to work around some Gmail bugs.
- Updated Using a Pine Filter to Automatically Move Messages.
- 2005 February 13-22: On this page:
- Added Step 6F, which is about the index-format variable.
- Updated Setting Up Keywords (Labels).
- Added two new speed tips, which at the moment are speed tips #22 and #23.
- Added Using Environment Variables to Specify Folders and Collections.
- Added Posting to Multiple NNTP Servers in Pine 4.56 and Later.
- Updated Using Pine's pruned-folders Variable, especially the Pruning Tips.
- 2005 January 18: The UW (University of Washington) released Pine 4.62, Pico 4.9, Pilot 2.0, and UW IMAP Toolkit version 2004c. This version of Pine satisfies a lot of my Pine wishes, including my #1 Pine wish and part of my #2 Pine wish and includes a new way to check the current and stay-open mailboxes for recent messages.
- 2005 January 17: Added a section at the bottom of this page called Bugs and Debugging.
- 2005 January 4: Updated the section Using the Incoming-Folders Collection below. While updating this section, I realized that:
You can think of your Pine Incoming Folders as your Pine Bookmarks or Favorites or Daily Reads.And I added that bit of insight to the Incoming-Folders Tips.
- 2004 November 20: Added a section below called POPping Gmail is Different. This describes how I use Pine to fetch a copy of my Gmail messages and five ways in which Gmail is different from other POP service providers.
- 2004 November 10: In the article Google Brings E-Mail Client Access to Gmail, Matt Hicks said that today (Nov. 10) Google “began providing free POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) access on Gmail accounts.” I discuss how to use Pine with Gmail in the section POPping Gmail is Different below.
- 2004 October 26: On the All About Pine page, added a section called Wish #2: Keyword (Label) Wishes and updated the section called Your X-Message-Flag Header. I now recommend not using the X-Message-Flag header because it is considered a spam indicator by some spam-detection tools.
- 2004 October 16: On this page:
- Added a section called Setting Up Keywords (Labels). This includes a tip about using keywords to implement David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy.
- Updated the sections called Using the
-nowrite_passfileCommand-Line Arguments and Checking the Current Mailbox and Stay-Open Mailboxes for Recent Messages.
- Added a section called Setting Up Keywords (Labels). This includes a tip about using keywords to implement David Allen's Getting Things Done strategy.
- 2004 September 28: On the All About Pine page, updated the section called IMAP Arena 2: SeaMonkey Suite and Thunderbird versus Pine.
- 2004 August 7: Added 2 important SMTP notes in Step 5 below. One of the notes is about SPF (Sender Policy Framework), which is an extension to SMTP that tries to help fight email address forgery.
- 2004 July 15: As announced here and here, the University of Washington released Pine 4.61, Pico 4.8, and UW IMAP Toolkit 2004a. This version of Pine includes many new and improved features.
- 2004 May 10 The University of Washington released Pine 4.60, Pico 4.7, and imap-2004 (UW IMAP Toolkit version 2004). These include many bug fixes and new features, including:
- support for IMAP keywords (labels). For information about IMAP keywords, see Setting Up Keywords (Labels) below and this item & the item below it in the section What to Look For in an IMAP Service Provider on the IMAP Service Providers page.
- support for Format=Flowed (aka f=f). For discussion about f=f, see the Editor Tips in Step 6D below.
- rendering of UTF-8 messages into the Pine user's local character set.
- piping & sending-filters in PC-Pine, which means that PC-Pine users will (finally!) be able to use external filters such as LOAF. (Unix Pine users have been able to do this for ~10 years.)
- three new commands in mailutil: delete, rename, and prune. mailutil is a utility program that helps manage mailboxes. It ships with both Pine and the UW IMAP Toolkit.
- 2004 March 19 Maciej Ceglowski announced that he and Joshua Schachter are working on LOAF, a GPL'd distributed-social-network filter that seems to be a robust and private way to greenlist a correspondent and limelist a correspondent (of a correspondent)n, where n=1,2,3, etc. It currently works with Procmail and Pine. (If you are a PC-Pine user, you need to use Pine 4.60 or later, which are the first versions of PC-Pine that supports sending-filters; Unix Pine and Mac Pine have supported sending-filters for years.)
If you use Pine and Procmail, and would like to help find a general solution to the spam problem, I recommend that you try LOAF and participate in its development. I'm collecting LOAF-related links at Del.icio.us/Deflexion.com/Messaging/LOAF.
- 2004 February 23 Added a section called Avoiding False Positives With Greenlists and Bluelists to the Procmail Quick Start. If you use Pine for email, you can use your Pine address books, which are discussed below, to create and maintain procmail-accessible greenlists and bluelists. If you want to do greenlisting entirely within Pine, you can use a Pine filter and the "
From or ReplyTo is in address book?
- 2004 February 19 Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen created a graph and table of user agents posting to Gmane and Pine is #7.
- 2003 December 24 In this blog item, Russell Beattie blogged about using ssh on a mobile phone and included a picture of Pine running on a mobile phone!
- 2003 September 25 Heinz Tschabitscher, of email.about.com, reviewed Pine 4.58 - pinus secura and gave it a rating.
- 2003 September 19 and September 3 Added sections named Snagging Viruses and Using SpamAssassin to the Procmail Quick Start: An Introduction to Mail Filtering With a Focus on Procmail.
- 2003 September 15: Added four speed tips to Speeding Up Pine below so there are now a total of 34 speed tips. The new tips are currently #4, #16, #24, and #25.
- The old Pine and IMAP news items that used to be on this and the All About Pine page are archived at Deflexion.com on the page called Pre-October-2003 Deflexion & Reflexion from the All About Pine Page
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