Great tool for Eudora users!
I spent the best part of a day yesterday comparing anti-spam shareware and although initialially disappointed by POPmonitor (mostly oversight on my part, it turns out), I've reached the conclusion this is probably one of the best anti-spam tools available, particularly if you're a Eudora user, like I am.
Most anti-spam software still has to download the actual stuff and this is where POPmonitor scores. Yes, Eudora (6) now has a spam filter built in, and which after several months is doing a great job too, with few mistakes. But I don't want the damn stuff on my disk in the firstplace!!!
And other tools, even if they have a better success rate than Eudora, usually work on the principle of downloading the email and then acting themselves as a local POP3 server, requiring a small reconfiguration of email-client account settings, to point to them.
Hah... the problem here is that under OSX, these 'proxy' POP3 servers require connection via a none standard POP3 port number, since the usual port 110 requires Admin privelige. And Eudora doesn't allow you to do this!!! Some apps can work around this, by letting you run as Admin, but they require you to be handy with the CLI or at best login as root. Not really a user-friendly solution long term.
But PM works flawlessly together with Eudora, telling it to check for mail having done it's own filtering, so there is NOTHING to reconfigure in the email client (except perhaps to turn off it's own auto-check).
I'll be interested how PM succeeds with time, but ultimately the filters are so flexible (and well documented too, which isn't the case with some Java based tools!) I feel sure it's success rate will remain high. And although, I haven't tried them all PM comes complete with an extensive set of filters, with more on the website. This is good, as initially setting up the filters can be a daunting, at best time consuming task and there were a few clever ones in there, that I'd never have thought of.
My only wish would be for an address import function, for initially setting up white/blacklists.
I'd have also liked an option to only download 'cleared' email, but I can see this is a technical restriction of POP3 servers. But whether there's anything PM could do to work around this? That'd be really cool! ;-)