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« on: November 25, 2005, 06:47:36 AM »

A software I'd pay for. An extension for Thunderbird, so I could just double-click on a "winmail.dat" and the email message within would open (RTF formatted message + attachments).

The problem about winmail.dat: http://www.gpc.edu/~jbenson/resource/winmail.htm

WMDecode.exe works OK, but $10 seems too expensive and it ignores the RTF message.
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« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2005, 08:57:04 AM »

hmm, is it just base64 encoded?
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2005, 06:40:04 AM »

AFAIK it should be a RTF file, encoded in Microsofts very own "TNEF" format.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2005, 09:26:37 AM »

Any chance of you sending me a winmail.dat as an attachment? I don't believe I have one to 'experiment' with...
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2005, 09:56:00 AM »

Here's one for testing. There's a word document inside.

http://s32.yousendit.com/...B547I3NXD5K33KZSHTPX40FES
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2005, 04:05:11 PM »

 smiley I thought I'd have a look at this problem, but a Internet search for the file format turned up this page:

http://www.ust.hk/itsc/email/tips/tnef/
which describes how to install Fentun from
http://www.fentun.com/

Close enough?

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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2005, 02:34:00 AM »

Hi, thanks, I know about Fentun, but it's not working. Didn't display any contents in winmail.dat. I read it's sometimes not working on Windows XP so I didn't bother much with it.


FWIW, I wrote a small script to assist me a bit with WMDecode, until I find something better or Thunderbird learns to handle TNEF. I configured Thunderbird to launch it, when I double-click a Winmail.dat attachment.

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@echo off

set dir=C:\Dokumente und Einstellungen\alx.SCALA\Desktop\Winmail.dat Attachments
set wmd=C:\Programme\WMDecode\WMDecode.exe

if not exist "%dir%"\nul md "%dir%"
"%wmd%" "%1" n "%dir%"
start explorer "%dir%"
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