MailFaces is a Java application that will watch your Mail Server mailbox
and display a set of images that represent the originator of the e-mail.
It makes use of the PIcon
DataBase which contains thousands of images representing computer users
It will periodically examine the mail waiting at a Mail Server and if
new mail has arrived, it will display an Icon that represents the sender
of the Mail. If multiple e-mails are received from the same person it will
display the updated count in the corner of the image. By default, it will
use the "userid@host" from the Mail "From:" header
and search the PIcon Database for a matching image of that userid at that
host. If no image of a user is found, it will try to find an image for
the host domain. But the user can override this to select unique images
to be displayed based on information from any of the Mail headers.
Here you see what
the MailFaces window looks like on Windows 95. Assume that this user had
associated an image of a bike with one frequent correspondent and an image
of a parrot with another. The window shows that this mailbox has 5 pieces
of mail waiting; one from the bike rider, 2 from the bird lover, one from
somebody at IBM and one from the author of MailFaces.
The user can also specify a sound file that will be played when mail
arrives from a specific user and/or a default sound that will be played
when any new mail arrives.
MailFaces can also eliminate the time consuming retrieval of
unwanted or unsolicited mail. You can specify special filters that
will group mail from selected sites or that contain key phrases in the
subect line onto a special "Kill" button. You can then select and otionally
delete the mail directly from the server. You can also have it deleted automatically.
MailFaces is somewhat based on a Unix X Window program named XFACES.
and makes use of the PIcon
DataBase that is maintained by Steve
The MailFaces documentation is designed to be viewed with
a Web Browser that will display Frames so that you can easily navigate
to the topic that you desire.
But if your browser does not support Frames then you can go directly to the
and select your topic.
When you are done with one topic, you can use the Browser's back key to
return to the Index