The Bat!

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The Bat!
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Developer(s) Ritlabs, SRL
Stable release 6.3 (March 26, 2014; 26 days ago (2014-03-26)) [±]
Operating system Windows
Type Email client
License Shareware

The Bat! is a shareware email client for the Microsoft Windows operating system, developed by Ritlabs, SRL, a company based in Chişinău, Moldova.

The Bat! has been regarded as an alternative email client for advanced email users.1234 It is often praised for its focus on security,567 as well as user interface customization and filtering capabilities.89


  • 1.0 Beta, the first public version, was released in March 1997. It supported folders, filtering, viewing HTML email without the need to have Internet Explorer installed, and international character sets. It also had a special feature named Mail Ticker.
  • 1.00 Build 1310, the first stable version, came to public in March 1998.
  • 1.32 introduced a proprietary layout engine1011 on 27 April 2000. Versions up to 1.31 had used the THtmlViewer engine by David Baldwin.
  • Version 2.0 (September 2003) introduced IMAP support, a basic HTML editor, Anti-Spam and Anti-Virus Plug-ins and a Scheduler, and could import messages from Microsoft Office Outlook and Outlook Express
  • Version 3.0 (September 2004) introduced customizable User Interface, virtual folders, Mail Chat, Biometric authentication and support of MAPI protocol to connect to Microsoft Exchange Servers.
  • Version 3.95 (December 2006) supports IPv6.
  • Version 4.0 (February 2008) has Address History option, Favorite Folders sets and URL manager for HTML images retrieval. The Bat!'s text editor supports Unicode, internal image viewer supports rotate, advanced resize and zoom algorithms and full screen mode.
  • Version 4.1 (December 2008) adds HTML templates, support for SOCKS proxy, and a new mail database format that allows for an unlimited volume of mail.
  • Version 4.2 (June 2009) adds postponed sending.
  • Version 5.0 (April 2011) improves support for IMAP protocol, hints, folder information html templates, image downloader, odd/even row contrast.
  • Version 5.1 (April 2012) adds Inbox Analyzer, image download manager, message tags, hints, external HTML viewing module and Multi-SMTP option.
  • Version 6.0 (November 2013) supports International email addresses.
  • Version 6.1 (December 2013) supports SSL 3.0 and TLS 1.1 protocols.
  • Version 6.2 (January 2014) introduces Summary View.
  • Version 6.3 (March 2014) comes with the internal implementation of the RSS feed subscriptions.

Forged headers

The client's name was included as a preset for forging the X-Mailer software user agent identification header in a popular mass-mailing tool. Due to the client's relative obscurity, this has led some parties to proclaim that The Bat! itself is a spamming tool, and advocate blocking all messages marked as created by The Bat!.12 SpamAssassin rules now include detection for such forged headers.13

See also


  1. ^ Tschabitscher, Heinz (May 2012). "The Bat! 5.1 - Windows Email Program". Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Kraynak, Joe. Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks. p. 133. ISBN 0-7645-7474-4. 
  3. ^ Winder, Davey (April 2006). "Product Reviews: The Bat! 3.6 Professional". PC Pro Magazine (138). Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  4. ^ IT Reviews Staff. "Ritlabs, SRL - The Bat! review". IT Reviews. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Gaskin, James. Broadband Bible. Wiley. p. 144. ISBN 0-7645-6951-1. 
  6. ^ LUBRINCO Group (January 2005). ÆGIS. 
  7. ^ Glitman, Russell (17 February 2004). "The Bat! 2.0". PC Mag: pp. 68. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Randall, Neil (November 2005). PC Magazine Windows XP Solutions (2 ed.). Wiley. p. 163. ISBN 0471747521. "along with its templates and forms, and its highly sophisticated filtering and sorting systems, this feature demonstrates its ties to the business community. But it's also of considerable use on non-business PCs, particularly if you grow tired of Outlook (or don't want to buy Outlook." 
  9. ^ Spanbauer, Scott (2 April 2007). "Discover These Lesser-Known Web and Email Tools". PCWorld. p. 5. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ritlabs, SRL says that The Bat! users have nothing to be afraid of". Ritlabs, SRL. 25 September 2006. 
  11. ^ "US Defence Department against Microsoft Outlook". Ritlabs, SRL. 30 December 2006. 
  12. ^ "The Bat! and The Spammer". Ritlabs, SRL. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Mason, Justin (18 October 2007). "Don't Block "The Bat!"". SpamAssassin. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 

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