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Galleon Software conquers Open Transport
New module is thirteen times faster and leaves eMerge 1.5 crash proof

MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO. January 6, 1998. When system software goes wrong there’s usually little you can do but sit back and watch your application crash, unless you’re a developer at Galleon Software and know more about the Internet than any one person has a right to know.

That was the problem some customers were having with eMerge, Galleon Software’s bulk e-mail application for the Macintosh. “Things would be going great,“ says Scott Appleton, Galleon’s Internet specialist, “then we’d suddenly crash, deep in the guts of Open Transport.”

The problem was eventually narrowed down to a module called the Domain Name Resolver (DNR) which translates e-mail addresses into their numeric equivalent. “Even with a 28.8K modem, eMerge can send out over 3000 messages an hour directly to each recipient’s mail server,” says Appleton. “And Apple’s DNR just couldn’t handle what we were asking it to do.“

So as Scott set about writing his own DNR, the rest of the development team made sure that such crashes would have as little impact as possible. Their solution was to have eMerge quickly save the status of each message whenever a message is sent. In this way, now even if the power fails, you always know which recipients have received a message and which have not.

Now in its final beta, eMerge 1.5 has even surprised its developers. Not only is the new DNR entirely reliable, it resolves Internet addresses more than thirteen times faster than the DNR in Open Transport. But what’s even more important, rewriting Apple’s DNR and tracking the status of messages has left eMerge 1.5 essentially crash proof. “More and more people are doing serious business on the Internet,“ says Colin Biggin, the president of Galleon Software, “and they are demanding tools that they can depend on.“

In addition to the most powerful mailing engine available for the Macintosh, eMerge also lets you customize your messages automatically for everyone on your mailing list. eMerge has built-in tools to create lists of names, e-mail addresses, and other variables. And with eMerge 1.5 you can now attach any number of files to the messages you send.

You can purchase eMerge 1.1.2 right now from Galleon Software’s website and receive a free upgrade to eMerge 1.5, or you can download a demo version with full documentation.

Galleon Software is a Canadian developer of desktop communications software and Internet tools for small, specialized markets. eMerge is a trademark of Galleon Software.

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