Friday, September 23, 2016

What are Winmail.dat files and How Do I Open Them?

Sometimes an e-mail message might arrive in your inbox with a “winmail.dat” file attachment.  You might find that that you are unable to open it. Why does this happen?
Sometimes messages sent from the Microsoft Outlook e-mail client or Microsoft Exchange server have Rich Text Formatting (RTF) that your e-mail client does not understand. E-mails with RTF display different text styles, fonts and colors. The winmail.dat file contains the RTF information for the message, but usually will not open normally. 
Usually what happens is that your e-Mail client will display the message text, while the the RTF formatting remains in the Winmail.dat file attachment.  If you could open the RTF message, you would see email with the same text but different formatting.
You could ask the sender to only send to you in plain text formatting, and then there would be no winmail.dat file attachments.
Another option for Windows users (besides purchasing Microsoft Outlook) is to download a viewer program like MessageViewer Lite by Encryptomatic LLC.  MessageViewer Lite can display the contents an formatting of the winmail.dat file. MessageViewer Lite is us$24.95. A free 15 day trial is available.
MessageViewer Lite viewer opens winmail.dat files.
Winmail.dat viewer for MS Windows.
MessageViewer Lite also opens Outlook .msg emails, and .eml email files, all in addition to Winmail.dat files.   
If you have any questions, post them below and we'll be glad to answer you.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Converting Emails from .EML to .HTML Files.

A .eml file is an individual email message that has been moved outside of an email client, such as Mozilla Thunderbird. EML files may contain pictures, file attachments, email metadata, and more.

Its very common to receive email messages that are formatted either as Text (.TXT) or HTML files.  Embedding HTML in emails lets the sender mark up the text. They can add formatting, titles, colors, images and logos to their email messages. 

In an earlier article, we decribed how to convert .eml to text files with EmlViewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro), the email viewer software for Windows that lets you discover and convert email messages.  If plain old text files are too boring for you, let us show you how to convert .eml email files directly into HTML documents. You could even post them to your web server, if you like, for the entire internet to see.

Converting .EML to .HTML Files




Saving a .eml email file as html file will save the HTML code to a .html file.  Instead of having all of the elements contained in a single .eml file, an email converted from .eml to .html will be broken apart, just like a regular web page. The individual elements will be stored as separate files that are linked from the resulting .html page. Any embedded elements, like pictures, will be stored in a folder.

Converting .eml files to .html is useful if you want to preserve the email content, but also want easy access to embedded images or  file attachments.

Although we are describing how to convert .eml to .html, this same process can be used with EmlViewer Pro to create html files from emails stored in .msg, .pst, .ost and .mht files. You can convert one email to html, or bulk convert thousands of emails to .html.

Eml Viewer Pro

If you would like to follow along with the step by step instructions, download a 15 day free trial of EmlViewer Pro software for Microsoft Windows by Encryptomatic LLC.  EmlViewer Pro is also known as PstViewer Pro. At one time EmlViewer Pro and PstViewer Pro were separate products, but they have recently been combined into a single more powerful product able to process many different email formats.

Step 1 Start EmlViewer Pro. Using the folder explorer on the left side of the screen, select the folder containing your .Eml Files. The emails will be viewable in the EmlViewer Pro mail list.

Step 2  Select the Eml files you want to convert to HTML.  Selected files will appear highlighted in the mail list.

Screen image of EmlViewer Pro with emails selected in preparation of conversion to HTML format.
Selected emails are highlighted


Step 3  Select the target export format "HTML"

Screen shot of EmlViewer Pro with HTML export profile selected in list.
Choose HTML export profile


Step 4  Click the "Export" button to begin the export process.

The Eml files will now be converted into Html.  Lets take a look at the folder and see how the files are organized.

Notice that the folder contains .html files that use the email Subject line as the file name. The image elements for emails that contain them will be placed in a sub folder, which will share the same name as the html file. Folder organization keeps the email elements (images and file attachments) from being mingled with other emails.
Screen shot of a Windows folder showing the organization of HTML index and image subfolders.
Folder structure of emails converted to HTML files


To view the email as a HTML page, click on it, and Windows will open it in your web browser,

Screen shot of an email displayed in Google Chrome web browser. The email has been converted to a HTML file by EmlViewer Pro software.
An Email that has been converted to a HTML file, displayed in Google Chrome web browser.


If you have any questions about EmlViewer Pro, post them below, or use the online chat service here to talk to a support technician.











Thursday, May 12, 2016

How to Convert Emails From Outlook .MSG to .EML

This article will show you how to convert Outlook .msg files to .eml files.

Msg email files are created by Microsoft Office Outlook.  An Msg file contains a single email message and any file attachments.  When an Outlook email message is copied outside of Outlook's .pst or .ost database file, it is saved as a .msg file. Usually, the file name will be the email subject, such as "monthly report.msg"

If you have Microsoft Outlook for Windows, you can open an .msg file by clicking on it.  Because .msg files are a format that is proprietary to Microsoft, you may want to bulk convert Outlook .msg files to .eml files.  .Eml files are an open format supported by other email clients.

EmlViewer Pro is a handy tool for managing and converting email content.  It can read both .msg and .eml files, as well as Outlook .pst, .ost and .mbox files.   

While Outlook can open individual .msg files when you click on them, it does not search or organize .msg or .eml files.  EmlViewer Pro is useful for reading in a folder with hundreds or thousands of .msg or .eml files, searching them, and also exporting them to different formats.

How to convert .Msg to .Eml


Download a free trial of EmlViewer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro) and follow along with us.

When EmlViewer Pro starts, use the explorer view in the left column to select the folder containing your .msg email files. The .msg files will be read into EmlViewer Pro.  An .msg file can be recognized by the small "M" email icon in the mail list.


Screen shot of EmlViewer Pro with .msg files displayed.
.Msg Files in the EmlViewer Pro mail list.

Use EmlViewer Pro's search feature to identify the .msg files you want to convert to .eml.

To select an email, highlight it in the list by clicking on it.  You can hold the control key and select multiple .msg emails for conversion.  To select all emails in the list, type control-A.

Now that the .msg files have been selected, click on the "Export" tab. From the dropdown list, select "Eml" export profile and then click on the "Export" button.

EmlViewer Pro will now begin converting the selected files from Msg to Eml format.

When the process is complete, you can use EmlViewer Pro to select the folder where your new .eml files reside, and they will be read into the mail list.

Converting .msg to .eml emails is easy with EmlViewer Pro. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments, or email us at supportline at encryptomatic.com, or call us at +1-651-815-4902 x2.










Monday, May 2, 2016

How to Convert EML Files to PDF?

There is no other file format as convenient as PDF for archiving and sharing EML email files.   It seems like a simple thing to do, but in practice you may discover that converting .Eml to .Pdf can be anything but convenient.  It's easy to forget how complex email documents like .eml files can be.

Eml files can be formatted in text or HTML.  They may have different kinds of email file attachments.  In fact, Eml files can be attached to other .eml files -- how do you handle emails inside of emails?

If you are converting many .eml files to .pdf, you want to give the files a special name.  Or, perhaps you need to combine multiple .eml files into one .pdf file.  

If your project calls for converting more than a few .eml files to .pdf, you will want to try EmlVeiwer Pro (also known as PstViewer Pro), a Windows software tool that is specifically designed to convert email from .Eml files and other formats to .PDF, and able to accommodate the many different situations and preferences that your project will encounter.

Converting .Eml to .Pdf with EmlViewer Pro software.

Here's how to convert emails from .eml to .pdf with EmlViewer Pro. Download the 15 day free trial follow along.  
  1. 1 Start EmlViewer Pro and use the Explorer tree to select the location of your .eml files. EmlViewer Pro will read the emails into an organized maillist,
  2. Select the emails you want to convert to PDF in the maillist.
  3. From the "Export" tab choose the PDF export profile that you want to run.  If you want the file attachments to be part of the PDF document image, choose "PDF - attachments converted/included"
  4. Click "Export" to being the process.
EmlViewer Pro can convert most common email file attachments into the PDF image, including PDF files, image files, and Microsoft Office documents if Office is installed on the computer.

Besides .Eml files, EmlViewer Pro can also convert .msg, .pst, .ost and .mht formatted emails to PDF.

Do you have any questions about converting Email to PDF? Post them in the comments and we'll be glad to answer them.


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