Popcorn 1.99.6 (Mar. 2016)
Popcorn is a lightweight and portable email client for Windows that was developed by Ultrafunk (ultrafunk.com) and provided as freeware (open source). Development and support ended in 2012, the last release was 1.99.3, still available through Archive.org and some download sites (e.g. The Portable Freeware Collection).
Because I like to use Popcorn and want to keep this nice program, I created an update, based on the original code, with the following improvements:
- optional support for POP3-TLS (i.e. encrypted POP3 connections using TLS instead of SSL)
- an updated help file that can be invoked via menu and F1 key (in the main window)
- the former mailbox info function, now available via menu and F6 key.
Download and extract popcorn.zip to a folder of your choice. The program itself (popcorn.exe) doesn't require any installation procedures and uses the program folder for mail account configuration data.
Please observe the included read-me file.
As described in the program documentation, Popcorn optionally uses two additional modules for SSL/TLS (libeay32.dll and ssleay32.dll) that are based on the OpenSSL development. While the project site only provides source code, it informationally points to some binary distributions. These include download addresses for the named Win32 DLLs as parts of prepared packages, esp. an executable installer and a zip file. (The latter is a bit more suitable for portable usage.)
Some general information on this: Look for the latest release of the 1.0.2 libraries, preferably without external dependencies. Always select 32-bit Windows as target system. Download an appropriate package and extract or copy just the two DLL files to the Popcorn folder.
The file popcorn_source.zip contains the original code of version 1.99.3 together with the updated source files.
Ultrafunk's license allows usage and alterations of the original source code as long as the resulting applications are still unlimited freeware.
Please note that you download and use this program at your own risk, for I do not assume any warranty or responsibility.