Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail

Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail

Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail

Creating an e-mail message with CompuServe Navigator for Windows is quite similar to creating one with the regular CompuServe software. (For more information on CompuServe Navigator, see Chapter 10, “Making Your Sessions Automatic with CompuServe Navigator.”)

To send e-mail in CSNav, you must make the CompuServe Mail item part of your script. Click the arrow button next to Create Mail Message or Send File, and you see the CSNav version of the Create Mail window (see Fig. 6.9).
The buttons in this window are a little different from those in regular CompuServe, but they perform similar functions.

Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail
Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail

To make sure your e-mailis sent on the next CSNav pass, click the Out-Basket button when you finish. This queues up the message for transmittal the next time CSNav is online.

Sending files via e-mail

CompuServe also lets you send non-mail files to other users. These files can be of any type, from .DOC files created in Microsoft Word to .GIF graphics files. Sending files via e-mail is much easier than using Federal Express to send disks across the country.

In CSNav, you can attach a file to a normal e-mail message by clicking the Send File button in the Create CompuServe Mail window.

Begin by creating a new e-mail message. When you click the Attach File button, you’ll see a File Open dialog box. Select the file you want to attach and click Open.

Don’t confuse the Attach File button with the File It button, which sends a copy of the message to your filing cabinet.

Next, you’ll see the Attach Files dialog box, shown in Fig. 6.10. If you’re attaching only this one file, click OK. If you want to attach additional files, click the Add To List button and repeat the procedure.

Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail
Using CSNav to send and receive e-mail

The file type should automatically appear in the File type box. If the type shown is not correct, pull down the list and choose the appropriate type of file as described here:

  • Binary: program and document files
  • GIF: graphics files
  • JPEG: graphics files
  • Text: files that contain only ASCII text
Anything that isn’t a text file, or a GIF or JPEG graphics file, should be sent as a binary file. All program files (.EXE and .COM exten- sions), word processing files (.DOC, .SAM, and .WRI extensions), spreadsheet files (.WK* and XL* extensions), database files (.DBF extensions), and other graphics files (.PCX and .TIF extensions) are binary files. In fact, if you’re not sure what kind of file you have, send it as binary.