How do I
start a new, blank database of addresses and templates?
There is currently no way to create an empty database from within Caliban
Mailer. However, you may download a blank CalibanMailer.mdb from here.
Or if you prefer, contact us at email@example.com and we
will email the file directly to you.
Can I use Caliban
Mailer with Google's Gmail servers?
Mailer cannot be used with Gmail, as Caliban
Mailer does not support the secure encrypted SSL connections that Gmail
requires. Caliban Mailer will
not be able to establish a connection with the Gmail servers.
I worry about the Firewall settings if I'm using Zone Alarm?
If you are not
now connecting to a firewall server to get through to your SMTP
server, then you can safely ignore the Firewall options. Just leave
the firewall selection as "No firewall". A firewall is used
mainly in a business setting, where it would be maintained by the
computer services department. It would only be in rare circumstances that
a SOHO or home user would have to use one of the other firewall choices.
Note that if you pick an incorrect firewall setting, you will not be
able to connect to your SMTP server, and the server will reply with what
might be a rather cryptic error message.
How can I import
existing mailing lists in Caliban Mailer 1.20?
One of our clients, Raza
Jaffri, very kindly wrote up a procedure for accomplishing this task.
You can read his instructions here. (Note that this procedure will not work with version 1.30.)
help file shows that Caliban Mailer has a status line, Help and Exit
buttons. Why can't I see them?
Prior to version 1.10.8, if you used Caliban
Mailer in sponsored mode with your Windows screen resolution set to 640x480,
the lower part of the main window would be off-screen. The additional space required by the banner ads will be
freed after you enter your registration code, which will allow Caliban
Mailer's entire window to fit on the small screen. Since Caliban Mailer no
longer operates in sponsored mode, this space will be reclaimed once you
install the latest version.
can I schedule a mailing to be automatically delivered, without having to
manually press the Send button?
When you start Caliban Mailer, each scheduled
mailing in the Outbox is tested to see if it can be sent now. If so, is
the small clock symbol will change to a green arrow. Ordinarily the items
are not delivered without clicking the 'Send' button. There is, however, a
command-line option "/SendAll" which indicates to Caliban Mailer
that all of the outgoing items should be automatically sent when Caliban
Mailer launches. When the delivery is finished, Caliban Mailer will exit.
Using the Scheduled Task wizard (available by double-clicking Scheduled
Tasks in Control Panel, and then double-clicking Add Scheduled
Tasks), you can schedule a task to run daily, weekly, or monthly,
change the schedule for a task, and customize how a task runs at a
In Windows 95, you will require the Windows
95 "Plus! Pack" which includes a utility similar to the
task scheduler, called System Agent.
happened to "sponsored mode" and Conducent Inc.?
The company Caliban Computing contracted with
to provide advertising content, Conducent Inc., terminated business operations
in 2001. We recommend that
you upgrade to the latest version of Caliban Mailer, which does not
contain advertising. For more information, click here.
Caliban Mailer spying on me?
Caliban Mailer is not spying on you. Caliban Mailer 1.20 did contain
Conducent Inc. technology which served banner ads to Caliban Mailer while
connected to the Internet, based on the responses to a questionnaire
presented at installation. Caliban Computing evaluated the Conducent
system and implementation options, and was satisfied that its use in
Caliban Mailer posed no privacy risk. However, since Caliban Computing
made it clear that the Conducent system was in use, some privacy scare web
sites list Caliban Mailer as "spyware". Now
that Conducent is out of business, Caliban Mailer no longer uses any third-party advertising
technology or anything that could be considered spyware.