Last week I published a quick look a those pesky Winmail.dat email file attachments that Mac users receive from Windows users.
Winmail.dat is a Microsoft scourge that has been around a few years, and readers were quick to point out a number of solutions Mac users can employe to rid themselves of the headache; either automatically, or with little effort. Here are two more.
I. Hate. Winmail.dat
Despite the Winmail.dat disease that Microsoft foisted upon the world, clever developers have plenty of solutions to handle the unusual files, including a website which extracts the attachments for free.
The more expensive Mac solutions automate the process so every incoming email message with a winmail.dat file gets fixed without any user intervention. One of the more expensive solutions is WinMail DAT Viewer Pro for Mac which lets you view those nasty attachment files with little more than a click.
If you don’t mind a slightly more manual process to extract the attachment data from winmail.dat files, there’s the new Winmail.dat Opener Lite.
Admittedly, the process of extracting data from the winmail.dat file is manual, but the price is right. Winmail.dat Opener is free. You’ll need to double click on the winmail.dat attachment, then move or save the enclosed files, but for Mac users who only receive an occasional winmail.dat file, the price matches the effort.
For those who need some automation and receive plenty of such dastardly files, there’s Letter Opener Pro which automates the process, making it seamless within Mail. There’s even a version for Outlook for Mac users.