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Converting E-Mails to XML, with Base-64 Encoded File Attachments

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Welcome to another edition of the Encryptomatic support team’s series on converting your email messages into machine readable XML files. Last time we focused on simple conversion of email-to-xml using the Encryptomatic PstViewer Pro/MailDex viewer/converter.

Encryptomatic PstViewer Pro provides three options for convert email to xml files.

The first option is to export selected emails to single xml files.

Another option is to xport multiple emails to a single XML file.

Email file attachments can be handled a couple of different ways. For example, you can encode the file attachments as Base-64 encoded text and include them within the XML file.

Another option for handling email file attachments during a XML conversion is to simply export them to the hard drive as separate files. This will greatly reduce the size of the XML file, but it adds the risk of the file attachment losing its context to the XML file.

Converting Emails into XML files makes it easier for software developers and computer software to import and consume email messages without having to parse an email file directly. This encourages rapid development of software applications, and makes email content much more transportable and shareable between applications.

Download a free trial of PstViewer Pro software by Encryptomatic LLC. The trial runs for 15 days and you can try out the XML file export capabilities. If you have any questions, please contact our support team for the answers you need.

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Pst Viewer Pro is now a 64-bit application

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Pst Viewer Pro has been updated to a 64-bit Windows application in version 4.8.  This update means that Pst Viewer Pro can now take advantage of the higher addressable memory of 64-bit computers.  While 32-bit Windows systems are limited to less than 4 gigabytes, 64-bit Windows systems running native 64-bit software applications can address beyond hundreds of gigabytes of memory.

Outlook email messages are stored in personal storage tables, or PST files.  PST files contain email messages, file attachments, calendar items and notes, and can grow to be several gigabytes.  We’ve seen them as large as 50 GB.  Pst Viewer Pro will now have the benefit of fully utilizing the memory on your computer while it performs search and export operations.

Version 4.8 of Pst Viewer Pro was released in February, 2013. The trial download file combines both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions into a single installer, and will automatically install the correct version on your computer. Version 4.8 has many important updates and is recommended for all current Pst Viewer Pro customers. Current customers who have not installed version 4.8 will have a 32-bit version. To update from within Pst Viewer Pro, go to Help > Check for Updates

current customers can install Pst Viewer Pro 4.8 from inside the software.

Run the Pst Viewer Pro update installer.  If your computer is running a 64 bit Windows operating system, then Pst Viewer Pro 64-bit will be installed automatically. If you want to check to be sure, go to Help > About and look for the Pst Viewer Pro version number.

About screen confirming 64 bit installation

Preliminary tests on a laptop running 8 GB of RAM show a marked increase in performance while searching a 2.5 GB pst file.

Pst Viewer Pro can also export Outlook emails to PDF and other formats. PDF export operations also showed a significant improvement in speed while converting email file attachments to PDF images.

 Pst Viewer Pro 4.8 includes a number of important updates. Here’s the change log:

Enhancements
– 64 bit PSTViewer Pro version
– Easy selection for all messages in the list, “Select all” context menu item has been added
– “Connect with us” menu item
– New association icons
– Improved EML decoding
– Improved message enumeration indicator in the status bar

Bug fixes

– Fixed incorrect shortcut icons in the folder tree
– Removed VML artifacts from HTML message body (MSG, PST, OST files)
– Resolved subject cutting in Japanese for some EML files
– Fixed very small font size in PDF export
– Fix for error ‘System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not find file DockLayouts.xml’
– Fix for error ‘System.OutOfMemoryException’ when reading messages
– MHT file icon is missing for 64-bit system
– Improved export to MBOX format, removed odd new line symbols
– Corrected exporting MSG file with MSG attachment to EML format with “noname” file attachments.

Download a free trial of PstViewer Pro.