eClean 2000 for e-mail legibility
by Chris Taylor
It is a wonderful example of "Users Helping Users".
Our Web Master, Brigitte Lord, was having problems
extracting reviews from the plain text version of the
newsletter and turning them into Web pages, for
publishing at opcug.ca/soft_rev.htm. The
main problem was the fact that each line ended in a hard
carriage return and it was a laborious process to remove
At the Internet SIG meeting some members.discussed this
and Bob Gowan, the Internet SIG coordinator mentioned he
had been using a shareware program that could help.
eClean 2000 v2.0 is a tool primarily designed to aid in
cleaning up messages that have been forwarded many times.
It is not all that unusual to get a message that looks
similar to the following
> >>I have a great idea for a new
> >>product line for the ACME Widget
> >>Since we make the smallest and
> >>fastest widgets
>in the world,
> >>why not make the most expensive? We
> >>could add a new gizmo to the
> >>or a whatsit to the thing-a-ma-jiggy
> >>add 500% to our margin!
> >>But Best of all, each gizmo will
> >>only add 1% to
>the cost of making
> >>a widget and whatsit will only
> >>add 2%. This could be colossal! I just
> >>don't know what people did before
> >>gizmo's and whatsit's where
> >>but we have to add them to our
> >>widget. Let me know what you think.
> >>Best regards,
Of course, in most cases the message is actually a joke
that you want to pass on to someone else. But if you
simply forward the message, it will likely just add some
more greater-than signs and make the mess even worse.
Unfortunately, nobody wants to take the time and trouble
to clean things up.
Enter eClean 2000. You can simply copy the whole mess to
the clipboard, double click eClean's tray icon to open
its window, paste in the text and with a single click you
can have eClean remove all the forwarding characters. As
well, you can have eClean reconstruct paragraphs as
single lines (which is what Brigitte needed), and even
perform global search and replaces to clean up any other
weird things in the text.
To make things even easier, you can have eClean work
directly with text on the clipboard. This reduces the
keystrokes or mouse clicks even more.
The program is highly customizable and uses about 1.8MB
or RAM on my Win2K machine.
You can download eClean 2000 v2 from PUB II in the
Miscellaneous Utilities file area as eclean20.zip
Shareware: $10 U.S.
Downloadable from PUB II - Miscellaneous Utilities file area: eclean20.zip
Originally published: March, 2001
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