Aid4Mail is available in four different editions:
Home, Professional, eDiscovery, and Console.
The following table shows their features.
|User-friendly wizard interface, designed with accessibility in mind|
|Easy, fast, and accurate mail conversion of:
Process over 40 email programs and file formats (1) :
|Process email files separated from their mail program|
|Convert directly from an external drive (e.g. USB, CD, DVD)|
|Create highly compressed, future-proof ZIP archives|
|Extract email addresses, attachments, and other contents|
|Rebuild proprietary formats to Internet standards (2)|
|Filter out duplicate emails and attachments|
|Save emails in plain text format|
|Process huge files (tested on a 264 GB mbox with 3 million emails)|
|Merge multiple mailboxes to a single file|
|Split mailboxes into individual message files|
|Split large mailboxes into smaller files|
|Process Microsoft Exchange through a MAPI profile (3)|
|Save emails to CSV for database or spreadsheet use|
Filter emails by:
|Scriptable for full control over:
|Export to Excel, XML, and HTML for viewing in Internet Explorer|
|Export to searchable PDF||(4)|
|Export to PDF/A (long-term archiving format)||(4)|
|Export to encrypted and password-protected PDF files||(4)|
|Embed original SMTP header or full email in PDF files||(4)|
|Process and restore unpurged email (except MS Outlook & Exchange)|
|Advanced hash functions for scripting|
|Process email data with external console programs|
|Offline license activation (see details)||(5)|
|Run from a server or USB key (thumb drive)||(5)||(5)|
|Convert directly from PST to PST|
|Batch process multiple PST files|
|Run from other applications, scripts, batch files, and Windows Services|
|Command-line interface (run unattended)|
When you move a message from one folder to another in your email client, or delete a message, the process is more complicated that it would initially seem. A copy of the message is placed in the appropriate destination folder, but the original message is not removed immediately. Instead it is flagged as "unpurged", and hidden from display, until such a time that the folder that contains it is compacted.
The reason for this behavior is to optimize the move/delete process by not having to reorganize a mailbox every time a message is removed from it. As mailboxes can become very large, and messages can usually be moved around without limitation, this can provide a considerable time-saving. However it also means that when you process a mailbox with Aid4Mail, the mailbox can potentially contain unpurged messages.
As these messages are generally unwanted, they are automatically skipped by the Home and Professional versions of Aid4Mail. The eDiscovery versions offer an option to process unpurged mail, which is usually only required in a forensics context.