|OIV Microsoft Outlook Express Plug-in Help
OIV Outlook Express Plug-In help
OIV Outlook Express Plug-In is a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook Express
designed to view, send and receive OIV Stamped Mail. When
you setup OIV Outlook Express Plug-In, in addition to the features of
Microsoft Outlook Express, you will be able to send Stamped Mail and to
open and redeem Stamped Mail.
Before you install OIV Outlook Express Plug-In, Microsoft Office Outlook
Express must already be installed in your computer. OIV Outlook Express
Plug-In works with Outlook Express 6.0 only.
OIV Outlook Express Plug-In is free to download. You can always get
the latest version here. If you have any problems using OIV Outlook
Express Plug-In, first make sure that you are using latest version of the
here to download OIV Outlook Express Plug-In to your computer, and to
save the installation file on your computer. Be sure to remember where you
saved the file (the desktop might be a good place).
Once the file has finished downloading, please find and open the folder
Double-click the installation file you just downloaded, to start
installing OIV Outlook Express Plug-In on your computer. Follow the
instructions in the installation wizard and complete the installation.
Note: Please make sure that Microsoft Outlook Express
is not running on your computer, while installing the OIV Outlook Express
OIV Microsoft Outlook
Express Plug-In elements in your main window
After you install the OIV Outlook Express Plug-In, the OIV Mail menu
item, OIV Mail button toolbar and OIV related folders appear, shown in the
following screen shots.
Screen shot of the menu item, seen after installing OIV Outlook
Screen shot of the buttons, seen after installing OIV Outlook
In the main window, the left pane displays your mail folders hierarchy.
You will see new folders related to OIV Mail named Acknowledgment, Expired,
Stamped, and UFO. The right pane displays the list of mails in the selected
To start sending and receiving the stamped mail, first you have login
into the OIV Mail System. Then you will see the OIV Outlook Express Plug-In
Select the item OivMail->Login. This opens the Login
dialog shown below. Note you can login to OIV Mail System only after you
have registered and activated your OIV Mail Account.
Selecting Logoff logs you off from OIV Mail System.
Selecting OivMail->Grant... clicking the “Grant”
toolbar button opens the following dialog box.
Enter the sender's email address and click on “Grant Permission” button
to grant permission stamp to the sender to send mail to you. This button is
enabled when you are logged in to OIV Mail System.
Selecting OivMail->Revoke… or clicking the “Revoke”
button on the Toolbar, opens the following dialog box.
You can enter a sender's email address and click “Revoke Permission”
button to revoke the permission stamp that allows that sender to send mail
to you. Please note that you must be logged in to OIV Mail System before
you can grant and revoke permissions.
You can also log in to OIV Mail System on the web and grant/revoke
permission to senders. There, you can see a list of senders to whom you
have granted permission.
Selecting the “Wallet” from OIV Mail Menu or clicking the “Wallet”
button on the toolbar, opens the following dialog.
This message box shows you the usable credit balance in your OIV Mail
account and the current value of un-cashed stamps in your account. This
button is enabled only if you have logged in to OIV Mail System.
Selecting the OivMail->Mail Status from OIV Mail
Menu opens the following window.
The Status window shows the status of sent Stamped Mail. Note that
deleting a line from the Status window removes it forever even though the
sent Stamped Mail still appears in the Sent folder.
The first five columns show various attributes of the sent message. The redeemed
column shows the number of the message's recipients who have opened it and
collected the postage. Remember, Stamped Mail may have multiple recipients.
The expired column shows the number of the message's
recipients who failed to open the message before it expired. To resend a
Stamped Mail which has expired, highlight the message and click the Resend
OIV Mail Account – Basic
Before proceeding to setup your OIV Outlook Express Plug-In to view or
redeem Stamped Mail, it is important to become familiar with concepts of
OIV Mail account and how it relates to your email address.
Your OIV Mail account is associated with your email address. If you use
multiple email addresses with OIV Mail, you have an account for each.
You received and redeemed a Stamped Mail at your email
address John892135@yahoo.com. Then the OIV Mail system has created an
account with ID, John892135@yahoo.com”. From now onwards when you open a
Stamped Mail addressed to “John892135@yahoo.com”, the stamp will be
redeemed into that account.
OIV Outlook Express Plug-In also records this account in
its data on your PC. If you have not yet activated this OIV Mail account,
all you can do is redeem received stamps. If you want to know the balance
in this account you can select “wallet” from OivMail menu or click the “Wallet”
button on the toolbar.
In order for you to send permission Stamped Mail or to convert OIV Stamp
credit in to cash, OIV Mail System must verify that you are the owner of
the email address. This verification happens when you register with OIV
Mail system by either selecting “Register” item from the File menu of OIV
Mailer or by visiting the Register page on OIV Mail web site. During registration
process, you specify, your name, address and choose your password. Please
note that this password is your OIV Mail password and is not related to the
password for your mail server. OIV Mail System will then send an email to
the address that you are registering. This email contains a verification
link which you click. When you click the link the OIV System informs you
that you have successfully activated your OIV Mail
In order for you to transfer credit and send value Stamped Mail, OIV
Mail System must verify your financial connection with your OIV Mail
account. You can do this simply by buying a minimum of $10 OIV Stamp credit
with your credit card or Pay Pal account. You need to buy this credit just
once. This credit is added to the credit you have received by redeeming
After you become eligible to send value Stamped Mail, you can log into OIV
Mail System on the OIV Mail website and send value Stamped Mail. If the
email account is hosted on a POP3 server (not a web mail account), you can
also use Outlook Express with the plug-in to send Stamped Mail.
Viewing Stamped Mail
If you received a Stamped Mail in your Outlook Express, you can view and
redeem the Stamped Mail by clicking on the subject in the summary pane,
just as you would open a normal email.
Sending Stamped Mail
Click the “Create Mail” button on the toolbar. The compose window of the
mail client is opened, the screen shot is provided below.
In the “To…” field, type the recipient's email address. After typing the
subject and composing the body of the email, you can:
- Send Stamped Mail by
clicking on “Send Stamped” button on the toolbar.
- Send Permission Mail
by clicking “Send Permitted” button on the toolbar.
To send permission stamped you must have an activated OIV Mail account.
When you choose send Permission Mail, OIV Outlook Express Plug-In
connects to OIV Mail server to find out if you have permission from
recipient to send mail. If the recipient has granted you permission to send
mail the permission stamp mail is sent, otherwise a message similar to one
shown below will appear on your screen.
When you click the “Send Stamped” button, then the dialog similar to the
one below will be displayed on your screen.
Type in the amount of stamp and click on “Stamp and Send” to send
Stamped Mail to the recipient(s) that you entered in the “To:” box. If you
don’t have enough credit in your account then the mail is not sent and a
notification message is be displayed on your screen.
Mail folders store mail messages. This mail folder hierarchy is
displayed on the left pane along with the mail folders of Microsoft Outlook
The UFO (Unidentified) mail folder is created by the OIV Outlook Express
Plug-In. It cannot be moved or deleted.
Currently, this folder is not used.
In the future, when the Clean Inbox feature is available and if it is
selected, this folder is where unidentified messaged will be delivered. In
that case, only Stamped and Permission Mail will go to the Inbox.
Unless the Clean Inbox feature is selected, Permission Mail is treated
no differently than ordinary mail.