Ghacks Christmas Giveaway: The Bat Professional

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 9, 2008
Updated • Apr 14, 2016

Day nine of the Ghacks Christmas Giveaway. We already handed out lots of useful popular software programs to the readers and will continue this until December 24th. Today's product that you can win in the giveaway is the popular email client The Bat Professional. The commercial software market for email clients is particularly thin thanks to several popular free email clients such as Mozilla Thunderbird, the Outlook Express client that is integrated in Windows or the free online email services like Gmail or Yahoo Maik.

That's a tough field to compete against and any email client would have to offer something unique to the user. It does not necessarily have to be a feature that no one else has, it can also be great support or great automatism or anything else that is seen by a user as something that makes the software invaluable.

The Bat is a professional email client. This becomes obvious for the first time during installation where you will be asked where you want to store the account data which should not be confused with the installation directory of the email client. Every account can be placed in a different location. Support are POP3, IMAP4 and MAPI protocols.

One of the most important aspects of email clients is the ability to import settings and emails from other clients. The Bat provides an extensive set of import and export options. It can import email messages from generic eml, msg or unix mailboxes but also from specific email clients such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Office Outlook or Microsoft Outlook Express. Extensive import options are also available for the Address Book which can import contact information directly from Microsoft products and various other formats like LDIF (Thunderbird can export into this format), vCards or plain text.

You need to add the email accounts manually on the other hand. Most settings however are automatically filled by The Bat. It is for instance possible to add a new Gmail account in a few easy steps with minimal user interaction.

The Bat has been designed for power users and professionals. Yes, regular users can make use of the email client as well and they will be perfectly happy with it but its options to automate and configure excel most - if not all - other email clients.

Here is but one example. Each mail folder in The Bat can be configured with its own unique properties. This can be email templates but more importantly a unique identity. It is possible to set a From Name and From Address for every folder in the bat so this is always being used for mail in that folder. (no more having to remember to picking the right email account before sending the mail)

Email templates are another interesting feature. Unlike signatures email templates can be used to fill out parts of emails that are used regularly. The Bat comes with a few predesigned templates for replying, forwarding or reading confirmations but also with the means of creating sophisticated email templates for virtually any purpose.

What else do you get?

  • Hardware Tokens: The Bat! Professional is an email client that offers secure authentication on POP3/SMTP servers using hardware tokens and transparent, on-the-fly encryption of the email message base, address books and configuration files.
  • Built-In Backup and Restore: Automated email backups can be configured in the email client.
  • Plugins: Plugins expand the functionality of the email client further.
  • Internal PGP implementation based on OpenSSL.
  • Anti-virus defense: The bat does not start scripts automatically and uses its own html rendering engine.
  • Smart Sorting Office: A powerful filtering system.
  • Message Parking: Protect messages so that they can not be deleted.
  • Microsoft Exchange Connectivity

The Bat offers a wealth of features that you cannot find in other email clients. It is highly configurable and can automate many processes to aid the user in his daily routine.


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  1. Anne McCutcheon said on December 9, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    I am using Outlook Express.

  2. Reva Skie said on December 20, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I am not using any client currently due to sheer laziness.

  3. Brian said on December 13, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I’m using Popcorn, which is completely free, and free of HTML :D

  4. DraxOfAvalon said on December 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    I WON!!


    Thanks a lot ghacks!! u rule!!

  5. BeaMeR said on December 10, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I’m using the opera mail client. Fine alternative solution even if there’re some small default. I’ve try The Bat few years ago, i can’t remember i’ve prefer it. I’ll try the new version soon.

  6. Krzysztof Koźmic said on December 10, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Thunderbird. It’s slow, but still, better than all other free alternatives

  7. Michael said on December 10, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Outlook 07. Looked into lots of IMAP clients 2-3 years back but stuck with Outlook for integration needs at the time.

  8. Jacob said on December 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I use Mozilla Thunderbird at the moment. I would like to use The Bat very much.

  9. Sergey said on December 10, 2008 at 3:51 am

    I need this soft!

  10. Sean said on December 10, 2008 at 3:38 am

    I’m using Gmail for your domain premier for personal stuff, and outlook 2007 at work. The Bat looks very interesting now.

  11. JG said on December 10, 2008 at 2:33 am

    I’ve been using an old version of Outlook (pre-2003) at home and was not pleased with the HTML mail renderer change in the 2007 version (used at work). The Bat Pro may be a worthy upgrade.

  12. Dan said on December 10, 2008 at 1:40 am

    I’m a long time Eudora user, but since they have stopped development I would love to convert over to The Bat Pro!

    Checking in everyday for the new giveaway is kind of fun, good job guys and good luck to everyone :)

  13. Soeren Wilmsen said on December 10, 2008 at 1:16 am

    used it long time ago, now i am using thunderbird. would be very nice to use it again, looks very nice nowadays….

  14. JCLeftie said on December 10, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I used the bat before a while back and I like it. Right now, my email is scattered all over the place and I could definitely use some AIO solution to help me organize things. As the owner and manager of several websites, I have too many email accounts, each however has their purpose. I’ve tried managing them individually, that didn’t work out. I’ve tried using gmail – but it groups things together that it shouldn’t group. I would love to win The Bat!

    Thanks for your time, love your site!

  15. Andrew said on December 10, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I,m a fly by night so please enter my name into the Bat draw!

  16. Neo said on December 9, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Martin, today’s giveaway is so nice! I use outlook and i desperately want to get over it and go for the bat! Please consider me and give me a licence.. Thanks..

  17. nader said on December 9, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    Count me n. I use Thunderbird

  18. Katy H said on December 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I’m another Mozilla Thunderbird user, but this looks interesting, would like to give it a ride!

  19. skykid said on December 9, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    The Bat is probably the best email client out there.

  20. offbyone said on December 9, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    I have The Bat! (no copy needed) and can vouch for its versatility – sometimes I think the only thing it can’t do is cartwheels.
    Power users will love its extensive configuration options, though it can be used easily by anyone.
    Its under active development, it handles IMAP pretty well………not perfect, but it handles it as well and often better than the others I’ve tried.

  21. Bob Clark said on December 9, 2008 at 8:45 pm

    Worth Robin 4

  22. sarana said on December 9, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    I’m in. I mostly use, uh, pine. Then, when necessary, for attachments mostly, Thunderbird, and as a throwaway e-mail client for things I don’t really want coming to my main address, gmail online.

  23. Twylyte said on December 9, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    I’m a long time Thunderbird user but would love to give the Bat a try. I’m in…

  24. indy said on December 9, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Hi, today’s software is really interesting. Let’s try to win :)

  25. yooman said on December 9, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I use Thunderbird, but I would like to win a license for The Bat.

  26. Rudy said on December 9, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    me too

  27. Jackie ONeill said on December 9, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    I just want to win

  28. NewKreation said on December 9, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I currently use Thunderbird. It would be really nice to start using donationcoder’s highly-rated “TheBat”. Thank you and Ritlabs for the giveaway!

  29. BlogWurm said on December 9, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    I used only the web access of gmail until now.
    So it would be nice, to win one lisence of TheBat Pro.

  30. tux said on December 9, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    I wanna win I wanna win I wanna win!! I am currently using Outlook 2007.

  31. barney_gl said on December 9, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Been a while since I used The Bat … ‘twould seem that it has grown up .

  32. S C said on December 9, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I’m using Thunderbird.

  33. Hopeless said on December 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I’m using Outlook at Office and Thunderbird at home.

  34. IanG said on December 9, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    I use Thunderbird, but it don`t matter because i have no friends. lol

  35. Christian said on December 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    I’m currently using Mozilla Thunderbird.

  36. marcelo said on December 9, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Hi Martin, can we have some transparency on who wins? :) hehe not really doubting you but fair’s fair right? :)

  37. Chris Wuestefeld said on December 9, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    I’m using Outlook 2007, and would like to try something else. Outlook is a pig, it’s unresponsive, it doesn’t do IMAP very well, and it’s very difficult to share information.

    I’m not sure if The Bat! improves on that, but I’d like to try.

  38. mplant said on December 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Like others here, I haven’t tried the Bat! In ages, but I really liked it when I did (version 2, I think). I’m using Outlook at the moment, but would like to move to something that doesn’t lose vast chunks of my e-mail for no apparent reason!

  39. giglmania said on December 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Another day, another try

  40. deaddogsmoking said on December 9, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Outlook Express

  41. Tjoakim said on December 9, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    I’d like to try this one… Using OL 2003 atm.

  42. Curt said on December 9, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    I use Thunderbird, too, but I am very interested in getting the PRO version of the Bat!.

  43. james said on December 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I used to use Mozilla thunder bird, but now I dont use any.

    I would certainly love a license key for bat pro. Thnx in advance

  44. TJ Crowley said on December 9, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I use Apple Mail (Leopard) on my MacBook and Thunderbird on my Vista desktop. I also use the gmail web interface as I like the way it threads messages together and stores chat logs.

  45. Gretchen Imbergamo said on December 9, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Have heard about this app. Would love to try it

  46. Sakar said on December 9, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Bat i would love to try you out. Will you come to me??

  47. Mark Adams said on December 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Sounds good! Not much experience with alternative clients, but love to try this one out.

  48. Nicolai H said on December 9, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I hope it’s better than Microsoft Office Outlook 2007

  49. Spala said on December 9, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I’m currently using my browser and Gmail. I’m really not interested on this Giveaway but I just want to keep a record of how badly I want a CrossOver License :-P

  50. ph said on December 9, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    have been using Eudora Pro for ages and just recently switched to Thunderbird, but there are several minor things I don’t like about it. Have heard only the best about the Bat…

  51. MerleOne said on December 9, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    yes please yes please yes please !

  52. Patrick Budowski said on December 9, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    I used Bat once before and loved it. Never got it transferred over from my old PC :(

  53. Mark said on December 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    I use an old free version of The Bat! for many years. I tried Outlook Express and Mozilla Thunderbird, but for me the best mail-client is and will be The Bat!

  54. jantom said on December 9, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I’ve tested The Bat Professional. It appeals to me in every way – it handles high volume, multiple email accounts superbly. I’ll recommend it to my friends and colleagues. I’ve used Opera M2 recently but now need to move to something more robust (regex filtering, custom actions on filtered messages, etc, scheduled backup). I’d love to get a licence.

  55. Mark M. said on December 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Wonderful program I have been looking at for a while. Hope it’s me this time! Currently using Gmail through Thunderbird.

  56. mickay said on December 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    I’m currently using Thunderbird at work and gmail via www at home. I remember, I gave The Bat a try same time ago but stopped using it finally, as it had performance issues when dealing with large number of emails.

  57. Tony said on December 9, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    I would love to use the Bat to replace my crappy Outlook.

  58. Michal said on December 9, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    I’m using Thunderbird now.

  59. Andrea Nagar said on December 9, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I’d like one!

  60. Mezan said on December 9, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    I’m currently using outlook 2007 but i tried there trial version once, and its really great, much more powerful than outlook. Thanks for this nice giveaway, everyday the software’s that you’re giving away are just so much useful! This one really rocks! ;-)

  61. Matthias16 said on December 9, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    I’d be interested, too.

  62. Dan Bright said on December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Id love to try a newer version of the Bat, I have fond memories of it back in the day.

  63. Paul(us) Bekkers. said on December 9, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I personly use the Outlook Express client but i like to expand, main posibilitys and i think the bat pro is perfectly suited for this.

  64. Dotan Cohen said on December 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    The Bat really was the best email program that I have ever used. I miss it dearly now that I am on Ubuntu. Now that I am aware that Linux users can request features for their programs, I will start making a list of the great features of The Bat and request them for Kmail. Anybody want to help me make that list? Reply here or write to me personally, you can find a contact form on my personal website:

    Currently I am using Thunderbird only because of this terrific extension:


  65. Pam Triick said on December 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I use Thunderbird and although it’s a decent program, I’ve been looking for something different. I’ve never used The Bat, but I have heard great things about it. I would really love a license for the pro version of The Bat!

  66. Johan Gustavsson said on December 9, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I could have some use for the Bat pro.

    Thankyou in advance…

  67. DraxOfAvalon said on December 9, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I use Gmail… I have concentrated all my mail account at gmail, but it will be great to have a powerfull mail client as The Bat Pro.

    For now Gmail + Chrome works just fine.

  68. sanb said on December 9, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    currently I am using Emailaya 3.6.0 beta3 ( it is portable, works well with cyrillic, freeware and has many features to work with Gmail


  69. august said on December 9, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    wow!!! i just received an email from martin that i won the BlindWrite software….. I never thought it would come… thank you martin…. kudos!!!

  70. marcelo said on December 9, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    I use MS Outlook 2007.. I guess anything not-MS would be better.. :D

  71. Ehsan said on December 9, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    I use Thunderbird. But I’d like to have Bat specially because of the Microsoft exchange connectivity.

  72. Ernie said on December 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm


    I use Mozilla Thunderbird but despite extensions it still isn’t the MUA I dream of.
    I have used the Bat a loooong time ago and it would be great if I could use it again.

    Best regards,

  73. Rakhesh said on December 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm


    I use Mozilla Thunderbird. Haven’t used The Bat in a long time though. As the previous commenter mentioned, used it during the dial up days.

    Would appreciate a license for the pro version.


  74. Michal Stoppl said on December 9, 2008 at 12:15 pm


    currently I am using Outlook 2007. Anyway I know The Bat and it is really a great client… I have used it in “dial up” age…

    I would really like to get a license for The Bat Professional :)

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