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by Gary Woods

Do you ever get emails with a weird little attachment at the bottom of the page called a winmail.dat that you can't seem to open but you really wonder what it is? Usually if you get any kind of attachment by clicking on it you can get Pages, Word or TextEdit to open that little jewel up so you can see what little piece of inanity somebody has slapped onto their email. But occasionally you can click your little heart out and nothin' happens.

Well if this problem is something that's been bugging you I've found a utility that will probably allow that attachment to disgorge its contents, but first a work about Utilities. Utilities are little programs which generally have limited functionality and often only do one task. I love utilities and I do a thorough search on whatever computing platform that I'm currently working with to find as many of them as I can.

Okay, so what did I find??? Klammer is available in an iOS version from the App Store for $0.99 and for the Mac at their website for $6.

What this program does is allow you to view a winmail.dat or what are called MSG attachments. Klammer also offers you the option of exporting the file in a format that most email applications can read and import.

If you get a lot of these attachments and would like a beefier version of Klammer there's an optional $10 in-app purchase that does group batches instead of having to convert then one at a time.

For what it does, I think Klammer is pretty cool and now you can actually know what someone is trying to send you.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc