Software Update: The Bat! 9.4

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Version 9.4 of the more than twenty-year-old email client The Bat! hatched. The new director of the Moldovan company Ritlabs, Stefan Tanurkov, is fully committed to modernizing his program. For example, the HTML rendering engine of Chromium has replaced the outdated internal engine and that of Internet Explorer and there is now also a dark mode. The program has also undergone several changes in the interface and really looks much fresher than before. In version 9.4 the following changes and improvements have also been made:

New features

  • New HTML Editor
  • Automatic message format switch from plain text to HTML when a style is used or a picture is inserted
  • New option to edit HTML code in the editor in the “Utilities -> Edit HTML source code” menu
  • New HTML Table properties dialog
  • Snooze function for MailTicker messages
  • The “Reset position” button in the settings of MailTicker
  • Explicit option to export messages using UTF-8 in the Sorting Office
  • New option “Display HTML-related message parts as attachments” for the message viewer
  • %CHARSET=”….” macro for text message export in the Sorting Office
  • %Replace( pattern, replaceWith, text ) macro to automatically replace all occurrences of with in the
  • %ReplaceRegExp( patternRegExp, replaceWith, text [, subPattNo] ) macro to automatically replace all occurrences matching with with in the is an optional parameter specifying the exact subpattern to be replaced
  • %REGEXP( pattern, sample, subPatternNo ) macro for simplified substitution on %SetPattRegexp=…%RegexpBlindMatch=…%SubPatt=… combination
  • (#000825) %SOURCE or %SOURCE=Charset macro to include original message source (using optional character set) into the text


  • The focus now moves to the first occurrence when using the “Find” command in the HTML viewer
  • The “Message -> Test filters” command is available again in the message list popup menu
  • The “Change protocol” button is removed from the account settings
  • The quoted text in sent HTML-messages is now stored within blockquote tags in the source code
  • UTF-8 is now the default character set for text message export filter action
  • Files with .MSG and .EML extensions are now treated as message/RFC822 ignoring declared MIME type
  • “Insert Smiley” has been replaced by “Insert Emoji”


  • Draft flag was not set when a non-draft message was open from the “Outbox” folder
  • Quick reply’s “Send” button was active without a text ready to be sent
  • Ctrl+Enter and Ctrl+Shift+Enter shortcuts could not be used from Quick Reply until first editor’s popup menu appearance
  • Unexpected search box was sometimes visible in an attached message viewer
  • Text in the “About” window was not displayed under some themes
  • Closing the app while a picture viewer was open caused Access Violation errors
  • (#002118) Access Violation errors when a message was printed by a filter action were fixed
  • Loading of HTML was optimized to prevent any viewer crashes

Version number 9.4
Release status Final
Operating systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10
Website Ritlabs
License type Paid
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