Feng Office can act as a web mail client for its users, and this is really useful as you will then be able to share your emails with your colleagues without actually having to forward them.
What happens in case you are not available in your office, but your colleagues need to make sure of certain emails? In case you have classified your incoming and outgoing emails into the right Project, Client, Folder or Workspace - as long as your colleagues have reading access over the emails there - they will be able to read it and know what is going on.
Another useful thing to have along this module are the Email Rules, which are real time saver!
Note: E-mail integration module relies on the users mail server. The service provided is for downloading e-mail into Feng Office, classifying it, and integrating it within Feng Office system and DataBase. This means you need to possess an email account before setting it up within Feng Office.
The following picture will show the toolbar used to manage emails within Feng Office, and you may find further information about its actions below.
Most used actions:
Note:In case you are subscribed to Feng Sky or Feng OnSite services, the emails will be automatically checked every certain amount of minutes.
Deleting & Archiving:
Filter By State:
Filter By Classification:
Filter By Account:
In order to send a new email within Feng Office, you have to make sure that the logged user has at least one e-mail account of his own or permissions within other e-mail account.
In case the user has multiple email accounts, the user can select from which account sending the email message through the From option. By default, the selected email account will be the one he set as default account.
Adding an e-mail account to Feng Office is similar to adding an e-mail account to your desktop mail client (i.e. Thunderbird, Outlook, Apple Mail). You basically have to enter your e-mail address, the mail server addresses (POP3/IMAP and SMTP), your login details, and encryption settings.
If you are going to set up a Gmail account, please have a look at these instructions first.
You have two options for adding an e-mail account:
1 - Go to the e-mail module and click on “Accounts” - “Add E-mail Account”
2 - (For SuperAdministrators only) Go to “Settings” - “Configuration” - “Email Module” - “Email Accounts”. You will be redirected to the following screen where you can add, edit and delete e-mail accounts:
Lets see how to do this step by step:
Account name: Name used to identify the email account within Feng Office.
Email Address: Your email address.
Account ID: Your email address or username for the server.
Password: Your email account password.
Server address: The address to your POP3/IMAP email server.
Use SSL for incoming e-mail connection: If you email server requires SSL encryption, please enable this option.
Delete emails from server: In case you would like to delete the emails from your Mail Server and keep them exclusively within Feng Office, you should enable this option, and select an amount of days. For instance, if you select 5, emails older than 5 days ago will be automatically deleted from your email server.
Mark e-mails as read in the e-mail server when receiving them in Feng Office
Preserve e-mails state (read, unread) when receiving them in Feng Office
Autoclassify to workspace: You may select a client, project, folder, workspace, or even a tag, where to classify the emails by default if you wish to. In case you do this, any other user with access to the client, project, folder or workspace in question will be able to read all of your incoming emails. If you wish not to do this, you may select nothing and emails will be unclassified, and only you will be able to read them until you reclassify them. Otherwise, you may select a specific folder or workspace for you where to keep the emails.
SMTP Server: The address to your SMTP email server.
SMTP Server Port: The port required to connect to the SMTP server.
SMTP Server Authentication:
Sender Name: The name that will appear when you send emails.
Default Account: Enable this option if this is going to be the main account for the logged user.
Signature: Signature to be used by default for the logged user and this email account.
When enabling the Account Permissions section above (like in the screenshot from this section), you will be able to manage the permissions for this email account. This means you can share it with other users in different ways:
You can delete an existing e-mail account at any time. To do so, open the account settings form and click the “Delete mail account” button:
An alert dialogue will then ask you to confirm this action and gives you the option to delete any existing e-mails of that account as well:
In case you choose to delete all of the emails, it may take a while to process depending on the amount of emails you have there, so please be patient.
This section will help you organize better your files, explaining how to choose what to do with the documents attached to your incoming mails.
If you go to: settings (top on the right clicking your user name) → edit preferences → email options You will find the following configurations:
“Automatically classify email attachments when receiving emails”: When new emails arrive, and they are automatically classified to certain spaces, if they have attachments they will be classified with them, helping you keep all related information in the same spaces automatically.
“Action to take with attachments when classifying emails manually”: this configuration applies when classifying emails by drag and drop or by clicking in the classify button. If the option selected is “prompt user for an action” there are two possible ways of choosing whether to classify the attachments or not:
Note: images within the mail body are not considered as attachments to prevent saving unnecessary documents (as it is the case of images included in signatures).
When composing an email, you may send any of the following:
Feng Office also provides with the possibility of sending a link to the file instead of actually sending it over, which makes it faster, but in that case the other user needs to log in to Feng Office to see the file in question (and have permissions wherever it is classified at). By default this option is disabled. In case the receiving user does not count with a Feng Office account, a new one will be created for him automatically, and he would only have permissions to the file. But again, he would have to log in to the system. If you would like to make use of this, you have to disable the Attach contents option, right next to the attachment.
By default the spam filter is rather high, so many emails may get into the Junk or Spam folder.
In order to decrease this level, you should do the following:
Does Feng Office support SSL/TLS encryption?
Yes, for incoming (POP3/IMAP) and for outgoing (SMTP) mails.1)
Does Feng Office support GPG encryption?
Not at this time (Feng Office 1.5).
Does Feng Office support POP3?
Does Feng Office support IMAP?
Yes.(Since Feng Office 1.2)
Feng Office IMAP client does “sync” with the server but not in the complete sense:
Does Feng Office support Gmail?
Definitely yes! Even though Feng Office auto-detects and auto-adjusts the settings, it might be a bit tricky sometimes, so make sure of the following:
A- To set up Feng Office with your Gmail account please make sure that the desired protocol (POP3 or IMAP) is activated in your Gmail account's settings, otherwise it will not work properly.
B- Log in to your Gmail account and do the following
B1- Click on your profile picture (top right corner) and then select Account
B2- Scroll down until the Singing in section, and in there enable the Access for less secure apps option by selecting Turn on
B3- Scroll down until the Recent Activity section, and access to Devices. In there, make sure that you are not blocking the server where Feng Office is running. For instance, if you are setting this email account in Feng Office's cloud, do not worry if you see there is connection attempt from Germany or the USA as we have our servers for trials there.
C- Unlock the Gmail CAPTCHA to ensure it is you and not a malware.
If you are installing Feng Office in your own server, make sure that your FireWall or any other security setting is not blocking the SSL connections as many users have experienced issues with this before.
Does Feng Office support Hotmail?
Yes. You may receive your Hotmail account e-mails, however, you will not be able to send any e-mail message at all unless you subscribe to their services to enable this option.