Manycom Message
FTP Client Automation
FTP Server Automation
Manycom Solutions

Home > Products > Manycom Message > Email


Email Module Description

Introduction | Benefits | Technical Description | Cases and References | System Requirements | Prices | Availability and Support | Manuals and Documentation | License and Maintenance Agreements


  • use from 5250 terminals and applications
  • Internet email addresses mapped for AS/400 users and applications
  • uses standard RFC-822/MIME email message format
  • compatible with any standard SMTP and POP3 email server
  • all relevant AS/400 object types can be sent as email
  • automated sending and receiving operations

MCM Email module allows 5250 terminal users and applications easily sending and receiving Internet email messages.

MCM Email API makes it possible to send messages such as orders, order confirmations and invoices automatically from the applications. On the opposite direction, received email messages can be converted and saved in AS/400 database files, identified, and routed automatically to the applications.

The standard Internet email address format, e.g. manycom@manycom.fi is used when sending and receiving messages. Each configured Manycom email user, which can be an AS/400 userid or application name, has an individual Internet email address and mailbox.

The message to be sent can be a message file produced with the Manycom text editor, AS/400 data base file, spool file, OV/400 document or PC text file on AS/400 disk.

MCM Email Structure

Manycom performs automatically all the needed conversions so that the message is sent out as a text mode Internet email message including headers in the standard RFC-822/MIME format. The receiver of the message can be any Internet email user.

When receiving email, Manycom automatically retrieves the messages from the defined mailboxes in the configured POP3 email servers, converts the MIME format messages in EBCDIC format and saves messages as AS/400 data base files in the receivers' mailboxes on AS/400 disk.

For more information about the attachment files, see the chapter Technical Description.

Use from terminals

5250 terminal users can select and edit an existing or create a new message file with the Manycom text editor included in the package. Alternatively, the user can use the OV/400 text editor. Spool files can be selected and sent from the user's own or other output queues. Messages can also be created with some PC text editor, if they are saved in ASCII text format on AS/400 disk.

The user interface for email users is easy to learn consisting of the same consistent set of displays, which are also used with other MCM modules such as MCM Fax and MCM GSM Text. The base functions and features available on these displays include display, print, resend, copy and forward operations of the previously sent and received messages. Receiver register and distribution lists for group sending are available as well. For more information, see the MCM Base product description.

Use from applications

The MCM Email API, which is based on calling a CL command, makes it possible to send Internet email messages such as orders or order confirmations directly from the AS/400 applications. The sender, receiver's email address, subject and the message file and type (database file, spool file…) are given in the parameters of the API command.

If it is not possible or wanted to add the Email API calls to applications, Manycom can poll the defined libraries, directories and output queues to find the new messages for sending. In this case, the sender, receiver, subject etc. information can be decided from the library, directory, file, output queue, print file or form type names, or scanned from the contents of the message files.

The outgoing message can be an AS/400 data base file, spool file, OV/400 document, or a PC text file on AS/400 disk. Alternatively, the application can give a short, up to 256 characters long message directly in a parameter of the API command.

When receiving email to applications, Manycom can be configured to poll the received message files, convert them, identify them by scanning the specified character strings in the contents of the files, and wake up or call then the proper applications to process the files.

As described above, MCM Email can be easily integrated and co-operate with any existing application!

Top of the page