|Developer(s)||Forté Internet Software|
|Stable release||7.2 (August 29, 2013[±])|
|Preview release||Non [±]|
|License||Proprietary commercial software|
|Website||Forté Internet Software|
Forté Agent is an email and Usenet news client used on the Windows operating system. Agent was conceived, designed and developed by Mark Sidell and the team at Forté Internet Software in 1994 to address the need for an online/offline newsreader which capitalized on the emerging Windows GUI framework. By 1995, Agent had expanded to become a full-featured email client and remains a widely used application for integrating news and email communication on Windows. Agent supports POP email but not IMAP.
Agent's Usenet features include access to multiple news servers, import/export of NZB files, threaded discussions and a highly configurable user interface which has been criticized as difficult to use. It has long supported yEnc as well as many other coding schemes, and has the capability of joining incomplete binary attachments, which is useful in the event of posting errors.
In the past a free version was offered alongside the commercial one. The free version lacked some features of the commercial version or, later, had them disabled until a registration key was entered. The last free version was 3.3.
- "Forte Agent Newsreader". Newsgroup Reviews. NewsgroupReviews.com. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- Jacobi, Jon L. "First Look: Forte's Overly Complex Newsgroup Reader". PCWorld. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
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