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Thunderbird Extension Quick Configuration

This guide discusses how the ThunderBird extension should be minimally configured for first time use. This configuration is essential for the correct functioning of the extension.

Ensure you have Oracle Java version 5 (JRE 1.5) or above installed before you begin.

NOTE: Some of the windows may appear different from the images below based on the version of thunderbird you are using.

Accessing the extensions options window

  1. From the Thunderbird 2.0 Tools menu select Add-ons (For Thunderbird 1.5 select Extensions from the Tools menu) Tools->Add-ons

  2. Locate Penny Post in the list of installed Add-ons and click the Options button (For Thunderbird 1.5 the button is Preferences and is located at the bottom of the Extensions window)
    Penny Post Add-on

Setting up your email addresses

  1. Under Email Setup you will need to provide all email addresses you use to receive email. This includes any email redirects. (For e.g. If you redirect mail from a hotmail address to a yahoo address, add both your hotmail and yahoo address to this list). Finally add addresses of any mailing lists you subscribe-to to this list. Multiple addresses must be separated by a single comma (,) and you can use simple RegularExpressions if needed. Email Setup
    These addresses are used to detect which postage stamps in incoming mail are for you

Setting up external programs

  1. Under Stamp Program Setup click the Auto Detect button. Auto detect will setup the extension to use the PennyPost CommandLine version shipped with the extension. You can also browse and point to a different version of PennyPost CommandLine if you like
    • If auto-detect does not work, you can manually configure the ppost.jar
      • OSX: /Users/<NAME>/Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/PROFILE.default/extensions/{3748ced8-ae28-48ac-a954-4bff3360f72d}/lib/ppost.jar
      • Win: C:\Users\<NAME>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\Profiles\PROFILE.default\extensions\{3748ced8-ae28-48ac-a954-4bff3360f72d}\lib\ppost.jar
    • If post.jar is not in the locations above, you may have downloaded a version of the addon shipped without the PennyPost CommandLine stamp program. No worries, you can still download it, then unzip it separately into any folder and point to the ppost.jar file
  2. PennyPost CommandLine runs on Java. You will need to provide the full path to the Java executable for your platform under Oracle Java Setup
    • On windows the executable is called javaw.exe. On other operating systems it is usually called java
    • This executable is usually located inside the bin folder of your java installation folder.
      • On Unix/Linux a common path is /usr/bin/java
      • On Windows a common path is C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\java.exe or C:\Program Files(x86)\Java\jre7\bin\java.exe
      • On OSX a common path is /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaAppletPlugin.plugin/Contents/Home/bin/java
    • Ensure you are using the correct Java version. Extension versions 1.1 and above will work with Sun Java 5 (JRE 1.5) or higher.
    External Programs

Setting up the Stamp & Send Toolbar Button (Optional)

The Stamp & Send toolbar button makes it easy to stamp outgoing mail. This button may not appear by default, but you can add it into your toolbar in a few easy steps.
  1. Start by composing a new message Compose
  2. Right-click the compose toolbar and select Customise... Customise Toolbar
  3. Drag and place the Stamp & Send button next to the Send button on the toolbar Drag Stamp & Send
  4. Press OK to close the customise window

Congratulations, the extension is now setup. You should be able to send stamped outgoing mail and the extension will tell you when incoming mail is stamped. You might also want to read ThunderBirdExtensionAdvancedConfiguration. ThunderbirdExtensionWoes discusses common problems encountered with the extension and suggests solutions.

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