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PantherMail Upgrade on July 25, 2013

ITS will be upgrading PantherMail during the evening of July 25, 2013. Although many features and capabilities will remain the same, there are some noticeable changes to the look and feel of the web interface. Below are a few comparisons between our current system and the updated system.

Main PantherMail Screen

The first thing you will notice is the interface is slightly different. Although the overall layout is the same, some of the visual/graphical cues have changed. Below is a screenshot from a normal login with the reading pane on the right.

PantherMail 8 Main Login

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Navigation Tabs

The graphical icons inside each tab for navigation have been removed.  See the images below for a comparison of the current PantherMail tabbed layout and the upgraded tabbed layout:

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 Tabs

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 Tabs

You will also likely notice that the themes take on a more “business” look and feel. The above images were taken from the same theme name in current PantherMail and upgraded PantherMail.

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New Messages

When composing new emails, you’ll also notice some slight differences in the interface, although the features are all there, just as before.

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 New Message

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 New Message

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Checking For New Mail

In the current version of PantherMail, you use the “Get Mail” button to refresh your inbox to check for new email. After the upgrade, the button will be moved to the right side of the screen(below your name), and is only noticeable as a circle with an arrow on the end. You may also click on your "Inbox" in the folder list on the left to update. Also, while logged into PantherMail, the web site automatically checks for new messages every 5 minutes by default.

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 Get Mail

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 Get Mail

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Searching Your Messages

Currently, in PantherMail, you are able to search your mailbox for messages in the search bar below the navigational tabs. This search bar is being moved to the top of the web page and towards the right side, next to your name.

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 Search

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 Search

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Signing Out of PantherMail

Currently, there is a noticeable “log out” link in the top right of the PantherMail web interface. In the updated version, you will use the contextual drop-down menu by clicking on the arrow next to your name on the top right of the page.

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 Sign Out

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 Sign Out

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Preferences - Out Of Office

While most preferences will remain the same, the “Out of Office” option has noticeably been moved to its own menu item. Additionally, you are now able to specify both start/end times in addition to start/end dates.

PantherMail prior to upgrade

 PantherMail 7 Out of Office

PantherMail after upgrade

 PantherMail 8 Out of Office