KookieJar, a.k.a Near-Miss-Fortune Cookies:
Signature randomizer and generator for email and news clients

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What is KookieJar?

Kookie Jar is a program for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000 and XP which generates signatures you may use with your favorite email or news program. A signature is a small piece of text, automatically attached to every email message or newsgroup posting. It typically includes a random quote — a so-called tagline (a sample tagline file is included with the program).

For some strange reason, programmers have always been writing programs to automate creating email signatures. I have no idea why, but it's something of a tradition. Usually, signature managers simply go through a list of taglines, select one at random, and append it to outgoing messages, so that your signature is always different and never boring. KookieJar does that too, but it can do a lot more.

Typically, KookieJar starts automatically with Windows, lives in the tray (an icon is placed next to the system clock in the lower right-hand corner of the screen), chooses a new random tagline at a predefined interval, e.g. every 5 minutes, and stores it in your .sig file. Apart from this, KookieJar can place many other pieces of information in your signature. To define the layout of your signature and tell the program what to include in it, you create a special template (sample included).

KookieJar can manage not just one signature, but as many as you need. For example, you may wish to use one signature for office email, and another for personal messages. If you speak more than one language, you can have separate signatures for each. if you use more than one email account, you can choose to have a different signature for each account. On top of that, signatures can be generated in three formats: plain text, RTF, or HTML (if your email program supports those formats, and if your recipients do not mind non-text email). Please see the feature list for details - KookieJar is very flexible in what it can do to your signatures!

Upgrading from version 5.9 or earlier?

If a version of KookieJar earlier than 6.0 is installed on your computer, please UNINSTALL or at least DISABLE the previous version of Kookie Jar first, so that it is not running. You may want to preserve your signature template (the .sgn file), which will continue to work with the new version. No other configuration settings will be preserved.

Do not install KookieJar 6.0 into the same directory in which an earlier version of the program is installed.

Version 6.0 of Kookie Jar is a complete rewrite, and is not entirely compatible with previous versions. Please see the file "New in 6.0.txt" for detailed information on the changes and additions introduced in version 6.0, or see this detailed document.

About KookieJar 5.9

KookieJar 5.9 (the single-signature edition) will not be developed anymore, but will remain available for download. It has no major bugs, and is simpler than the new version, so some users may prefer that older release.

System requirements

KookieJar works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT4, 2000 and XP.
For Windows 95 and 98, you may need to install version 4.01 of Microsoft common controls, if it is not yet present on your system. This version is installed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.01 or later. A separate update is also available.
Valid HTML 4.0!