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Secrets of the Windows Masters: Using WinZip Shareware to Decode MIME Files

From time to time, you might receive an email message with a MIME-converted attachment. This can happen when the sender's ISP uses MIME conversion to encode and compress multiple attachments sent across the Internet from its email server.

A MIME file is structured much like a Zip file. You cannot "read" it because it is actually a wrapper around a collection of files. For example, if a sender attaches two JPEGs and a letter in a *.doc format to an email message and the sender's ISP uses MIME encoding for multiple attachments, the attachment you receive will actually be a single *.mim file in which the three original files are wrapped. Before you can open either JPEG or the document, you must unwrap the MIME file with a MIME decoder.


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