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SKYFILE® MAIL V8.25
USER MANUAL
Date: June 2013
Version: full version
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Table of contents
DOCUMENT HISTORY ..................................................................................................................................... 6
NOTES ............................................................................................................................................................... 6
GLOSSARY & ABBREVIATIONS .................................................................................................................... 6
SECURE, RELIABLE & COST-EFFECTIVE MESSAGING AND MORE......................................................... 7
SKYFILE MAIL KEY FEATURES AT A GLANCE ......................................................................................... 7
NEW FEATURES OF SKYFILE® MAIL V8.25 ................................................................................................. 8
DISCOVER NEW FEATURES OF SKYFILE MAIL PREMIUM ..................................................................... 8
NEW FUNCTIONS FOR SKYFILE MAIL ...................................................................................................... 9
1. INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................................................................. 9
1.1 INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM THE SKYFILE® v8.25 CD ................................................................. 11
1.2 DOWNLOAD OF SOFTWARE FROM THE INTERNET ......................................................................... 12
1.3 FURTHER INSTALLATION STEPS ........................................................................................................ 12
2. SKYFILE MAIL CONFIGURATION ............................................................................................................... 13
2.1 ENTERING THE ACCOUNT PARAMETERS ......................................................................................... 13
2.2 ENTERING THE DIAL PARAMETERS ................................................................................................... 14
2.3 PORT CONFIGURATION (LOW-SPEED) .............................................................................................. 15
2.4 PORT CONFIGURATION (HIGH SPEED, ISDN) ................................................................................... 16
2.5 PORT CONFIGURATION TCP/IP, MPDS & INMARSAT I-4 SERVICES ............................................... 17
2.5.1 Router ............................................................................................................................................... 17
2.5.2 Explorer device control ..................................................................................................................... 18
2.5.3 Sailor device control ......................................................................................................................... 18
2.5.4 Skipper device control ...................................................................................................................... 18
2.5.5 MPDS & PPPoE ............................................................................................................................... 19
2.6 LEAST COST ROUTER (LCR – ONLY FOR FLEET/GAN) .................................................................... 19
2.6.1 LCR, functional description .............................................................................................................. 19
2.6.2 LCR & Split Billing ............................................................................................................................ 21
2.7 INSTALLING THE STANDARD MAIL-TO HANDLER AND THE FAX DRIVER ..................................... 22
2.7.1 Setting SkyFile Mail as standard mail program ................................................................................ 22
2.7.2 Installation of fax driver .................................................................................................................... 22
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2.8 SKYFILE MAIL – INSTALLATION IN A LAN ........................................................................................... 23
2.8.1 Local Area Network (LAN) installation ............................................................................................. 23
2.8.2 Using SkyFile Mail on a terminal server ........................................................................................... 23
3. SKYFILE MAIL, FIRST CONNECTION ........................................................................................................ 24
4. MESSAGE LIST ............................................................................................................................................ 26
4.1 MESSAGE LIST FUNCTIONS DESCRIPTION ....................................................................................... 26
4.2 ARCHIVE WINDOW / FULL-TEXT SEARCH .......................................................................................... 29
4.3 FULL-TEXT SEARCH .............................................................................................................................. 30
4.4 SENDING AND RECEIVING MESSAGES .............................................................................................. 30
4.5 SPELL CHECKER (v7.60 AND HIGHER) ............................................................................................... 32
4.6 ADDRESS BOOK .................................................................................................................................... 33
4.7 SEND / SAVE FILE ATTACHMENTS ..................................................................................................... 37
4.8 MACROS / SIGNATURE ......................................................................................................................... 38
4.9 SENDING AND RECEIVING FAXES ...................................................................................................... 38
4.9.1 Sending faxes ................................................................................................................................... 38
4.9.2 Receiving faxes (fix-to-mobile) ......................................................................................................... 39
4.10 SENDING AND RECEIVING SHORT MESSAGES (SMS) ................................................................... 39
4.10.1 Sending short messages to a GSM mobile .................................................................................... 39
4.10.2 Receiving short messages from a GSM mobile ............................................................................. 40
4.10.3 Long SMS (SkyFile Mail Premium only): ........................................................................................ 40
4.11 DATA EXCHANGE AND PROTOCOL MENU ...................................................................................... 41
4.12 CALL DETAIL VIEWER (SkyFile® Mail Premium only) ........................................................................ 43
4.12 BACKUP / RESTORE ............................................................................................................................ 44
4.13 OUT OF THE OFFICE MESSAGE (SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher) ....................................................... 45
5. SERVICES ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SHORE ........................................................................................... 46
5.1 WEBMAIL INTERFACE ........................................................................................................................... 46
5.2 SKYFILE REMOTE CONFIGURATION .................................................................................................. 47
6. GENERAL SPLIT BILLING ........................................................................................................................... 49
HOW TO ACCESS TO THE BILLING MENU ............................................................................................... 50
7. API (APPLICATION PROGRAMMER INTERFACE) .................................................................................... 52
7.1 API SERVICE DESCRIPTION ................................................................................................................ 52
7.2 SKYFILE MAIL COMPATIBILITY ............................................................................................................ 52
8. ALTERNATE EMAIL PROGRAM – SMTP/POP3......................................................................................... 54
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8.1 SMTP SERVER CONFIGURATION ........................................................................................................ 54
8.2 SMTP CLIENT CONFIGURATION .......................................................................................................... 54
8.3 SMTP AND POP3 (WITH SKYFILE MAIL PREMIUM ONLY) ................................................................. 55
9. ADDITIONAL FEATURES ............................................................................................................................. 56
10. SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS (V7.10 AND HIGHER) ........................................................................................... 59
10.1 SERVICE DESCRIPTION ..................................................................................................................... 59
10.2 HOW DOES IT WORK? ........................................................................................................................ 59
10.3 HOW TO VERIFY YOUR SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS VERSION? .............................................................. 60
10.4 API CONFIGURATION .......................................................................................................................... 60
10.5 HOW TO RETRIEVE SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS CALL LOGS? ................................................................ 61
11. BLACK & WHITE LIST ................................................................................................................................ 62
11.1 BLACK & WHITE LIST FILTERING SYSTEM....................................................................................... 62
11.2 BLACK & WHITE LIST – SHORE-TO-SHIP MESSAGES FILTERING ................................................ 64
12. SUB-ACCOUNTS – ADMINISTRATION WINDOW .................................................................................... 64
12.1 SUB-ACCOUNT DESCRIPTION ........................................................................................................... 64
12.2 SUB-ACCOUNTS – CREATION ........................................................................................................... 66
12.3 SUB-ACCOUNTS – ONBOARD BILLING ............................................................................................. 71
12.4 SUB-ACCOUNTS – SUB-ACCOUNT MONITOR ................................................................................. 72
13. POSTPAID / PREPAID CREW EMAILING ................................................................................................. 74
14. SKYFILE MAIL PREPAID – MASTER ACTIVATION ................................................................................. 75
14.1 HOW TO CREATE A MASTER / ADMINISTRATOR SUB-ACCOUNT. ............................................... 76
14.2 HOW TO ACTIVATE ONBOARD SKYFILE MAIL PREPAID SERVICE ............................................... 77
14.3 TCP/IP ................................................................................................................................................... 80
14.4 HOW THE MASTER CAN CREATE A PREPAID SUB-ACCOUNT ...................................................... 80
14.5 HOW THE MASTER CAN CONFIGURE A PREPAID SUB-ACCOUNT .............................................. 81
15. HOW A CREW-MEMBER / PASSENGER CAN CREATE HIS OWN SKYFILE MAIL PREPAID OR
MYMAIL SUB-ACCOUNT ................................................................................................................................. 82
16. ANNEX ......................................................................................................................................................... 83
17. FAQ .............................................................................................................................................................. 84
HOW TO CHECK IF A SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS IS SET UP TO BE USED IN PREPAID
MODE? .......................................................................................................................................................... 84
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HOW TO AUTHORIZE A SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS TO BE USED IN PREPAID MODE IF I DO
NOT KNOW THE DATA IMN USED FOR CONNECTION? ......................................................................... 84
HOW CAN THE SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS OWNER CREATE PREPAID SKYFILE MAIL SUB-
ACCOUNTS? ................................................................................................................................................. 84
CAN YOU USE THE SAME UNIVERSAL CARDTM WITH DIFFERENT PREPAID SUB-
ACCOUNTS? ................................................................................................................................................. 85
WHAT TO DO WHEN A UNIVERSAL CARD WITH CREDIT LEFT ON IT CAN NO LONGER BE
USED? ........................................................................................................................................................... 85
CAN WE USE SKYFILE PREPAID OVER MPDS? ....................................................................................... 85
WHAT ARE THE SKYFILE MAIL RULES REGARDING THE SIZE OF THE MAIL BOXES? ...................... 85
TO WHICH COUNTRIES AND NETWORKS CAN I SEND SMS MESSAGES? .......................................... 85
WHAT TO DO WHEN SKYFILE MAIL IS IN GERMAN LANGUAGE EVEN THOUGH YOU
CHOSE ANOTHER LANGUAGE? ................................................................................................................ 86
WHY DON’T I RECEIVE A DELIVERY CONFIRMATION EMAIL ANYMORE WHEN I SEND
EMAILS TO THE SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESSES? ......................................................................................... 86
WHICH INMARSAT SERVICES ARE SUPPORTED BY SKYFILE MAIL?................................................... 87
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SKYFILE MAIL COMPARED TO OTHER SOFTWARE? ................. 87
WHY SHOULD I SEND FAXES USING SKYFILE MAIL? ............................................................................. 88
THE EXTERNAL COM PORT OF MY LAPTOP IS NOT DISPLAYED? ....................................................... 88
IS IT USEFUL TO PACK ATTACHMENTS INTO A ZIP FILE FIRST? ......................................................... 88
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REDIRECT MY SKYFILE MAILBOX OR TO RETRIEVE IT VIA ISDN? ..................... 89
WHAT CAN I DO AGAINST UNWANTED MAILS (SPAM)? ......................................................................... 89
IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE SKYFILE MAIL IN A NETWORK WITH SEVERAL PCS? ................................... 90
HOW CAN I SEND AN SMS MESSAGE TO A SKYFILE MAIL USER? ....................................................... 90
HOW DOES BLACK AND WHITE LIST WORK? .......................................................................................... 91
18. ANY QUESTIONS ? NEED SUPPORT? .................................................................................................... 92 
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DOCUMENT HISTORY
DATE VERSION REF MODIFICATIONS AUTHOR
05-Feb-08 10.0 Original document Jean-Marc Duc
13-May-08 11.0 How to create master/administrator sub-account Jean-Marc Duc
13-May-08 11.0 Change font Jean-Marc Duc
15-Sep-08 12.0 SkyFile Anti-Virus introduction (Part7) Jean-Marc Duc
16-Sep-08 12.1 Weekly configuration report (Part6) Jean-Marc Duc
26-Jan-09 12.2 Subject keyword & white list (page 34) Jean-Marc Duc
22-Sep-09 13.0 New features SkyFile Mail v7.5 Jean-Marc Duc
20-Oct-09 13.0 FAQ Jean-Marc Duc
20-Oct-09 13.0 HTML full compatibility Jean-Marc Duc
02-Jun-10 14.0 Unicode + language selection + spell checker Jean-Marc Duc
07-July-10 14.1 Send mail to a group Jean-Marc Duc
Oct-10 15 SkyFile Mail v8.00 Jean-Marc Duc
April-12 16 SkyFile Mail v8.20 Jean-Marc Duc
June-12 16.1 Only internal email allowed Jean-Marc Duc
NOTES
1. For sample purposes SkyFile Mail master account used is “Astriumstar” inside this
document.
For example = astriumstar@skyfile.com or master.astriumstar@skyfile.com
2. indicates important points which must be read carefully.
3. As an example for shore to ship messages, the following sample email address has been
used for the screenshots in this document: Victoriastar_shipping@orange.fr.
GLOSSARY & ABBREVIATIONS
 Rudics = Router-based Unrestricted Digital Internetworking Connectivity Solution
 LCR = Least Cost Router
 SRC = SkyFile Remote Configuration
 MPDS = Mobile Packet Data Service
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 CSD = Circuit Switched Data
 TCP = Transfer Control Protocol
 API = Application Programmer Interface
 SCPC = Single Channel Per Carrier
 ISDN = Integrated Services Digital Network
 SMS = Short Message Service
SECURE, RELIABLE & COST-EFFECTIVE MESSAGING AND MORE
SkyFile Mail is a messaging and compression tool that allows users to send reliable and costeffective emails, e-faxes and SMS messages. Suitable for users at sea, on land and in flight, Astrium
Services’ SkyFile Mail provides two-way email, fax and SMS messaging on Inmarsat, Iridium,
Thuraya and VSAT satellite terminals.
Simple to install, use and update, SkyFile Mail works on any desktop PC or laptop and is an ideal
messaging solution for crew and personnel emailing. SkyFile Mail is part of our portfolio of Astrium
value-added solutions.
SKYFILE MAIL KEY FEATURES AT A GLANCE
 Data compression: SkyFile Mail compresses data by up to 90% with a WinZip-type feature,
significantly reducing connection time.
 Full duplex mode: enables users to send & receive messages simultaneously.
 Crash recovery: automatically retrieves emails if the data connection is interrupted.
 Highly effective anti-virus, anti-spam filter and black & white lists block unwanted emails.
Users can create their own black & white list according to personal needs.
 SkyFile Mail via Iridium Rudics: boosts connection quality, service availability and
bandwidth, reducing connection times by more than 50%.
 Automatic notification: alerts user to incoming emails.
 Integrated BDU access command: it allows users to automatically start/stop the IP-session
from SkyFile Mail.
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 Multi-languages: provides 9 languages which can be used independently and
simultaneously.
 Least cost router: automatically selects the most cost-effective data transmission mode for
Inmarsat Fleet terminals according to usage (MPDS or ISDN).
 SkyFile Remote Configuration: provides full control of all SkyFile Mail configurations, from
billing rates to sub-account management.
 SkyFile Mail prepaid & MyMail: provides prepaid crew emailing functionality for Inmarsat
and Iridium maritime terminals.
POP3/SMTP compatibility: No need to change your existing email tool or settings – SkyFile
Mail is now compatible with standard email software such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird,
etc. (subject to fee)
NEW FEATURES OF SKYFILE® MAIL V8.25
Benefit from major enhancements on our new SkyFile® Mail (8.25), which is now available in two
versions: SkyFile Mail, the popular, free messaging tool, and the new SkyFile Mail Premium, which
provides newly enhanced features for business users at a competitive rate.
DISCOVER NEW FEATURES OF SKYFILE MAIL PREMIUM
Improve business efficiency and crew welfare with our new SkyFile Mail Premium – while still
benefitting from the well-known user-friendly interface and all the features of SkyFile Mail:
 Compatible with Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird or other POP3/SMTP clients: No need
to change your existing email tool or settings – SkyFile Mail is now compatible with standard
email software such as Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, etc. Keep your familiar email
environment and interface combined with the powerful possibilities and features of the
SkyFile Mail engine.
 Receive emails on the spot: With the automatic notification push feature, emails will be
delivered immediately without any manual actions and without being held in the mailbox on
shore.
 Enhance crew communications over Iridium OpenPort: Use SkyFile MyMail and split
billing feature - now also with Iridium OpenPort.
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 Connect to SkyFile Mail over non-satellite connections: Access SkyFile Mail from shore
in addition to onboard usage. To reduce communications costs you can use SkyFile Mail via
3G, WiFi or Wimax.
 Benefit from extra-long SMS: Send and receive long SMS messages with up to 1500
characters - a cost efficient alternative to emailing or fax.
 Improve cost control with the advanced call detail viewer & split billing file: View call
data immediately and export into CSV files, offering better cost control.
 Decide which emails should be received onboard and which should remain in
quarantine: All suspicious emails are stored in the quarantine file until shipping companies
decide which ones should be delivered onboard - saving costs of potentially unwanted mails
or spam.
 Manage your SkyFile Mail accounts and CDRs on line: With the new shore portal to
come you can benefit from an optimized supervision, incl. grouping function, quarantine
mode, creation of notification and many more.
NEW FUNCTIONS FOR SKYFILE MAIL
 Reduce risk of unwanted traffic and costs: The integrated BDU access command allows
users to automatically start/stop the IP-session from SkyFile Mail.
 Flexible and improved connectivity for 3rd party apps, such as ship management
applications, through improved API function.
 Direct access to SkyFile eNOAD from SkyFile Mail: With a simple click, masters or
administrators can conveniently use SkyFile eNOAD, without changing the program or
software.
 Enhance supervision of sub accounts: Masters can easily select and manage subaccount types like corporate accounts for better control of usage.
 Enhance filtering rules for corporate & private sub-accounts: Captains can choose to
restrict sending and/or receiving of emails.
1. INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
The following pages contain detailed instructions to install the SkyFile Mail software on your PC or
laptop.
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SkyFile Mail is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows7 and
Windows8.1
In order to use the program, it is mandatory to register for SkyFile Mail via our Customer Care. You
will find the contact details on the last page of this manual.
If you are using a previous version of SkyFile Mail, your entire configuration is preserved after the
update installation. You do not need to uninstall older versions to update the software.
If you are already a SkyFile Mail user and your PC crashes or you are not able to retrieve the
previous version, SkyFile Mail integrates a back-up solution directly on the SkyFile server. As such,
your configuration is preserved and can be retrieved during the installation.
You are invited to restore SkyFile Mail with an existing back-up or, if the account was already used
before, you can restore your former sub-account configuration by loading it from the SkyFile server.
Important note:
The user needs full rights to change the "win.ini"-file and all files in the SkyFile-directory. Astrium
Services recommends performing the installation of SkyFile Mail with administrator rights on the PC.
1Under Windows NT, 2000 + XP you need to have administrator rights, to permit installation to be carried out
completely, including the Start menu entries and fax support. If this is not possible, you have to create manually a
short cut afterwards, e.g. on the desktop, to the Autosync.exe program in the SkyFile folder.
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1.1 INSTALLING SOFTWARE FROM THE SKYFILE® v8.25 CD
Please put the SkyFile Mail CD into the CD drive. The SkyFile family installation window invites you
to install successively:
 SkyFile Mail v8.25
 SkyFile Weather
 SkyFile e-NOAD
From this first installation window you can easily find the SkyFile family documents, find the
registration form and/or install the SkyFile family software on your PC.
For an installation please close all other programs in advance. If no window pops up, you can start
the installation window by starting “menu.exe” in the root-directory of your CD-drive (typically D: or
E:).
Press the enter key and simply follow the instructions of the installation program. After choosing your
preferred language, enter the account parameters which are described in the following pages.
Windows must be restarted after installation to complete the installation process. The software will
not run properly until this has been done.
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1.2 DOWNLOAD OF SOFTWARE FROM THE INTERNET
After downloading SkyFile Mail as a ZIP file from www.vizada.com, unpack it with WinZip into an
empty temporary folder (directory), e.g. C:\Temp. Then start SETUP program (see above) in this
temporary folder and follow the instructions in the installation program. Please, click on "Continue".
Your computer must be restarted after installation in order to load the driver. The software will only
function properly after this. Before restarting Windows, please remove the CD from the drive.
1.3 FURTHER INSTALLATION STEPS
The installation program sets up a "SkyFile" group in the Windows Start menu under "Programs", in
which you will find the software. If you want SkyFile Mail to open automatically whenever the
computer boots up, please copy a shortcut to the Autosync.exe program (in the SkyFile folder) in the
"Auto-start" folder. The first time you start the SkyFile Mail message list (Windows Start menu Programs - SkyFile - SkyFile) the setup dialogue box (in "Access and dial parameters") automatically
opens.
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2. SKYFILE MAIL CONFIGURATION
2.1 ENTERING THE ACCOUNT PARAMETERS
 Master username: Enter the user name provided by the customer care (your username is
similar with the word in your email address in front of the "@").
 Master password: You will receive your password from the customer care upon registration.
Some Windows versions only show three stars “*” after re-entering this window, this is in fact
confusing but correct.
 Configuration 1-2-3: SkyFile Mail allows defining three connection types. You can quickly
switch between them, and makes sense if several types of devices are installed on-board.
For instance, you can easily configure a Fleet77, an Iridium and a Mini M and switch
between them in case of problems of coverage.
 Access mode family (Quick setup): it allows you to select the type of network you want to
use. Depending on your choice, the list of access modes will be different.
 Access mode (Quick install): For standard satellite terminals like a Mini M/Phone, choose
your terminal and confirm with "Yes" to execute the appropriate settings. Depending on your
choice, the COM port or the ISDN-MSN may be changed, if needed (see next pages). For
TCP/IP like Inmarsat Sailor or BGAN, an additional window will be displayed (see next
pages)
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 Number: The dial-number will be filled out automatically after selecting the access mode.
 Port: The port is normally set by the Quick-install-button. Please click on "Options" if you
want to change the communication parameter.
 Least Cost Router (only for Fleet-terminals): Please read the special LCR-part below.
 Blocked address book: By choosing this option, you can restrict mobile-to-fixed messages
to a certain group of addresses predefined in the SkyFile Mail address book. This parameter
can be changed with the master password.
 Login required at program start: In case you do not use sub-accounts, but still want to
protect your SkyFile mailbox with your master-password, please select this option.
 Activate support of SkyFile Mail prepaid services: this option must be selected in case of
SkyFile Mail prepaid & MyMail usage. Please read the special prepaid part further below.
2.2 ENTERING THE DIAL PARAMETERS
 Do not send files larger than [...] KByte: This parameter protects you against high
transmission charges by accidentally attaching too large files. The limit refers to single
attached files, not to the total email. This parameter can be changed with the master
password.
This limit is the maximum size which can be sent. Another limit can be set up for each subaccount. The sub-account-limit cannot be higher than the limit entered in this menu.
 Minimum time between dial retries: This controls the time interval and frequency of dial
retries if a connection has not been successful, e.g. with modems after BUSY, NO CARRIER
etc.
 Manual dialing: With the manual method, dialing is only possible in the message list
window. The following time settings are ignored during manual dialing.
 Automatic dialing at fixed times: In case the dial-in should be done automatically at fixed
times of the day, you can enter the frequency / exact times at which you want SkyFile Mail to
start the message transfer. Please note that SkyFile Mail only accepts 00/15/30/45 as
minutes. Furthermore the real dial-in is delayed by a random time of 0-10 min. This is to
avoid that e.g. dozens of vessels with the same configuration are dialing-in in the same
second. With automatic dialing, a globe symbol appears on the bottom right of the screen
( = host program). Please create a link in the Autostart-folder of Windows to the program
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"host32.exe" (in the SkyFile-directory) to make sure, that the time schedule is running also
after a reboot of the system. The dialing parameters are recorded in the message list under
the menu item "Configuration" and may be changed later.
 Automatic Periodic dialing: In case the dial-in should be done automatically within a fix
time-slot with a special rhythm, you can enter start and end time + a period time in minutes.
Following the examples displayed below:
An automatic dial-in will be done to the SkyFile server, every 22 minutes between 06:00AM and
06:00PM.
An automatic dial-in will be done to the SkyFile Server at 6:00, 9:00, 12:00, 15:00 and 20:00
The actual dialling will take place at the given time(s) plus a random variation of up to ten minutes to
avoid busy situations when several users in a fleet use the same time.
2.3 PORT CONFIGURATION (LOW-SPEED)
Inmarsat B/ M/ Min iM/ Fleet33, Iridium, Thuraya
 Access mode family: Select “Inmarsat” or “Iridium” or “Thuraya”
 Access mode: Select your device within the list proposed by the software.
 Device: Select the COM port your satellite terminal is connected to.
 Baud rate2 / AT-commands: Will be filled out automatically by selecting the access mode.
2 The term Baud rate does not refer to the net physical speed of the telephone modem or Inmarsat system, but the port Baud
rate of the PC. Please do not set higher rates than those given here, because they will affect the package size used by
SkyFile Mail. If the Baud rate is too high, SkyFile Mail uses a too big package size for the service concerned, this adversely
would affect transmission.
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The preset parameters in Init. Command 1 and 2 and Dial command are suitable for almost all
Inmarsat B/M/Phone (Mini M)/Fleet 33, Iridium and Thuraya terminals. If a connection cannot be
established, please refer to the manual of the terminal, whether special AT commands are required.
Specialty for Fleet33:
If you are using a Fleet33 terminal, Astrium Services recommends installing SkyFile Mail in MPDSmode (see next page) instead of modem-mode, as with this terminal a data-transfer via MPDS will
save transmission costs (depending on your personal rates).
2.4 PORT CONFIGURATION (HIGH SPEED, ISDN)
Inmarsat B HSD/ GAN/Fleet77/55 ISDN
When using SkyFile Mail with an Inmarsat B-HSD system, an ISDN converter
(E.g. I-Box or SODA box) must be installed between the PC and the Inmarsat terminal. The
configuration is the same as is for an Inmarsat-ISDN terminal.
To connect to an Inmarsat-ISDN system, you will need an ISDN adapter for your PC (e.g. Fritz!Card
from the supplier AVM). In addition, you will need to install the relevant CAPI 2.0 driver associated
with the ISDN-card.3 Please make sure, that the ISDN-card is HDLC compliant (HDLC is supported
by almost all ISDN cards).
3 External ISDN adapters which are connected to a serial port on the PC (e.g. ISDN-TL from Elsa) are controlled like analog
modems with AT commands. The necessary initialization settings for the MSN (your own phone number) are given in the
relevant manufacturer's manual, because they are standardized for each manufacturer. You may have to set the adapter with
a suitable AT initialization command to the matching ISDN data protocol HDLC that SkyFile Mail uses with ISDN cards.
Package length is max. 2 KByte. With many ISDN adapters (e.g. Elsa TL), this protocol is the factory setting. You should use
a port Baud rate of 115200 Baud.
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 Outgoing MSN: Data-IMN, from which you dial. It will be filled out automatically by selecting
the access mode. It can be left empty in most cases.
 Dial exchange: Here you enter the numbers (typically a zero) which must prefix the actual
phone number in case you have installed the ISDN card as an extension number in a
telephone system. In most cases this field is empty.
2.5 PORT CONFIGURATION TCP/IP, MPDS & INMARSAT I-4 SERVICES
From SkyFile Mail v8.25, you can control your IP-device from SkyFile Mail. It allows you to start the
IP-session from the software. At the end of the connection, the IP-session will be automatically
closed. This behaviour allows you to reduce the risk of unwanted data (such as DNS requests) which
could be transferred while the session is still opened.
SkyFile Mail 8.25 provides a device control for:
 Sailor Explorer
 Sailor FleetBroadband
 AddValue Skipper 150
To use the IP-device control, follow the instructions:
 Access mode family: Select “Inmarsat IP” or “VSAT” or “Other”
 Access mode: Select the device within the list proposed by the software
2.5.1 Router
If “Router” is selected, SkyFile Mail does not take in charge the control of the device. The dial in is
manual.
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2.5.2 Explorer device control
Select “Explorer device control” in case “Inmarsat Explorer” has been selected into the “Access
Mode” list.
2.5.3 Sailor device control
Select “Sailor device control” in case “Inmarsat Sailor” has been selected into the “Access Mode” list.
2.5.4 Skipper device control
Select “Skipper device control” in case “Inmarsat Skipper” has been selected into the “Access mode”
list.
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2.5.5 MPDS & PPPoE
 RAS connection: For a connection over MPDS or PPPoE you must create a standard
windows dial-up connection for Astrium Services MPDS4. In "RAS connection" you will see
all created dial-up connections for your PC. Please select the MPDS dial-up you want to
work with.
 RAS username: In case of an MPDS transfer the username of the dial-up connection will be
shown.
 RAS password: In case of an MPDS transfer, please enter the password of the MPDS dialup.
 TCP/IP port: Per default this value is 4710. In case of special installations, this value may
have to be changed.
2.6 LEAST COST ROUTER (LCR – ONLY FOR FLEET/GAN)
2.6.1 LCR, functional description
Fleet33/55/77 and GAN terminals provide two types of data transmissions:
 MPDS: Pay by Mbit – Best suited for small files.
 SCPC (ISDN/data9.6): pay by time - best suited for larger files.
4 An Astrium Services MPDS dial-up connection will be created with the following parameters: username/password:
inmarsat/inmarsat, dial-nr: "123#" (T&T) or "**94#" (Nera), connection via the windows standard modem 33.600baud
(alternatively: 28.800baud) with the additional modem-init-command "AT+WS45=4;+WLES=011". The speed of serial port
should be 115200baud. IP and DNS address will be obtained automatically.
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As a result the user should always calculate transmission costs to be able to select the transmission
with the least costs.
In order to avoid this manual effort, the Least Cost Router (LCR) of SkyFile Mail automatically
performs this calculation on the basis of the actual compressed message volume to send and
receive the data throughput and the inserted prices for MPDS and SCPC.
 Active: Activates the LCR
 Automatic selection: Choose whether you want to confirm the service decision or allow
SkyFile Mail to automatically decide.
 Prices/Units: Please enter the actually negotiated traffic prices of your company. If you do
not know these prices, the LCR will still be able to select best transmission option using the
default prices.
If you start the dial-in, the LCR first calculates the decision only on the basis of the mails which are to
be sent. In case MPDS is selected, the LCR connects to the server and checks whether potentially
large emails to be received would require a change to SCPC, a more cost-effective transmission
mode. In this case you will be asked another time for a manual confirmation (if you are in manual
mode). Then the message exchange will be started. A notification, in the configuration window
informs you that the Least Cost router is activated.
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2.6.2 LCR & Split Billing
Depending on the mode selected by the LCR calculation, the appropriate price is used. The mode is
displayed in the detailed bill which can be provide to the final user (passenger or crew-member)
On-board split-billing sample:
Section 1:
 Price per Mbit = The price per Mbit attributed to “master” sub-account
 Price per minute = The price per minute attributed to “master” sub-account
 Total time = Sum of ISDN connections over LCR for “master” sub-account
 Total bytes = Sum of MPDS connections over LCR for “master” sub-account
3
2
1
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 Charge (CSD) = master’s invoice for ISDN connection in September
 Charge (TCP) = master’s invoice for MPDS connection in September
 Charge = Global invoice for September
Section 2:
Summary per Internet address in minutes (SCPC) and in volume (MPDS)
Section3:
Detailed list of emails sent & received by the user.
2.7 INSTALLING THE STANDARD MAIL-TO HANDLER AND THE FAX DRIVER
2.7.1 Setting SkyFile Mail as standard mail program
After making the configuration you are asked to set SkyFile Mail as the standard program for emails.
This ensures that when you click on a mail link in your Internet browser (e.g. Internet Explorer),
SkyFile Mail automatically starts, and the destination address is correctly entered.
The standard mail-to program option can also be activated later under "Options" in the message list.
2.7.2 Installation of fax driver
To produce telefax pages SkyFile Mail employs a printer driver, which you can also install in the
message list under "Configuration" ("fax support"). After restarting Windows the fax printer driver is
available as a virtual printer called SkyFile, and can be used from any application.
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2.8 SKYFILE MAIL – INSTALLATION IN A LAN
2.8.1 Local Area Network (LAN) installation
The SkyFile Mail client may be used on several workstations in a local area network (LAN). In case
sub-accounts are installed, all different users could theoretically access an own mailbox from their
PC, as long as it is connected to the LAN.
For this purpose, SkyFile Mail only needs to be installed once on the PC connected to the satellite
communications terminal. After installation, the SkyFile Mail installation directory has to be made
available (mostly C:\SKYFILE) for read/write file sharing with other PCs in the LAN (in the file
explorer you will see a hand under the SkyFile
directory).
The other workstations are connected by simply
creating a desktop link through the LAN to the file
"autosync.exe" in the SkyFile Mail installation
directory.
When using sub-accounts, Astrium Services
recommends creating a link to the transfer module
"host32.exe" in the Windows Auto-start folder in order
to ensure internal emails (between sub-accounts) to be delivered instantly. Internal emails may be
sent and received free of charge, using the full local email addresses including the sub-account
names.
2.8.2 Using SkyFile Mail on a terminal server
For running SkyFile Mail in a terminal server environment, the program SlotProx in the SkyFile folder
must always be running. It can be launched either as a normal application from a local account on
the terminal server PC, or as a service, which is recommended. To launch SlotProx as a service,
please follow these steps:
Make sure you are logged in locally at the server with administrative privileges.
Select “Run….” From the Windows start menu and enter c:\SkyFile\slotprox – i (adjust the path if
required).
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Use the Services Applet of the Windows control panel to start the service “Shamrock Mail-slot
Proxy”.
Using the SkyFile client in this local admin session, install the SkyFile Mail fax printer driver.
The SkyFile Mail transfer host should always run in a local session with standard user privileges, e.g.
using a Start-up link for this user to host32.exe (but not for all users!)
A terminal server has its pros and cons. While the centralized administration is often seen as the
main advantage, compatibility problems of some programs, a slower response of applications and
the increased network load are downsides. Please refer to Microsoft® for more information.
3. SKYFILE MAIL, FIRST CONNECTION
If business and/or private sub-accounts have been already created, the opposite window is displayed
when the users open SkyFile Mail.
Select your own account in the list proposed, and then enter your password (if needed).
Select the language in the list proposed. The selected language will be registered in the INI-file of
your sub-account. The same language will be proposed each time you will use your account.
Different languages can be used in parallel by different people without problems.
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Click on “Login”.
Additionally, if the SkyFile Mail prepaid option has been selected by the SkyFile Mail administrator
(Master), the opposite window is displayed.
Please select your “Corporate or Private Subaccount” within the list proposed or select your
“Prepaid” account. Please enter your password and click on “Login”.
If the option “Self-Registration” has been enabled by the SkyFile Mail administrator (Master), a user
(crew member or passenger) can create his own prepaid sub-account.
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Please click on and follow the instructions.
Note: With SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher, the category of each sub account is displayed after the
user-name (in brackets).
(M) = Master
(C) = Corporate
(P) = Private
4. MESSAGE LIST
4.1 MESSAGE LIST FUNCTIONS DESCRIPTION
The following pages contain detailed instructions for the use of SkyFile Mail.
Description of the items:
"New mail": prepare a new email.
“Open”: Open selected email.
"Answer": enables you to write and/or send an answer to a received message to the
sender's address (and/or another Internet address). Per default, the original email is
quoted in the answer-mail. If you want to change the default, please deselect the item
"Configuration" >"Quote mail in answer".
"Answer all": to send an answer back to the sender and to all the other recipients of the
original message.
"Forward”: to send a received message to one or several other recipients in the address
book or to other Internet addresses.
"Delete": deletes one or more selected messages in the message list with all attachments.
Deleted files will be stored in the "recycle bin" archive for a defined period.
Alternatively you can use the Del key (with Shift+Del no confirmation of the deletion is
requested).
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"Search”: to search for text-strings within the selected archives. If you select the topmost
item in the archive window on the left side, all archives will be scanned.
"Configure prepaid subaccount": to change your prepaid sub-account parameters.
"Send SMS": to enter a short text message (SMS, up to 160 characters) to a GSM-mobile
phone. The recipient can easily respond to this SMS by using the “Reply”-function of his
phone.
"Address book": to enter, organize, manage and delete email addresses, SMS and Fax
numbers.
"Log-off".
The screenshot below shows the user interfaces of the mail program or the message list.
You can open this message list by clicking on the SkyFile Mail icon in the Windows program menu in
the SkyFile folder (Start - Programs - SkyFile - SkyFile). The symbol bar of the message list window
includes the following frequently used functions:
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The top/right window of the message list gives an overview on the current status of the messages:
Messages to be sent (“out”), messages which were already sent (“sent”) or received (“in”). The new
messages are kept until the data exchange has been started (see "Dial now"). Received but
unopened messages are shown in bold characters.
A click on an arbitrary title changes the sorting of the messages in the message list. A click on the
right mouse key displays a context menu in which a file can be deleted, opened or resent.
Columns in the message list:
 The "Time" column gives the local time of the email as indicated by your system clock. The
European date format is used: day, month, year (this is not the date given in the date line of
the email header).
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 The "Type" column shows whether a message was received, sent or will be sent.
 The contents of the "Remark" column can be changed as required with a right mouse click
and "change remark…" For SMS and faxes, the column contains already the indication
“FAX” or “SMS” and the respective delivery status.
 The "Address" column either contains the terrestrial email address or a name if known.
 The "size" column shows the size of the message including all attachments. A leading "*"
indicated, that a file has been attached.
Specialty for sub-accounts: If you have created sub-accounts with volume-billing, the price of
each message is shown in an additional column right.
4.2 ARCHIVE WINDOW / FULL-TEXT SEARCH
Archive window
The archive window contains all standard and self-defined archives:
 New: contains all incoming and outgoing messages. By right click "split view" you can split
the "new" archive into "outbox", "inbox" and "sent" (like in Outlook)
 Drafts: If you have not yet finished writing an email, but you have to carry out another action,
just press "exit" and you'll be asked whether the email shall be stored in the "Drafts" archive.
 Pin board (or info-board): To make text information (e.g. announcements) available for all
sub-account users, right-click on "Pin board", press "new", enter the subject and the text of
the announcement.
 Private/Shared archives: In order to file your messages along your personal system, you
can create personalized archives which might also be nested tree-like. In case you have
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created a sub-account, shared archives could be created which are accessible for all subaccounts. After creation, messages can be moved via drag & drop to the selected archive.
 Recycle bin: In case you delete one or more messages from your message
list, these messages will be stored in the "Recycle bin"-archive. This
prevents you from losing emails which were deleted by mistake. You can
individually define the time limit for storage in this recycle bin selecting
"Configuration"-> "Recycle bin". With "disable Recycle bin", you deactivate this function.
4.3 FULL-TEXT SEARCH
By pressing the "search" icon or Ctrl+F you can search for an expression or email address within
every message shown in the currently selected archive. In case it is found, F3 continues to search
for this expression. If you select the topmost item in the archive-window, all archives of one subaccount will be scanned for the given expression.
4.4 SENDING AND RECEIVING MESSAGES
With the integrated text editor you can write or edit messages, and also optionally attach files to
messages. The text editor is opened by clicking the "New mail" button.
You open received emails in the message list with a double click on the relevant line. An outgoing
email (not sent yet) can still be changed by double clicking this email.
When you write a new email or respond to one, a window appears with the following content:
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Functions in the text editor:
 "To:" Clicking on the little phone book next to "To:" opens a window containing the address
book, in which you can select your contacts. By holding down the Ctrl- or Shift-key you can
select several names. Select the required recipient by a double click or with "Apply".
However, you can also select one of the latest addresses used, or type in manually one or
several addresses (separated by commas).
 "CC:" Here you can enter one or several extra recipients. The same rules and formats apply
to the “cc”-addresses as to the addresses in the "To" box.
 "BCC:" Recipients entered here receive the email as "blind copy", i.e. their addresses are
not visible to the other email recipients. You have to switch on the BCC box under "Tools"
first ("Show BCC") or press “F6”.
 "Subject:" Here you enter a subject for your message. When you reply to an email, the
subject is automatically adopted and prefixed with "Re:"
 "Add:" You can attach one or several files of any type to your text message. However,
please check the size (see p. 4, "Do not send files bigger than [...] KByte").
"Text:" In this box the text of the message is entered. To insert text from a prepared TXT-file, please
press "File"->"Insert…" and select the filename. The window width determines the length of the line.
When the window opens for the first time, it shows about 70 characters per line, which means that
texts will be correctly printed.
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Within the text editor you are able to search for an expression (Ctrl+F). To continue the search,
please press F3.
To print a message with header and message-text, press the button
Specialty for sub-accounts: If you have created sub-accounts with volume-billing, the price of the
currently created message inclusive all attachments are shown in the bottom-line of the edit-window.
Below the “Help” button, you can find a selection box with several languages. By default, you get
English, German and French.
This is the area where you can select your spell checker language.
4.5 SPELL CHECKER (v7.60 AND HIGHER)
SkyFile Mail uses the popular Hunspell module for spell checking. The folder DIC.DIR below SkyFile
contains some pre-configured spell-checking files (depending on whether you have installed SkyFile
Mail from a downloaded ZIP file or from a CD).
Each language requires an .AFF and a .DIC file. The file name looks like this:
_.AFF
_.DIC
where is e.g. EN for English, and is e.g. US for United States.
You can download additional spelling files e.g. from
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Dictionaries in the ZIP format and unpack the .AFF and .DIC
files into the SkyFile DIC.DIR subfolder.
(Note: The .OXT files as used by Open Office 3.x are renamed ZIP files and can be used
alternatively.)
The spell checker will ignore quoted text (">" at the beginning of a line), links, file paths, and words
which do not contain lower-case letters.
Spell checker support with error display (red curls) and correction suggestions during writing mails
on the fly. The writer can change the current dictionary with one click. SkyFile Mail is currently
shipped with English, German and French dictionaries.
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4.6 ADDRESS BOOK
In the SkyFile Mail message list window you can enter a list of frequently contacted email, SMS and
fax partners by pressing the address book symbol.
 “New": Enter the name and address of a recipient here. In case you choose “SMS” or “Fax”,
the address will be a GSM Number or a terrestrial Fax number beginning with the country
code (e.g. +4922872192729).
Entries can also be edited and deleted by selecting the entry and clicking on the relevant button.
Entries in your address book might contain a group of email addresses, with the addresses
separated by commas.
When you send a message, you can select several recipients simultaneously by holding down the
Ctrl key. This considerably saves you transfer costs, as the email is transmitted to the gateway only
once and then allocated to the individual destinations.
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In SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher, you can find the field “Category”. This can be a company name or
something similar. The address book view can be sorted by name or by category. Additionally it is
possible to select a complete category as a group. The number of recipients is limited to 100
addresses.
You can use the category-name to send an email to a group of email-addresses.
 Select “New Mail”
 Click on “TO:”
 Select the group you wish to send an email to. Click on “+”
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The addresses, member of the group, are selected.
 Then click on “Apply”
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“Import”: If you want to provide several SkyFile Mail clients with the same address book content,
you can create a text file with the following format:
Name, address
Name, SMS: number
Name, FAX: number
Or “name”; “address” (comma or semicolon, quotation marks allowed)
This file can be imported by pressing the “Import”-button.
 “Use Windows address book”: If you use a Windows address book locally installed on
your PC for e.g. MS Outlook or MS Outlook Express, you can easily use
these entries for your SkyFile Mail address book by clicking this option
“use Windows address book”.
All email addresses, fax and SMS numbers will be accessible now.5 You can even add new email
addresses directly in your Windows address book.
Specialty for sub-accounts:
In case you have created sub-accounts, you may decide whether you wish to handle the entries in
your address book privately or make these commonly available and visible for all sub-accounts.
5 If the Outlook address book is not saved on the local PC but on the Outlook server within a network, this option
will not work.
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4.7 SEND / SAVE FILE ATTACHMENTS
 Save File attachments Depending on their type, attached files can be saved or immediately
opened. The following safety levels are implemented.
 Safe files can be opened or saved (bmp, rtf, ini, gif, jpg, jpeg, tif, wav, pcx, log, pcm, dcf,
mp3, mpg, mpeg). A warning is displayed for types such as doc, xls and ppt, because they
may contain scripts.
 With HTML files (.htm, .html) SkyFile client can receive HTML mails. They are displayed as
an attachment which has to be opened in order to view it in an HTML browser like Internet
Explorer, Firefox or others). SkyFile Mail contains an evolution which allows the server to
create a plain-text alternative if an email contains HTML only. As a consequence:
- It is then possible to search mail archives for the text
- Quoting the original mail text in an answer is easily possible
- Text is visible in the preview pane of SkyFile Mail before opening it
By reducing .htm attachment to plain text, the mail volume is reduced significantly, typically
to less than 1/3 of the original size, making SkyFile Mail more competitive in this case. If MS
Outlook is used for sending, the volume is often reduced to 1/10 since Outlook creates a
very inefficient HTML code.
Unknown file types for which no application is registered can be optionally opened with the
editor. Executable file types such as exe, com, scr have to be saved first; they cannot be
started prior to detachment.
 Send File attachments to attach a file to a message click on the "Add" button in the text
editor.
A folder (directory) window opens via which you choose the required file. Attach the selected file to
the message by a double click. If you want to add another file, go back to "Add" again and insert the
respective file as described.
Another way to attach files: simply drag the respective files from e.g. the explorer and drop them on
the SkyFile Mail “new email” window.
Please note that the size limit must be observed. Very large quantities of data can only be sent if the
dialing settings permit this. The protected change of this function requires a password.
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4.8 MACROS / SIGNATURE
 Macros: You will find this menu item in the “Tools” menu of a SkyFile Mail “New email”
window.
Macros help you to save time and typing work. Frequently used phrases, such as "Dear Sirs," or your
contact data can be assigned to an abbreviation such as "ds" or "address".
If you press "F2" or select "Tools" in the text editor, you will see the menu options "Edit macros ..."
and "Expand macros". In case you have created a macro (e.g. "ds"), you can expand it by typing it in
the text box and clicking on "Tools" - "Expand macros", or by pressing F2.
 Signature: A signature is a fix text string with e.g. your name, company name and telephone
number, placed at the bottom of each email to identify you as sender of the email. The
signature can be used by creating a macro called “std”. The macro “std” will automatically be
entered as a standard default in each new email.
4.9 SENDING AND RECEIVING FAXES
4.9.1 Sending faxes
If you have installed SkyFile Mail's Efax driver (see chapter “installation”) you can transmit faxes to
terrestrial fax machines from any application with the secure SkyFile Mail protocol. Afterwards you
receive a confirmation of transmission by email. This method is a lot less expensive and more
reliable than sending faxes directly from an Inmarsat terminal. To send a fax you first start the
respective application (e.g. Word), and then open the document to be sent. In the File menu select
"Printer setup" or "Print", and mark "SkyFile to SFAX:" or "SkyFile" as the right printer.
Select the "Print" command in the file menu again. A self-explanatory dialogue box appears, in which
you can either type in the destination number or select it from the SkyFile Mail address book.
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 High resolution: The normal/standard
fax resolution is 196x98 dpi. High resolution is
an option available in most (but not all) modern
fax machines with 196x196 dpi. This will give a
higher quality. In very few cases a fax machine
might not be able to receive a high-resolution
fax, so the fax must be resent in normal
resolution.
 Send full page (A4): with this option OFF, the page is not filled up to the full paper length of
an A4 sheet. This option saves cost and is no problem normally. “Send full page” adds
automatically empty lines to the end of the fax to avoid potential problems with certain types
of fax machines.
The fax is converted to a SkyFile Mail fax message, and will be sent during the next data
transmission. The "Preview" button enables you to view the generated fax file on the screen; you will
receive a confirmation of dispatch after the fax was successfully transferred.
Specialty for sub-accounts: If you have installed sub-accounts, the application will ask you for the
respective sub-account from which this fax shall be sent.
4.9.2 Receiving faxes (fix-to-mobile)
If you wish to use Astrium Services’ fix-to-mobile “receive fax” option, please register with Customer
Care. You will subsequently receive a French terrestrial fax number which will be linked with your
SkyFile Mail account. Faxes sent with a fax machine to this number will be converted into an e-fax
and can be received with the next message transfer.
Please note that once you have applied for the fax-option, you will pay for all fix–to-mobile
faxes which are sent to your number.
4.10 SENDING AND RECEIVING SHORT MESSAGES (SMS)
4.10.1 Sending short messages to a GSM mobile
From the message list you can send short messages to GSM mobiles.
Select "Send SMS" in the "Message" menu.
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We recommend that you use the international format for the destination number, e.g. +447... (for a
U.K. GSM number). By pressing “Send” the SMS will be stored in the outgoing mailbox to be
delivered with the next data exchange. You will later receive a positive or negative delivery
confirmation.6
4.10.2 Receiving short messages from a GSM mobile
The recipient of the SkyFile Mail SMS can easily answer by using the “Reply” function of his GSM
mobile. The answer is then sent to the same number from where the SMS was received7. This is the
SkyFile Mail SMS gateway number.
In order to initially send an SMS from a GSM mobile to a SkyFile Mail user, you have to enter
: message-text” in the text and send it to the SMS gateway number; e.g. for an
SMS to maria@SkyFile.com you need to send:
Maria: this is an SMS via SkyFile Mail
The SMS gateway number is usually +49 170 912 7629. It might be changed in the future in order to
improve SMS functions. Please contact Customer Care in case you experience problems with this
number.
4.10.3 Long SMS (SkyFile Mail Premium only):
SkyFile Mail Premium allows you to send longer SMS up to 1530 characters (10 segments).
For Unicode SMS a single SMS can contain 70 characters. For longer messages each segment can
contain 67 Unicode characters. The total max length is 670 Unicode characters (10 segments).
This is the case for Asian languages or French characters with accents.
6 Please note that this confirmation only refers to successful transfer to the mobile network, not to actual receipt by the
addressee.
7 To use this service, your GSM provider has to have an agreement with T-Mobile.
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4.11 DATA EXCHANGE AND PROTOCOL MENU
 Data transmission via Inmarsat An email, fax or short message which has not been
transmitted via satellite yet, appears marked in red in the message list. For an immediate
"manual" data exchange, click on the "Dial now" button in the message list. If you have
decided to use time-controlled automatic dialing, all messages which are marked in red in
the message list will be automatically dispatched at the intervals defined by you.
 Messages are received and sent simultaneously. To check whether you received any
new messages, a data exchange has to be carried out. All messages will be compressed
automatically by the SkyFile Mail system. The compression rate depends on the type of file,
for TXT or Word-files compression rates amount up to 90%. So you do not necessarily have
to compress attachments in advance.
During transmission of a large attachment, you can see the file name in the host window. If you feel
that the transmitted file is an unwanted one, click on the "Reject file"-button. This stops the
transmission of the attachment and the respective file is deleted at the gateway. A re-transmission is
not attempted. However, all other attached files and the text of the email will be received.
If the connection drops down within a data-exchange, SkyFile Mail will continue the transmission of
the messages at the point of interruption to save online-times.
 Protocol (log) function. In the "File" menu you can constantly check (“Logs”  “View logs”)
your connections made, which files were exchanged, rough duration of transmission, and
whether any problems occurred during transmission. The protocol data can be deleted any
time ("Logs"  "Delete logs…").
 View logs of alternate email program (SkyFile Mail Premium only)
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SkyFile Mail v8.25 Premium allows customers to use an alternate email program like Microsoft
Outlook or Outlook Express. This menu gives you access to these specific logs:
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4.12 CALL DETAIL VIEWER (SkyFile® Mail Premium only)
If you are a SkyFile Mail Premium user, you have access to the Call Detail Viewer
How to access the menu
Go to “File”  “Call Detail Viewer”
Please read the Disclaimer carefully
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The Call Detail Viewer provides you with a clearer and more understandable way to consult your call
logs.
An export function allows you to export these files in CSV format.
4.12 BACKUP / RESTORE
A crash of the PC could destroy all valuable data on your PC. In order to avoid losing any important
SkyFile Mail data, the backup-restore function enables you to save all messages, archives, addressbook data, API-setup as well as sub-account configuration data in a backup-directory and then
restore it easily if needed. You will find the backup and restore functions in the main menu under the
topic "Extras".
 Backup
Please select a directory where the data shall be stored to. To increase security, Astrium
Services recommends selecting another partition, hard drive or even through the network
another PC. Then you could specify for which kind of data a backup shall be created.
If you want to automate the backup function, please enter a number of days in the field “Remind for
scheduled back every … days”.
An automatic backup will be generated accordingly.
 Specialty for sub-accounts The full backup of all configuration data is only possible if you
are logged in as master sub-account. Else backup is only possible for the sub-accountarchives.
 Restore
To restore archives or configuration data please select the directory where the backup has
been stored to. If the directory is valid, you will see all the backup-data with the respective
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date when the backup has been made. Please select the data you want to restore and press
OK. In case sub-accounts with several archives shall be restored, you will be asked for each
archive separately.
Please be aware that restoring data always will overwrite the current data. E.g., if you create
new sub-accounts or get new messages after you have performed the last backup, a restore
will delete them.
4.13 OUT OF THE OFFICE MESSAGE (SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher)
SkyFile Mail users have the possibility to activate an auto-reply message from the SkyFile Mail client
software (this option is available in SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher). The text should be entered in a text
box. It is limited to about 200 characters.
In order to avoid mail loops, SkyFile Mail client will memorize the last few addresses where auto
replies have been sent to so that no more replies will be created for repeated mail from the same
sender.
Every time a sub-account is opened in SkyFile Mail, a
reminder is displayed that auto- reply is active for this sub
account.
To activate the auto-reply, please go to “configuration” “Out of
office”.
The transmission of the auto-reply message is free of charge.
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5. SERVICES ACCESSIBLE FROM THE SHORE
5.1 WEBMAIL INTERFACE
The SkyFile Mail webmail interface provides you with direct access to your SkyFile Mail mailbox via
the Internet. This makes it very convenient to read, delete, answer or forward emails received in your
mailbox which has not been transferred to the satellite communications terminal yet, as long as an
Internet connection is available.
Important: The webmail is an option, to activate it please contact Astrium Services Customer
Care.
To access your mailbox via webmail, please open your standard internet-browser with the URL
"https://webmail.skyfile.com/". After entering the "Master username" and the "Master password"
(same password you need to enter in the setup of the SkyFile Mail software), you will see the list of
fix-to-mobile messages (which have not been sent yet) in your SkyFile Mail mailbox.
Since SkyFile Mail v7.5, all categories of sub-accounts (Corporate, Private & Prepaid) can use
SkyFile webmail.
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To learn more about SkyFile webmail, contact Astrium Services Customer Care or consult Astrium
Services website where a dedicated user guide is available.
You will find Astrium Services Customer Care contacts at the end of this user manual.
5.2 SKYFILE REMOTE CONFIGURATION
The SkyFile Remote Configuration is a very powerful tool, which enables the IT-responsible in your
company to configure and control the remote used SkyFile Mail client via the webpage
"https://webmail.skyfile.com/cfg.htm".
The username and password are the same you need to enter in the client. To be able to use the
remote configuration, please register with Astrium Services Customer Care. You will need to provide
us the email address where requested client data (such as crew-billing files) should be sent to.
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Four tasks can be done via SkyFile Remote Configuration:
 Configuration of the client: Create, change, delete sub-accounts, change crew-billing
rates, limitations, add/replace the address-book, set the API-rules and set the dial-settings.
These configurations will be gathered in a job-file and send to the SkyFile Mail client. Once
received, the master sub-account user needs to agree to the configuration to let them apply.
 Configuration of the black & white list: As the black & white list is stored directly on the
server, no job-file is created. The changes are applied immediately.
 Requesting client-data: transfer-log, actual client-configuration, address book and the
crew-billing files can be requested. Once the master sub-account user has agreed, the
requested data are gathered in an email which will be sent with the next dial-in to the preregistered email address.
 SkyFile Anti-Virus: if this option is activated by Astrium Services Customer Care, SkyFile
Remote Configuration gives you access to the latest version of the anti-virus engine and to
the daily anti-virus updates.
To learn more about SkyFile Remote Configuration, please contact Astrium Services Customer
Care or consult Astrium Services website where a dedicated user guide is available.
You will find Astrium Services Customer Care contacts at the end of this user manual.
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6. GENERAL SPLIT BILLING
In case you require a detailed monthly paper or electronic bill showing each single message (email,
SMS, Fax, fix-to-mobile as well as mobile-to-fix) instead of the SkyFile Mail data call, please register
for the “Split Billing” option via Customer Care. The split is done on the basis of the resources of
each message which have been required for the respective data call. For this option, it is mandatory
to register your Inmarsat data-IMN or Iridium/Thuraya MS-ISDN for this SkyFile Mail account through
Astrium Services Customer Care.
If the SkyFile Mail Client is in Least Cost Router (LCR) mode, the appropriate price is used
depending on the mode selected by the LCR calculation. The mode is displayed in the detailed bill.
If the LCR decides to change the connection type, the mail collection is done again to respect the
changed prices for limits.
Note: This option is not available for MPDS.
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The general split billing option mentioned here only affects the monthly generated bill from Astrium
Services and is completely irrespective of the creation and availability of sub-accounts. For
information about the onboard-bill, please see next chapter.
Please note: Choosing the split billing option will not affect the amount of your monthly bill (apart
from minor rounding differences8). It simply provides you with a detailed overview of all messages
transferred.
This detailed list will be very helpful for anyone who has to split the communication costs between
several parties (e.g. ship-owner, charterer, crew, private...).
HOW TO ACCESS TO THE BILLING MENU
The billing menu is accessible under “File” “Billing”
The menu is protected. Access requires to enter the root-account credentials.
Please read the disclaimer before continuing
Here you can calculate and create bills for all accounts or specific ones.
You can also export them into CSV files
8 Please note that each message will be rounded at least to 1 sec. and you’ll be charged for this duration.
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7. API (APPLICATION PROGRAMMER INTERFACE)
7.1 API SERVICE DESCRIPTION
API makes it possible to manage data transfers of ship management systems via the optimized
protocol of SkyFile Mail. Apart from standard Windows mechanisms MAPI and MailTo-interface (both
only for mobile-to-fix transmissions), API allows you the bi-directional exchange of data files (fix-tomobile and mobile-to-fix) via user-defined windows-directories.
You will access the API setup-window in the menu "Configuration"  "API settings"
Thanks to the flexible time schedule module (see chapter "Entering the dial parameters"), the data
transfer can be carried out fully automatically.
If you need to retrieve files sent and/or received, please select the “backup” option.
Your files will be then copied in a special folder created under SkyFile Mail main repertory, named:
API_OUT.DIR and API_IN.DIR
7.2 SKYFILE MAIL COMPATIBILITY
Thanks to our close collaboration with the most important software-providers around the world,
SkyFile Mail is 100% compatible with:
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 BassNet Replicator
 Chartco
 Danaos
 GeoEye Orbimage
 Port It
 Spectec
To learn more about SkyFile Mail API settings, please contact Astrium Services Customer Care or
consult Astrium Services website where a dedicated user guide is available.
You will find Astrium Services Customer Care contacts at the end of this user manual.
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8. ALTERNATE EMAIL PROGRAM – SMTP/POP3
8.1 SMTP SERVER CONFIGURATION
SkyFile Mail v8 and higher provide an SMTP-module. The SkyFile transfer host includes an SMTP
server which can be used by 3rd-party applications (like sensors, cameras etc.) to send files over
SkyFile Mail to local or external addresses if corporate sub-accounts are configured. The
configuration menu item "3rd-party applications" requires a log-in with the master credentials and
shows these fields:
 Enable SMTP for 3rd-party applications: This option enables or disables the SMTP server.
The default is ”Off”.
 SMTP port number: The typical port number is either 25 or 587. Please make sure that the
configured port is not used by any other program on the same PC and that the SMTP client
software is configured for the same port. Probably the configured port has to be allowed in
the local firewall.
 Allowed IP ranges: Several ranges in the CIDR format (like 192.168.0.0/16) or single
addresses (like 192.168.0.35) can be entered with spaces as delimiters. Do NOT enter any
public IP range here otherwise your system may be abused as a spam/virus relay! The
default ranges are: 192.168.0.0/16 127.0.0.0/8 169.254.0.0/24 172.16.0.0/12
 Allowed IP ranges without authentication: Some applications do not allow an
authentication. In this case you can enter addresses or CIDR ranges as a subset of "Allowed
IP ranges" from where no authentication is required. By default this field is empty.
 Trace to log file: If this option is enabled, the complete SMTP dialogue except the
authentication credentials will be written to the transfer log file HOST_LOG.TXT. If it is
disabled, only one line will be written for each email. Default is ”Off”; the option should only
be enabled temporarily for diagnosing problems.
8.2 SMTP CLIENT CONFIGURATION
The SMTP settings in the sending application must be configured as follows, their names might
slightly differ:
 SMTP host name: The computer name or local IP address of the SkyFile Mail PC.
 SMTP port: Same port as configured in SkyFile Mail, typically 25 or 587.
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 Authentication: Enabled, "login" method (secured authentication off), user name and
password as configured in a corporate sub-account of SkyFile Mail.
 Email address: The full external address of the sub-account, e.g.
master.titanic@skyfile.com. Note that the sub-account must be the same as the one used in
the authentication setting.
 HTML formatting (if available): ”Off”, use plain text instead.
8.3 SMTP AND POP3 (WITH SKYFILE MAIL PREMIUM ONLY)
SkyFile® Mail v8.25 offers the possibility to use an alternate applications such as Outlook, Outlook
Express, Thunderbird to send and receive emails and SMS.
POP3/SMTP features are part of SkyFile Mail Premium offer. To know more about SkyFile Mail
Premium, please contact your Key Account Manager or Astrium Services Customer Care.
To learn more about SkyFile Mail Premium, please contact Astrium Services Customer Care or
consult Astrium Services website where a dedicated user guide is available.
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9. ADDITIONAL FEATURES
 Data size limit (fixed-to-mobile / optional): To protect against unwanted emails with large
attachments (and consequently time-consuming data transmissions), you can set an
individual data size limit for attachments of incoming emails: 0,1 MB, 0,5 MB, 2 MB (standard
configuration) or 10 MB. If larger attachments are sent to your address, you will only receive
the address details and the pure text of the email to which you can reply. Please register for
this service via Customer Care. It is possible to by-pass this limit with your white-list features.
 Mailbox / Urgent notification (optional): To inform mobile users about incoming
messages in their terrestrial SkyFile Mail mailbox, SkyFile Mail can notify users via short
notification, in case there is a new message in your previously empty mailbox. Alternatively
or even additionally you can register for "urgent notification". Then a notification is sent in
case the subject line contains the string "urgent". The notification can be sent to a GSM
mobile (via SMS9), an Inmarsat C terminal or an Iridium handheld. This service is free-ofcharge, apart from Inmarsat C (1 segment per notification). This feature saves you from
expensive dial-ins into empty mailboxes. Please register for this service via Customer Care.
 24hours NDN (24hours Non Delivery Notification)
In case a shore-to-ship message is not retrieved by the ship after 24hours of storage in the
mailbox, a notification is sent back to the sender.
No need to send the message again.
Example:
From:
To: astrium@shamrock.de
Subject: Mail to Astrium Services not retrieved within 24 hours
Date: Wed, 13 Jun 2011 09:54:03 +0200 (CEST)
Mime-Version: 1.0
X-Mailer: SkyFile-Gateway (V2.30)
9 Your GSM provider has to have an agreement with T-Mobile.
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Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8Bit
Auto-Submitted: auto-replied
The following mail was not retrieved by Astrium Services within 24 hours.
This is not an error message.
Your mail is still stored in the mailbox. Do not resend it!
To: master.astrium@skyfile.com
Subject: testmessage
Your date: Tue, 12 Jun 2011 09:09:07 +0200 (CEST)
To: crewmember.astrium@skyfile.com
Subject: testmessage 2
Your date: Tue, 12 Jun 2011 09:15:40 +0200 (CEST)
For more information regarding this message, visit http://www.vizada.com/skyfile-returnmail
 Mailbox advanced notification to Inmarsat C (Optional): An advanced notification has
been introduced in September 2011.
- A standard notification contains 2 words only (the name of the account and the word
“mail”).
- An advanced notification to Inmarsat C contains the following elements:
- Line 1 = 20 stars
- Line 2 = “new SkyFile email to: [email destination containing sub-account and
root account name]
- Line 3 = Sender: [email address of the sender]
- Line 4 = Subject: [subject of the email]
- Line 5 = attachments: [yes or no]
- Line 6 = size: [total size of the email]
- Line 7 = 20 stars
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Real-world sample
********************
new skyfile email to: master.arcachon-wave@skyfile.com
sender: astrium_shipping@orange.fr
subject: loading plan and travelling modifications
attachments: yes
size: 2145 bytes
 Confirmation (fixed-to-mobile / optional): If you choose this option, SkyFile Mail will
inform the terrestrial sender of an email as soon his email with all the attachments has been
fully transmitted to the receiver terminal. Please register for this service through Customer
Care.
 Subject keyword (fixed–to-mobile / optional): To restrict the group of users who are
authorized to send mails to your SkyFile Mail account and for SPAM prevention, you can
apply for a subject keyword. In this case, emails addressed to your terminal are only
forwarded to you, if the keyword is entered in the subject line. The subject keyword will not
be delivered to the mobile SkyFile Mail user. Please note: The subject keyword differs from
the master password which you received previously via Customer Care. Please register for
the subject keyword via Customer Care.
A configured subject keyword is not required if the terrestrial sender is white-listed in the
black & white list (preceded by + or # in the list). The subject keyword is not required for
prepaid sub-accounts since these are typically personal accounts.
 Weekly Configuration Report (optional): For a better management of SkyFile Mail
accounts we have introduced the possibility for weekly captioning of completed and detailed
configurations. This option is activated on demand. Please contact Astrium Services
Customer Care.
A file containing the account-details will be sent automatically to your Remote Configuration
supervision email address each Friday.
Information provided:
a) SkyFile Mail account configuration on the SkyFile server
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b) Sub-account description
c) Black & white list description
Font
The font menu is accessible from “configuration” menu.
The three font-type settings are:
 Fixed (default): This font for reading/writing messages is exactly the same as in previous
SkyFile Mail versions.
 Proportional: A proportional font can be used for better readability of most emails.
 Automatic: If a mail does not contain more than two sequences of 3 spaces (i.e. it does not
contain tables or similar elements which require a fixed font) then a proportional font is used,
otherwise a fixed font.
In general, the "automatic" setting is preferred by many people because it increases readability
significantly for most emails while keeping the correct fixed formatting for mails with tables and
similar content.
There are also two more key functions in SkyFile Mail v7.5:
 F11 = switch to full screen or back (as in many other programs);
 F12 = switch fixed/proportional font, see above.
10. SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS (V7.10 AND HIGHER)
10.1 SERVICE DESCRIPTION
The SkyFile Anti-Virus software protects your remote computer assets from potentially harmful
viruses. Fully automatic anti-virus updates, notification and version verification ensure you keep your
computers and Local Area Network safe even while at sea. It combats a wide range of threats such
as viruses, Trojan horses and other malicious software (malware)
10.2 HOW DOES IT WORK?
 SkyFile Anti-Virus must be used together with SkyFile Mail v7.10 (and higher)
 Daily updates are automatically delivered by email via SkyFile Mail.
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 Software updates are performed automatically for all registered PCs of your vessels network
thanks to SkyFile Mail’s Application Program Interface (API) Feature.
 Every month a new version of the software is stored in the Remote Configuration Tool.
Subscribers are automatically notified to download the newest software version.
 The Remote Configuration Tool contains a second package where the most recent daily
updates are stored. Engine + update package provide a full up-to-date anti- virus system.
10.3 HOW TO VERIFY YOUR SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS VERSION?
From the SkyFile Mail “Help” menu you can verify which version of SkyFile Anti-Virus is installed on
your PC or Local Area Network. SkyFile Anti-Virus engine is efficient during a time-slot of 3 months
maximum. The date displayed in the SkyFile Mail Help menu indicates when the current version has
been published. Please use it to calculate the validity of your current anti-virus engine.
When the engine gets older, the master will get a popup window reminding him that he has to do an
engine update. This happens after the engine gets 60 days and 75 days old. In addition to the
popup message for the master, a mail to the remote configuration address is sent with the same
information.
10.4 API CONFIGURATION
By default, a fix API is provided with SkyFile Mail v7.10 and higher. This API cannot be removed. It is
used for SkyFile Anti-Virus update routing.
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10.5 HOW TO RETRIEVE SKYFILE ANTI-VIRUS CALL LOGS?
You can access to SkyFile Anti-Virus call logs directly from “API settings” window and “view log”.
To learn more about SkyFile Anti-Virus, please contact Astrium Services Customer Care or consult
Astrium Services website where a dedicated user guide is available.
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You will find Astrium Services Customer Care contacts at the end of this user manual.
11. BLACK & WHITE LIST
11.1 BLACK & WHITE LIST FILTERING SYSTEM
To filter your fixed-to-mobile traffic according to your requirements, e.g. for SPAM protection, or to
restrict the group of people, who are authorized to send emails to your terminal, you can create a
black & white list. The black & white list will be defined separately for each SkyFile Mail account.
 “Black” entries define terrestrial email addresses or just email domains, which are
restricted to send messages to the terminal.
 “White” entries define terrestrial email addresses or just email domains, which are allowed
to send messages to the terminal. If a “White” entry exists, all other email addresses are
automatically “black”, e.g. restricted. Black and white entries/lists can also be mixed.
The administration can be done either through the remote configuration web-page (see
respective chapter above) or via a control email for those cases where several accounts need to be
administrated at the same time. Both need to be activated by Astrium Services Customer Care. For
using the control email, please register one or two email addresses of persons who are allowed to
administrate your black & white list. You will then receive a keyword to protect the black & white list
administration against unauthorized use.
The following example is showing that:
 Victoriastar.fleettracker@orange.fr is authorized to send emails up to 1Mbytes
 Victoriastar.shipping@orange.fr is authorized to send emails up to 5Mbytes
 No emails coming from Yahoo are authorized
 No emails coming from Gmail are authorized
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To create a black & white list for your SkyFile Mail account please send an email to your SkyFile Mail
address with the key string “.setfilter” and the black & white list keyword in the subject. The email text
has to contain the black & white-list as follows:
+ astrium_shipping@orange.fr [White list entry]
+ @charter.com [White list allowing the whole domain]
- spam@spamnet.com [Black list entry]
 If you just want to add black or white list entries, use the key string ".addfilter", the entries in
the message text will then be added to your existing list.
 If you want to delete the whole black & white list, please enter only "erase" in the message
text of your control email.
 To get a status of the black & white list, send an empty control email.
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11.2 BLACK & WHITE LIST – SHORE-TO-SHIP MESSAGES FILTERING
Black & white list can be used to accept or refuse emails coming from certain email-addresses or
domain-names. They can also be used to filter emails according to the volume transferred.
To allow an address, please add the + or # sign in front of the email address and to reject please
place a – sign. Entries can be shortened to their domain-name or any other trailing part if they should
match multiple senders. The black & white list is scanned from top to bottom and matches the trailing
part of the given addresses.
If there are entries with “+” but none with “-“, addresses not matching a “+” or “#” are rejected. An
empty list will allow any address. In addition, a Kbyte value can be added behind a space in a “+” or
“#” line to override the default maximum mail size of your SkyFile Mail account for this specific
sender.
For instance:
SkyFile Mail account default maximum mail size = 1MB
+logistics@mycompany.com is allowed to send emails with volume max = 1MB
-spammer@service.com is not allowed to send any emails
#it_manager@mycompany 2000 is allowed to send emails with volume max = 2MB
12. SUB-ACCOUNTS – ADMINISTRATION WINDOW
12.1 SUB-ACCOUNT DESCRIPTION
This feature is very helpful when you have a group of SkyFile Mail users on a single PC or in a local
area network (LAN). While e.g. onboard a ship the standard email address simply is
@SkyFile.com, sub-accounts allow an additional name and a dot before this standard
address, such as: . @SkyFile.com.
This allows different persons or parties (e.g. charterer or crew-members) onboard having their own
personal email addresses (e.g. charterer.vessel@SkyFile.com).
The administration of sub-accounts is handled via the menu “Configuration” “subaccounts…”. Here
you can create, edit and delete sub-accounts.
3 categories of sub-accounts are available:
 Corporate
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 Private
 Prepaid & MyMail
According to your own usage or needs, you can display “All” categories or only part of them. To
display the sub-account category needed, please click on one or several box(es).
 Send a copy of all messages to the master sub-account: For control reasons a copy of
all messages from and to corporate sub-accounts (see "Sub-accounts – creation 1") can be
copied into the master sub-account message list. So the captain will be able to control all
transferred emails onboard the vessel.
It is now possible to select the mail-direction.
The master can be in copy of ship-to-shore and/or shore-to-ship emails. (1)
1
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 Message without sub-account addressing to master sub-account: Once sub-accounts
are created, messages without the sub-account addressing, e.g. "vessel@SkyFile.com" will
still be received by the master sub-account if this option is selected.
 Master sub-account: Following the creation of sub-accounts, it is mandatory to select the
“Master sub-account”. Some features are linked to the master sub-account, e.g. after subaccount creation, all current messages will be copied to this master sub-account. Only the
responsible person for onboard communications, e.g. the captain, should be able to access
this sub-account.
 Use compressed volume for billing: With SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher the master can
decide to bill the users on uncompressed volume. To activate this option un-select the option
“use compressed volume for billing” (1)
 Use global pricing for all sub-accounts: With SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher the price can
be defined for all sub-accounts. If the option “Use global pricing for all sub accounts” is
selected the same configuration will be applied to all sub accounts. (2)
12.2 SUB-ACCOUNTS – CREATION
SkyFile Mail differentiates between 4 categories of sub-accounts:
 Corporate: Messages of these sub-accounts may be accessed by the captain (master subaccount); they are shown in the web mail interface.
 Private: These sub-accounts are fully private and cannot be accessed by the captain. With
SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher private sub-accounts are shown in the SkyFile webmail
interface. Only the owner is able to check messages in his private sub-account. For
crew/passenger emailing, please always define these sub-accounts as “private”.
 Prepaid: These sub-accounts are usable with a Astrium Services Universal Card™. In
general the usage is dedicated to crew-members or passengers. Sub-accounts are fully
private and protected by a mandatory password.
1
2
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 MyMail: With SkyFile Mail v7.5 and higher the master has the possibility to create MyMail
prepaid account. This mobile account is not linked to one specific SkyFile master-account
anymore. The user is able to move to another vessel and can still use the same email
address.
 Description: Name of the sub-account holder, such as "Josh Randall."
 Sub-account name: The part of the email address in front of the first dot, such as
"RANDALL". The email-address will then be e.g. "randall@SkyFile.com".
 Password (optional): If you define a password here, the user has to enter this sub-account
password to access his private message list.
 Private sub-account: To create a "private" sub-account, please select this field, otherwise
the sub-account will be "corporate". If you choose "private", the respective password has to
be changed by the private user as soon as he enters his message list for the first time
(indicated by "User must change password"). This ensures that the captain or the
administrator is not able to access emails in private sub-accounts.
 User must change password: if selected the user will be invited to change his password at
the first connection. This makes the subaccount fully private.
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 Access to shared archives: Please deselect this option in case the sub-account may not
access the shared archives e.g. for passenger sub-accounts. Billing based on message size:
With this selection you can choose, whether this sub-account shall be billed duration-based
(in minutes) or volume-based (in Kbytes). This selection only has an influence on the
onboard-billing feature. The general monthly bill from Astrium Services will always be
duration based.
 Only internal emails allowed: if this option is selected the user won’t be able to send and
receive any external emails. Only internal emails with and without attachment will be
accepted.
“Internal emails” means “emails within the local network on-board the ship”.
 Sending emails allowed: the captain can here restrict the usage of this subaccount to
incoming emails only. If the option is not selected, the user won’t be able to send any emails.
The usage can be restricted to emails only without attachment.
 Receiving emails allowed: the captain can here restrict the usage of this subaccount to
outgoing emails only. If the option is not selected, the user won’t be able to receive any
emails. The usage can be restricted to emails only without attachment.
If the reception of attachments is disallowed, the user will receive the body of the mail
anyway. A short notice, delivered within an attachment, will inform the receiver that the
original attachment has been removed because of the internal policy applied on-board the
ship. Furthermore, the sender of the mail will be informed by a notification that the mail body
has been delivered and the attachment filtered.
Please consult the notifications in annex.
 Allowed to start mail exchange: This option selects whether a sub-account is allowed to
initiate a dial-in (this is usually done by the master sub-account).
Please note: If this option is activated, this sub-account gets at the same time access to the
SkyFile Mail administration menus.
 Keep a copy of all SMTP/POP3 emails in SkyFile (SkyFile Mail Premium only): please
select this option is you wish to keep a copy of all incoming and outgoing emails in SkyFile
Mail. Emails will be stored in your alternate email program AND in SkyFile Mail.
 HTML formatted mails allowed (POP3/SMTP): if the subaccount is used by a POP3-based
client program, HTML-formatted emails can be allowed here. Otherwise the server will
convert them to plain text which saves some satellite transfer volume and time.
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 Deliver a log via POP3 for sent emails: If this option is activated a short notification will be
sent to your alternate email program when the emails are sent to the shore over the air.
 Mail size: Please select the mail size accepted for this sub-account. You can select:
- No attachment: in that case this sub-account won’t have the possibility to send any
attached files.
- 0,1MB
- 0,3 MB
- 1,0 MB
- No limit
 Limit: If you enter a limit, no mails can be sent or received from this sub-account in case the
online time, byte counter or money counter has exceeded this limit. “0” means the subaccount is unlimited.
Please note that the reception of emails stops only after the next dial-in after the limit has
been reached! So it might happen that the limit set will be exceeded for a certain amount.
 Money-based limit: Enables the captain to enter a money-amount as a limit, based on the
previously entered crew-fee (price per min/Kbyte).
 Monthly limit: If you choose a limit, the online time, byte counter or money counter will be
automatically reset at the end of the month. After this reset the limit is again available for the
next month. This makes sense in case of a regular monthly billing of the sub-account users.
 Clear online/byte counter: In case the monthly limit is not selected, the online time can be
reset by pressing this button. This makes sense in case a crew-member has paid the bill in
the middle of the month to get a new credit. The current online time, byte counter or money
counter is displayed for your information on the right hand side of this button.
To configure the price please go to “Price Configuration”
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 Always bill mail volume: if selected the bill of this sub-account will be done on emailvolume and the price determined by the one mentioned in the field “Price per Mbit”.
 Always bill connection times: if selected the bill of this sub-account will be done on email
connection-time and the price determined by the one mentioned in the field “Price per
minute”.
 Billing mode depends on real connection type (LCR): if selected both prices are taken in
consideration by the software and will be displayed in the user-bill according to the
connection done.
 Price per minute: The crew-fee per minute, based on the currency in the next field. This fee
is not applied to internal emails.
 Price per Mbit: the crew-fee per Mbit, based on the currency in the next field. This fee is not
applied to internal emails
 Minimum price: This fee will be simply added to every single email sent from this subaccount. This fee is not applied to internal emails.
 Currency: Please enter the currency here, e.g. "EUR" or “€” or "USD" or “$”
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 How to keep original root-account?
By default the original root address (e.g. neptun@SkyFile.com) is replaced by the master
sub-account, as soon as the first sub-account has been created. In case customers want to
keep the root address (neptun@SkyFile.com) the master sub-account must be set as
neptun.neptun@SkyFile.com. The shore-side will then receive mails sent from
neptun@SkyFile.com.
Example:
Root account = neptun (neptun@SkyFile.com)
If you want to keep it, set master sub-account to = neptun.neptun@SkyFile.com.
If “Message without sub-account addressing to master sub-account” is selected, the
message received on shore will be neptun@SkyFile.com (Instead of
neptun.neptun@SkyFile.com)
12.3 SUB-ACCOUNTS – ONBOARD BILLING
In case a sub-account is used by a crew-member or a passenger for private issues, in most cases
ship-owners re-invoice the user for the used online-time. In order to enable the captain to provide
him with a bill at any time including a detailed invoice, SkyFile Mail produces onboard-bills. Choose
"File"  "Billing", select the needed sub-account and month, and then press "Calculate".
Each single message (email, SMS, Fax) will be displayed with the respective duration or volume and
the price for the respective data call, even if several messages were transferred within one data-call:
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Each sub-account optionally receives either a duration based (per minutes) or a volume-based (per
kByte) bill. For details, please refer to chapter "Sub-accounts - Creation".
Please note: The values stated in this bill may differ from the general monthly bill issued by Astrium
Services, as the entered rates are user-defined; The call duration may differ (sometimes 10% or
more) from the real call duration of the land earth station.
An export function allows to export the files in CSV format.
12.4 SUB-ACCOUNTS – SUB-ACCOUNT MONITOR
In case you have created several sub-accounts onboard, the sub-account monitor helps you to
maintain the overview. The sub-account monitor is accessed via SkyFile Mail menu "Subaccount" 
"Subaccount monitor".
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The monitor gives a list of all sub-accounts with the following respective info:
 New: number of new unread messages
 In: number of received messages in the "new"-archive
 Out: number of messages which will be sent in the next data transfer
 Out size: volume of all messages which will be sent in the next data transfer
In the sub-account monitor window you can simply double-click on an arbitrary line, to switch to the
respective sub-account.
A function available in SkyFile Mail v8.25 and higher, allows you to select the type of accounts you
wish to see.
Abbreviations:
 C = Corporate
 P = Private
 S = Prepaid
 ~[account] = Prepaid MyMail
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Please note: In case you open the sub-account monitor while being in the master sub-account (the
string "(Master)" will be shown in the head-line), you will be able to easily access all corporate subaccounts without entering the sub-account password. This enables the captain, to conveniently
check all corporate sub-accounts, to decide which data should be sent before dialing-in, or which
data have been received after dial-in.
13. POSTPAID / PREPAID CREW EMAILING
More and more crew members are asking for an easy to use and cheap solution to send and receive
emails to and from their family and friends at home, as emails are much cheaper than voice calls.
Thanks to the described sub-account features, SkyFile Mail makes it easy for the captain to offer
crew emailing: even prepaid crew emailing can be offered with a minimum of administrative efforts
involved and without additional investment as the available hard- and software components on board
can be used:
Thanks to the private sub-accounts, each crew-member can get his own password protected
onboard email address.
A separated PC for the crew, connected via LAN, can be installed e.g. in the crew room to avoid that
the crew need to visit the bridge to check emails. Only the captain is allowed to start the email
transfer.
The crew-traffic can be charged on a monthly basis or at any time, e.g. if a person leaves the vessel.
The bill is very detailed, each message is documented and priced, the captain may select between
two options: volume- or connection times based billing. In both cases, the invoice is well
comprehensive and understandable for both, captain and crew.
Advantage for volume billing: the price per email is already shown when the email is created. As
well the price per email is shown in the message list.
The rate for the crew will be defined by the captain.
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To avoid unauthorized use, the captain can set a monthly or general traffic limitation for each subaccount. After reaching this traffic limit, the crew sub-account cannot produce any additional
messaging-costs10.
Prepaid crew emailing:
In order to offer an easy "prepaid" crew emailing solution onboard, the captain needs to set the billing
parameters such as: price per minute, currency, minimum price and limit (money or monthly based).
14. SKYFILE MAIL PREPAID – MASTER ACTIVATION
To use SkyFile Mail prepaid:
1) The service must be activated on the SkyFile Mail server.
Please contact your Astrium Services Service Provider or Astrium Services Customer Care.
 If you use SkyFile Mail prepaid on a SkyFile Mail account where sub-accounts have been
previously activated and used, please, directly go to point 13.2
 If you use SkyFile Mail for the first time, please follow those steps.
10 Please note that the reception of email stops only after the next dial-in after the limit has been reached! So it
might happen that the limit set will be exceeded for a certain amount.
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14.1 HOW TO CREATE A MASTER / ADMINISTRATOR SUB-ACCOUNT.
To activate and to use SkyFile Mail in Prepaid mode, a master/administrator sub-account must be
created.
Please go to “Subaccount”  “Subaccount configuration”  “New”
Please complete relevant fields (at least Description, Subaccount name and Password), as shown
below:
Then validate by “OK”.
Please select this account as the “master sub-account”
Afterwards, SkyFile Mail is closed and restarted automatically to take in charge those modifications.
Please select the master/administrator account previously created, and enter the password.
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Now you are able to activate SkyFile Mail prepaid functions.
14.2 HOW TO ACTIVATE ONBOARD SKYFILE MAIL PREPAID SERVICE
To activate SkyFile Mail prepaid service, please go to “Configuration”  “Account & Dial
Parameters”
and activate “prepaid” options (1)
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Then select “options” (2)
Please configure “Prepaid” Options
 Access mode: This is the access mode used for SkyFile Mail prepaid connection. Postpaid and prepaid connections can be done over different satellite terminals.
 Mail exchange time: A maximum of 6 daily connections can be configured. Please
configure the time when the prepaid connections will be done. The connection to the
server is fully automatic at the time configured. Select the connection time accordingly
with the vessel activity. Prefer a prepaid connection when the business-activity of the
vessel is reduced (during the night for instance). With a correct configuration, you will
avoid any problems or conflicts between the regular SkyFile Mail and SkyFile Mail
prepaid connections.
Of course, if 2 separate connexion-modes are used, this is not an issue.
2 1
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 Additional mail exchanges depending on mail volume (in&out): in this “flexible”
mode, SkyFile Mail client gets information about mail count and mail volume for prepaid
sub accounts during post-paid connections. If the sum of outgoing and incoming mails
exceeds values defined in the SkyFile Mail server, an email exchange is automatically
done. The mail exchange is done 15 minutes after the latest successful post-paid
connection.
The default value is 5 emails waiting in the outgoing and/or incoming mailbox.
 Prepaid users are allowed to initiate mail exchange: in case of emergency prepaid
users can send emails immediately (if this option has been activated by the master). An
additional fee will be charged to the user in any cases and applied on each email or
check-mail done by the user.
 Allow self-registration: If this option is selected, SkyFile Mail prepaid users will be able
to create and configure their own SkyFile Mail prepaid sub-account.
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14.3 TCP/IP
MyMail over TCP/IP is available on SkyFile Mail v8.00 and following versions.
 Mail exchange time “x”.
Please insert your preferred exchange-time for prepaid-calls.
 Hourly prepaid dial-in
If selected, a prepaid call is generated every hour.
 Make a prepaid connection after IP-based postpaid connections.
If selected, a prepaid-call is generated after each postpaid-call.
 Prepaid users are allowed to initiate mail exchange.
If selected, the crew-member is able to generate a prepaid-call whenever he wants. An
extra-charge is applied on each single prepaid dial-in. over TCP/IP the extra-charge is 1 unit.
 Allow self-registration.
If selected, the crew-member is able to create and configure his prepaid-account by himself.
14.4 HOW THE MASTER CAN CREATE A PREPAID SUB-ACCOUNT
If the “Self-Registration” option is disallowed, prepaid sub-accounts must be created by the master or
the SkyFile Mail administrator.
To create a new prepaid sub-account, please go to “Subaccount”  “Subaccount configuration”,
then select “New”. Please fill-out the following fields:
 Description: this is the prepaid sub-account-name which will appear just before the mail
address Sparrow.Astriumstar@SkyFile.com
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 Sub-account name: this is the sub-account address which will be linked with the main
SkyFile Mail account
 Password: In prepaid-mode, the password is mandatory. The password must be
communicated to the prepaid user. It is mandatory to open the prepaid sub-account.
 Then select “prepaid”.
Prepaid sub-account has been successfully created. Now you need to configure it.
14.5 HOW THE MASTER CAN CONFIGURE A PREPAID SUB-ACCOUNT
To configure a prepaid sub-account, please select it in the SkyFile Mail log-in page.
From the SkyFile Mail master sub-account, please click on “change sub-account”
Please select the prepaid sub-account in the “prepaid sub-accounts” list.
 Enter the prepaid sub-account password.
 Confirm the sub-account password.
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Now you can configure the sub-account profile of the crew-member or of the passenger.
For information about configuration of sub-accounts, please see following pages.
15. HOW A CREW-MEMBER / PASSENGER CAN CREATE HIS OWN SKYFILE
MAIL PREPAID OR MYMAIL SUB-ACCOUNT
To learn more about SkyFile Mail Prepaid & MyMail, please contact Astrium Services Customer
Care or consult Astrium Services a website where a dedicated user guide is available.
You will find Astrium Services Customer Care contacts at the end of this user manual.
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16. ANNEX
Delivery notification if the reception of attachments is disallowed by the ship’s policy.
The sender receives a first notification. The attachment has been filtered.
The sender receives a second notification when the mail-body has been delivered to the recipient.
The recipient receives the mail-body + a text-file in an attachment
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The recipient is informed that the attachment has been filtered.
17. FAQ
HOW TO CHECK IF A SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS IS SET UP TO BE USED IN PREPAID MODE?
You have to make sure the prepaid box at the bottom of the window is ticked in the SkyFile Mail
administration. The standard option also needs to be selected in the drop down menu as well as the
mobile type and the data IMN used for prepaid connection.
HOW TO AUTHORIZE A SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS TO BE USED IN PREPAID MODE IF I DO
NOT KNOW THE DATA IMN USED FOR CONNECTION?
The Data IMN needs to be filled in for statistical purposes only (except for Iridium where verification
is done in the prepaid platform). So you can fill out this field with a fake number in case of
emergency. (Needs to be verified for Iridium)
HOW CAN THE SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESS OWNER CREATE PREPAID SKYFILE MAIL SUB-
ACCOUNTS?
The captain has to make sure he activated the SkyFile Mail prepaid option in his software first: click
on “Configuration“ then “Account“ and in the dial parameters you need to tick the box “Activate
support of SkyFile prepaid“. Then he has to create a private or corporate master sub-account before
being allowed to create prepaid sub-accounts because all the prepaid sub-accounts need to be
linked to a master sub-account).
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CAN YOU USE THE SAME UNIVERSAL CARDTM WITH DIFFERENT PREPAID SUB-
ACCOUNTS?
You can use the same card with different prepaid sub-accounts but when this card is used either for
a phone call or a mail exchange it cannot be used more than once at the same time, because it is
locked during usage.
WHAT TO DO WHEN A UNIVERSAL CARD WITH CREDIT LEFT ON IT CAN NO LONGER BE
USED?
Sometimes cards can still be locked in the prepaid platform (TETCO platform). It sometimes happens
that a card stays locked in the prepaid platform after a regular usage and it cannot be used anymore.
The customer gets an error message saying his card is already used by another account. You need
to contact Astrium Services Customer Care and they will unlock the Universal Card in the TETCO
platform.
CAN WE USE SKYFILE PREPAID OVER MPDS?
SkyFile Prepaid is usable on Inmarsat Circuit Switched Data and on Rudics over Iridium.
SkyFile Prepaid is not available on MPDS.
WHAT ARE THE SKYFILE MAIL RULES REGARDING THE SIZE OF THE MAIL BOXES?
The following limits apply for the mailbox:
 The maximum mailbox size is 10 times the configured mail size limit for this customer.
 If the customer has dialed the server within the last 2 days, then up to 250 mails are
accepted if the user has sub-accounts or up to 100 if no sub-accounts are used.
 If the customer has dialed the server in the last 3 to 10 days, up to 50 mails are accepted.
 If the customer has not dialed the server within the last 10 days, only 10 mails are accepted;
the sender will get "mailbox full" for the 11th mail.
 Special case: For prepaid users, 50 mails are accepted regardless of the last dial-in.
 Old mails are deleted after 30 days, and a notification is bounced to the sender.
 Note that a webmail log-in does not count as a dial-in, so it will not increase the mailbox size.
TO WHICH COUNTRIES AND NETWORKS CAN I SEND SMS MESSAGES?
The SkyFile gateway in the land earth station has its own GSM connection and can send SMS
messages to most GSM networks worldwide. There are no additional charges for this service. In a
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few countries SMS messages are even possible to fixed users: If the fixed telephone does not
support displaying messages, the message is read by a speech synthesizer.
However, no definitive answer can be given to this question because network providers often change
their roaming lists. Also, even if you can send a message to a specific network, this does not
necessarily mean that you can also receive messages (answers) from that network.
Please note that a positive confirmation email to your SkyFile Mail account only says that the SMS
could be sent to the local GSM network node. It does not guarantee that the message will actually
arrive in the destination network or at the specified cell phone number.
The cell phone user can also answer a received SMS message by simply responding to the same
GSM number where he received the message from.
WHAT TO DO WHEN SKYFILE MAIL IS IN GERMAN LANGUAGE EVEN THOUGH YOU CHOSE
ANOTHER LANGUAGE?
In fact German is still the default language of the program. German text is within the program itself,
other languages are in external files. The selected language is stored in the windows registry for
each windows user.
If there are problems with the language files like ENGLISH.LAN, German sentences might be visible.
Possible causes:
There was a problem during installation of the update and the ENGLISH.LAN does not contain the
new sentences. He can check the size of ENGLISH.LAN. It should be 32776 Bytes. But in this case
he got an installation error message during the installation of the SkyFile 7.0. It seems he has the
ENGLISH.LAN from 6.3, all new functions are not translated. If any other application (virus scanner)
blocks the ENGLISH.LAN, it might happen that some sentences are not in the selected language.
WHY DON’T I RECEIVE A DELIVERY CONFIRMATION EMAIL ANYMORE WHEN I SEND
EMAILS TO THE SKYFILE MAIL ADDRESSES?
Confirmation mails are returned to a terrestrial address if at least one SkyFile Mail user has sent at
least one email to this address.
This system avoids backscatter which could be sent to fake email addresses as used by spammers
and viruses.
It also helps against spammers who might try to validate email addresses by receiving confirmations.
So if a terrestrial address does not receive any email from any SkyFile Mail user from more than
about three weeks, no confirmation mails will be sent to this address.
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WHICH INMARSAT SERVICES ARE SUPPORTED BY SKYFILE MAIL?
SkyFile Mail supports all connection-oriented and packet-based Inmarsat services:
Inmarsat-B: Besides its high-quality phone service, it also allows data and fax communications with
reliable 9600 bps through the internal modem of the transceiver. The B-High-Speed service offers 64
kbps and is compatible with ISDN lines. A parabolic antenna is required.
Inmarsat-Phone (Mini M) includes telephony, fax and data transfer (2400 bps) using small, portable
sets with integrated flat antennas. It uses a digital speech encoding similar to terrestrial GSM radio
telephone services.
Inmarsat-M4/Fleet offers ISDN capabilities with 64 kbit/s via satellite for high-quality speech and fast
data transfer. M4 is the land-mobile version, Fleet for maritime use. The medium also offers Internet
access via the Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS) which uses a volume-based tariff with no time
charges. The variants Fleet 33 (9600 bps in spot beams only, 2400 bps global), 55 (64 kbps in spot
beams, 9600 bps global) and 77 (64 kbps global) primarily differ in the required antenna dish size
and transmitter power.
FleetBroadband and BGAN (Broadband Global Access Network) has a volume-based tariff similar to
MPDS and also runs over the Inmarsat satellites as a packet-based Internet access with 128 kbps
and more. Alternatively, the low-orbit Iridium satellites are available even in the polar regions,
offering speech and 2400 bps data. The service reliability does not meet the GMDSS requirements,
however, so Iridium is not sufficient as a distress system.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SKYFILE MAIL COMPARED TO OTHER SOFTWARE?
The reason is simply that SkyFile Mail is specifically designed for the special requirements of satellite
communications, so it works more reliable and cheaper than conventional email programs. Each day
many thousands of emails are transferred using SkyFile Mail.
SkyFile Mail is much faster than other mail programs. The difference in connection time between
SkyFile Mail and other mail programs are the result of several factors:
The MIME-base64 coding of Outlook and similar programs requires 8 bits for each 6 bits of net data.
SkyFile Mail uses a transparent transfer, which gives 33 % more performance.
SkyFile Mail compresses typical text, Word, Excel and similar files online, typically saving 50 % of
time.
The SkyFile Mail log-in procedure is very fast, requiring less steps than the typical POP3 log-in of
other programs.
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SkyFile Mail receives and sends data in parallel at the same time, saving up to 50 % of time. Due to
the propagation delay, each dialogue step typically consumes more than one second over satellites.
SkyFile Mail reduces the number of steps for sending and receiving one email from 23 (conventional
POP3/SMTP over PPP) to only four, additionally saving more than 30 seconds.
WHY SHOULD I SEND FAXES USING SKYFILE MAIL?
Using the fax printer driver in SkyFile Mail, you may use any Windows application like MS Word,
Excel, and many others to send text or graphics as a fax. The "trick" is that the fax is sent securely to
the gateway using SkyFile Mail's error-correction and compression capabilities.
Then the gateway at the land earth station will send the fax to its destination over the land line. This
is much cheaper and more reliable than sending faxes directly from the Inmarsat transceiver. You
will get a confirmation email later which shows if the fax could be sent correctly. (The same thing
happens if you send an SMS message.)
THE EXTERNAL COM PORT OF MY LAPTOP IS NOT DISPLAYED?
In some cases external serial ports like those in USB or PCMCIA adapters do not appear in the
device list of most applications so that they cannot be selected.
If this happens, you should launch the Regedit program and search for this key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Hardware\DeviceMap\SerialComm
To activate a COM1 port, for instance, you have to create a new string with the name "COM1" and
the value "Com1" in Windows 98. For Windows NT, 2000 or XP the string must have the name
"\Device\Serial0" and the value "COM1". - Please note that changes to the registry should be done
by experienced personnel only.
IS IT USEFUL TO PACK ATTACHMENTS INTO A ZIP FILE FIRST?
SkyFile Mail uses a very efficient online compression algorithm, which is quite similar to the one
used in ZIP software. Typical text files are compressed to 50 % or less.
If you transfer many small attachments in one email, you may save a few seconds of connection time
by putting all attachments into one single ZIP file, so that you effectively have only one attachment.
This will avoid the short handshake times between all the attachments.
For typical emails with no or only a few attachments, however, there is absolutely no advantage
sending them as ZIP files.
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IS IT POSSIBLE TO REDIRECT MY SKYFILE MAILBOX OR TO RETRIEVE IT VIA ISDN?
You can redirect a free mail account like GMX, Bigfoot, Yahoo or others to your SkyFile Mail address
while you are using your satellite transceiver. When you are back home, simply deactivate this
redirection at your free mail provider. However, we recommend not to use such a redirection
because it makes filtering spam very unreliable.
Your SkyFile Mail account cannot be redirected to a different email address - the server and its
backbone connection are not intended for this sort of usage, since it would increase the data volume
of the mail gateway significantly. This traffic could also slow down the server response and therefore
increase the cost of exchanging mails via satellite, which of course is not intended.
You can use the web interface of the SkyFile server to read, answer and forward received emails
with any web browser. The same username and password combination is required as for SkyFile
Mail, but the web function is enabled on explicit request only to avoid any misuse. Mails for private
sub-accounts are not displayed for privacy reasons. Please ask Astrium Services Customer Care for
the required access data.
WHAT CAN I DO AGAINST UNWANTED MAILS (SPAM)?
The gateway has a built-in spam filter which will block most unwanted unsolicited emails. Due to the
nature of such mails, however, a few spam mails may still get through. If you are frequently offended
by emails from one specific sender, please inform Astrium Services Customer Care.
We do not recommend to forward emails from a mailbox at another mail provider like Google Mail,
Hotmail or Yahoo to your SkyFile account. Since the servers of these services are treated as
trustworthy by the SkyFile server, spam detection cannot work as good as for servers
communicating directly with the SkyFile gateway.
A very restrictive way is to only allow incoming emails which have a specific password in their
subject. This means that all emails not having this word in the subject will be deleted, and their
sender gets a return mail with an error message (access denied).
Another mechanism is using a black & white list which can be managed from a previously registered
email address. Typically it will only consist of a white list (+) with addresses being allowed to send
emails to your mobile account.
The account management at Astrium Services can also set file size limits for attachments in emails
directed to your account. Especially if you are using a slow service like Inmarsat M or Mini M, this
limit should not be set too high.
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During the reception of a long email you can abort the transfer of a file by pressing the "reject" button
in the transfer software. This file will then be deleted on both sides, and the transfer will continue with
the next file or email.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO USE SKYFILE MAIL IN A NETWORK WITH SEVERAL PCS?
Yes! Simply define the hard disk drive of the PC connected to the satellite transceiver as a network
resource, e.g. "c" for the local disk "C:". Please see the built-in help of Windows for details how to
create a network resource. On all other PCs within the local network, the Autosync.exe program can
then be launched from the network, e.g. using a desktop link, instead of installing SkyFile Mail on all
PCs.
For instance, if the machine name of the PC with the cable to the satellite transceiver is "pc1" and
SkyFile resides on its local drive C:, other workstations can access SkyFile Mail by simply using
\\pc1\c\skyfile\autosync.exe as a desktop link. Alternatively, if workstations are using mapped drives
like N: pointing to \\pc1\c, they can access SkyFile Mail using N:\skyfile\autosync.exe.
Typically each workstation uses its own sub-account name and thus has its own email address. It is
also possible to access a specific mail account from different PCs alternatively, though this should
not be done at the same time.
To ensure that the mail list and the archive tree are automatically synchronized between all
workstations with the internal firewall of Windows XP enabled, "File and printer sharing" must be
allowed in the firewall for local LAN addresses even if the sharing service is not really activated.
If SkyFile Mail has been configured for an automatic dial-in with a specified timing or for using subaccounts, then the transfer module is started automatically on the PC connected to the satellite
terminal. This ensures that internal emails from one sub-account to another are delivered
immediately without having to go through the satellite link.
HOW CAN I SEND AN SMS MESSAGE TO A SKYFILE MAIL USER?
You can send SMS messages to SkyFile Mail users only after you have received one from the
SkyFile gateway, so you can see the GSM number of the gateway. All SkyFile Mail users have the
same GSM gateway number. There are two ways to send an SMS message:
You answer the SMS message, using the same cell-phone number as in the message you have
received. The SkyFile gateway has kept in memory your mobile number and routes your answer to
the user who had sent you a message before. No additional addressing is required. However, please
do not use a colon ":" after the first word of your message in order to avoid any misinterpretation of
this word as an address.
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If you want to send an SMS to a SkyFile Mail address from a different mobile phone or from a webbased SMS service you will have to write the recipient's user name and a colon at the beginning of
your message. Example: ANDREA1: Hello, thanks for your message...
Upper or lower case is not relevant in the username.
Please note that the successful delivery of your message to the satellite gateway depends on
whether your local GSM provider has a bi-directional interworking agreement with T-Mobile or not.
HOW DOES BLACK AND WHITE LIST WORK?
“Black” entries: define terrestrial email addresses or even email domains, which are not permitted to
send messages to your terminal(s).
“White” entries: define terrestrial email addresses or even email domains, which are allowed to send
messages to the terminal(s). Once a “white” entry exists, all other unspecified email addresses are
automatically “black”, that means, only the "white" list entries are permitted to send emails to the
respective SkyFile Mail account(s).
We have two kinds of black & white lists: The prepaid function and the existing black & white list for
postpaid accounts. Both lists are implemented in the same way: 1. List with only '-' entries: all nonmatching addresses are allowed:
 hotmail.com
 yahoo.com
2. List with only '+' entries: all non-matching addresses are forbidden:
+company1.com
+company2.com
4. Mixed lists: all non-matching addresses are allowed!
+good_friend@hotmail.com
hotmail.com
+good_friend2@yahoo.com
yahoo.com
With these rules it is possible for you to exclude all unknown addresses from a spammed
domain, but you are able to receive emails from your friend.
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18. ANY QUESTIONS ? NEED SUPPORT?
You can begin using SkyFile Mail immediately after registering as a user through Astrium Services
Customer Care. SkyFile Mail is available in several languages. You can download SkyFile Mail for
free from our homepage www.astrium.com or request the software on a CD.
If you have any questions regarding SkyFile Mail, please consult Astrium Services website or contact
Astrium Services Customer Care:
Customer Care EMEA
Tel: +33 1 70 48 98 98
Customer Care Americas
Tel: +1 310 616 55 94
Tel: +1 855 769 39 59 (US toll Free)
Customer Care Asia Pacific
Tel: +65 64 29 83 11
Email: asbc.customercare@astrium.eads.net

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