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These are the basic objects that you'll work with when you use FirstClass.



Messages
Messages are pieces of email that are sent using FirstClass. Messages may be sent:
•       locally on the same FirstClass server
•       through a gateway that connects another FirstClass server or another messaging system
•       through the Internet to anyone who can receive email.


Documents
You can create documents in FirstClass much as you do messages. These are the differences between a message and a document:


a message
•       is intended for mailing to someone electronically, and therefore includes space in the envelope for address information
•       can't normally be edited after being sent (although FirstClass does let you unsend a message)
•       expires after a certain period by default (FirstClass automatically deletes expired objects)
•       is automatically named with the name of the sender (for mail received) or recipient (for mail sent)
a document
•       is intended for posting directly to an area where others can see it, and therefore can't be mailed
•       can be edited after it has been posted
•       never expires by default
•       must be named explicitly
•       is created based on a template that provides the default look


Uploaded files
You can upload files such as word processing and graphics files so that they are available to other users. These files can be attached to messages or placed directly in containers.


Folders
FirstClass folders work just like other folders you are used to on your operating system. You can create and name folders, then put messages and documents in them to organize your work area for easy access.
By default, objects in folders never expire.
The folder Documents is a place to put private documents, files, and so on. My Shared Documents is a place to put objects that you want to share with other users.
In addition, your administrator may create external folders.



Conferences
At first glance, FirstClass conferences look like folders. A conference serves the same purpose of putting items with a common topic into one place, but there are some important differences:


a folder
•       is intended mainly as an organizational aid
•       doesn't have directly controlled access; the folder's container determines its access
•       can only hold messages that have been moved there
•       doesn't indicate that it contains unread mail when it's closed
a conference
•       is intended mainly as an online forum for the exchange of information
•       has controlled access; you need to be given certain permissions to be able to see and work with it
•       can be the recipient of messages
•       is flagged and displays the number of unread items, when it contains unread mail



Workspaces
A workspace is a shared area where users in the same workgroup can correspond and have access to the same resources. It has the same properties as a conference, but is easier to create.
Where this help refers to conferences, it also generally applies to workspaces.


Calendars
FirstClass includes online calendars that record time commitments, such as meetings, and tasks that you need to complete. In addition to your own personal calendar, you may have access to public calendars that let you schedule meetings at mutually convenient times.


Contact databases
You can store contacts and mail lists in contact databases, to simplify addressing messages. You have a personal contact database, called your Contacts folder. In addition, you can create public contact databases for sharing contacts and mail lists.


Instant messages
Instant messages are real-time, online discussions with other users who are currently connected to your server.


Your Desktop
Once you are connected to a FirstClass server, your Desktop opens. It contains your Mailbox and other standard FirstClass applications, plus any containers that you or your administrator have placed on your Desktop.


Your Mailbox
Your FirstClass Mailbox contains:
•       messages that have been sent to you
•       all messages that you have sent
•       messages that you have created but not yet sent.