Like our GetZips product, which relies on Microsoft Outlook, BatchZips validates each and every address in your mailing list at the touch of a button. Unlike GetZips, however, BatchZips installs as a stand-alone application in Windows. Both products work their magic using a live web service (a constant internet connection is necessary).
To use BatchZips, follow these simple steps:
Export your existing mailing list into a comma separated values (CSV) file - most programs will do this for you, so check the documentaion for your particular application
BatchZips will import your existing mailing list
Match the appropriate mailing list columns to their respective address parts (street, city, state, etc.).
Click Start Batch.
When the batch is complete, save the results and re-import them into your mailing list application.
If BatchZips cannot validate an address, it lets you know with a easy-to-read status indicator, allowing you to edit the record and try again, or simply delete the address entirely.
BatchZips is currently available as a free demo that you can try. Internet Explorer users can simply point their browsers at http://www.walkingriver.com/download/BatchZips.application to download and install the demo version immediately. BatchZips uses Microsoft's ClickOnce facility to automate software installation and upgrades. As new versions are created, you'll always get the latest upgrade. The only requirement is that you're running .NET Framework 3.5, Service Pack 1.
FireFox users can install an update to the .NET Framework that will allow them to use the same ClickOnce installation feature.
Users of other browsers (or FireFox users who don't wish to install the above mentioned upgrade) can take advantage of ClickOnce by following these instructions:
Download the http://www.walkingriver.com/download/BatchZips.application to a convenient location on your hard drive (You may need to Right-click the link and choose "Save As".)
Make sure the file has the extension .application, with nothing after it (like .txt). You may need to disable the Windows feature that hides file extensions .
Double click the file you downloaded to install it.