Mailshot 7.2 adds a default sending address

We often get asked how to select which email account Mailshot will use to send from, and until recently you could only do this by changing the Default account for all of iOS (or by tapping the “From” line of an email.)

With our latest update you can now set a default “From:” address on the Mailshot Settings page, which will be used for any new email sent from the app or its share extension.

This email address should match an account you have set up on the “Accounts & Passwords” page in the Settings app.

NOTE: If there is no matching account, the existing iOS Default will be used. There will be no warning message unless the address is illegal. You can see if the iOS default has been substituted by looking at the “From” line of the email before you send.

TIP: You can still change the sending address for an individual email, by tapping the “Cc/Bcc, From” line before you send.


Using Mailshot groups from Outlook

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Most of our MailShot users use it with the Mail app, so we are set up to work well with that by default.

However the iOS Outlook app does not accept names and addresses in the standard format of “name <address>,” when pasted into the address line (which you would do to forward an email to a group).

You can fix this by changing the format which Mailshot uses for names and addresses when they are copied to the clipboard.

Go to the Mailshot page of the Settings app (a shortcut is on the Settings button from the Support button in Mailshot), then disable the switches for “include names” and “use <>”, and enable the “; as separator” switch.

Now groups copied to the clipboard can be pasted into the address line of your forwarded emails in Outlook.

ShotList increases its support for accented characters.

A user reported that they were unable to save XLS files to Dropbox, on investigation this was because their project name contained some accented characters (due to an issue with a third-party Excel library.)

The latest update to ShotList (9.6) includes a fix for this problem.

This follows recent updates to support the latest device screen sizes and iOS versions.

 

 

MailShot 7.0 Released

A new version of Mailshot has just been released today, adding support for iOS 12, and the new screen sizes on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max. (It remains compatible with iOS 11.)

A new option in Settings also adds the ability to place groups in the Cc: line, if you wish.

And don’t forget to try the recently-added options which allow you to add a signature or unsubscribe link at the bottom of your emails, and a few new format options when copying to clipboard.

Adding an “Unsubscribe” link for MailShot

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I get asked occasionally if it would be possible to insert an “Unsubscribe” link in Mailshot emails, as this is the polite thing to do if you think someone may not want to continue receiving your emails,

It would not be possible to do this automatically (both because Apple does not permit a different email to be sent to each person, and because Mailshot runs entirely on your device rather than on a server somewhere.) but I have devised a workaround to place an “Unsubscribe” button on all your group emails…

1) Copy this string:

Click <a href=”mailto:your-email@address.com? subject=Unsubscribe”>here</a>  to unsubscribe

2) Paste it into Notes, and replace “your-email@address.com” with your own address, then copy it again.

3) Go to the MailShot settings page (accessed from “Settings” on the Support button) and paste your edited string into the “Text” line (This text is added at the foot of every group email you send)

4) Enable “Add as HTML” on the line below. (This tells Mailshot to use HTML format)

Once done, this will place a link at the bottom of every group email sent from the Mailshot app, saying “Click here to unsubscribe”.  When someone clicks on the link, you will be sent an email with the subject header of “Unsubscribe”. On receiving this, you would know to remove the sender’s mail address from your Mailshot group.

TextShot updates

We have just released a new update for Textshot to roll together a few things we have added over the past few months.

  • Full support for iPhoneX screen sizes
  • Updated to use new contacts API, and iOS11-friendly features
  • Access all addresses for a contact, when their details are split across multiple address books.

Two more things to cover:

You can now swipe from the left of the screen to go back from most screens. This is useful as screens get larger, because it is harder to reach the top left of the screen

If you have both an iPad and an iPhone, you can now write an SMS on iPad and use your iPhone to send it to the phone system. To do this, enable “Text Message Forwarding” for your iPad on the Messages page of Settings on the iPhone.

As is usually the case, we use a staggered release, so this update will roll out to users over the following week.

Do more with MailShot

An update is being released for MailShot users this week, containing a number of new features to make life easier for our users. Here is a little about them, and how you might make use of them.

Place the group’s name in the subject line
Say your golf group is called “St. Margarets U20’s” that name will be placed in the subject line of any email sent to the group, so your contacts can see what the email concerns (you can still edit the title further, if you wish).

Enable “Group Name”, in Settings > Mailshot.

Add a text string at the bottom of each group email.
This text will be added above the signature line on every email you send through MailShot. This is useful to add something like “unsubscribe” instructions, or anything else you don’t want to include in your personal email signature.

Enter the text to use in “Text”, in Settings > Mailshot.  To ask the app to interpret this as HTML (for web links, or formatting) enable “Add as HTML” on Settings > Mailshot.

Place an address in To: when you place a group in Bcc:.
Mailshot can automatically place your own address in the To line of Bcc emails, so it is not left blank (which causes “Undisclosed Recipients” to appear on some email readers.)

Enter your address in “To:” on Settings > Mailshot.

You can also omit contact names  (With a change coming in the following update, this will allow you to also forward email from Outlook). And you can change which character is used between addresses, and to surround email addresses, and whether or not to include a carriage return when copying to clipboard. These tweaks are mainly for rare compatibility cases.

I hope you find these new features useful.