ShotList 6 Released

Shotlist title bannerWe have just released Version 6 of “ShotList“, the production stripboard app that helps filmmakers to break down scripts then track progress throughout their shoot.

This new version is a major graphical update, allowing many more shots per scene, with faster ways to add shots and scenes and duplicate projects, along with many other tweaks and improvements.

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the new goodies…

You can now store up to 26 shots and storyboards per scene (up from 6 in the old version.)

You can now rapidly duplicate an entire project. Tap “Manage” on the screen that lists your project names, and drag the project you wish to duplicate onto the red bar that appears.

90mmThe Details page can now show many more shots in a  swipe-able thumbnail strip. Swipe left or right to see all the shots (up and down in landscape mode.) Double-tap to toggle completion status on a shot, single-tap a shot to view it.

You can now see shots on the iPhone Details page in landscape mode, too.

You can add a new blank scene from the Details page, by tapping “+” on the menu bar. It will be inserted after the current scene.

 

The Gallery page now lets you view all the shots for your scenes as a collection.

The controls here have also changed a little, they now are:

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  • Tap a shot, to edit its details or storyboard image.
  • Double-tap a shot, to set or clear the completion status
  • Tap and drag a shot, to rearrange the shooting order.
  • Tap the “+” image to create a new shot
  • swipe up or down to see other scenes.

The shot page will now offer to create a new shot if you swipe past the last in the current scene

Scene lengths are now shown as pages and eighths throughout- not as irregular fractions of eighths of a page.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The change in number of shots meant that a new file format was required.

Although the new version can read both new and old file formats, old versions of Shotlist cannot read the new format, so be sure to update all of your devices at the same time.

As always, both complaints and compliments are very welcome. Let us know if you experience any problems, using the Support button on the title page of the app, and we will do our very best to help.

roundedShotList works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini running iOS6.1 and above. It is available now on the App Store.

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MailShot Celebrates A Milestone With A New Update

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To celebrate gaining over a quarter of a million users for our MailShot apps, we are proud to announce a new update to version 3.2 of  MailShot Pro and MailShot, bringing enhancements for iOS7 and a new Automatic Sort feature.

To all those of you who have rated and reviewed the app, or spread the word to others about it. Thank you so much, we love you all, and if you find MailShot useful, we would really appreciate it if you could update your rating or review, so they can more easily be seen by people searching on the App Store.

UPDATE: An issue with restoring upgrade status in the new release, and a less-critical issue with sorting, were both fixed by a rapid update, 2 days later. Please ensure you have the latest version- 3.2.4

Here’s what has changed with this update…

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The title page, icon and graphics have now been updated for iOS7, bringing a fresh, clean look to the app.

Group Naming

In the previous versions, email sent from the first person in a MailShot group might appear to have been sent from the group in iOS7 Mail.

This is now solved in the update. After updating the app, just tap the “UPDATE” button on each group.

Automatic Sort

We have now added an Automatic Sort feature, which sorts your group whenever you add a contact. This feature is enabled on the “MailShot” page of the “Settings” app.

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We added this feature because we were surprised how many users contacted us after we moved the sort button in a previous update.

Thanks again. As usual you can find help in the User Guide and on our Support Page, should you need any further assistance, please drop us a line from the ‘Support’ button in the app itself, as that will tell us a little about how your device is configured, which will enable us to help you more efficiently.

MailShot 3.0 Brings A Fresh New Look.

mailshot 3.0 updateWe are delighted to announce the release of MailShot Pro 3 and MailShot 3, which brings a fresh new lick of paint and some exciting features that our users have asked for to the world-beating Group Email app, now used by over 230,000 people.

As usual, this will be a free update for our existing users.

EN_i5_contactsWe now have a new cleaner, flatter look, designed to fit with iOS7 (although you don’t require iOS7 to run it.)

A fantastic new feature is the ability to rapidly add a list of contacts, by pasting a string of addresses and contacts into the app.

You can read more about how to use this feature here in the User Guide, and you can also find a number of helpful hints and tips on how to extract email addresses as strings from received email, spreadsheets etc.  here on our Support Page.

You can now easily duplicate a group. Tap “Edit” on the page where your groups are listed, then use the icons that appear on the right to drag a group onto the red bar at the bottom of the list to duplicate it.

And there are a couple of other changes that it may be useful for our existing users to know about…

Context sensitive buttons. To simplify things for new users, buttons for selecting and deselecting multiple contacts, and entering edit mode, are now only shown when relevant. Note that the automatic “sort” function IS still available,  just tap the the “Edit” button on the contacts page to access it.

Manually-added contacts are no longer highlighted in red. This had obviously been confusing people, as we received a number of support questions about it. Now a contact will only appear in red if it was originally added from your address book, but is no longer found there.

A new search bar on the contact checklist lets you search on first name or email address, and only shows matching contacts. (we will add a search on company name in the next update, after requests)

The size of each group is displayed more simply on the groups page. It now shows just the size of the group, and will only show two numbers (such as “14 of 16”) when some members of a group are deselected.

There were also a number of other improvements:

• More tutorial information links within the app.
• Improved diagnostic information in the support request email.
• New share options to tell your Twitter and Facebook friends about the app.
• Updated to ARC and Modern Objective C standards.

We hope you enjoy the new features. Please let me know of any issues you spot, and we’ll do our best to help. If you wish to get in touch, please use the “Support” button on the title page of  MailShot. Our Support Page and User Guide are also there, as always, to help.

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MailShot Pro works with iPhone 5s thru 3GS, iPod touch and iPad mini, and is available now on the App Store.

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MailShot works with iPhone 5s thru 3GS, iPod touch and iPads and is available as a free download that creates up to 3 groups with up to 5 contacts per group. An in-app purchase removes all restrictions.

FAQ 1.4 makes email easier.

bannerFAQ Email Composer“, our brilliant app that helps you rapidly create custom emails, hits the App Store with a new update today with a few tweaks, including easy duplicating of entire topics (and a fix for a small issue in the Markdown-compatible version)

You should give FAQ a try, it’s not just us saying that it’s great- there may only be a few reviews so far on the store, but ALL of them are 5-stars. As any new release bumps them off the front page of the App Store, and you can’t see reviews from other territories, here are a selection for you…

Just TOTALLY AWESOME I searched for months and bought other apps before finding this jewel! If you need signature blocks and “boiler plate” email responses… This is the app you are looking for! This app is the best!!!  UH60Av8or, US ★★★★★

Great App I use this for our non-profit and have different topic areas for things you send out a lot…meeting and event reminders, sales items and event details. Group this with MailShot and its two clicks to send the same message to my entire organization. -KC008, US ★★★★★ 

A VERY useful app Any time you find yourself sending “boiler plate” responses in your business, you will find this app to be a big time saver. In addition, I am impressed by the author’s quick response to customer support issues. (And by the way, those issues were with my learning to use the app -not the app itself.) This app is well worth the price.Larry Costner, US ★★★★★

Read on for lots more reviews  Continue reading “FAQ 1.4 makes email easier.”

ShotList 4.2 available on the App Store

shotlist4.2Today we are releasing version 4.2 of ShotList, our popular app that aims to bring a full production stripboard, and more, to your mobile device, allowing movie and video makers to organise and track their shoots on the go.

shotlist printsThis update fixes a nasty crash bug on the shots pages, and adds two new report pages to the PDF and print options-  a List Of Characters, and a List of Locations.

The Character list also contains information on how many, and exactly which, days each character is required for filming. This should be helpful when costing your project, or creating a “Day Out Of Days” report.

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We have also included options to share a link about ShotList through Facebook, Twitter, Email or iMessage, using the “Share” button.

We do appreciate your support in spreading the word about ShotList in this way, or via reviews on the AppStore. It all helps us to continue to develop the app further.

If you need any help with ShotList, please see the User Guide or Support Page

MailShot now has over 150,000 users

Our popular Mailshot app now has over 150000 users. Thanks to everyone who has spread the word. Get in touch with us if you need any help

It was great to hear from Apple today that over 150,000 people are now enjoying the unique benefits of our MailShot apps.

I hope everything is going well for you all, and thanks for all your fantastic comments on the App Store, they really make a difference.

If you have any problems, please see our Support page or User Guide or get in touch using the “Support” button on the title page of the app. We are always very happy to help.

FAQ Email Composer 1.1- New Update (And A New Title)

We have just released an update for “FAQ“, our unique app that creates complete custom emails or text documents from your predefined text, in just a few clicks.

The new update adds iPhone 5 and iOS6 support, and the ability to duplicate entire topics, text and images. We have also retitled the app to “FAQ – Email Composer”- to give a clearer impression of what it does.

FAQ is great for customer support (and sees daily use here, answering user questions about our popular “MailShot” and “Shotlist” apps.) It is also fantastic for anything you may need to repeat often in email: such as instructions on how to reach your premises, boilerplate legal disclaimers, location details for grounds your team visits frequently, requests for donations, etc. It can really reduce the amount you need to use your device’s keyboard.

If you find it useful, as always, please spread the word. A review on the App Store is always much appreciated, especially after an update.