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.

 

 

 

Counting down with “One Day”

Our latest app, One Day, is now available on the App Store.

Sometimes there’s a special day that you just can’t wait for- it could be a wedding , a special anniversary, a party, the end of exams or medical treatment, the next Star Wars movie, or the holiday of a lifetime !

We help you count down the days to that special day, and share that excitement with friends as your anticipation builds.

  • Create repeating events (in weekly, yearly, and numerous monthly patterns)
  • Share directly to a wide range of social media and email
  • Includes iMessage app
  • At-a-glance view for your Today page
  • Events are automatically shared between devices

The app  is available in two versions. “One Day” lets you try it out for one event, and can be easily unlocked to add the features from “One Day Pro” which lets you track multiple events and customise each event with your own images.

If you need assistance, just drop me a line from the “Email Us” button on the Settings page  (a cog icon, in the top left corner of the app)

one-day-proOne Day Pro works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS 10 or later, and is available now on the App Store.

one-dayOne Day works with all iPhones and iPads running iOS  10, and is available free on the App Store. It can be upgraded later through an in-app purchase to add more events, and custom images.

TextShot updated to 1.6

We have just released a new update for TextShot, our app for group texting and sending preset messages to text groups. This update improves support for larger-screen devices on the manual-entry screen, and adds a few other minor improvements.

As always, if you have any issues or problems please drop us a line from the Support button on the title page of the app.

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TextShot Pro works with iPhone 6s, 6, SE, 5s, 5, and 4s, and is available now on the App Store. It is not restricted by number or size of groups, although your mobile provider may impose their own service limits.

TextShot IconTextShot Lite works with iPhone 6s, 6, SE, 5s, 5, and 4s, and is a free download on the App Store, that creates up to 2 groups with up to 4 contacts per group.( An in-app purchase removes those restrictions.)

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.

New edition of FAQ released, with Markdown support

MarkdownWe are happy to announce the release of “FAQ Markdown Email Composer“.

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This special version of our FAQ app is optimised to support the increasingly-popular Markdown text markup notation, allowing formatted text,  lists, code samples and embedded weblinks in your emails.

FAQ is a unique app that stores all the bits of text you use most often in your emails- opening phrases, answers to the questions you get asked most often, and closing phrases, along with any images and diagrams you may need. This allows you to create the perfect email in reply to a common question in just a few seconds- ideal for customer support, or handling questions from students or group members.

The new version interprets all Markdown formatting in your text, and includes the ability to easily preview your marked-up text.

FAQ will continue to be available in both versions- FAQ and the Markdown edition, so you can choose the one which suits you best.

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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.

Welcome to our first 10,000 MailShot Users.

We have just heard from Apple that over 10,000 people are now using MailShot after its first few months on the App Store. We hope you are all finding the unique way you can send mail to groups from within your applications useful, especially with the new features we just added in our most recent update. You will find that it is an app you can continue to benefit from, month after month.

We always love to hear from you. Please get in touch to tell us how you are using MailShot, to request features you’d like to see, or to ask for advice or help with a problem.

We have just produced a comprehensive User Guide, so take a look if you haven’t seen it yet, you are bound to learn something. You can also still find advice and many answers to the most common user questions on our support page.

It’s great to see how MailShot continues to grow, and we plan to continue to support it with updates in the future (we have updated five times already!). Much of our success so far has come from people spreading the word through social networks and forums and contributing reviews to the App Store.  Many thanks go out to all those that have done this, it’s always appreciated. If you haven’t, please review us if you get the chance, as all the great reviews we have received so far are harder to find when we put out an update.

Thanks again. We hope it won’t be too long before we are welcoming the next 10,000 users.