PlayRight- A Better “Hat”

Soluble has today released its newest app- ‘PlayRight’. A better way to choose teams for games, drama or improv performances which ensures every player gets a fair turn, and gets to play with a good mix of other players.

Developer Peter Johnson, said “I went to an improv show where they were drawing player names out of a hat for each game, but they’d sometimes get mixed up and put names back in, or keep pulling out the same pairings of people. As I was surprised that I couldn’t find an app to do it better, I wrote one”

Add players, then select how many you’ll need for the next game. The app will track how many times each person plays, how long they’ve sat out for, and how many times they’ve played with each of the other players, then picks the best possible group for the next game.

If you want to include or exclude a player (perhaps they had asked to play a particular game? or two of the players don’t get on well?) you can move them into or out of the next game before announcing who will play.

Try it out as a free download with up to 4 players, a one-off purchase will upgrade it to remove the limit on player numbers.

You can find ‘PlayRight’ on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and M1 Mac, on iOS 15 and above.

MailShot 9.8: Search and M1 Macs

Our latest version of MailShot adds a “Search” feature, as requested by some of our users who wanted to be able to know which groups a particular contact was in.

Tap the Magnifying Glass at bottom right of the Groups page, and enter part of a name or email address to search for. You will see a list of the groups that string was found in, if any, and how many instances of it were found in each group.

The app also improves support for M1 Macs running iOS. Apple APIs do not allow addressing an email in the Bcc line on the Mac, and Bcc is really important for user privacy, so Macs now use “Alternative email app” methods by default, which allows Bcc.

GroupShot creates groups for Mail, (and works great alongside MailShot!)

We have just released GroupShot, which allows you to create and manage groups in your address book. This enables you to send or forward email to those groups right from the Mail app, just by entering the group name.

You can create groups from your Contacts, or import them from lists of names and addresses. But as we know many of our users will have both apps, we have also added the unique ability to import MailShot groups and turn them into address book groups, automatically making sure all the contacts are copied or created in the correct places.

Our two apps serve different needs- Mailshot is great if you have large groups of people that you don’t want cluttering up your Contacts. Whereas GroupShot is easier to use for sending and forwarding email, as you can do it right within the Mail app.

Try GroupShot out with a free trial period, on the App Store:

Mailshot Update 9.5

This is a small app update. A user wanted to be able to divide their Mailshot groups up into subgroups matching the size limits imposed by their email provider (typically 100, 50 or 25).

You could already divide into subgroups of 100, but now you can change the size of these groups to match your provider’s limit.

Enter your desired limit into the “Subgroup size” on the Mailshot page in Settings (the default is 100). Now when you select a group, tap “More…” and then “Split”, it will create a series of smaller groups of that size or less, and will rename the existing group by appending “-ALL” to its name.

Watch The Skies

Well, maybe not the skies… but watch for an announcement soon about the app we have been working on for the past few months.

This builds upon the success of our Mailshot app, and the knowledge that went into creating it, to provide a different approach that hides much of the complexities of email groups on iOS, which I am sure some of our users will be very excited by!

MailShot 9.2 Update: Using Alternate Email Apps

At its launch MailShot was built around the Mail system provided by iOS, and required the Mail app to be installed, with at least one email account configured.

In iOS14 Apple have added the ability to set a different email app as your default, so that web links etc. would call an alternate email app, such as Gmail, Outlook, Spark, Yahoo and others. Mailshot now supports sending email to your groups directly through these alternate email apps, instead of Mail.

How to use alternate apps

Set your desired email app as your default (typically from a setting on its own Settings page). Then enable “Allow Alternate Apps” on the Mailshot page, in Settings.

TIP: If you don’t have iOS Mail, MailShot will now attempt to use an alternative email app, irrespective of the setting of that switch.

Limitations and Differences

This feature relies on an internet-standard way of opening email apps, which has some limitations, compared to the old Mail-based system.

You can’t specify which default email account to use, so any “From:” line you set in Mailshot’s settings will be ignored.

You can’t include attachments from a share extension (such as documents, contacts or Photos) through alternate email apps, so Mailshot will offer to send via Mail, if you include attachments.

Note that you need to run the main app after making changes to Mailshot’s Settings, so the share extension can discover the changes.

Mailshot 9.1 Update- Save as .CSV

You now see a simplified menu when you tap a group name, focusing on the various send options.

Less commonly-used functions such as “Rename” “Duplicate” and “Print” can now be accessed by tapping the “More…” button.

This is also where you will find the new “Save as .CSV” feature, which I added as a result of customer requests. This will export your group as a .CSV file. The file this creates can be found in the “Mailshot” folder in the “On My iPhone” (or “On My iPad”) section of the Files app, from where it can easily be loaded into Numbers or other popular spreadsheet apps, or emailed to someone.

EditPoint 1.2 adds variable speed, Lockscreen controls and Dark Mode

The latest update for our EditPoint app, for marking up changes needed to audio files such as podcasts and radio shows, includes a few exciting additions…

You can now change the playback speed to skip through a file at up to 2x if you’re trying to refresh your memory, or locate something that was said. Tap the Speedometer to the right of the transport controls, and select the desired speed between 1.0 and 2.0. Small speed increases are subtle and don’t degrade the audio quality too much, anything over 1.4x gets quite glitchy, but may be useful to some of you.

The Lock Screen now shows playback controls for your file, and tapping the icon takes you directly to the app. It also now supports pausing and resuming from headphones or bluetooth devices without switching control to other audio apps.

We now also support iOS 13’s Dark Mode, which you can enable from the Control Centre.

Mailshot updates add iOS 13, Dark Mode, Print, and Drag and Drop Support

We’ve recently released a number of updates for MailShot, to add a ton of new features.

MailShot now supports the system Dark Mode on iOS 13. (This can be enabled from the “Display & Brightness” page of the Settings app, or the Control Centre.)

You can now print a list of the members of any group to an AirPrint-compatible printer, (tap a group on the Groups page, then select “Print”)

We have wound back the minimum iOS requirement for the app to iOS12, as a number of longstanding users found that the App Store would not let them reinstall to older devices.

And our next update (in a day or so) will bring Drag and Drop to iPad…

This will allow you to run Mailshot side-by-side with Mail, and simply drag a group across into the To: or Bcc: line of an email. See our Support Page for more details, or this video:

We hope you enjoy the updates.

EditPoint 1.0 Released

I am pleased to announce the launch of EditPoint, a brand new app for reviewing and marking up audio files.

I was amazed to find there seemed to be no app on the store that would let me listen back through a podcast I had been working on, and easily make notes of a glitch I had to fix, or a gap I should make longer or shorter, etc. whilst I was taking the dog for a walk, or travelling somewhere.

Once you have listened through, it is easy to make the changes to the file in an editing package later, as each marker comes with a timecode to mark where it is in the file. That list can be shared by email to another device (or colleagues, if someone else is doing the edit.)

This app will be invaluable for anyone working on Podcasts, Radio shows, audio drama, Ads, or any other audio production.


Editpoint requires a subscription to edit markers, but it is very reasonably priced, and has a 14-day free trial which you can cancel at any time at no charge. When unsubscribed you can still view the markers you placed whilst subscribed.

EditPoint is available on the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Pro- running iOS12 and higher.