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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new update for our popular video planning app, ShotList, adds the ability to import storyboards and other images directly from the Files app (so Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive and more) in addition to the Photo library.
(We also put a shortcut to Settings on the Support button)
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.
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.
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.