MailShot 5.0: iCloud Sharing Between Devices

We are excited to announce the release of MailShot 5.0, a major update which uses iCloud to share group data, so groups can be edited and used across iPad and iPhone. It will also simplify the restoring of group data when you upgrade or reset your iOS devices.

NEW IN 5.0:

  • Synchronise groups between iOS devices.
  • Groups are automatically sorted in alphabetical order.
  • Group members are now sorted by SURNAME.
  • Can import members of one MailShot group into another.
  • Larger checkmark and (i) button targets, making them easier to tap.

TIP: Some of your devices may contain out-of-date copies of your groups: Start by updating the app and running it on the device that contains your preferred versions, then update the rest. (Any differing group versions will have “_2” added to their name. You can then choose to rename, delete or merge any conflicting versions.)

Alternatively- update and run the app on the device with your preferred versions first, then delete and reinstall the app on your other devices. (this will share just the preferred versions of your groups to your devices)

We hope that you enjoy this free update. To ensure we can continue to support and improve MailShot, I would really appreciate if you could please rate and review the app on the App Store (our old reviews are hidden every time we update, so renewing an old one is still very helpful.)  A link to rate on the App Store is provided from the title page of the app.

If you need any further help, please see this page: iCloud troubleshooting

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Also available:

MailShot 1024rMailShot works with iPhone  6S+, 6S, 6+, 6,SE 5S, 5c, 5, 4s, iPod touch, iPad, iPad Pro and iPad mini, and is available now on the App Store as a free download that can create up to 3 groups with up to 5 contacts per group. An in-app purchase removes those restrictions.

No recurring subscription is necessary with either version.

 

ShotList 8.0 released

 

A new update has just been released for “ShotList” our popular iOS production strip board app which helps you organise movie and video shoots and track progress throughout the day.

Version 8.0 includes support for:

More shots per scene the limit has been increased from 26 to 52 shots, at a few users’ request.

Tweaks and fixes ensuring you jump to correct place on the gallery screen. Increasing the size of the Notes box to fill the screen on iPad Pro etc.

Updated for latest APIs to maintain compatibility, and ensure we benefit from any optimisations Apple make

The minimum iOS version now supported is iOS 8.0

roundedShotList works with any iPhone, iPad, iPad Pro or iPod touch running iOS 8.0 or above, and is available now on the App Store.
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MailShot update: send to multiple groups

Since the changes brought about by iOS9, a few users have asked for the ability to send or forward email to multiple MailShot groups more easily, so we have added this feature in a new update, released today.
On the page that lists your groups, tap “Multi”,  select your groups, then tap “Send”.

Obviously, any limitation imposed by your email provider on the number of email addresses per message will still apply, so MailShot displays a warning message if you try to send to more than 99 addresses.

As you add groups, the title bar of the app will change to display how many unique addresses you currently have selected.

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You can also use Multi selection in the new MailShot share extension, introduced a few weeks ago, which allows you to share documents, photos and weblinks directly to MailShot groups.

The function to change the ordering of groups has been relocated. Select a group, tap “More”, then “Sort Groups”, you can now change their order with the grab handles that appear.

NOTE: Occasionally users report a problem when apps are updated through the App Store. If you are unable to start the app following an update, please turn your device off and restart it (you should see a white Apple logo) then run MailShot again.

You can read all about the new iOS9 features on our iOS 9 page, or find the answers to more general questions on our Support Page. As always, if you have any problems, please drop me a line from the “Support” button in the app.

If you would like to help us to continue to develop MailShot to make the best of iOS9, a new or updated review on the App Store would be very welcome, as all our reviews and scores are reset every time we update the app. (A shortcut for this is provided from the “Rate” button in the app.)

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MailShot Pro works with iPhone 6S+, 6S, 6+, 6, 5S, 5c, 5, 4s, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini, and Pro. It is available now on the App Store.

 

 

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MailShot works with iPhone 6S+, 6S, 6+, 6, 5S, 5c, 5, 4s, iPod touch, iPad, iPad mini and Pro. It is available now on the App Store as a free download that can create small groups. An in-app purchase removes those restrictions. No recurring subscription is necessary.

MailShot adds Share Extensions and Multitasking.

We have just released version 4.2 of MailShot, continuing our plan to optimise the app following the big changes that iOS9 forced upon us. This new update brings both Share Extensions and iPad MultiTasking.

Share Extensions- Share file attachments and links from apps.

You can now share files directly to a MailShot group from the “share” button, which appears in tens of thousands of apps. (Requires iOS 8 or higher)94Hnd

This “Share Extension” creates an email addressed to a group, containing the file. It can be used to share photos, documents, contacts, map locations, weblinks and many more items directly to a group.

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Use the “To:” and “Bcc:” selector to choose which address line you want the group placed on.

TIP: If you cannot see the MailShot icon, look for the “More” menu at the far right of the top icon row. You can  use this menu to enable it, and also to sort extensions into your preferred order, for easy access.

NOTE: If sharing is not behaving as expected from an app, try sharing to Mail and see if that gives a different result. If so, please let us know from the Support button in MailShot so we can investigate for you. (There are some known issues with sharing from iCloud Drive but we believe this is a problem in that app, as Dropbox and other apps cannot share the same files from it either)


iPad MultiTasking- Use MailShot alongside other apps.

This allows you to bring up MailShot in a second window on the right of the screen. To do this swipe from the righthand edge of the screen to bring up the multitasking window, then swipe from the top of the screen to choose the app you wish to use. On older iPads the second app will appear on top. On iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro the apps will appear side by side. (Requires iOS 9 and iPad Air, Mini 3, Pro or better )

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You can now address your email with similar ease to the old method, by popping up Mailshot, selecting a group and copying it to the clipboard, then pasting it to the address line in Mail.

You can read more about the ways to address email in MailShot on our iOS 9 support page or in our new tutorial video.

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We are continuing to work to make MailShot as great as it can be in iOS9. We are currently working on the ability to send to multiple MailShot groups at once.

New iPhone day: How to move to your shiny new device.

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Millions of people will be getting new devices today, and over the coming week… and some of them will want to know how to transfer their MailShot data across to the new device.

The easiest way to move to a new device is to restore from an iCloud or iTunes backup of your old device. This will move all app data and settings across, and MailShot will have all the groups from your previous device.

If you skipped that option when setting up your new device, you can wipe that new device from the General page of the Settings app, and choose the iCloud backup from your old device when you restore it.

If you can’t use this solution for any reason, Here is the support page article on how to move all groups from one device to another using iTunes.

Or, if you still have the special contacts which MailShot created for you in your address book, you can rebuild groups from them like this:

  1. Create a new MailShot group, with a different name
  2. Tap “+” and add the old MailShot-created contact from your address book.
  3. A list appears of all the members of your group, Select the addresses you wish to import from it using the checkmarks.

You can now name the new group to match your old one, by tapping “Edit” and then selecting the group name you want to change, on the page that lists your groups. Alternatively, use the Contacts app to delete the old group contact.

MailShot 3.1 Goes For Gold!

mailshot 3.1 updateVersion 3.1 of MailShot fixes a few things that showed up in our recent major update, and adds a few new usability improvements. It also changes the gold colours in the Pro version of the app and its icon to match the iPhone5s

  • Supports the new ID now used by Google CardDAV accounts.
  • Search now also checks organisation name and first 150 characters of notes (as well as contact name and email address)
  • Create address string without contact names, to fit more contacts into a shorter string. (Enable this option from the Settings app.)
  • Additional diagnostic information in support emails, making it easier for us to help you.
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  • Prevent creating a new group named just as an existing one
  • Reintroduce the ‘All’ and ‘None’ buttons (instead of circle and checkmark)
  • Add tutorials about the checkmark system, and search bar
  • “Scanning” message when searching contacts.
  • After several “Update”s, tutorial button stops appearing.
  • And more…

We hope you find this update useful. Let us know if you need any help, or have questions for us, from the ‘Support’ button in the app. You can also find most questions answered in the User Guide or Support Page

As always, we rely on your support to rate us on the App Store every time we update, as your older reviews become harder to find when we update. Thanks a million!

TextShot 1.1 is Now Available.

New update for TextShot group texting app adds ability to add phone numbers with custom labels from your address book.

Photo 417Version 1.1 of our TextShot group texting app has just been released, allowing you to add phone numbers that were marked with custom labels.

Tap the orange phone button on the menu bar to toggle the display of all phone numbers, not just those labelled as “mobile” or “iPhone”.

  • Groups size now shown in brackets, e.g. “(3)”, unless some are deselected, e.g. “(2 of 3)”.
  • Improved data included in support request emails.
  • “Text Preset” now used instead of “template” throughout.

The User Guide has also been updated with an illustrated step-by-step guide to creating your first groups and text presets, through to sending your first message.

As always, if you find TextShot useful, a rating on the App Store would be much appreciated to help spread the word. (You can do this from the Rate button on the title page.)

Our new app- “TextShot- Group Text Done Right”

textshot headerOver the past two years we have received a lot of requests from our many MailShot users asking us for a companion app to handle text and iMessages. So we are delighted to announce the arrival of TextShot on the App Store this week.

TextShot will feel very familiar to users of our popular MailShot app. Adding contacts to a group is handled in the app in all the same ways, with a very familiar interface.

Unlike MailShot, TextShot sends its messages from within the app, so we also took the opportunity to let you create and send your own preset text messages. Select a group, choose your text, then tap the TextShot logo to create a new message. It saves a lot of typing on that cramped mobile keyboard (and you can easily do it one-handed)

100322_N90_BOW_PF_#1Band_no_pings_FL_PHO-10-0110 001We expect the app to appeal mainly to iPhone users for sending SMS, but you can send iMessages to other iOS users from all iOS devices. TextShot doesn’t handle email.

TextShot is available on the App Store in two versions-

TextGroup Icon1024rTextShot Lite is free to try, but restricts you to two groups of up to four contacts, and two different text presets. It is upgradable with an in-app purchase.

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TextShot Pro removes all of those restrictions.

A Support page and User Guide are also available, and will be built up over the following days. As always, if you need any assistance please get in touch through the Support button on the front page of the app.

MailShot now has over 200000 users!

200000It was great to hear from Apple that there are now over 200,000 users of MailShot Pro and MailShot out there.

Welcome to all those who have joined us recently. We hope you are finding MailShot useful, and I’d like to personally thank the many of you who have taken the time to post your fantastic reviews on the App Store. We really appreciate it, and it helps us support the app.

As always if you have any problems at all you can find guidance, and help for most common issues, on our Support page or User Guide.

If you need assistance, we are always very happy to help. Please drop us a line using the “Support” button on the title page of MailShot, explaining any problem you are experiencing (this will also send us some diagnostic information that may help us assist you faster). We can resolve most issues fairly quickly.

ShotList And FAQ Feature In New Book (Special Offer!)

hhhtopIts great to see our ShotList and FAQ apps featuring in Taz Goldstein’s new book “Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone”. The book covers all stages of the filmmaking process, from script through to shoot (and after), with more than enough information to decide which apps and equipment are for you, and lots of useful tips and advice.

You can download the book from Amazon or direct from the publishers, who have also been kind enough to send us a 35% discount code to share with you. (Visit peachpit.com/hhh and enter “HHH” at the checkout). It is also available as a printed version.

The book also covers our unique FAQ app (which creates custom emails from reusable pieces) saying of it…

“FAQ was designed to be as productive as the people who use it, and for that reason it remains one of my favorite iOS utilities”

ShotList 4.0: New Version, New Features

Version 4.0 of  Shotlist is now released on the App Store.

This major new update adds a number of great features to Shotlist:

  • Print stripboard and details pages, via Airprint.
  • Shot details and notes for each shot in a scene.
  • Email .pdf updates of stripboard and details pages.
  • Import and export projects in a popular spreadsheet format.
  • Rearrange shot ordering with drag and drop.
  • iOS6 and iPhone 5 support

It also fixes a problem in the previous version when updating a project to Dropbox, and has various other optimisations to speed up data entry and navigation.

The Support page and User Guide are both being updated to reflect the new features.

If you encounter any problems please let us know by tapping the “Support” button in Shotlist, or using our support email address (shotlist at solubleapps.com) and I’ll look at it right away for you.

A lot has gone into this update and I hope you find it useful. If you do, a review on the App Store is always very much appreciated. Thanks.

Read on for more details of all the new features. Continue reading “ShotList 4.0: New Version, New Features”

MailShot 2.1 release adds iOS 6 and iPhone 5 support.

We have just released a new update to our popular MailShot Pro and MailShot group emailing apps to add iOS6 and iPhone 5 support, as well as a few other tweaks.

I hope you find the additions useful, please get in touch via the support button in MailShot if you need any help, or want to report a problem, and we’ll do our best to assist as always.

Support for iOS6 Privacy settings. If denied access to contacts, this explains that the user should allow MailShot access to contacts from the Privacy page of the Settings app.

Extended screen support. To show and select more contacts at once on iPhone 5.

Link email addresses across a series of address cards. This situation is much more common since iOS6 integrated Facebook contacts with your address books.

Improve handling of imported MailShot groups by removing extra quote marks, and retrieving the first contact name if we can. (TIP: This feature allows you to join MailShot groups together, or select a subset of a group to form a new group.)

Additional options on the Support button,  giving shortcuts to the User Guide and for emailing us, as well as to our MailShot Support page. Emailing us from the support button also includes configuration details for MailShot. This is the preferred way to ask for help, as that information allows us to solve your problems with fewer questions.

Prefer iCloud to store contacts when a choice is available, as users have had varying results with Exchange. This will only affect new users.

Reduced sound volume for sound effects (you can still turn them off with a slider in Settings>MailShot)

Thanks for your interest and support in MailShot and helping to spread the word. If you find MailShot useful, a refreshed review on the App Store is always appreciated, especially just after an update.