Over 100,000 users for MailShot

Great to hear from Apple last week that MailShot Pro and MailShot now have over 100,000 users for their unique approach to group emailing direct from your favorite apps.

Its been lovely to hear from those of you who are finding it indispensable, and  thanks for all your support in the App Store- your reviews and ratings are always very much appreciated.

If you have any problems you can probably find the answer on our MailShot support page or User Guide and if you need any further help please do let us know on “support at solubleapps.com” and we’ll always be happy to do our best to assist.

MailShot Sails Past The 75000-User Mark

Its great to hear from Apple today that we now have over 75000 users of ‘MailShot’ and ‘MailShot Pro’ around the world. We’d like to wish a very warm welcome to those who have recently joined us, and its fantastic to see how word of mouth continues to build about the benefits of MailShot, month on month.

As always, if you have any problems at all please see our Support page or User Guide or drop us an email on support at solubleapps.com if you need assistance. We are always happy to assist.

MailShot Pro Sends Group Email Around The World

A new version of MailShot hits the app store today, adding support for French, Spanish and Chinese languages.

We are really excited to introduce MailShot Pro to a wider audience of French and Spanish speakers, and into China, one of the fastest-growing markets in the world. The worldwide reach of the App Store gives a small developer like us a global presence in markets that we simply couldn’t enter on our own.

You can now find localised support for MailShot in French, Spanish, Chinese and of course English.

This release also fixes an issue that a few users have experienced when naming their MailShot groups.

As always, if you find MailShot useful, a review on the App Store is always very much appreciated, as each new release tends to hide the fantastic reviews we have received so far.

ShotList 3.3 Released

A new version of ShotList, our app for planning and tracking movie shoots on the move is released today.

This new version updates DropBox to the newest API, and tweaks the stripboard layout for symmetry and readability.

It also fixes a crash bug when you edited scene data in a certain order in the previous release.

For more about ShotList, including a video, see our App Page on this site.

MailShot 1.62 Helps iOS 4.2.1 Users

Our new release 1.60 contained lots of great stuff, but some users on iOS 4.2.1 (and the Verizon-specific versions of that OS) experienced a problem that prevented the app from starting.

With the help of our users we have been able to resolve the issue, and Apple have kindly agreed to rush-release the new version containing the fix. If you experience a problem, be sure to update from the App Store.

NOTE: This update also adds the ability to disable the warning message that appears when you add more than 100 contacts to a group, so if your mail provider does not have that limitation, you can now disable the message from the Settings app on your device.

MailShot 1.60 Brings Larger Groups For Many Users

As thanks for helping us reach over 50000 users, and to celebrate our first year on the App Store, we have just launched another update to our popular “MailShot Pro” and “MailShot” group email apps, bringing increased group sizes and a number of other exciting new features.

NOTE: We recently renamed the in-app upgrade for the free version of MailShot to “MailShot Upgrade”, because a few users were confusing it with the “MailShot Pro” app, and were downloading (and being charged for) both. The upgrade still includes all the same great features as “MailShot Pro”.

New features in version 1.60 include:

More Groups.
The number of groups you can create in the upgraded and Pro versions has now been doubled, to 100.

TIP: Groups can be sorted into any order using the “Edit” button on the groups page.

More Contacts.
We have changed our address format, which will now allow you to address as many contacts as your ISP permits from the group contacts created in the new upgraded and Pro versions of MailShot. In many cases this is now 100 contacts.

We also added a warning when you exceed 100 contacts, which can be turned off in the Settings app.

NOTE: you can send to groups with as many as 500 contacts through Google Mail by connecting to it using the “Exchange” instead of the “Gmail” protocol, Here are the instructions. (For simplicity we suggest you don’t enable contact sync over Exchange if you don’t need it,  just enable it for email). Be careful of the daily limits on Google Mail.

Use MailShot group contacts from a Mac.

Contacts that you create in MailShot on your iOS device can also now be used from Mail on your Mac, too. Note that you will need to tap “update” on each group in the new version before using this feature.

See here on our support page for more on this.

Removing Someone From A Particular Email

You can now exclude a particular contact, or contacts, from a group before you send it.

Just tap “Cancel”,  save your email to drafts, then reload it again. You can now see all the contacts in the group by tapping on the address line, and can select and then delete them individually from the email.

See our support page here for more details.


Better handling of in-app purchases.

We now provide a clearer indication to users when an in-app purchase is successfully processed.

A “Restore purchases” button on the title page also enables you to restore a previous upgrade to a new device without any fear of being charged twice.

Importing MailShot groups back into MailShot.
Attempting to add a MailShot-created contact will show a list of the contacts it contains, for you to select contacts from.

You can use this feature:

  • To combine groups into larger ones
  • To import and manage a MailShot group someone sent you
  • Or to rebuild groups in MailShot after a backup failure or similar disaster.At a pinch you could use this to manage a group from more than one of your devices, though it is not recommended for that purpose (TIP: if you do try this, use a different name for the new group on your second device to avoid deleting or overwriting the original group)

Note that this feature can’t name the first contact in a group, as that isn’t stored, but it will restore their email address.

*TIP: You can easily share a MailShot group contact to someone else using the “Share Contact” button in the Contacts app- they don’t need to have MailShot installed to use it themselves on an iOS device or mac. (though they’ll need to store the MailShot contact in an address book which isn’t synched with Exchange,  iCloud is fine for this)

Add contacts from a button.
There is a new “+” button provided at the bottom of the page that lists contacts in your groups. This allows you to easily add a single contact to a long list without needing to scroll all the way to the bottom of that list

If you have any questions, problems. or suggestions please check out our support page or drop us a line on support@solubleapps.com. We are always more than happy to help. We also run a mailing list which sends updates like this out to you every few months, simply send the word “Subscribe” to mailshotlist@solubleapps.com, and we will add you. You can unsubscribe at any time.

We hope you find the new features useful, and as always we really appreciate it if you can take the time to review MailShot on the App Store, or update an older review, as all of our fantastic reviews  are moved from  the main page whenever we update, and we depend on your reviews to keep developing MailShot. Here are links to the App Store for “MailShot Pro” and “MailShot” to make it easier for you to review us. As always, many thanks for those that do, it means a lot to us.


MailShot Sails Past 50,000 Users!


It’s great to hear that we have just passed another milestone for “MailShot Pro” and “MailShot”,  with over 50,000 users now enjoying our unique group email solution via the App Store.

We are celebrating with a new free update for both versions within the next few weeks, bringing larger groups for many users, better handling of in-app purchases, and more in-app help and error detection. We’ll let you know more about it when its available.

Thank you all for spreading the word about MailShot to others, its great to see how it has steadily grown more rapidly each month, and much of this has been by word of mouth.

If you need any assistance with MailShot, please see our support page or drop us an email,  we’ll do our best to help you.

Whats In A Name?

The in-app upgrade for MailShot has now been renamed to “MailShot Upgrade” on the App Store.

This is to avoid confusion, as a few users were downloading the full-price “MailShot Pro” app believing they had already bought it, when they had in-fact upgraded “MailShot” in-app. As the App Store regards those two items as different things, this would result in them being charged twice.

With the in-app upgrade, “MailShot” still has all the same great functionality of “MailShot Pro”.

Welcome To Our First 40,000 MailShot Users

Apple tell us that we now have over 40,000 users of our unique “MailShot Pro” and “MailShot” group emailing apps. We hope you all have a great time with it, and it’s fantastic to see it growing so quickly by word of mouth.

If you enjoy its unique approach, a review on the App Store is always very much appreciated. If you experience any problems at all with MailShot, please come visit our support page, we are always happy to help.

If you find MailShot useful, you may also be interested in FAQ our new Email Composer app that takes the drudgery out of email- its great for storing and supplying information to your customers, users, or students.

You can read more about it on the FAQ app page here.

ShotList 3.0 Hits The App Store

Version 3.0 of “ShotList”, our app for planning out your movie shoots scene by scene, arrives on the App Store today with a number of new features requested by our users- including easier navigation from strip to strip in your project, and a great new way to find all your scenes that match a particular criteria.

Fast Move Between Strips
You can now move directly between strips  from the Details page by swiping up or down with one finger, this moves to the previous or next strip in your current shooting order.

Accessing Notes
You can now edit or view notes by tapping them, just like the other panels on the Details page. On the Notes page you can scroll forward and back with a swipe, or tap to activate hot links for phone numbers or web addresses.

To edit notes, tap the button at top right.

Returning To The Stripboard
When you return to the Stripboard page from the Details page, the strip you were editing will flash briefly in blue to help you locate it.

Show Notes In Oneline Schedule.
You can now output notes with the oneline schedule if you wish. Simply enable the slider for “Include notes”, and any notes that exist for a strip will be added to the schedule output. We also fixed a bug where the total number of pages wasn’t displayed correctly for each day.

Filtering Scenes By Character, Location Or Time Of Day.
This will select all strips that match a chosen set of conditions. You can select combinations of characters, location, time of day or setting (interior, exterior, I/E or greenscreen). All strips that match are selected- ready to move or duplicate, or simply to review.

This allows you, for instance, to easily find “All scenes that involve your lead actor at night”,  “All scenes with your star and co-star together” or bring up “All daytime scenes at the BEACH or BEACHHOUSE locations”.

This is a great help when you have intially broken down the script and want to sort by location etc. to start planning your shoot and group similar scenes together. Once the shoot is underway it also provides a quick way for you to identify scenes that may need to be rescheduled when a problem occurs, such as losing a certain actor due to illness or injury. Continue reading “ShotList 3.0 Hits The App Store”

How “FAQ” Helps You Communicate.

We have just created a video to tell you all about FAQ, our brand new “email composer” app to help with repetitive tasks like Customer and User Support. It can also help when communicating with colleagues, team members, congregations, students, pupils or any other groups you may often repeat the same information to.

In the video we explain how FAQ works, and then show you how it can be used to answer a customer email with just a few clicks. FAQ is now available on the App Store