I get asked occasionally if it would be possible to insert an “Unsubscribe” link in Mailshot emails, as this is the polite thing to do if you think someone may not want to continue receiving your emails,
It would not be possible to do this automatically (both because Apple does not permit a different email to be sent to each person, and because Mailshot runs entirely on your device rather than on a server somewhere.) but I have devised a workaround to place an “Unsubscribe” button on all your group emails…
1) Copy this string:
Click <a href=”mailto:email@example.com? subject=Unsubscribe”>here</a> to unsubscribe
2) Paste it into Notes, and replace “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your own address, then copy it again.
3) Go to the MailShot settings page (accessed from “Settings” on the Support button) and paste your edited string into the “Text” line (This text is added at the foot of every group email you send)
4) Enable “Add as HTML” on the line below. (This tells Mailshot to use HTML format)
Once done, this will place a link at the bottom of every group email sent from the Mailshot app, saying “Click here to unsubscribe”. When someone clicks on the link, you will be sent an email with the subject header of “Unsubscribe”. On receiving this, you would know to remove the sender’s mail address from your Mailshot group.
We have just released a new update for Textshot to roll together a few things we have added over the past few months.
- Full support for iPhoneX screen sizes
- Updated to use new contacts API, and iOS11-friendly features
- Access all addresses for a contact, when their details are split across multiple address books.
Two more things to cover:
You can now swipe from the left of the screen to go back from most screens. This is useful as screens get larger, because it is harder to reach the top left of the screen
If you have both an iPad and an iPhone, you can now write an SMS on iPad and use your iPhone to send it to the phone system. To do this, enable “Text Message Forwarding” for your iPad on the Messages page of Settings on the iPhone.
As is usually the case, we use a staggered release, so this update will roll out to users over the following week.
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.
As I am sure you’ve seen from the state of your overflowing inbox over the past few days, new European data protection laws are coming into force.
We have today released a new version of ShotList, our movie scheduling app, to allow larger ensemble casts. (TIP: The cast list can also be used for other things, such as specific equipment that may be needed for a shot)
A few weeks ago we released an update for MailShot and MailShot Pro, treating email addresses as mixed case again (after we discovered that a small number of email providers apparently ARE case-sensitive- this was a surprise even to us) and updates all the iOS calls used to newest standards.
And we are currently working on TextShot, our group texting app, to update it to use the latest iOS address book calls. This is expected for release in the next week.
We have recently updated two more of our apps to take advantage of iOS11 and the new iPhone X screen.
One Day is designed to help you count down to just the most important days in your life- a gig, a holiday, the end of exams, or a wedding or birth! The new update also allows you to swipe from the left side of the screen to go back through the app, making it easier to use on larger screens.
FAQ helps make repetitive email easier, by letting you store all text from sentences to multiple paragraphs, that you can assemble into the perfect email. We use it for all our customer support here.
Mailshot 6.0 adds support for iOS 11 and for the unique iPhone X screen, it also features a big graphical update (its third or fourth since launch.)
iOS 11 made changes which broke the sharing of links from Safari and multiple photos from the Photos app, and this update fixes those issues (and improves some others)
We should have an updated tutorial video in the next few days, but it was felt to be worth getting the new version out there for anyone lucky enough to get a shiny new iPhone X.
As usual, if you have any issues, or just want to let me know how the new version feels, please drop me a line from the Support button in the app, as that includes useful diagnostic information that will help solve any issues quickly..
UPDATE: Mailshot 6.1 has just been released, this fixes an issue when sharing video from Photos, and when sharing PDFs from the Mail app.