MailShot 1.13 Live on the App Store

A new update has just been released for MailShot on the App Store which should bring greater mail server compatibility for many people. To find out more about MailShot please visit its page here.

Meanwhile here is our handy guide for people updating from the first version:

It is a good idea to first delete your existing MailShot groups from your address book using the Contacts app. (Delete from Contacts and not MailShot, then you won’t need to rebuild them all in MailShot.)

You may find the quickest way to find them all is to search for “MailShot” in the contact search bar.

We delete the old contacts because we need to rewrite each contact group from MailShot to benefit from the update. to do this simply select each group in turn in MailShot and press UPDATE to rewrite it in your address book.

You will notice some changes in appearance of the MailShot groups – the first person in the group will now show the group name (or a version of their email address if you send from Contacts) in the email header. This change was necessary to increase compatibility for different mail servers as your message travels around the internet.

Generally we would now suggest that you should use Mail, or the many other apps that use its code, in preference to Contacts. MailShot has now been optimised for Mail because there are so many unique tricks you can do with it that you can’t do from Contacts, such as forwarding a mail direct to a group or using BCC to protect privacy.

You may find Contacts still works for you, in which case fine. If this changeover causes you a problem compared to before, please drop us a line and we’ll consider adding a switch for “contacts-only” behavior in a future version.

Another change is that the title screen now has buttons to reach this website for user support, and to make it easy tell people about the app by email or rating us on the App Store. If you enjoy MailShot please spread the word, but if you have a problem, please tell us and we’ll do our best to help. We have put lots of helpful information on our Support Page for you.

One last word is just to thank our “Test Pilots”, who helped test the app before release. Cheers guys (and girls.)

Suggestion Box update now on the App Store.

I know it’s been all “MailShot, MailShot, MailShot” around here for the past few weeks, but an updated version of our previous product, “Suggestion Box” has just gone live on the App Store.

It is an idea generator, intended for use as a rehearsal aid for improvisers and drama students. Uniquely it allows you to combine suggestions onscreen, and to customise the suggestion lists for your needs.

The update adds 20% more suggestion-y goodness, particularly in the “Objects” and “Emotions” categories.

MailShot version 1.1 is in test.

The next version of MailShot is coming very soon.

It features greatly increased compatibility with a range of mail servers, which will help a number of people who contacted us for support on this in the past week (thanks to all of you for your involvement.)

We cover the issue in more detail on our support pages, but if you should experience issues sending to your MailShot groups (such as server error messages, or certain people unable to “reply all”) on your system, please try using the Contacts app to send your group mail if you can, just as a temporary measure until the free update is available.

Welcome to our first 1000 users

I see from Apples’s stats pages that we got our first 1000 MailShot users last Thursday, in just under a week. Welcome to you all, and I hope you find MailShot as useful as we think you will.

If you like it, do please spread the word, if you have any problems or suggestions then please let us know and we’ll try our best to help.

App Store Reviews

There are a few reviews coming in from our first week on both the largest App Stores, so I will show them here, as its tricky to see reviews from other territories. I’ll also take this opportunity to respond to the one negative one I saw posted.

If you have a problem with getting the app up and running, do please check out our support pages, they are there to help you. If that doesn’t work, do please get in touch so that we can help you, rather than just posting a negative review. We are always happy to help.

Also, if you find MailShot as useful as we think you will, please do spread the word by rating or reviewing it in the App Store, it is much appreciated. Our heartfelt thanks go to those that have already done so.

US Store

Mailshot  *****
by sportsdave

A life saver….i use my IPad extensively for email when not at home. Unfortunately I could not add “groups” to my contact list on the IPad. How frustrating!

Then I found Mailshot and my problem was solved. it is a very easy application. I now have more than 15 email groups, ranging from 5 addresses to 30. It is awesome.

Another loser app *
by Ldz

You must have written the only review. The free does nothing but create a group. Doesn’t show up in mail when sending mail.

PJ>
I included this here as it may help others to show what this guy did wrong. Unfortunately we cant respond to reviews in the App Store to help him. Two possible things fit his symptom from his short description. Either

a) He is looking in the wrong addressbook when he looks for the new contact- He should use “All Contacts”, or just start typing the MailShot group name into the “To” field and it will show up.

or b) He isn’t pressing UPDATE to write the contact group to his address book.

Hopefully the walkthrough I have now added to the support page will help others like him.

Finally! *****
by pinki101

Don’t know what the previous reviewer did wrong. This groups issue has been one of my biggest frustrations with the iPad. I just created a trial group, and tested it from the mail program. Worked perfectly.

The group also shows up in my contacts from the contact app. I can now get rid of all my other apps that have less elegantly tried to deal with this shortcoming in the mail and contacts apps. Thank you!

Now all I have left to complain about is Flash.

UK Store

It’s grrrreat!  *****
by Big Tithe

The best thing since sugar-coated cornflakes. Seriously, it’s that good, I was left wondering why it isn’t standard functionality. A must have!

Brilliant App *****
by Tim Scotland

This is a brilliant app and just what the iPad was waiting for.

It enables you to create Groups in your Contacts list and access these from within the iPad’s email app. The Groups appear in your Contacts list as a single entry (say ‘Family’), but contain multiple email addresses. So, when you’re in the iPad’s email app, just select ‘Family’ from your Contacts list (remember, it looks just like a single email address in the contacts list) and your email will be sent to multiple recipients. Best of all, when you look at your sent mail, you’ll see all the recipients listed separately.

You can edit existing MailShot groups from the app – say adding or deleting members individually. The basic app is free to let you evaluate it for a few small groups, but an in-app upgrade (very reasonable) releases the full potential (up to 50 groups with up to 50 members per group). An absolute must-have.

MailShot- Support page enhanced.

Now that MailShot is on the App Store we have been receiving the occasional support email. I am very pleased to say that we have been able to help everyone out so far.

We added an illustrated walkthrough to our MailShot Support page today to help get people started, and a few more support questions and answers to the list, based on the questions asked in that first week.

Do check it out, but don’t hesitate to get in touch if you still need help.

MailShot approved for the App Store

MailShot gets early release ahead of press launch

Apple approved “MailShot” last night, and we will be launching to the press next week- Hurrah!

It brings email distribution lists to the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, so that you can easily email a group of friends or work colleagues without having to select them all individually from your contacts each time.

Even better, and unique, is that you can do this from pretty much any app on your device that has mail support, including You Tube, Google Maps etc.

It should be massive!

The first release is going to be free for the first few weeks, and will allow you to create a few groups of up to five contacts. An easy in-app upgrade boosts this to 50 groups of up to 50 contacts, which should be more than enough for most people. You can find it on the App Store from the link on the MailShot page.

MailShot is in submission

MailShot, our new app which I know that everyone who uses an iPhone for email will find indispensable, was submitted to the App Store today.

I’ll tell you more about it when it has been approved.

UPDATE: 20th Jan
I resubmitted it today, as a “universal” (i.e. iPad-friendly) app with enhanced support for different sync options under iOS4.

Suggestion Box is live on the App Store

Suggestion Box went live yesterday- Yay!

Here is the promo video I made to illustrate its features.


UPDATE: and I got my first review, a 5-star, without any funny
business required. Thank you “Pupslover”, whoever you are!

Suggestion Box approved for the App Store

Apple approved Suggestion Box, my first app, for the App Store over the weekend. I’ll be setting it to “available” when I return from my weeks holiday, so I have time to complete a promotional video for it and prepare press releases etc.

It’s a busy week for me, I am also hoping to have MailShot ready for submission before I go, so that it doesn’t get caught in the AppStore backlog over Xmas.