What’s new in Direct Mail 5.7

Our latest update to Direct Mail, version 5.7, is now available, and it includes some great new improvements that we’re excited to share with you. This release features several new template designs, full support for Apple’s forthcoming macOS 10.15 Catalina, faster cloud performance, improved undo and redo support, and new enterprise options.

New template designs

Direct Mail 5.7 introduces several new templates designs that work great for a variety of occasions. As we approach the holiday season, you may want to take a look the “Glimmer”, “Merry Pines”, and “Slopes” templates for inspiration. The new “Quattro” and “Silicon” templates are great for showing off new products and services to your fan base. You can find these new templates by opening Direct Mail and clicking the “Choose Template” button (in the Messages tab).

Ready for macOS 10.15 Catalina

Direct Mail is fully compatible with the new version of macOS coming out later this month. We recommend updating Direct Mail (and making sure you have a good backup of all your files) before you begin the macOS update process.

Faster cloud syncing

Direct Mail’s built-in cloud sync feature lets you access your data from any device, as well as collaboratively edit your messages, mailing lists, and more. In this month’s update, we are taking advantage of some network routing improvements to bring you even faster uploads and downloads, especially for our customers located outside of the United States. You should notice that changes sync across your devices a bit faster now. Of course, results may vary depending on your connection to the internet.

Improved undo and redo

You may have noticed that, in the past, it was possible to find yourself in a state where Direct Mail was no longer able to correctly undo or redo some edits you had made to your message—which could be a very frustrating experience. In this update, we have improved our undo and redo support so that you will always be able to edit with confidence, knowing the changes you make can be undone or re-done at any time.

Enterprise-level features

Direct Mail 5.7 introduces a number of new features designed to meet the needs of our customers in larger companies, including:

  • Support for single sign-on (SSO). Sign in to your Direct Mail account using your company’s existing SSO provider, instead of using a separate email and password.
  • Microsoft Exchange and Office 365 integration. Send emails using your company’s existing Exchange or Office 365 infrastructure. Import contacts from your company’s distribution groups.
  • G Suite integration. Send email using your company’s existing G Suite account.
  • Template sharing. Create and share templates via the cloud with everyone in your organization.
  • Policy enforcement. Manage settings that apply to all users in your organization (e.g. disabling unsubscribe links).

Please get in touch with our support team if you are interested in more information or a demo.

How to update

Direct Mail 5.7 is a free update for all users. For most users, the update will be downloaded and installed automatically the next time you open Direct Mail. If you want, you can update immediately by choosing “Direct Mail > Check for Software Update” from the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Customers who downloaded Direct Mail from the Mac App Store will need just a bit more patience, as we wait for Apple to approve and distribute the update.

Stamps updated for iOS 13 and iPadOS

Apple recently released their latest and greatest updates for the iPhone and iPad. Stamps, our mobile companion app to Direct Mail, is fully compatible and ready to take advantage of some of the great new features introduced in iOS 13 and iPadOS. Here’s a quick look at what’s new…

Dark Mode

One of the most striking new features is Dark Mode. Stamps looks great in this new dark theme, which has been integrated throughout the app. To use dark mode, you’ll need to turn it on system-wide in the Settings app. Tip: Did you know that you can set your device to automatically switch to Dark Mode in the evenings? Check out Settings > Display & Brightness > Automatic.

Context Menus

This power-user feature used to be available only on devices with 3D Touch, but iOS 13 and iPadOS bring it to everyone. Simply long-press on any row of data or message thumbnail to bring up a menu of shortcuts.

Multi-window on iPadOS

Starting this year, the version of iOS that runs on iPad has been re-branded “iPadOS” and enhanced with extra features exclusive to iPad. One of those new features is the ability for one app to have multiple windows of information on the screen at the same time. Stamps fully supports this feature, letting you do things like compare two campaign reports side-by-side. We’re looking forward to the increased productivity that this feature will unlock.

Drag and Drop

Drag and drop is another iPadOS feature that we have integrated throughout our app. You can drag items like email addresses, URLs, subscribe forms and more. These items can be dropped into email messages, the Notes app, new Safari windows, and other apps that support this technology.

We hope you enjoy the enhancements we have made to Stamps to make it a top-notch experience on iOS 13 and iPadOS. We look forward to sharing with you more Stamps updates in the future!

A new update, plus a sneak peek at what’s next

Here’s a quick update on what’s new, plus a sneak peek at some exciting improvements coming soon to a screen near you…

Direct Mail 5.6.2

Today we released Direct Mail version 5.6.2, and are encouraging all of our users to update. This release focuses primarily on bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements, but we made sure to sneak in a couple new features, as well.

We’ve added an easy way to share your great email content across popular social media platforms. You can now post your campaigns to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest via the “Share” menu in the toolbar.

Our Google Sheets integration has been updated to be more secure and easier to use. Direct Mail will now sign you in to your Google account via your web browser (e.g. Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) instead of asking you for your password.

This update will automatically roll out to your Mac over the next few days. If you want it right away, just choose “Direct Mail > Check for Software Update” from the menu bar at the top of your screen. Customers who downloaded Direct Mail from the Mac App Store will need just a tad more patience as we wait for Apple to approve the update.

A sneak peek at what’s next

We wanted to share with you a glimpse of some of the improvements in the pipeline for both Direct Mail and Stamps.

Direct Mail’s built-in template gallery is expanding! You will soon get access to several new custom designs, perfect for the holidays, events, promotions, and more. We can’t wait to share these with you.

Stamps, our companion app for iOS, is gaining support for new iOS 13 features announced earlier this month at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Stamps look great in Dark Mode, and support for new iPadOS features like multi-window, drag and drop, and context menus will enhance your productivity.

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What’s new in Direct Mail 5.6

The big news for today’s update is that Direct Mail is now available in three additional languages: French, Italian, and Spanish. This is in addition to the already-supported English and German languages. That is not the only news, however. This latest update to Direct Mail includes some additional improvements and bug fixes that, we hope, will make your life easier.

Export and Print Messages

Direct Mail can now export messages to PDF. This can come in handy in cases where you need to distribute or archive your newsletter in formats other than email. If you need to print your message, you’ll find that the printed layout is now much improved over previous versions.

To use this new feature, choose “Message > Export…” from the menu bar at the top of your screen. An optional toolbar button is also available.

Printable Campaign Reports

Direct Mail has always supported the printing and exporting of campaign reports. However, the printed report was limited in the amount of information it could display, and the layout did not make the best use of space available on the page. In this update to Direct Mail, we’ve given you more control over what information is included in the printed (or exported) report, and improved the layout to be more visually pleasing and useful.

To include additional information on your printed campaign report, choose “File > Print” from the menu bar, then click the “Show Details” button. The list of available sections will appear on the right-hand side of the window.

Stronger Passwords, iCloud Keychain Integration

We want to make it easier for you to keep your Direct Mail account secure. One of the best ways to do that is to make sure that your account password is both ① hard-to-guess and ② not used elsewhere. To help you with this, Direct Mail now automatically suggests a unique, strong password anytime one is needed (for example, when changing your account password or signing up for a new account). You don’t have to accept the suggestion if you don’t want to, but we recommend you do. Strong password are securely saved to your Mac keychain, should you need to look it up later.

If you have iCloud Keychain enabled, your Direct Mail account password will be securely synced to your other iCloud Keychain-enabled devices. This makes signing in to your Direct Mail account (including in our iOS app) a much smoother and safer experience.

Want to add additional protection to your Direct Mail account? Check out our support for two-factor authentication.

How to Update

The 5.6 update to Direct Mail will roll out to your Mac automatically over the next few days. If you’d like to update right away, simply choose “Direct Mail > Check for Software Update” from the menu bar at the top of your screen.

Direct Mail is now available in French, Italian, and Spanish

We are happy to announce that our latest update to Direct Mail has been fully translated into French, Italian, and Spanish. What’s more, our website, help documentation, and iOS app are now also available in these languages. They join the existing English and German localizations.

We are excited to bring a more native user experience to our international users, and hope this work makes it easier for even more people to enjoy what Direct Mail has to offer. No special configuration or download is necessary to use Direct Mail in your language of choice. Once you have updated to version 5.6, Direct Mail will simply use your Mac’s existing language settings.

If you have not yet updated to version 5.6, open Direct Mail and choose “Direct Mail > Check for Software Update” from the menu bar at the top of your screen.

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