July 2012

Importing Contacts from Daylite 4

Update: Direct Mail 3.4 now seamlessly integrates with Daylite 4.1! Please see this blog post for more information.

We continue to work with Marketcircle on integrating Direct Mail with Daylite 4. In the meantime, however, we wanted to share a way that Daylite 4 users can import their contacts into Direct Mail. This is not our final solution for integrating with Daylite 4, but it hopefully will help smooth the transition.

This solution requires Direct Mail 3.2 or newer.

How to Import Contacts from Daylite 4 to Direct Mail

Open Daylite and select the contacts you’d like to import to Direct Mail, like this:

Choose File > Export > Export People as vCards, like this:

Save the vCard in a place you can remember (like on the Desktop). Next, switch to Direct Mail and drag the vCard you just saved into the Addresses table, like this:

Direct Mail will ask you if you want to import the contacts. Click Import and Direct Mail will import your contacts:

That’s it!

What’s Next

Again, we anticipate this just being a temporary solution. Daylite 4 does not yet support third-party integrations, but as soon as they do, we will be ready with a great solution. Stay tuned!

Direct Mail 3.2 Brings Design Testing, Retina Graphics, and More!

As you might have heard by now, today marks the release of Apple’s latest and greatest Mac operating system: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. We thought we’d add to the excitement today by launching a feature-packed update to Direct Mail that we think you’re going to love (oh, and it’s ready for Mountain Lion, too)! The release notes hold the details, but we wanted to highlight two features that we’re particularly excited about: Design Testing, and brand new Retina graphics.

Design Testing

Direct Mail comes with a wide variety of templates that you can use to build your newsletters and announcements. We’ve tested these templates to make sure they look great in all of the popular email clients. However, if you have your own designs, or if you want to see how your modifications look in all the popular email clients, we have a great new solution for you: Design Tests.

Thumbnail view gives you an easy way to preview your message in over 30 of the most popular email clients, including mobile, web, and Windows clients.

Design Tests show you what your email looks like when viewed on a variety of popular email clients, including Windows, web, and mobile email apps. Use Design Tests to easily track down design problems, or optimize the length or style of your newsletter for the email clients that are popular with your subscribers.

Zoom in from thumbnails all the way to full-size screenshots of what your email looks like in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook, iPhone, Android, and more!

To use Design Tests, choose Message > Design Test from the menu bar, or click the Design Test button in the toolbar.

Retina Ready

We’ve made Direct Mail shine from top to bottom with crisp Retina graphics.

If you’re lucky enough to own one of the new MacBook Pros with Retina display, then you will love how Direct Mail looks on your screen. As Apple rolls out the Retina display to more Macs, Direct Mail will be ready!

Give Me The Goods!

Enough talk, already! You can grab this update (it’s free) by choosing Direct Mail > Check for Software Update from the menu bar. Mac App Store customers will have to wait a little longer while Apple reviews and approves this update.