December 2018

Direct Mail now accepts PayPal

For many, PayPal needs no introduction. The online payment giant is now used by over 250 million people worldwide, and is a convenient and safe way to make online purchases. The new Direct Mail 5.5 update introduces full support for accepting payments via PayPal (in addition to credit card and the other payment methods already accepted). You can pay with your PayPal account when you create an account, purchase email credits, sign up for an Unlimited Plan, and more.

Your PayPal password and banking information are kept secure on PayPal’s website and are never seen by Direct Mail. When you choose to pay via PayPal, Direct Mail will automatically take you to a checkout page in your favorite web browser (e.g. Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) where you can complete the transaction. Upon completion, you are prompted to switch back to Direct Mail and continue on your way.

PayPal support is included in the latest update to Direct Mail. To update right away, simply choose “Direct Mail > Check for Software Update” from the menu bar at the top of your screen. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team.

Direct Mail is now available in German

Fantastisch! We are happy to announce that Direct Mail is now available in German. The app as well as online content like subscribe forms and the forward-to-a-friend features have all been translated. Our website and many of the most popular knowledge-base articles have been translated, as well. We hope this update makes Direct Mail even more accessible to our international audience and we look forward to rolling out additional languages in the future.

The German version of Direct Mail does not require a separate download. It is part of the Direct Mail 5.5 update, which can be obtained 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 can obtain the update after it has been approved by Apple.

New email clients available for design testing

Direct Mail’s built-in “Design Test” feature shows you pixel-perfect previews of your email in a wide variety of popular email clients. It is a handy tool to verify that your design will look great in all of the email clients that your subscribers use to read their email: Gmail, Outlook, iOS Mail, Yahoo Mail, and more. We recently expanded the list of supported email clients to include:

  • Apple Mail 12 Dark Mode
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone XR
  • iPad Pro 10.5″
  • Samsung Mail
  • Outlook for Android and iOS
  • Outlook 2019 for Windows
  • Gmail App on iOS

When you order a new design test, not all of these email clients are shown by default. To access the full list of email clients, click on the link titled “show more email clients”:

Retiring Sample Design Tests

In the past, a “sample” design test consisting of Outlook 2003 and Gmail was offered at no charge. In response to changes made by our design test service provider, we are discontinuing these sample tests.

If you’ve never used the design test feature and would like to see an example, check out the sample project that comes built-in to Direct Mail. Just choose “Help > Explore Sample Project” from the menu bar at the top of your screen. After the project opens, click the “Design Test” button in the toolbar, or choose “Window > Design Tests” from the menu bar.