Announcements

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.

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
  • T-Online.de

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.

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