Xequte November News: MailList King v8.0 + Three More Updates

15 November 2008


In this Issue:

  • MailList King V8.0 Released
  • V8.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
  • DVD PixPlay V4.05 Released
  • Smart Pix Manager and MegaView V10.1 Updates
  • Program Tips
  • Removing yourself from this List
Dear Xequte Software User,
Earlier this year we conducted a survey of recent MailList King customers to determine which of our long list of potential features we should work on.  The results were very illuminating, and we were particularly surprised that - far and away - the most requested feature was a Web Form generator.  The ranked feature request list is permanently posted on our wall and we review it frequently.  As a result we have included both a Web Form Creation wizard and another popular feature (SMS sending) in our new release, v8.0.  Together with Outlook Contacts Synchronization (added in our last release), this means we've already implemented three of the top five requests with more to come.
We expect to conduct similar surveys for our other products in 2009.
This month we have gone all out with updates of our four main products.  Please review the details below and let us know if you have any problems.
Nigel Cross
Xequte Software
P.S.  If you find this newsletter interesting please forward it to your friends :-)  If it was dull perhaps you can email me some jokes to include next month ;-)
* MailList King V8.0 Released
MailList King allows you to manage and communicate with a mailing list from your own computer.  V8.0 is a major upgrade incorporating numerous enhancements with a particular focus on the top features requested in our recent customer survey.
Top Twenty Changes:
  1. Web Form Creation Wizard to make it easy to create subscribe, unsubscribe and other forms for your web site
  2. Send SMS messages to mobile phones via a SMS Web Service
  3. Import Windows Vista Contacts
  4. Many Outlook Toolbar improvements: Outlook 2007 ribbon toolbar, Contacts synchronization button, etc.
  5. Search for all recipients of any message you have sent
  6. In the Custom Recipients or Exclusions dialog you can select members from your mailing list
  7. Alphabetical toolbar in All Members mode for quick navigation
  8. Message Center now shows a graph of recent sending history
  9. Statistics dialog now offers a detailed sending history graph
  10. SMTP, SMTP Server and Outlook dialog now offers a "Send Test Message" function and the POP Settings dialog has a "Test Connection" button
  11. Import Contacts dialog is now a wizard
  12. Preview Message dialog now allows you to search for a particular recipient
  13. Now always "automagically" fixes the casing of contact names
  14. When personalizing messages with date fields (including custom date fields) you can choose the formatting of the date
  15. Improved styling of all acknowledgement messages and HTML export files
  16. Outlook messages can be dragged onto MLK to open them in the Message Sending dialog
  17. Open file function in address selection dialogs now supports columnar files such as Excel or CSV and undefined format files such as XML and HTML
  18. Now automatically sends messages individually for tasks with a small number of recipients
  19. Updated French, Spanish, German and Dutch processing strings
  20. Can now confirm member sending rights the first time a member attempts to send to your list
More Info and Evaluation download: http://www.xequte.com/maillistking/download.html
* V8.0 Upgrade Information and Offers
V8.0 is a free upgrade to all users who purchased a license or upgrade after July 1, 2008.  Everyone who qualifies should already have been emailed a new serial number (e-mail us if not).
Other registered users can upgrade at:
Also, to make upgrading easier we are providing an extra 20% off for five days.  For details go to:
 Note: This offer is only available from this link and expires at midnight, November 20, 2008.
* DVD PixPlay V4.05 Released
DVD PixPlay allows you to create slideshow discs from your digital photos and videos for playback on DVD players and computers.  V4.05 adds some important features and fixes a number of issues.
Top Five Changes:
  1. New function to automatically stretch the display time of selected frames to match music file(s)
  2. Can now specify a stationary display time for images when using motion effects
  3. Multiple slideshow wizard now includes an option to add a "Play All" button
  4. Added many keyboard shortcuts in the Title Page editor
  5. Much faster at burning subsequent disks when using DVD format
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/pixplay/
(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v4.*).
* Smart Pix Manager and MegaView V10.1 Updates
Smart Pix and MegaView allow you to manage and view your multimedia, documents and digital image collection.  V10.1 is a minor update that addresses a variety of issues in v10.
Smart Pix Manager:
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/smartpix/
(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v10).
More info and download:  http://www.xequte.com/megaview/
(Simply install the new version over your old one.  No new key is required if you are already using v10).
* Program Tips
- MailList King: Search for all recipients of any message you have sent
We've added a powerful new recipient search option, "Recipients of Message".  Now you can search for all recipients of any message you have sent.  You might use this to send a follow-up message to the same recipients, or send a different message to recipients not included in an earlier sending.
- MailList King: Send SMS messages to mobile phones
In V8 we have added support for sending of SMS messages to mobile phones.  MLK needs to connect to a web-based SMS Delivery Service for delivery, this allows sending to mobile phones anywhere in the world without the complications related to local variations between mobile phone providers.  We have added a FAQ to help you with the set up:
- DVD PixPlay: Timing your music with your Frames
Firstly, if you simply want to automatically stretch the slideshow display to match the length of the background music use the "Automatically stretch the slideshow to background music" option.
However if you need much more control over your timing you can use the "Align to Frames" function.
Let's say you have two songs named "Song_A" and "Song_B" and six frames named "Photo_1" to "Photo_6". You want each song to play for three frames.
1. Go into Edit > Slideshow Properties, Background Music tab.
2. Select Song_A and click "Align to Frames"
3. Choose "Photo_3" and click OK
» Song_A will now play while Photo_1, Photo_2 and Photo_3 are showing
4. Select Song_B and click "Align to Frames"
5. Choose "Photo_6" as the "Align to Frame"
6. Specify "Photo_4" as "Don't stretch frames prior to" (so the display times up to Photo_3 are not changed)
7. Click OK
» Song_B will now play while Photo_4, Photo_5 and Photo_6 are showing
- Smart Pix/MegaView: Browsing Zips like normal folders
With v10 you can now browse Zip files as if there were normal folders, including the display of thumbnails for images in the Zip.  Check the relevant option under Tools > Options, Other to enable Zip browsing.  Your default password can even be specified.