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01.12.11         gadgetry  

Steno! - Custom Template, GPS Enabled Email for iPad & iPhone


Ladies and Gentlemen! I am pleased to announce my new App which I have affectionately named "Steno". While it has pretty much nothing to do with Stenography, it will greatly speed up how you create certain tedious emails. Many of you will be happy to know that it is iPad Native, (and was really designed to work on the iPad) but works fantastic on the iPhone and iTouch as well.

For those of you who have one of my Contract Maker Apps, you will immediately understand what this is and how it works, only instead of making contracts, this makes email!

Say you are a business owner who sends out the same basic email day in and day out, changing only a few things, perhaps a name, date or time, customer service number, code, link, address. Things of that nature.

Steno Allows you to store your template emails…..
….which hold placeholders where you want to swap out key variable information….
…when you are ready to write your email, select the template, variables and recipients and Steno writes your email for you! Variable selection points turn green if it has usable information, or red if something is unusable.

There are nearly 50 placeholders, almost 30 of which are completely "custom". They will let you determine which types of information you will swap out and how. You can also save drafts, send to "Lists" (which are groups), add favorites.
GPS Enabled Email? You bet!!

I am very, very proud of this feature and believe it is what really makes it such a sweet App. Say you need to send your business address or directions to your customers. In the settings, there is a new "Locations" Module which will allow you to create and store a list of addresses and GPS locations. If you have a GPS placeholder, you will be prompted to select the address you want to include, and Steno makes this a hyperlink in the email.
When you customer gets it, all they have to do is click and it opens the location in Google Maps where they can get directions from their current location.

Do you realize what this means?!?!? Once you set up a "location" you never will have to type it in or give instructions to someone on where to meet you! EVER!! LOL! (Disclaimer: Assuming of course you are using Steno)

After several months of design, coding, testing, it is good to go, and you can find it on the App Store here: Michael The Maven's New Steno App

I imagine there will be some bugs here and there, but if you give Steno a chance (it's only $2.99!!), it will save you a TON of time.

Many great new features are already in the works and coming soon!

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