JungleMail 5.5 Release Notes
Our newsletter tool is now even more secure, easier to use and more compatible with different environments in SharePoint and beyond.
Faster Email Builder
In the previous JungleMail versions you had to manually scroll down to the location for a new block or section before you could actually insert it. We quickly realized that this 2-step process was less the ideal for some scenarios, especially when building long newsletters.
Now, with an improved email builder, you can drag a block or a section and then drop it anywhere in newsletter body much faster: if the drop location is not instantly visible on screen, dragging will scroll up or down a page automatically.
Shiny New Templates
To help you start your newsletter campaign, we’ve created 3 additional templates to choose from in JungleMail builder: Beach Sales, Office Newsletter, and Yellow Business (this one is focused on company announcements).
Simplified Template Export
A tiny improvement, really, but one that again saves some time for our users. From now on, JungleMail will automatically name an exported template based on its title that you initially gave. Therefore, you can:
- quickly send the template to our support and be sure you both are looking at the same one,
- easily locate the template after you transfer it to another SharePoint site collection
Better Web Part Integration
Using JungleMail, you can now easily generate a unique URL for existing subscribers that you can later use in for various purposes. This functionality, for instance, allows you to:
- modify welcome emails for new subscribers by including links to update subscription topics or unsubscribe
- set up SharePoint workflows to send subscribers emails with highly personalized content (name, subscription topic, etc.)
- develop user-specific features in external applications (e. g., PowerShell scripts)
Stricter Access to Data
To make JungleMail safer, we have also modified our Subscription Web Part and Tracker Web Part – particularly, how they behave on external SharePoint sites that are available for everyone.
You can now configure aforementioned Web Parts to have limited access to JungleMail and no access whatsoever to the SharePoint lists or libraries of the site collection where JungleMail is installed. This will prevent a malicious user from logging in using a breached service account.
Smarter Dynamic Content
Many of our clients create a separate SharePoint site for each of their projects. Their data architecture often looks something like this:
- Company (site collection)
- Business A (site)
- Contacts (list)
- News (list)
- Business B (site)
- News (list)
- Business A (site)
As you can see, you can have the same list names in different sites. This is not only best practice but also a bonus when using our app. Here’s why.
JungleMail makes it easy to send internal newsletters with user-specific content using Dynamic Content (you can even fully automate the process, too). Now, we’ve added the option to use site-relative URLs in dynamic blocks or sections. As a result, you can now craft a newsletter template where:
- one piece of content can be imported from a fixed SharePoint list (i.e., regardless of the site in which you open JungleMail),
- another content piece can be imported from a list that changes in relation to the site that you are working in.
To use this feature, you should add ~site/ at the beginning of the URL in the dynamic block or section. Let’s say that your current site is http://sp2016/sites/JungleMail/community. Then:
- if Content List URL is set to Lists/News, JungleMail will retrieve content from http://sp2016/sites/JungleMail/Lists/News (site collection URL + content URL)
- if the URL is ~site/Lists/News, JungleMail will retrieve content from http://sp2016/sites/JungleMail/community/Lists/News (site URL + content URL).
The applications are numerous. For instance, in the data architecture shown above, you can quickly hop to different sites and send company announcements, not having to configure Dynamic Content list all over again.
We’re constantly developing JungleMail based on our research and your feedback. See the full list of updates and fixes here. Happy emailing!