As I get closer to finishing up work on Simple Mailing List 2 (SML2), I thought I’d begin to post screen shots of what the interface will look like. Note that the look of the final application is subject to change, however it should be very close to what you’ll see here.
I’ll be releasing SML2 in beta form first to allow folks to test it and shake out the bugs. Once I feel that it’s been thoroughly tested, I’ll remove the beta moniker. And as always, SML2 will be free just like previous versions.
And now, onto the first round of screen shots. Today’s post will focus on the message composition screen.
The three figures above show the new message composition screen. The first two figures show the screen if you have a single list, and the third figure shows the composition screen if you have multiple lists (lists listed down the left hand side). In figure 1, (A) shows the drafts link that allows to to load a draft of a previous image. (B) shows the toolbar that allows you to work with templates, drafts, attachments, and toggle the visual editor on and off. (C) shows the sent test message link which allows you to take the message you’re working on and send it to any email address before committing to sending it to an entire list. (D) shows the status and scheduling area.
Figure 2 shows the scheduling area once you select a delivery of later instead of now. Figure 3 simply shows the list of mailing lists down the left side of the composition area.
Drafts are automatically saved, however you can use the Save Draft button to force a save. The visual editor (TinyMCE) can be toggled on and off with one click and you can set your preference for default editor to the visual editor (HTML mail) or plain text editor in the SML configuration file. When sending an HTML message, SML will create a MIME message with an HTML email and a plain text email for those recipients that can’t read HTML messages.
If you’re composing a message and accidentally (or intentionally) leave the page, you’ll receive a warning about possibly losing work so that you don’t inadvertantly lose something you need.
You can upload multiple file attachments simultaneously (without a Flash uploader).
Finally, when sending messages to multiple lists, if a member belongs to multiple lists they will only receive the message once instead of once for every list they belong to.
Coming next, the members area.