Wide Email and Sideways presents Lanscape email!

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by svtguy08, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. svtguy08 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2008
    Location:
    CA
    #1
    Now we can type our email in landscape, send to the mail.app and email away! I guess its better than nothing, right? I have not bought the app ($1.99) but I saw it under new releases from app shopper. ;)

    iTunes Link

    edit: I also noticed Sideways, also $1.99 and it does the same thing.

    iTunes Link
     
  2. threezero macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    #3
    lol. 4 or 5 apps for this function show up in the app store within a small time interval.
     
  3. CommanderData macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2007
    #4
    Yes, I find this very suspicious. How could four or five different developers have the same idea and very nearly the same implementation in each case so close together. Even more odd is they were all added to the App store at the same time!

    Did Apple intentionally hold up the release of earlier submissions and then let them loose together?

    [app]Wide Email[/app] $1.99
    [app]Sideways[/app] $1.99
    [app]Touchtype (Landscape Email)[/app] $0.99
    [app]Compose[/app] $4.99

    Of course people will be angry if Apple decides to enable landscape mode in it's e-mail app, making these apps worthless. And they should be upset. Locking an app to landscape, providing a textbox and a keyboard is not a difficult thing to do. It's about one step above a flashlight app :D
     
  4. threezero macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    #5
    more like 1 company made version of the same app and release it under different company names. which ever one you buy they will still win.

    just a conspiracy theory
     
  5. MotionxxUSxx macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 1, 2007
    #6
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    I think apple was planning to reject then, but based on new smartphone competition and bad press about banning other apps, they had a chafe of heart.
     
  6. Rojo macrumors 65816

    Rojo

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Location:
    Brookyln
    #7
    I've seen this type of thing happen a LOT already in the App Store, so it's very possible. Apple knows the app acceptance process can take quite a while, and varies per submission. Out of fairness, they may hold similar apps that get submitted around the same time and release them all together -- so that no developer blames them later that their sales suffered due to a hold up in submissions, and a competing app made it to the store quicker.

    Or it could just be a reoccurring coincidence. :D

    I'm just SHOCKED that one of these sideway e-mail developers is charging $5 for their app! Only one of them has the right idea (99 cents), and will surely get all the sales...
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #8
    I'm shocked that Apple accepted these apps, given their reticence to accept apps that they perceive as stepping on the toes of the internal apps (in this case, Mail). The logic of accepting this and rejecting, say, podcaster....
     
  8. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816

    Sweetbike40

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2007
    Location:
    NY/NJ
    #9
    I'm wondering if in the next update, Apple has allowed for landscape email and figures they would just let these apps go through. So we all buy these, and in the next fm update, it's a new feature. Would that make sense?
     
  9. Ashyukun macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2008
    #10
    It's not totally implausible... they do get a cut of the sales. It is also rather curious that they all dropped at exactly the same time, so it's more believable that :apple: decided to release them all now themselves vs. them all being submitted at the same time and making it through on coincidence. I could also see it as 'throwing the developers a bone' so they can potentially make some money on it before it becomes completely irrelevant if the native app incorporates this shortly.

    Frankly though, I'd have preferred that app that we know was denied that would have allowed viewing Gmail in threaded-mode more than this. That's what I'm most hoping they improve in later native mail app updates...
     
  10. Amt macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2008
    #11
    So you type something and mail it to yourself, then mail it to someone else?
     
  11. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2005
    #12
    I kind of wish that there were some reviews of each. Mac About Town's Sideways looks like it has more functions on screen, but it is hard to tell really. Compose weighing in at $4.99 for an app that appears to do what others do for less appears ok. LizzardWerks Wide E-mail looks good and has the "send to mail" button there. I wonder how others function as well. TouchType looks good and is 99 cents, meaning it is my choice ATM.

    Guess we can go down the line. If Touchtype sucks then buy Sideways as it is the next one up in terms of pricing. /shrug

    I agree with the rest. These may have gotten through to earn some cash while we sit waiting for a major firmware update. Once that hits we'll see landscape mode and our money would have already been spent. I'm ok with that personally. Maybe they'll work on copy/paste. :)

    Are you just joking? No, you type it in TouchType or whatever app you buy and then hit the little "send to mail" button. There should be one on screen. You then put in the recipient/subject & hit send. That seemed rather obvious to me.
     
  12. 840quadra Moderator

    840quadra

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2005
    Location:
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    #13
    Well you can send email messages from within the notes tool, and a few other applications allow email of text or images. This is not too far outside of the wall.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Sweetbike40 macrumors 65816

    Sweetbike40

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2007
    Location:
    NY/NJ
    #14
    The $5 app, Compose, just dropped it's price to 99 cents.
     
  14. xerxes2008 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    #15
  15. mcdj macrumors 604

    mcdj

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
    #16
  16. mcdj macrumors 604

    mcdj

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
    #17
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5F136 Safari/525.20)

    Just noticed an odd behavior in Wide Email.
    If you reply to someone then send it to Mail, then tap cancel in Mail, you don't get the Save/Don't Save dialog...ie you can't save a draft inside Mail.
     
  17. xerxes2008 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    #18
    odd behavior?

    This is pat, the developer of the program. If Apple's Mail isn't asking to save it, that's a bug on their end. Don't worry though, because any email that you write in Wide Email and send over the Mail gets automatically saved in the "sent drafts" folder in Wide Email -- I designed it like that just in case something weird like that happens, so your writing isn't lost!

    You can always go back to Wide Email and retrieve the autosaved draft from the "sent drafts" folder. If you don't see that folder at first (that is, Wide Email opens with a new compose window open) just press "done" and it will take you back to the drafts list, which includes the sent drafts folder.

    Hope that answers your question.

    --pat
     
  18. mokeiko macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    #19
    Just purchased this Pat, thank you for this.

    mokeiko
     
  19. slapppy macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2008
    #20
    I'm getting it and thanks for doing something that Apple has been unable to do from the get go. Which is incredibly stupid of Apple!!
     
  20. gotzero macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2007
    Location:
    Mid-Atlantic, US
    #21
    I never really user the landscape keyboard for anything, but I picked this up to give it a try. If my typing speed gets faster on it I can see it being very useful.

    Is there any way to send to an e-mail account besides the default account?

    I find this to be a great app, and am pleased that it appears that the messages are not being sent to a server and then back to the mail app, is this correct? If so, great work!
     
  21. PecanEater macrumors 6502

    PecanEater

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2007
    #22
    Sms?

    Why don't these apps work with SMS? It seems like it would be just as easy for SMS to retrieve the text. Any insight, Pat (xerxes2008)? Is Apple just blocking this function?
     
  22. bestthereis27 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    #23
    I just bought this app and i see the usefulness but i dont completely understand how it works. I have several email accounts on my phone, my default primary account is an exchange account, the other is my yahoo account.

    I understand that I can write emails and it will be sent under my default email address, but how do i reply to a email that is in my inbox with the program?
     
  23. xerxes2008 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2008
    #24
    You're welcome! :)

    No, that's a built-in behavior of Apple's Mail app. There's no way I can change that. (I'm the developer of Wide Email, for those of you wondering)

    That's right, your messages are going straight from Wide Email to Apple's Mail app .. they don't pass through any kind of server first.

    Glad you like it!

    --pat
     
  24. bestthereis27 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2007
    #25
    So is there no way this app can reply to emails?

    If so how do you do it?
    Thanks.
     

Share This Page