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If your team is on Office 365 (or Exchange), you can configure a service account to handle Soup Mail mailbox sync on all your users’ behalf.
This has the following advantages:
- Sync is already set up for your team members (including new starters). Nobody needs to do anything to get sync going!
- Users don’t need to provide their mailbox credentials for the sync connection.
- Users don’t need to remember to update their credentials when they change their Office 365 account password.
If you want to enable this feature for your team, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve just added a much-requested feature to Soup Mail: self-service folder downloading. If you need to have offline copies of emails for your projects, for example when closing out projects and archiving all project documentation, this is for you.
With self-service archiving, a team administrator can request a download of a zip archive of the contents of a folder, right from the folder details dialog:
The archive will be prepared on our servers, and once it’s ready, you’ll receive an email that looks like this, and contains a link to download the archive to your computer.
Here are some details about this feature:
- The contents of the archive is all the emails in the folder at the time the request is processed.
- If the folder is very large, the archive may be split into multiple downloads.
- If the folder is enormous, we might not be able to generate the archive. If this happens, you’ll get an email to that effect and you should contact email@example.com and we’ll help you out.
- Emails are in the .eml format, which is able to be read by any email client.
- The files are named based on their internal Soup Mail ID.
- The archive also contains a ‘manifest’ comma-separated-value file, which lists the key details about each email (sender, recipients, subject, date) and will enable you to identify which file is which email.
- The folder and its emails remain in Soup Mail – you can keep on saving emails to the folder as normal. The folder’s status does not change (if you want it to, you should make the change).
We’ve just deployed release 1.9.
- Folder creation hints: Have you ever gone to create a new folder, only to realise you don’t know what the latest reference number is? The new folder dialog now lets you know the reference number for the most recently created folder, so you can see it right there as you create the new one!
Folder creation hint: Soup Mail now shows the reference of the most recently created folder
The remainder of this release is server-side optimisations.
We’ve deployed release 1.7.1 today.
- Perma-links for individual emails: Ever found an important email in Soup Mail, and want to be able to find it again without re-doing a search? Or found an email you were looking for, and want to help another Soup Mail user in your team find the same email? Emails now have a permanent url, so you can bookmark this url, or copy-and-paste it from the address bar of your browser, for example to send it to someone else. Note of course that the person you’re sharing a url with would need to be in your team and have appropriate permissions to see the email.
Soup Mail emails now have a permanent url
- Un-favouriting folders: Included in this release is a fix that addresses an issue where un-favourited sync folders weren’t being properly removed from users’ mailboxes.
The remainder of the release is server-side optimisations, and some improvements to the experience for new Soup Mail users.
In light of the notification on April 8 of the bug in OpenSSL, known as “Heartbleed“, we have joined nearly every other service provider on the internet in conducting a security audit and implementing precautionary measures.
Soup Mail is no longer vulnerable to this bug.
Whilst there is no evidence that any Soup Mail data has been impacted, there are some things that we are doing, and which you should do, to ensure that there is no residual exposure.
What we have done to keep your data safe
- Our servers were patched to remove any vulnerability at 16:44 on 08/04 (AEST).
- We have re-keyed and updated our SSL certificates.
- We will be forcing some logouts shortly, to eliminate the possibility that credentials obtained during the period of vulnerability could be used. The effect of this will be that you may be logged out of Soup Mail – in which case you simply need to log back in.
- If you use the Outlook Add-In, you’ll need to log back in within Outlook using the Add-In’s settings form, which you can access from the Soup Mail toolbar/ribbon within Outlook.
What you should do
- We strongly recommend that you reset your Soup Mail password. Click the button below to do so.
- While you’re at it, ensure you are using strong passwords, and using different passwords for each web-based service that you use. Here’s a link to a resource that explains why.
- Check that your browser is configured to not accept revoked certificates. How to do this will depend on the browser you’re using, and you may need to restart your computer for the setting to take effect.
- Chrome: go to Settings and type “revocation” in the settings page search box, then ensure that the “Check for server certificate revocation” option is checked.
- Internet Explorer: go to Internet Options > Advanced Tab, and ensure “check for server certificate revocation” is checked. Then restart your computer.
- Firefox: go to Options > Options > Advanced > Certificates tab > Validation. Ensure that the two options in the Validation dialog box are checked.
- Ensure that you are also taking appropriate measures for any other web-based services that you use, for example email, banking and social media sites.
Please check our Twitter feed @SoupMail for updates.
We’ve just released Soup Mail update 1.6.
Email downloading issue
31/01 13:30 AEST: A fix has now been deployed for the email download issue. Please report any further instances of downloading problems to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most of the updates in 1.6 are behind-the-scenes optimisations, including infrastructure upgrades to improve our scalability and performance as we grow, along with a range of bug fixes.
Here are a couple of the enhancements that you might notice when using Soup Mail:
- If you use filters when searching for emails, you might notice that the list of emails is now in alphabetical order.
- We’ve also fixed an issue that was causing errors to be incorrectly reported on the web app when creating a new folder.
This week is “Clean out your inbox week” – the seventh year such a week has been observed. A sign of the times not only that clogged inboxes are so commonplace that people need to be rallied to clean them, but also that the task gets honoured with a whole week!
Not many people would argue that cleaning up their inbox is a good idea, and most would agree it’s a tough ask due to the sheer volume of email that arrives daily. The trickier question, which would probably leave most people wondering, is how exactly to clean inboxes out without losing important information that is likely to be needed some time in the future. Where should you put them – into an archive? into a hierarchy of folders within your mailbox? into the file system somewhere?
It’s easy to frame this as a question for individuals, and answer it in terms of what works best for the user when it comes to retrieving the emails. But in an organisational context, there must be a better approach. Emails, after all, are the bread-and-butter of interactions between an organisation and its customers, suppliers, and other partners. They contain key information relating to agreements, commitments, clarifications, and decisions – and this information belongs to the organisation. Shouldn’t it be accessible to team members so it can be discovered, reviewed, checked, and actioned? Shouldn’t it be searchable, so that anyone working on a particular project can retrieve any email relevant to the project?
Is this what your inbox feels like?
We’ve designed Soup Mail to achieve exactly these things. Soup Mail provides a common repository where people can save emails to team folders, outside of their inbox. So you can have it all: a clean inbox, and easy searchable access to the emails – not only those you were party to, but the full history of emails for each project. Check us out, and sign up for a free trial account, at www.soupmail.com.
Email processing delay
Firstly, our apologies to the users who were affected by the processing delay today. What was scheduled to be a routine maintenance release turned out to coincide with the spawning of thousands of surplus background jobs which were holding up the email processing queue. This resulted in it taking longer than usual for emails to be visible in Soup Mail. Fortunately the release today has addressed those issues and normal operation has been restored and improved.
We recently updated the Soup Mail iPhone app to align the styling with iOS 7 and ever since we just haven’t been able to look back. Therefore, with today’s release we have overhauled the styling of the Soup Mail web interface and replaced all the icons and buttons with their metro-ised equivalents. It has been a subtle change in some respects, but sometimes those are the best kind of changes.
Under the hood
With this release we have implemented a number of new features and infrastructure upgrades to better support the needs of our large enterprise and government customers. While not yet exposed in the interface the foundation is now in place for improved enterprise administration of Soup Mail.
- Folder owners can now edit tags on emails
- Sync now fully supports saving meeting requests/acceptance
- Emails reporting hidden sender are now accepted
- Emails with attachments that have no file name now show attachment icon
- Creating/editing folders now removes leading or trailing spaces
- Emails that fail validation are now moved into the –Sync issues folder in your mailbox
- Additional help provided when connecting/updating your mailbox sync settings
- You can now use the up and down key to jump to global search results
We have done a lot of optimisations in the background of sync in this release to handle emails with ‘strange’ headers/properties and for mail servers that respond with non-standard responses. We’ve also implemented a number of security enhancements that streamline our patching processes.
We released a hotfix today to address an issue that was causing multiples of the same email to appear in users mailbox sync folders for particular emails. While there was only one copy of the email in Soup Mail, it was sometimes appearing multiple times in the users sync folder in their mailbox. This was impacting some users who are syncing to Exchange 2003 servers over IMAP, because it was occasionally reporting malformed message-IDs.
The hotfix has resolved this issue, however, you will need to manually delete the duplicate from your mailbox if you have been impacted. Otherwise you can happily ignore the duplicates and sync will clean them up after they pass your recency window defined in your Soup Mail sync settings.