Are you still using MagicMessage?
If so you really ought to switch to using TextMagic Messenger.
MagicMessage has been in use by TextMagic customers since the start. It works well and has very few known bugs. It was written by Dan Houghton, the founder of TextMagic, so we are sad to see it go. But go it must. We have no intention of fixing the few known bugs it contains. Nowadays all our efforts are invested in improving TextMagic Messenger.
So what improvements are there in TextMagic Messenger?
(TextMagic Messenger Mac screenshot)
One significant improvement is that sent messages are logged and can be accessed in the program along with their delivery status. In addition replies are returned to an inbox directly in the program.
Both the above features make the program self-contained. All your text messages both sent and received are accessible directly in the program. In this respect it resembles an email program e.g. Microsoft Outlook.
So what else is new? Well if you send a text message greater than 160 characters it will generate linked messages. This is different from MagicMessage and a significant improvement. When these linked messages arrive at the receiving mobile phone, then, assuming the mobile phone is modern, the various parts will be concatenated and displayed as a single message.
In addition TextMagic Messenger supports tags which allow you to personalise text messages when sending to a group, and also you can save standard messages as templates.
TextMagic Messenger accepts unicode, which means that you can send text messages in Russian, Arabic, Chinese or Japanese, etc.
TextMagic Messenger allows you to enter much more detail about your contacts. You can separately specify title (Mr, Mrs, Dr, etc.), first and last name, company name, and email address for each contact. And whatsmore there are 6 additional fields provided which you can name yourself and tailor to your own use.
Another improvement in TextMagic Messenger is that it allows very large group sends. It does this by automatically creating and sending in batches of 500.
Finally TextMagic Messenger is available for both the PC and the Mac.
With all these improvements why are you still using MagicMessage?
Well, we are not stopping you from using MagicMessage BUT you should be aware of the following known problems:
- If you send to a large group (over 50 say) and you get a connection error, then it is possible that your messages may still have been sent. Do not press the send key again without first checking whether you messages have already been sent. You can do this either by checking your balance or by logging on to your account and checking your sent message log.
- Sometimes MagicMessage loses contacts from the phonebook. Sometimes it loses all contacts. It was extremely difficult to track down this rare bug, and when we eventually worked out why, we had already decided to implement the new program. If you use MagicMessage back up your phonebook.
- MagicMessage knows nothing about the new credit based charging system which we introduced at the start of 2009. Under the new scheme UK texts cost 0.8 credits per SMS sent. MagicMessage incorrectly describes your balance as messages when they are now credits and also it doesn’t show the decimal places.
Switching to TextMagic Messenger.
If you are the only user of your account, then all you need do is install TextMagic Messenger. When you run it for the first time it will automatically import your MagicMessage phonebook.
If there are several users of your account in your office, you may wish to create a subaccount for each user. The steps are as follows:
Firstly the main account holder…
- Remove all secondary email addresses that are registered to your account.
- Create a sub-account for each user.
And then each user will need to…
- Respond to the email inviting them to create a subaccount
- Invent a username and password for their subaccount.
- Install a copy of TextMagic Messenger on their own PC.