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July Product Update


(We neglected to post this in July)

Hello Mappers,

Hope your summer (or winter for those in the southern hemisphere) is off to a fantastic start. 

Exciting times here at mapalist! We’ve been busy jumping into our admittedly aging code base, rolling out new features, and thinking about what’s on the horizon.

In the last 30 days we’ve made some awesome progress (if we don’t say so ourselves).  Most of the site is now mobile friendly, Unicode/UTF8 support has been added (finally!), and a ton of old code has been refactored to improve things like synchronization between maps and sheets.

A Release Notes page is now available for your viewing pleasure. It offers insight into what’s new as well as a view into what’s next in the queue development.

Got something in mind?  Please give us a shout and share your ideas.

Of course, we’ve also added a new pricing plan that now supports self service changes along with configurable usage alerts. Thank you to our current subscribers for both your support and patience as we worked out the kinks.

Sincerely,

Your mapalist Team

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