Introducing Dada Mail 4

From: "[list_settings.list_name]" <justin@dadamailproject.com>
Subject: Introducing Dada Mail 4
Date: September 29th 2009

Table of Contents

  • Dada Mail 4.0 Beta 1 Released
  • Dada Mail 3.0.5 Released
  • Pro Dada
  • Professional Installation Services
  • The Dada Mail Manual
  • What is Dada Mail?
  • Simple Scripts Installer for Dada Mail

Hello everyone,

Thanks for subscribing.

We're really excited to introduce the next Major Release of Dada Mail:

:: Dada Mail 4

We've written a small introduction about the new features you'll find in Dada Mail 4 here:


This Major Release of Dada Mail has one huge feature that we're introducing:

.: Profiles

Profiles allow you to give power to your subscribers, allowing them to update their own information, update their subscriptions and allow them to easily know exactly which lists their subscribed to. It also makes it easier for your subscribers to interact with every other mailing list managed by Dada Mail. It's really simple and it's really great.

We think it's pretty cool.

Dada Mail 4 will introduce a whole lot more, including Multiple List Sending (another Big feature), a Subscription Approval System, Better UTF-8 Support - even Twitter Support! As well as, CKeditor 3.0 support, Subscriber Profile Field Labels, Reorder-able Fields,Clone List Settings on List Creation, Remove All Subscribers at Once, prototype.js/Scriptalicious UI enhancements and whole lot more. Even with all these changes, Dada Mail is still the Dada Mail we hope you all know and love.

If you're thinking of upgrading, we've also written a little introduction on what to expect, when upgrading from 3.x to 4.x:


It's not too hard - we've even written a small upgrade utility to handle the messy stuff for you.

As always, Dada Mail is a Free Download and you can download Dada Mail 4 right now:





Dada Mail 4 is still a beta release. We think it's rock-solid, but we need your feedback on any issues you find. Don't use Dada Mail 4 quite yet for day-to-day tasks, but experiment and have fun with it -

and most importantly, provide feedback! And we'll all see Dada Mail 4 Stable really soon.

:: Dada Mail 3.0.5 Released

We're also releasing another new version of Dada Mail - 3.0.5. This release is bug-fix of the highly successful 3.0 series of Dada Mail. We're committed in continuing to release stable versions of Dada Mail, for you to use for your production environments.

Dada Mail 3.0.5 is also a Free Download:





:: Pro Dada

Pro Dada is a version of Dada Mail for people who want to support the Dada Mail Project financially.

For the last 9+ years, Dada Mail has been written primarily by one developer and the Dada Mail project is what's been paying his college student loans and helping him develop as an active, prolific, exhibiting Artist. Thank you for everyone's support in the last 9+ years.

A purchase of Pro Dada 3 gives you a One Year Subscription allowing you to:

  • Download Pro Dada, a version of Dada Mail configured without list creation or subscription quota restrictions
  • Download the Dada Mail Manual, a user-centric manual covering most all of Dada Mail's List Control Panel, as well as installing and upgrading Dada Mail and with a few other advanced topics - over 23 chapters in all.
  • View the same Dada Mail Manual conveniently online
  • In-Program Nag Messages un-Nagged
  • Warm Fuzzy Feelings that you're supporting a developing Career Artist, Independent Programmer and Free Software in General

Pro Dada is self-serve, so you may purchase it via PayPal at:


And download it at:


Your subscription keeps the Dada Mail Project running. More information, screen shots of the subscriber backend and a Table of Contents of the Dada Mail Manual can be found at the aforementioned:


:: Professional Installation Services

Get a professional installation done by us with many plugins and extensions offered (7 in all are included at the base price and many more can be added for a little more extra).

Let us upgrade your current Dada Mail - no matter what the version is to 3.0.5 and keep all your old list subscribers, settings and archives. You'll also help keep the Dada Mail Project afloat.

Here's more information:


Finally, our Pro Dada installations also give you a full year subscription to Pro Dada and the Dada Mail Manual - complete with download links for Pro Dada and the Dada Mail Manual.

:: The Dada Mail Manual

The Dada Mail Manual has replaced the Magic Book. It's filled with all new documentation, heavily covering almost every single list administration screen as well as installation, configuration, plugins/extensions and other more advanced topics.

In 3.0, there are links to the relevant topics in most every list control panel screen of your own Dada Mail installation, so help is now just a click away.

The Dada Mail Manual is more user-centered than the Magic Book was, filling the need for an actual manual of the program, instead of a book of tricks.

We think it's pretty amazing and is currently only offered with a Pro Dada Subscription and with our own installation services.

We've put nine whole sample chapters up that detail the Basic, Advanced and Semi-Automatic Installation Methods of Dada Mail, as well as Configuring Dada Mail for the SQL Backend and Upgrading Dada Mail. Start reading them at:


If you're already a subscriber (subscriptions are a year in length), start downloading and reading the new Dada Mail Manual, as well as grab a copy of Pro Dada at:


If not, go ahead and help support the Dada Mail Project:


:: What is Dada Mail?

Dada Mail is a completely contemporary, mature and intuitive web-based e-mail list management system, which runs on most any Unix-like hosting account that can run custom CGI scripts. Dada Mail is also a conceptual art project.

Dada Mail handles Closed-Loop Opt-in/Opt-out subscriptions, sending complex announce-only and/or discussion mailing list messages with an advanced, fault-tolerant mass mailing monitor, supports the archiving/viewing/searching/resending/syndicating (rss, atom) of sent messages and doing all this and a whole lot more with style.

Dada Mail can handle custom subscriber fields and you can use the information it captures for partial list sending based on a query and Dada Mail's email templating system allows you to create targeted and completely custom email messages for each and every one one of your subscribers.

Dada Mail is bundled with additional plugins and extensions to extend Dada Mail's capabilities. Some of the plugins/extensions support advanced bounce handling, clickthrough tracking, mass mail scheduling, blog interfaces of archived messages, AJAX subscription form trickery and lots of other surprises.

Dada Mail produces XHTML valid web content and sticks to best practices when creating email messages. Write Once: Distribute Everywhere. Dada Mail is free software that you're able to use, modify, share and enhance under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Dada Mail is written in Perl because we love Perl.

:: The Dada Mail Demo

Want to play around with the program before downloading? Try our demo:


:: Simple Scripts Installer for Dada Mail

We're pretty excited about this:

Simple Script is a web app installing... web app! And, one of the web apps it can install is Dada Mail!

Click the link below to install Dada Mail using Simple Scripts:


You can get a free account and I think most Unix/Linux/FreeBSD server setups are supported.

This is a great option, if you're new to Dada Mail and want to start using it right away!

Thanks for reading.

Please let us know how we can help,

Justin J
Lead Dadaist for Dada Mail

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