Friday Release Notes for March 8, 2013

Another week, another round of updates and improvements to Mandrill. Here we go.

New Pricing for High Volume Senders

Like most web-based software products, Mandrill had pricing information listed in the app and on the website, but really big and complex users needed to contact us for pricing. Personally, I hate it when companies hide pricing behind a sales process, so a couple weeks ago we changed Mandrill's high volume pricing to be both simpler and more transparent and stuck it up on the website. The new pricing took effect immediately for all users sending more than 1.3 million emails per month.

  • Old Price: $0.40 per thousand emails beyond 1.3 million emails per month
  • New Price: $0.20 per thousand emails from 1.3 million emails per month to 6.3 million emails per month, and $0.10 per thousand emails beyond that

Use the Mandrill pricing calculator for more details.

New stats comparison and reports

Mandrill's existing dashboard and activity search are great for looking at trends in your email delivery, but sometimes you need to compare different tags or searches to each other. Sure, you can do it with multiple browser tabs and switching back and forth, but we can do better than that. We've added a new stats comparison tool that lets you create groups of related searches or tags and displays them together on the same page in a nice little block for easy comparison like this:

More tag management tools

With Mandrill, you can use tags to separate different types of emails from each other within one account and get stats on them. They've always been easy to add, use, and see, but impossible to manage. Now, there's a new tags interface where you can list all of your custom tags, see how close to the limit you're getting, and remove tags when they're no longer needed. A simple thing, but important.

Sender domain searching

Some users use Mandrill to send on behalf of potentially thousands of customers. In those cases, the list of sender domains is positively gargantuan. Once that list got above a few hundred, finding a particular domain and doing something with it (like setting up SPF or DKIM) was hard to impossible. Now, you can search within your sending domains to surface just the information you're interested in.

API log searching

Mandrill's API logs contain a bunch of useful information about the details of API calls, but it can be frustrating to dig through the detail pages of every call in the log when you know exactly which API call you want to look at and you just need to find it. To help with that, we've added another search box to the API log page. The search will go through the full API details to find matches, so you can search for the things in even the HTML or text of the emails you're sending to find the calls you want.

Added the unique message identifier to the sending API calls

If you use webhooks, you know that Mandrill has a unique identifier for each email that is sent. We attach it to each webhook event to help you distinguish between different email sends for your own internal tracking. Before now, the only way you could get this ID was by attaching a send webhook and storing it then, or by using the messages/search API call. To make this identifier easier to get, we're now returning it along with the status of each recipient from the various sending API calls.