Yesterday we released the second beta of the Deploying Rails Applications book. It has a new chapter on Windows-based deployment, and includes updates now that Capistrano 2.0 is out.
Our new online system automatically sent e-mails to all existing owners, telling them about the beta.
And all but a few hundred of these e-mails were deleted by our commercial STMP service—the vast majority never reached their intended recipients. Apparently all the commercial e-mail hosting companies are now afraid of being tagged as "bulk-mailers," and will detect folks sending large numbers of emails in a given period.
All of which sucks.
Something our customers have asked for is better notification of updates to PDFs. The new site delivers. When you log in, it tells you if any of your PDFs have been updated. You can subscribe to your personal RSS feed and receive a notification that way. But most people seem to want to receive e-mail notifications. And now, just when we get into a position to be able to do that automatically, we seem to be blocked.
So, a question. We're not a big company. We don't have the resources to be able to manage the intricacies of mass emailing in-house. And we want something automated—we need to be able to send potentially many thousands of slightly-customized emails out when a PDF gets updated. And we need to be able to do it programmatically. Does anyone know of a decent solution?