Dispatch Mail App Adds Great PDF Export Feature

Dispatch Mail App Adds Great PDF Export Feature

DispatchThere is nothing inherently wrong with the email app built into iOS, but for quickly processing message there are a number of third-party email clients that make it faster and easier.

I had tried most of them, but Mike Vardy tried to talk me into switching to Dispatch. I refused, not because it didn’t look good, but because by that point I had email app fatigue.

He kept it up for months, and finally I caved. Frankly, I am angry that he didn’t try harder. What a great email app.

For me, Dispatch’s strengths come in three main areas:

  1. The ability to quickly rip through a mountain of email.
  2. The ability to quickly do something with each of those emails and, when needed, send them somewhere for further action.
  3. TextExpander integration and snippets to quickly write and respond to emails.

In this post I am only going to talk about the second of those because they just released a new update that makes Dispatch even better for going paperless.

The Triage Button

When you are viewing an email, there is a button at the bottom of the screen called the Triage button (at least, that’s what I call it).

When you tap it, it opens up a pane that lets you send the email or information selected in the email to another app.

Dispatch Triage

That is my screen, but you can add many more apps. There is a list on the Dispatch site.

I find it really helpful to quickly send an email into my task manager (OmniFocus in my case) or to Evernote if I want to save it there.

Export To PDF

Dispatch 2.1 added a new feature that takes the app from awesome to nearly perfect – the ability to export an email to PDF. This is massive for dealing with emailed receipts and similar messages that start as an email but you want to end up as a document.

In the past, I would always leave these messages in my inbox to deal with later on my computer[1]. Now I can be done with them from wherever I am.

In the triage menu that you see in the screenshot above there is now an Export as PDF button.

When you tap that, it displays your email as (surprise!) a PDF.

Dispatch PDF

From there, you can hit the Share button and send the newly created and searchable PDF to wherever you’d like. For me, that is usually Dropbox.

Dispatch Open In Menu

I absolutely love this new feature of Dispatch. The app is $4.99 on iTunes.

If you have another great email-to-PDF workflow on iOS, or if you have something else awesome you do with Dispatch, let us know in the comments.


  1. I know there are services and apps that let you copy and paste and create a PDF, but I find them more trouble than they’re worth and usually end up not bothering.  ↩

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Danny Mannus - September 3, 2014 Reply

Brooks, I find the app “Mobifolders” very good and helpful. You can from there import any of your emails and attachments and then make them PDFs if you want

Deron - August 19, 2014 Reply

If Vardy recommended, does that mean you can send stuff to Todoist?

shefi - August 19, 2014 Reply

Sounds great! Unfortunately, it’s not available in Japan’s App Store yet.

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