On The Bakery (the CakePHP blog) today, there's a new tutorial covering the SwiftMailer Component:
I would still advise you read the Swift Mailer documentation here: http://www.swiftmailer.org/docs/ SwiftMailer Component isn't an attempt to hide the already excellent class written by Chris Corbyn. Rather, the component tries to integrate and extend it (read, Cake-ish!).
They walk through the installation and where to unpack the download to ensure it works with your installation of CakePHP. You'll need to add the component to the main controller, but other than that, you're ready to go. From there it's configuration issues:
- connecting to the local MTA (like sendmail or a SMTP server)
- configuring the authentication for sending
- and, of course, creating a message to go out