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Now you can preview attachments in Google Apps – Gmail

Google is updating Gmail so that users can quickly preview files attached to emails they receive by using Google Drive.

The tech giant is updating its email service so that when users receive emails with files attached, small thumbnail previews of each file will be visible at the bottom of the email. Users can click on each thumbnail to get a full-size preview of each file.

“You’re probably used to downloading email attachments, but each of those files takes time to download, eats up space on your device, and can get buried deep inside your ‘Downloads’ folder,” Google said in a blog post announcing the new feature. “With today’s update to Gmail, you can skip that whole process. Instead, you can view attachments.”

Users can also click on each file’s Google Drive icon, which looks similar to the recycling symbol, to save the attachment directly into their Google Drive account. That’s a feature devoted Google Drive users will appreciate. Users who want to download their attachments to their computers can simply click on the icon of a downward facing arrow to get their files.

Google said the new feature will begin rolling out to Gmail users over the next few days, I just checked and it’s working on my account.

Gmail Attachment Preview

 

You can now search attachments in Google Apps email

Outlook and Yahoo users have been able to do it for years but now Google Apps and Gmail users can search not only email but email attachments. Previously, the popular email client only allowed search within the text of the email itself, but now users can search within files from programs such as Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office files and more.

To try this out for yourself, simply add “has:attachment” to the beginning of any keyword query. Limiting the search to a specific file type involves adding “filename:(file type)” to the search term.

Gmail Now Lets You Save Attachments to the Desktop via Drag-and-Drop

From Mashable.com
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Saving dozens of e-mail file attachments to your computer just became a hell of a lot easier.

Google has added a new feature to Gmail: the ability to save file attachments by simply dragging-and-dropping them onto the desktop. If you hover over the file icon or the “Download” link for any attachment, you’ll notice the new text prompting you to drag the file to your desktop to save.

We just tried out the new feature, and we have to tell you: It’s really as simple as it sounds. There is one caveat to saving file attachments via drag-and-drop, though: The feature is only available in Google Chrome.

Google Waves Goodbye

Google WaveThe news is out, Google has decided to stop developing Google Wave as a standalone product.
From the official Google Blog:
We have always pursued innovative projects because we want to drive breakthroughs in computer science that dramatically improve our users’ lives. Last year at Google I/O, when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web app for real time communication and collaboration, it set a high bar for what was possible in a web browser. We showed character-by-character live typing, and the ability to drag-and-drop files from the desktop, even “playback” the history of changes—all within a browser. Developers in the audience stood and cheered. Some even waved their laptops.

We were equally jazzed about Google Wave internally, even though we weren’t quite sure how users would respond to this radically different kind of communication. The use cases we’ve seen show the power of this technology: sharing images and other media in real time; improving spell-checking by understanding not just an individual word, but also the context of each word; and enabling third-party developers to build new tools like consumer gadgets for travel, or robots to check code.

But despite these wins, and numerous loyal fans, Wave has not seen the user adoption we would have liked. We don’t plan to continue developing Wave as a standalone product, but we will maintain the site at least through the end of the year and extend the technology for use in other Google projects. The central parts of the code, as well as the protocols that have driven many of Wave’s innovations, like drag-and-drop and character-by-character live typing, are already available as open source, so customers and partners can continue the innovation we began. In addition, we will work on tools so that users can easily “liberate” their content from Wave.

Wave has taught us a lot, and we are proud of the team for the ways in which they have pushed the boundaries of computer science. We are excited about what they will develop next as we continue to create innovations with the potential to advance technology and the wider web.

Add Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn Info to Your Gmail Contacts

Mashable.com has an article on a new Google Apps gadget, just installed it, worked great! Relationship manager Gist has just launched the Gist Gadget for the Google Apps Marketplace. The Gist Gadget basically lets you find out way more about the people in your inbox, directly from Gmail. Read the rest at mashable.com

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Gmail Adds Drag-and-Drop to File Attachments

From Mahable.com: Gmail has a new feature for Firefox 3.6 and Google Chrome users: drag-and-drop file attachments. The feature is very straightforward — just drag files from your desktop onto your e-mail, and a green box will appear where you can drop your files.

Google promises it will “enable this for other browsers as soon as they support this feature.” Why the wait? Drag-and-drop functionality is an HTML5 feature. Currently only the Gecko layout engine — the engine that powers Firefox — fully supports HTML5 drag-and-drop. WebKit, which powers both Safari and Chrome, has only partial support for drag-and-drop. Gmail Drag and Drop