As you may have gathered from my rather telling title, Xoopit is a plugin that helps you manage all the media you receive or send by email.
So what exactly does Xoopit do? It lets you install an add-on for Firefox, and once you’ve installed the addon (and given them your GMail credentials), they start scanning your inbox contents. When they are all done scanning, they display little links to your images, videos and files, allowing you to open up pages filled with pretty thumbnails of your media, including a nice search option.
But, and this is for all the skeptics who say that it’s actually a lot easier to just search for whatever you’ve got in your inbox by using the powerful built-in Google search, this is not it! Because Xoopit not only displays the images and videos currently residing in your inbox, but also takes all the links to images and videos and creates thumbnails of those.
Which means that you won’t have to sift through scores of links to find that one image of a cute little kitten dressed up as Yoda, because Xoopit has already created a thumbnail for it and you can simply click it. Phew!
For the visually inclined, a screenshot of a GMail inbox with collected images displayed:
Right now Xoopit is available in private beta only. Which means you probably won’t get in and will have to rely on my judgment. Which is exactly the way I like it!
As time goes by, my titles become more and more descriptive. By reading only the headline, you actually already know the gist of it, so you might as well move on.
Unless of course you don’t have a clue what box.net is, what GMail does and what the hell a 3rd party app constitutes. In which case I’ll gladly clear that up for you.
Box.net is an online storage service (meaning you upload stuff to their servers, so you can access it from wherever you are). They’ve been around for ages (meaning around two years, which in web2.0 terms is more than just ages, it’s eons). They provide a stable service, and over time have added new features like the ability to share your files with others, hence creating a social-network based on the sharing of your files. And a short while back they opened up their platform, allowing other applications to be used with the files uploaded to box.net. One such example is the integration of picnik.com, a webbased image editor (also the official editing tool for Flickr).
And today they announced support for not only Outlook (which hopefully will perish sometime in the next five years) but also GMail (which hopefully will take over the world within the next five years).
What does that mean for you, the user? It means you’ll now be able to upload files to box.net and then send them to other people via GMail (or Outlook). Which is not exactly how it works, as box.net doesn’t exactly make GMail send the file, it just automates the process of publishing the file and then sending the link to the file to someone else. Fair enough.
So while that doesn’t sound like a revolutionary new service, it makes life a bit easier, which, in the end, is the only thing we expect from the web.
If you’re into productivity, meaning testing tools and services that might make you a bit more organized, but in the end really just cost a lot of your time, because you can’t decide on the perfect setup, then these news are for you!
We all remember Remember the Milk, the extremely versatile, albeit sometimes too extensive todo-list tool. Apart from integration with Twitter, Google Calendar and a host of other features, they’ve now introduced a plugin for Firefox enigmatically named Remember the Milk for GMail.
The more astute among you will now have guessed what it does, but I’ll spell it out for good measure: the plugin combines the power of Remember the Milk with the, well, extreme power of GMail. Makes two extremely powerful powerplayers powering your life.
I tested it out for your convenience, and well, it’s really quite perfect. By putting the list in the right sidebar, the plugin integrates RTM so smoothly into GMail, you’d think it’s actually a part of the official package. Adding and editing of items can be done inside GMail, as well as a whole lot of other things which I won’t repeat here, because next to a heap of screenshots, the official plugin page actually lists all the features.