The awarding winning app folks at Spaceinch announced yesterday they have come up with a handy little desktop program that basically sucks forgotten and older photos out of an email account allowing one to easily post them to facebook, Twitter, or simply email them. The advantages of using this new app available for free Windows download via their site, http://www.lostphotosapp.com or for a $2.99 fee through the MAC App Store is simply--saving time.
While one can search emails for .jpg or .bmp or .png that could take quite a while and one would have to sift through every email. Not so with this handy little tool. It does the sifting, while you do other things, like use your computer productively for work or for other fun activities. So what’s the catch? How does Spaceinch make money on this app? First, they do earn revenue via MAC systems, but for either, upon installation, the app asks permission to install an AOL search bar that Josh Segall, Spaceinch spokesperson says allows them some revenue, “but users can refuse.” And I did with no problem.
I downloaded and tested the Windows version on a newer laptop. In addition to giving Spaceinch permission, I had to give software permissions to update J run C+++2010 and .Net framework and within about 4 minutes I was off and running the app. My Yahoo account served as a good test vehicle since I rarely have deleted any emails since its 1995 inception. Getting this treasure chest iconic program running is as simple as putting in your user name and password.
What are the risks? According to Segall, “Using Lost Photos is just as safe as entering your login info over the internet to check your email. Just like email (and Facebook and Twitter), we transmit data to and from email servers using a secure SSL connection. Also, Lost Photos does not collect or store your login information and does not communicate information from your email to any outside server."
I was immediately very impressed with the apps interface. Each picture collected shows up in a larger window above with much clarity and the thumbnails scrolling horizontally. And with a simple mouse click I was able to launch my Outlook mail, attach a photo, and send. But I was not able to click Shift on the keyboard to highlight more than one thumbnail, a feature that would add even more time saving capabilities.
Even so, compared to searching one’s email in a traditional fashion and then forwarding and repeating the search and attachment process would be far too cumbersome. It was surprising just how many personal photos I had gummed up in my account, gems I had truly forgot. Perhaps like you, they were uploaded at some point, but not everyone was used.
In sum Lost Photos is a great little app. By letting the app run in a very old email account, the thumbnail results are very easy to scroll through. In this fashion you too can find just about any photo in any email account you’ve ever sent and kept with no bloat or adware to spare.