If you have several different webmail accounts, you’ll know how painful it is to manage them in Windows. When clicking a “mailto” URL on a website, Windows will gladly launch your default desktop mail program. How about tweaking it to make Windows log in to your webmail?
Affixa integrates your Google Mail and Yahoo! Mail accounts into Windows but not through a desktop mail application. Instead, it will ask you which webmail service you would like to use to compose your email, then log in to the appropriate accounts online in your browser!
Furthermore, you can manage large email attachments using Affixa by the built-in file sharing with drop.io.
With the free version you can add one webmail account of your choice. If you need to manage several accounts, you can upgrade for £2 per year and add all of your email accounts, including the use of your desktop mail programs. This will come in handy for those of you who use the same computer, but different email accounts for work and play.
Affixa works in a very cool way. In order to fully understand how it handles your email, watch this video.
Now, that you get the drift of how it works, let me delve into one of its best features: drop.io integration.
Most providers put a limit on file type or size that can be sent with each email. If you frequently need to send large files that will crack this limit, you will love Affixa because it integrates file hosting.
Files will automatically be uploaded to drop.io and the link to your files will be pasted into the email you’re going to compose. From within Affixa, you define for how long your files will live after being uploaded or viewed for the last time.
Affixa comes with an attachments manager that is represented in the system tray by a green point. Here you can create baskets that will hold files you’re going to email. Fill up the basket throughout your day or project (drag and drop supported), save, edit, close and open (re-use) them as needed — you have nothing to worry about because once you decide to send a basket, the latest version of each file will be fetched from your system.
Before checking out and attaching the files to an email, you can shrink files by zipping them, resize photos or use drop.io by default. You can send a basket by clicking the Email button, which will launch your email service. The files will be automatically attached to the email.
I have previously reviewed gAttach , a similar Windows desktop application that would integrate Gmail into Windows, so you could make it your default desktop eMail client. This tool has since been discontinued, although you can still download it from Cnet.
Download Affixa and give it a whirl. You might end up leaving your desktop mail program.
Are you still using desktop mail programs or is it all webmail for you? Is POP mail passÃ©? We’d love to hear your opinions in the comments!