Doing for Gmail what the MailTo link does for Outlook, the wonderfully simple gAttach is a small utility that reassigns Gmail as the default mail account from Windows documents. With gAttach installed, selecting Send from Windows Explorer, Firefox, and Microsoft Office automatically attaches the files to a Gmail composition instead of opening Outlook mail. Though effortless, we wish we could associate some file types with gAttach and let others default to Outlook. Also missing is a way for gAttach to automatically divide, where possible, e-mail compositions that breach the 20MB upload limit.
From Chris Wood:
gAttach allows you to easily attach files to new messages in Gmail or Google Apps Mail. All the features available in Windows that were once only available to your desktop mail-using friends are now available to all Gmail users. With gAttach!, you can: send emails directly from: Windows Explorer, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Windows Live Photo Gallery, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox; automatically attach files from your PC to a new email without manually uploading each file; choose to suppress the annoying standard text provided by Windows ("Your attachments are ready to send.."); handle "mailto" email links in web pages. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
What's new in this version:
This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.
I DON'T LOVE IT ANYMORE. I'VE TRIED EVERYTHING. UPDATING CONSTANTLY DIDN'T HELP. GOOGLE DIDN'T HELP.
IT ONCE HAD GREAT FEATURES -BUT NOT FOR ME ANYMORE. IF I COULD FIND ANOTHER PRODUCT THAT DID WHAT IT DID- I'D BE VERY HAPPY.
Updated on May 15, 2010
AFTER TRYING FOR OVER 6 (SIX) MONTHS TO GET THIS ONCE PROGRAM WORKING- I'VE GIVEN UP- - NOTHING GMAIL- TECH HELP-CUSTOMER SERVICE-
IT MUST BE THEY DON'T REALLY CARE TO HAVE IT WORKING - WHY HAVE IT IF IT DOESN'T WORK? AND IT SURELY DOES NOT WORK...
GOOD LUCK TO ALL...
None, since the program did not manage anything at all, other than displaying some official looking progress bars and completion messages.
I made many attempts, with various settings, following uneventful installs. Each time it stated that it sent a draft including intended attachment to Gmail 'Drafts' folder. Alleged draft never appeared. Period.
This software proved to be useless, at least to me. Running Vista Home Premium, 32-bit.
It's simple and works. If Linux becomes as easy we might break the MS stranglehold!. I don't like all the 1 star "It doesn't work" comments skewing the rating so I gave 5 stars to better reflect it's excellence. Few things are Spectacular!
The attachment size could be a little bigger and the "attaching" speed could be quicker. There is probably a "premium" account which offers this but I don't think Google really needs more money to offer a little more user friendliness!
I appreciate any software that gives people an opportunity to break from the Microsoft mold. I don't like Outlook as it is one more way for Microsoft to retain a monopoly on people's (computer) lives. I never even bothered to learn how to use it as I didn't like the way it took over my computer. If people are having a hard time configuring gAttach or getting it to work, it is likely because of Outlook being embedded into there office (or other) computer software.
Updated on Aug 31, 2009
After re-reading my review I realized it had been largely related to the Gmail function itself. gAttach is separate software and I should have confined my comments and 5 star rating to gAttach which deserves every star!