Gmail gets drag-and-drop attachments, better calendar tools

By on April 16, 2010, 12:18 PM
Google has added a couple of useful features to Gmail which are now available directly on the main client without them having to graduate from Labs. The first is based on HTML 5 and will allow users to drag-and-drop files as attachments to their emails, replacing the usual method of clicking the 'attach a file' option. Just grab a file or multiple files off your desktop, drag it into a Gmail compose window and it will automatically be uploaded and attached to your message.


It's not an earth-shattering new feature, but it makes sending files quick and easy. It currently works on Chrome 4 or Firefox 3.6 only, but according to Google Engineer Adam de Boor, the feature will be enabled for other browsers too as soon as they correctly support the HTML 5 drag-and-drop functionality.

The second new feature comes in the form of a little "insert invitation" link just at the bottom of the subject line of outgoing e-mails. When clicked, it opens a Google Calendar invitation-maker that includes a visual of when there are open times to meet based the invitees' schedules (provided you have access to view their Google Calendars).




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nchetoora said:

This is a very useful features for people who are not so computer savvy, or even people like me who frequently attach files.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

eh, doesn't work in Opera. They should put more energy into making it work it with Opera (or Opera more energy into making it work with gmail).

matrix86 matrix86 said:

@SNGX1275

"according to Google Engineer Adam de Boor, the feature will be enabled for other browsers too as soon as they correctly support the HTML 5 drag-and-drop functionality."

It helps when you pay attention while reading

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

line one is a useful comment -- no one will appreciate line two.

I am sure you never overlooked anything in your reading -- ever.

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

@SNGX1275

"according to Google Engineer Adam de Boor, the feature will be enabled for other browsers too as soon as they correctly support the HTML 5 drag-and-drop functionality."

It helps when you pay attention while reading

Its cumbersome to read the entire article when most of it doesn't appear on the forum page for the news... I saw html5 and remembered that when I tried a version of IE9 they had a html5 demo page and Opera was able to do those demos... Now there is a possibility it does work in 10.5 but I was on my Powerbook at the time and the latest version of Opera for that is 10.1 since it is a PPC computer and 10.5 is still in beta for PPCs. But that is the browser I used for the IE9 html5 test page so I made a small assumption based on that and that Opera and gMail don't always get along well (buzz in particular).

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