What it does
Web based email services are great but they don't work well from inside Windows.
So for example, if you click an email link on a web page Windows will most likely start your desktop email client. You will get a similar response from Windows if you try to email a document from Word or right click a file on your desktop and select "Send to mail recipient." Windows simply does not recognise web mail services.
Affixa is a free desktop program that solves this problem very effectively. Once installed and configured, Affixa allows you to use you web mail service from within Windows just as if it were a desktop email client.
You can set your web mail program up so that it automatically selected as your default email client or alternatively, you can select which email account you want to use for the action you initiated.
So for example if you want to send a link to web site to someone from your browser you could set it up to automatically use your Gmail account or you could configure Affixa so that you were offered a choice of Gmail or Microsoft Office.
That's quite handy for situations where for example you want to send your private email via Gmail and your business email via Outlook.
But Affixa does more. One of its best features is the way it allows you to send attachments via your web mail service.
If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want.
If the attachment contained photographs Affixa offers to shrink them to a smaller size.
If you have several attachments you can create a "collection" to be emailed. If the attachment is too large for your web mail service Affixa offers to deliver the attachments via the free Drop.io web service.
Affixa works with Gmail, Gmail Apps Mail and Yahoo!. If you use Hotmail or other web mail service, you are out of luck.
The program is only free for personal use. Commercial licences cost around $4 per person per year.
The free version is limited to a single web mail account. However you can upgrade for approximately US$4 per year to a subscription account that supports multiple web mail accounts as well some other features such as zip compression of attachments.
Affixa requires the Microsoft .NET 2.0 to be installed on the host PC.
Affixa uses quite a lot of memory. On an Windows XP Pro system this averaged around 32MB with peak of 52MB. With a modern PC with 1GB or more of memory this should not be a problem but it could be an issue on older machines.
If you use Gmail or Yahoo Mail you are going to find much to like here with few negatives and should definitely give this product a try.
Windows XP, Vista, 2003 or 2008, 2.5MB
Many thanks to Andrew Seward for suggesting this product
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