If you receive a lot of attachments in your Gmail account, it can be hard to keep up with them all or find a specific attachment when you need it. Attachments.me aims to fix this issue with it’s new visual search tool for Gmail attachments. It integrates into your Gmail or Google Apps account and then crawls your account so that it can process all of your files and documents. This could take awhile depending on how many attachments you have in your account.
Once installed, you can quickly search for photos, pdf files, and documents via the Attachments.me website or by using the search box right in your Gmail account. The only downside to the service is that it’s not 100% free. There is a 14-day free trial, after which there is a fee of $54/year (which comes out to $4.50/month). Luckily, you do not have to provide your credit card information during the free trial.
First you’ll need to install the appropriate extension. Attachments.me has an extension for Chrome and Firefox (direct link). Once you install the extension, you’ll need to go to your Gmail account and click on the authentication link that you’ll see at the very top of the page. From there you’ll be directed to the Attachments.me website or you can head back to your Gmail account.
Searching for Attachments in Gmail
Attachments.me doesn’t change much in your Gmail account. You can still use the search box as you normally would, but your results may be a little different depending on what you search for. If there are photos, documents or pdf files that match your search query, you’ll see them above your inbox results (see image below).
Note: Attachments.me can also search for text inside of documents, not just in your actual messages.
You can also scroll over a particular attachment to get more options. You’ll be able to download the attachment and/or see the original email in which it was attached.
Searching for Attachments on the Website
As mentioned above, you can also search for attachments on the Attachments.me website. Using the website is much more efficient because you can filter your attachments by type, search through multiple accounts at once, and bookmark/save your searches.
Scrolling over an image on the website will let you view, download, share, or archive it.
As you can see, Attachment.me is not an overly complicated or feature-rich tool, but it does the job. While it does serve a purpose, is it really needed? It’s definitely handy for someone who receives numerous attachments a day and may have a hard time keep up with them.
Do you find it useful for yourself? Do you think it’s worth $54.00/year?