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posted May 7, 2010, 1:44 PM by Michael Warren

First off, I would like to say thanks to all of you who supported MailDrop in these first few months and suffered this website. A new version of MailDrop is available today and with it comes a new website. Thanks to your support, I was able to afford a real domain/hosting for MailDrop so without further ado, here is!

Head on over there for more information!

MailDrop 1.3b

posted Mar 29, 2010, 11:58 AM by Michael Warren   [ updated Apr 19, 2010, 11:46 AM ]

What's in a name? To those of you who are stringent about versioning methods, I apologize for not following any format, but you could suggest me one that makes more sense if you like. This version is marked 'b' because it's the second attempt at version 1.3. There aren't any feature changes here, but this is being released for those of you receiving several known issues/crashes. Apparently up until now, MailDrop has not been allowing Windows to shutdown. Amazingly I've only recently become aware of this, thanks to a tipster. Apparently I don't restart my computer as often as I should :-P. MailDrop will now succumb to Windows' will and close when a shutdown command is called. Also European characters in the filename should be processed correctly. I'm sorry to my Transatlantic friends, Maildrop should now work for you also :) For more information and to grab the update, head on over to the Download page.

MailDrop 1.3

posted Mar 2, 2010, 8:10 AM by Michael Warren

After about a month of work and bug fixing thanks to all the feedback I've been getting, a more solid MailDrop 1.3 is now available in the 
Download Section. The biggest news of this new version is the introduction of a new code backbone. While the program runs the same, it should be smoother and won't lock up when downloading big files. Also this new version has better attachment detection and will be able to tell if a download link exists or not. To those of you who are still having problems with MailDrop, I've also added a debug console so if you let me know of an issue you can copy this log into your submission. The console can be enabled through settings.

The program also has a new sparkle element with a full-blown installer. Now just tell MailDrop where you want it to go and it'll install itself and add a start menu location and has the option to start with windows!

Thanks again for all of your support and patience working through some of the issues. Be sure to check back as new features are on the way! As for now, head on over to the Download page to check out MailDrop 1.3!

MailDrop 1.2

posted Jan 14, 2010, 11:30 AM by Michael Warren

Thanks to all of you who submitted issues and offered suggestions on how to make MailDrop better! Version 1.2 offers better stability and new features. The biggest of these is support for Dropbox links. Now emails with a link to a public dropbox file or an email sent from the iPhone Dropbox app will be processed and the files downloaded. Also the status of the download process will be shown in the status bar of the History window. On top of these features, MailDrop is now more stable and should be more reliable in recognizing emails and email attachments. MailDrop 1.2 is now available on the Download page along with a more detailed list of changes. Happy Downloading!

What's Your Opinion?

posted Jan 6, 2010, 1:53 PM by Michael Warren

Well it seems that this website has been getting a little more attention thanks to ghacks and lifehacker. I'd like to thank them for the exposure, and I apologize for the crudeness of my website, MailDrop is just a tool I wanted for myself and I made this little page because I'm sure other people would be interested too. In light of the increasing traffic, I've added two more (very primitive) pages to this website: Feature Requests and Issues. If there's anything you'd like to see added to MailDrop or a way you think it would work better, please let me know on the feature requests page. More important that new features, the issue page will allow you to tell me about any bugs or problems you're having with the program. This program is not very polished and definitely has a few blemishes that I may never see. Please let me know if you encounter any, so that I can help improve your experience with MailDrop. Thanks!

Introducing MailDrop

posted Jan 6, 2010, 10:19 AM by Michael Warren   [ updated Feb 18, 2010, 1:29 PM ]

MailDrop is an application that expands the scope of Dropbox to the inbox. Now you can email files to Dropbox. Any emails with the label 'Dropbox' will automatically be sent to the 'MailDrop' folder in your Dropbox. Now files can be put on Dropbox from your mobile device or from any computer without having to login to Dropbox.

How does it work?

MailDrop runs in the background on your computer, periodically checking your specified email address. When it finds an email in the Dropbox folder of your email, it automatically searches for attachments and downloads them. The attachments are saved to your local Dropbox where Dropbox then takes care of uploading them.

How do I get this running?

There are a few steps needed to be done on your part before MailDrop will be able to run:
  1. IMAP
    MailDrop checks your email using IMAP, so you must have this enabled for your email account.

  2. "Dropbox" label/folder
    To keep MailDrop from downloading all attachments emailed to you, it is set to only download emails saved to the "Dropbox" folder. NOTE: In Gmail, folders are referred to as labels, so in this instance anything with the label "Dropbox" will be downloaded.

  3. Optional: Dropbox email filter
    This is not required, but is recommended to ease the upload process. Setup an email filter which will move/copy any emails with a specified subject to your Dropbox email folder. This way, simply emailing the attachment to yourself with the subject (e.g. "MailDrop upload") will put it in your Dropbox.

Is MailDrop secure?

Your email information is only used locally and your Dropbox information is not needed, since it should be already running locally.

Is MailDrop stable?

I mainly wrote this program for my own use and so it may not be at a marketable quality level. I have tested it extensively, but only to the limits of my personal computers and email accounts. As such it is only ensured to work with Gmail, but should work on any email account using the standard IMAP protocol.

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