Inbox by Gmail for web adds support for inserting images easily with Drag & Drop, Copy & Paste
Inbox by Gmail has been a rather odd ride, even though it comes from the makers of Google’s reowned email service.
Playing second fiddle to Gmail is never going to be an easy task, and this is only complicated by the plethora of features which the email giant offers.
Inbox drawn in criticism from users, who want to want to use the service, but stay away from it not because it isn’t as powerful as Gmail, but because it lacks plenty of very basic features. Why would anyone want to use a service when a more superior one exists, and that too from the same company? But of course, Inbox is not going to replace Gmail, it is a totally different service, which is intended for power users, who want to minimize the amount of emails they have in their inbox folder.
Google has even resorted to promoting Inbox by Gmail by placing a text ad in “Gmail’s interface”, when the number of emails in your inbox folder reaches zero. This might come off as a desperate attempt to attract users to the service, but I believe the right way is to actually improve it with more features, or at least allowing to activate Inbox, without using the mobile app first.
But I think Inbox has been improving quite a bit lately. Recently, the service added support for text formatting in the web version’s composer, allowing users to insert numbered/bulleted lists, change regular text to bold, italic, underline words and link to web URLs. It also added support for Keyboard Shortcuts for the aforementioned features.
And over the weekend, Inbox by Gmail added a rather important feature, as noted by Android Police. Google took to its social network, Google+, to announce that Inbox by Gmail now supports Drag & Drop, Copy & Paste for inserting images into the email composer. The image featured above showcases this very feature.
Personally, I’d prefer copying and pasting the image, as it is quicker and easier than dragging an image into the browser. This will allow users to save some precious seconds, which would have otherwise been wasted by navigating through folders, using the file uploader.
On a side note, Google Hangouts also added drag and drop support for images, back in July this year. So, I think it’s fair to say that the Mountain View company is trying to provide a universal experience across it’s web apps.