Thunderbird Email and Pasting Screenshots
In this prelude to yet another working weekend, I am pleased to discover that the Mozilla Thunderbird email program allows pasting of screenshots directly into email.
I’ll admit that I’m still using Netscape 4.x for email (there’s over a Gig of it in there) and, yes, I was an NS person from way back. I still remember being thrilled at upgrading to Netscape Gold 3.0, as I recall. And while I’ve wanted to upgrade but didn’t want AOL’s version of Netscape, I found that the Mozilla bundled email program did NOT allow pasting of screenshots.
Fair enough: while my programmer friends seem to dislike with a passion any kind of HTML email, people who (also) deal with visual design sometimes need to send images to clients; personally, I’d rather just see the images in the body of the email than sit around clicking links to display them in the bundled browser. Click … see in browser. Back to email program. Click next image link … see in browser … oh, wait, how is this different than the first one? Click … are we annoyed yet?
Moreover, sometimes I need to send screenshots to clients, and sometimes while we’re on the phone. This means — in Mozilla — taking the screenshot, opening Photoshop, opening a new file, pasting the screenshot, saving it as gif/jpg, opening a new email, locating the image on the hard drive …
I did this recently with a client while I was working on an animation in ImageReady; it was a bit difficult to grasp my verbal explanation … but a quick glance at the screenshot was not only illuminating, but he immediately grasped the nuances and off we went.
But the Mozilla folk, in their wisdom, apparently have not seen fit to include this little functionality. No idea why. And so folks like me simply have not upgraded since … 1998?
But today I have high hopes. And hopefully Thunderbird will import that Gig of old email. <grin>
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