lets Yahoo Mail users send small thumbnail images.
E-mail and photo
files traditionally haven't played well together,
but Yahoo believes it can help improve the situation with
an enhancement to its Web mail service that it plans to
announce on Thursday.
Photo files are typically
large and sharing them via e-mail isn't a smooth process
because bloated messages are often difficult to send and
Yahoo plans to begin testing a new feature called PhotoMail
in its free Web mail service that lets senders ship small
thumbnail images which, when clicked upon by recipients,
launch the original, and larger, photo file.
feature will be available to a small percentage of Yahoo
Mail users starting Thursday, but those who are interested
in testing it and weren't randomly selected can sign up
for it at http://photomail.mail.yahoo.com.
PhotoMail works by
placing small thumbnail pictures in messages and storing
the actual large photo files on a server of the Yahoo
Photo online album service, said Andy Spillane, vice president
of Yahoo Mail. Up to 300 thumbnails can be inserted in
a Yahoo Mail message. When recipients click on a thumbnail,
the original file residing on a Yahoo server is launched,
so that a high-resolution version of the photo can be
viewed, printed or saved, Spillane said.
users will see a PhotoMail button on their message interface
labeled "insert photos." When clicked on for
the first time, this button sends users to a one-time
download and installation of a small piece of software
that's needed for the PhotoMail functionality. From there,
users are taken to the PhotoMail interface, where they
can choose photos located on their PCs, on their Yahoo
Photo image albums or on the Web, this latter option enabled
through Yahoo's image search service, which has been integrated
the photos they select to a window in the PhotoMail interface.
In the background, PhotoMail places thumbnails of those
files in the body of the message and stores copies of
the files on a Yahoo Photo server. Back in the message
window, users can manipulate the thumbnails in various
ways, changing their layout, adding borders and rotating
them. They can also increase or decrease the quality,
and thus the size, of the actual photo files.
such as word processing documents, can also be attached
to e-mail messages from the PhotoMail interface. However,
those non-photo files aren't stored on Yahoo servers,
and are instead tacked to the e-mail messages as conventional
attachments. Recipients don't have to be Yahoo Mail users
for PhotoMail to work for them, as long as their e-mail
service supports e-mail messages based on HTML (Hypertext
to Yahoo Mail the company plans to announce Thursday include:
-- In June,
Yahoo Mail's interface will be available in six additional
languages, for a total of 21, and in seven additional
country-specific Yahoo sites -- Poland, Turkey, Thailand,
Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, and Indonesia -- for a
total of 34.
-- U.S. users
will be able to have headlines from the Yahoo News service
beamed on their Yahoo Mail welcome screen, a capability
users will be able to customize to a degree.
-- For the first
time, users will begin to see notifications generated
by Yahoo's DomainKeys authentication technology informing
them whether messages truly originated from address in
the sender field, a feature intended to help protect Yahoo
Mail users from spam and phishing scams.
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