Lost Photos unearths the images buried in your emails
If you’ve got an email account, you’ve got a time machine. That’s what SpaceInch, the developers behind Lost Photos believes, at least. This new Windows and Mac app digs through your email archive and picks out all the images you ever sent or received, freeing you from the daunting task of tackling your disorderly mail archives. You can then use Lost Photos to immediately post them to Twitter or Facebook, email them, or just enjoy reminiscing over old photos you forgot you had.
As the less-than-proud owner of a frighteningly-unorganized email account, I took Lost Photos for a spin and came away genuinely impressed.
Lost Photos is compatible with Gmail, Yahoo!, AOL, .Mac, MobileMe, and Google Apps accounts, so I punched in my Gmail credentials on the app's home screen and watched Lost Photos start to compile photos attached to emails—both those sent from me and to me. The developers promise it does not collect or store your login information at all.
An expandable menu offers a few options, like the choice to ignore super small images, or choose a limit to how far back in your email the app looks, but it really is that simple to get started. You can see your photos as they are discovered in real time on a display bar in the app, and it provides links for posting them to Facebook and Twitter while it scours your email account for more images in the background.
When it’s all done, you can access a folder with all of your email photos organized together. Just be ready to wait a couple hours for the process to complete if you’ve got a large email archive.
I use my email to send and receive a fair amount of photos, and it took close to three hours for Lost Photos to find 563 images from more than 7,000 emails. My only problem with the app arose as I previewed images Lost Photos already found. As I scrolled through the discovered photos, the program froze completely, forcing me to force-quit out of the operation after an hour of work.
When I reopened the app and entered in my email information, however, the Lost Photos recognized that I had used the account before and gave me the option to “Find Missing” photos, effectively picking up where it left off. Needless to say I was impressed with this time-saving feature. It remains to be seen if the crashing will remain an issue.
Lost Photos is an app that works exactly as advertised. The app is made to perform one function, and it does it well. That, combined with its ridiculously simple interface and clean design, make it an impressive tool for organizing and sharing photos you might not have even known were still available to you. Lost photos is free on Windows, though Mac users will have to pay $2.99