Backpack Preview #3: Web 1.0 calling Web 2.0 25 Apr 2005
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Backpack takes a fresh look at email. However, instead of just sending email to someone else’s email address, Backpack will receive an email and turn it into something useful on the web. This isn’t just about posting flat content to the web via email, it’s about turning flat emails into functional web pages.
Need to send yourself a to-do item from your cell phone or Blackberry? Email it to Backpack and it will be converted into a to-do item with a checkbox. Need to send yourself a text note plus some images and even a file? No problem — send it all in a single email and Backpack will post the note, thumbnail the image(s), and attach the file(s). Clean, quick, effortless — and familiar. There’s barely an easier way to get content online.
Backpack also revisits the command line. For example, to set a Backpack email/mobile phone reminder to “Pick up the dry cleaning” at 7:45pm tonight you can select from a series of pulldowns:
Or you can just enter the time in the text entry box. If you don’t use the pulldowns to pick a date in the future, Backpack assumes you mean today so it sets the date for you automatically. Don’t Make Me Think.
And for those who prefer the 24-hour format, that works too:
All of the above examples will result in this:
There’s a lot of little useful bits like this in Backpack. It’s why one hard-to-impress person said “Backpack is perfectly conceived and the most elegantly executed web app I’ve seen. Period. I’m excited again about keeping things organized at work and at home. I plan to be Backpack-ing a lot every day.”
Launch is just a few days away. Get on the announcement list and you’ll be the first to know.