Why did we create CloudMagic Gmail Search Extension?


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Why did we create CloudMagic?

This is the first blog post from CloudMagic team and I guess it is the right place to answer this question.

We are increasingly using a large number of cloud-based services every day. For example – our own company does not have a single copy of MS Office and we use Google Apps for Domains extensively. With the prevailing use of online applications, we felt a need to search and locate stuff quickly. Similar to how Mac’s Spotlight and Windows 7 Search can search within your local data. While Google provides great search features for Gmail and Google Docs, it is not as fast as desktop search — neither it provides unified search results across multiple services.

We love Spotlight‘s search experience and we wanted the same experience for all of our data residing on the cloud.

We created CloudMagic to provide lightning-fast, “search as you type” functionality for your online data.

How does it work?

CloudMagic creates a search index of your online data on your local hard disk. Only the relevant text data is indexed so the size of the index is only a fraction of your total data. For example, we don’t index attachments, images or any binary (non-text) data.

Think of CloudMagic as a software-only equivalent of Google Search Appliance for your online data.

CloudMagic automatically updates the search index as long as the browser is running. You don’t need to keep the web-pages of the various online services open to update the search index. You can continue browsing other websites while the index gets updated in the background.

Since CloudMagic indexes the data completely in your hard-disk, you don’t need to store or transfer passwords with any 3rd party servers — including ours.  Now that hard drive space has become so cheap, keeping a search index in your hard-disk is no longer a real concern.

Which services are supported today?

We are launching CloudMagic today with support for Gmail. Google Docs support is a few weeks away. For those of you having multiple Gmail accounts, CloudMagic also searches between multiple accounts and presents a unified view of search results.

If you like what we are doing, let us know your comments. Also, please help us determine our roadmap.

Which online data sources would you like us to support on priority?

Please leave your comments below or start a discussion thread at our Community Forums.

Cheers,
Team CloudMagic

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Jamais
Jamais

Hi! can you really emprove cloudmagic by adding partial recognition

simple example - i have several tel.numbers across my emails but remember only 4 to 5 last or inner digits in sequence.

unfortunately nor cloudmagic nor gmail doesn't provide this feature

both gmail and your app returns matching results only for first digits in sequence

https://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hlrm=ru&answer=6593

Gmail doesn't recognize special search characters like square brackets, parentheses, currency symbols, the ampersand, the pound sign, and asterisks. It also doesn't recognize partial or similar matches, so a search for travel will find travel, but not travels, traveler, or travle.

Team CloudMagic
Team CloudMagic

Hi,

CloudMagic supports partial search. For ex: Searching for “123” will bring “123456”, “12309872” but not “987123” or “8612348” . Similarly searching for "travel" will find "travels", "traveling" and "traveler".

In contact, we look for numbers in the beginning and not in the middle or at the end. Searching in beginning, middle and at the end of a number or a string will bring in a lot of results.

Prefix search is the most natural one.

We do not have any plans of supporting middle content and postfix search.

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Pete
Pete

This looks great. I have a lot of stuff on the cloud. But I also have a large archive of older files on my hard disk. It is unlikely I will copy all my old files to the cloud.

Could cloudmagic also search my hard disk for me - like Google Desktop used to?

That would be awesome

Thanks

Chirag
Chirag

Pete,

Thanks for your feedback. To be honest, we haven't thought about it. Our primary focus is to index cloud data.

Cheers,

Chirag

Team CloudMagic

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Tim
Tim

Please, please get an update for firefox 5 - i miss my CloudMagic -

Team CloudMagic
Team CloudMagic

Tim,

The latest version of CloudMagic (i.e v2.70) supports Firefox 5.0.

You can download the latest version of CloudMagic from this website

http://cloudmagic.com/

If you are still facing any problems you can get back to us.

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sk
sk

how about indexing evernote? and linkedin. that would be very useful. thanks

manoj
manoj

@sk

Facebook & Twitter support is the next thing to come. Linkedin and Evernote are already in our wishlist.

Alex Gogan
Alex Gogan

Hi Guys,

I would love this as an App for my android device, and as an option of imap email, even in some of the online versions then this would be truly be email heaven >:¬}

Team CloudMagic
Team CloudMagic

@Alex

Thanks. Android support is not in near horizon, but we are working on an online version.

You can expect it soon :)

-Parimal Das

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Tim
Tim

Would be great if you could search RSS feeds I subscribe to as well. Great App!!

Team CloudMagic
Team CloudMagic

@Tim

Thanks. We will include this in future CM releases.

-Parimal

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Chirag
Chirag

@JK,

Yes. Facebook & Twitter support is the next thing to come.

@mel,

Adding support for Dropbox & Zoho to the wishlist. We already have "possibility to choose the location of data" in wishlist. +1 for it.

Regards,

Chirag

Team CloudMagic

mel
mel

Would love to be added Dropbox and Zoho.

And also the possibility to choose the location of data. So it will be used with PortableFirefox.

Thanks

JK
JK

Love this app.

Facebook Page support would be absolutely awesome.

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shailesh
shailesh

is work in google chrome also?

Chirag
Chirag

@Shailesh,

Yes, CloudMagic works on Google Chrome also.

Regards,

Chirag

Team CloudMagic

Gagan
Gagan

Super Cool stuff!

Why don't you have a link on this website from where I can recommend it to my friends and colleagues.

Chirag
Chirag

@Gagan,

You'll find the share links in the application.

As far as I can remember we thought of adding share links to the site & couldn't arrive at a consensus on its placement. Your comment will get us started again. Thanks.

Cheers,

Chirag

Team CloudMagic

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Afterburned
Afterburned

Brilliant app!

For the future - Google calendar please!

Also to think about - the lack of trash bin to recover deleted Google Calendar items - what is your organisations work around?

Chirag
Chirag

@Afterburned

Thanks for the feedback. Added Google Calendar search to wish-list. Integrated Mail, Docs & Contacts search will be out soon.

Personally I never felt the need of trash bin for Google Calendar. May be its got to do with my limited usage of Calendar.

Cheers,

Chirag

Team CloudMagic

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Dios li
Dios li

Thanks for the magic! It works like a charm. Hope it will support Google Calendar soon! Go Go Go!

Rohit Nadhani
Rohit Nadhani

@Dios,

Glad you liked it. Google Calendar is in our wish-list. Google docs coming within a couple of weeks.

Vimal
Vimal

I am facing few issues with clouding magic it is not synchronizing or updating the Gmail properly please find the screen shots

Thanks

Vimal

nitesh
nitesh

I would really love having advanced search capabilities like gmail search.

Search/Filter via labels,From,To, Date ect.

venki
venki

Awesomeness!!!!

Parimal Das
Parimal Das

@Paul

While implementing Dropbox, we will surely look into possibilities with Syncplicity.

Parimal

Parimal Das
Parimal Das

@JohnT

The Google Docs search will work for documents owned by you and shared to you.

We have added the "Google Voice call button" for contacts in our wishlist.

JohnT
JohnT

Great product. For Google Docs, is the plan to provide search results across an entire google apps domain, or just a user's own documents? Hopefully, the search/index will be with all docs owned and shared with the searcher.

Also, I agree with earlier comments that it would be very useful to reply to an e-mail without the need to reload the browser window, and a Google Voice call button on the contacts results would be totally awesome.

Paul Hertz
Paul Hertz

Great product. I have 2 CloudMagic accounts: a personal Gmail and a Google Apps business email. I would like to be able to search the business email and not have my personal emails show up and vice versa - is this possible?

Also, I have a Syncplicity account (which is connected to Google Docs but I don't have all my files in Google Docs - they are all in Syncplicity). Is there any future thoughts about searching Syncplicity? (I know people asked this for Dropbox).

Rohit Nadhani
Rohit Nadhani

@Paul,

Accounts-wise filtering is a popular request. We will implement it very soon.

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Ose
Ose

Can you make the search box a little smaller or give the ability to minimize it? It takes up too much space if the screen is not big or the window is not fully enlarged.

Norbert
Norbert

I get this code: Unable to download mails

Error: Invalid credentials a18if6595933eei.35

Norbert
Norbert

Thanks for the great search tool. I have also an aol account. When can I search that account which this tool?

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victor
victor

so what did you do, before creating this product, that required such an intensive use of GMail and google apps? looks like a chickend and egg problem

Rohit Nadhani
Rohit Nadhani

@victor

The company behind CloudMagic - www.webyog.com has been using Gmail & Google Apps internally for several years :)

Aayush
Aayush

Great product...when I search for a contact, sometimes, I want to get to their info, not necessarily their emails so I can copy the email or phone number. It would be uber cool if you integrate with Google call phone. For example, if I search for a contact and it has a number attached to them, then a call icon should appear next to their name and clicking it should start the call using the google call phone feature

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Nitin
Nitin

OS: Snow Leopard (10.6.4)

Browser: Chrome (5.0.375.127)

Problem: Restarting the browser, the CM search box is dislocated to some place below the gmail search box covering some links on the gmail home page. Would love it if CM search box could remember where I had placed it last time before closing the browser

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Nick Lame
Nick Lame

I really like CloudMagic, but my FireFox now opens with the CloudMagic welcome page http://www.cloudmagic.com/welcome.php?s=n.

Why is that?

And, more important, how do I turn that off????

Team CloudMagic
Team CloudMagic

@Nick Lame

Seems like you have hit a bug in cloudMagic.

Would you be interested in helping us nail the bug? We would be grateful if you can contact us at feedback@cloudmagic.com.

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