Our Inboxes are full of information. They contain news articles, to-do lists, customer support tickets, boarding passes, shipment notifications, sales queries and what not. An email app alone is not enough to deal with them, we use different tools to manage all this information. News articles go to Pocket, to-do items go to Trello, sales queries go to Salesforce.com, customer support tickets go to Zendesk and so on.
Unfortunately, these tools don’t talk to email seamlessly. We have to either forward this content to the respective tools, or indulge in copy-paste-jugglery to transfer the content from email to these tools.
Updating these tools is just one part of the problem. What’s more cumbersome is to switch apps multiple times to get work done. For eg. when a customer emails, we need to check the status of his previous tickets in Zendesk to help him; if a prospect emails asking for a quote, we have to go to Salesforce.com to check his account history.
On a sidenote, can’t we just live in these tools instead? The answer is no. Invariably things end up in our inboxes. Email is our lifestream. Most of our workflows originate and conclude with email. There is no getting away from it. It’s the first app we open in the morning and the last one to check before we hit the bed.
Now that we have built a nice email app, we thought we can take a crack at this problem. First, we started by listing down the tools we use to get our work done. There were many and not all were required by everyone. So, baking in integration with all tools would have not only made the app clunky but also rendered the app unattractive for those who don’t need all tools. Then, we started ideating on the lines of Gmail Contextual Gadgets and it came out great.
Without further ado, let me introduce you to CloudMagic Cards, the add-ons that will get your work done, right within your email app. Here is a quick video describing how it works:
We got an incredible response during the private beta and are super excited today for making it publicly available. If you have CloudMagic installed on your device, you’ll get the Cards with the latest update. Don’t have CloudMagic as yet? Download it right away:
PS: If you are a developer and would like to build a Card, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It just takes a few lines of code to build one. We’re happy to get you started.