Yahoo : A New Way to View Attachments in Mail
Today, we are happy to announce the roll-out and major refresh of the document preview experience and improvements to the underlying technology – making it even faster.
New Viewing Experience
Usually when viewing attachments, you constantly have to switch back and forth between reading/composing an email and referencing the attachment. Now, with Yahoo’s new experience, when you click on an attachment, a side-by-side preview will appear so you can read your message or even reply, all while viewing your attachment. We’ve also added an expanded preview mode for those smaller screens and a presentation mode.
The design is responsive – if you reduce the size of your window, the preview will automatically turn into the expanded preview mode so that the attachment is still legible. The best part is, you can still understand the context of the message by hovering over “back to message.”
For PowerPoint, we’ve added a presentation mode so now you can open the slides full screen right within Yahoo Mail.
Under the hood, document preview uses native HTML and CSS for better performance since it leverages built-in browser optimizations. This is a shift from SVG/HTML5, which was slower. Previews of documents, including PDFs and Microsoft Office files, are also lightning fast because we convert the attachment to a preview version before you even click on it, saving valuable time.
For shortcut users, we’ve added the following:
- Ctrl –/++ to zoom in or out within a document
- Left/Right to navigate among multiple attachments
- Up/Down to scroll through an attachment
- Ctrl+F for expanded preview mode. Ctrl+F again to go to presentation mode. Esc to reverse the process.
The new preview experience is rolling out to U.S. users starting today. Let us know what you think!