Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Make Attachments Your Friend with Box and Openera


I’m not a fan of attachments – there’s really nothing worse than digging through message after message to find things people swear they sent to you. Even worse is when you need to find something on the go. Have you ever tried to find a spreadsheet on your iPhone? Good luck.

Luckily, Box and Openera make it easy to find your stuff from anywhere.

To set it up, all I had to do was connect my email account to Box, then create rules to automatically upload all incoming email attachments to a specified Box folder.

As always, these documents are searchable and easy to share. Since I started using it, Openera has rescued over 100 attachments that I had forgotten and sent them to Box.

To make things even cooler, all of the files are tagged and available in Openera as well, giving me another way to view and organize my content.

The best part of all of this is the price – free (like a free Box account) for 1 email account and 1 Box account. Your future self will thank you for spending the 2 minutes to set this up. Get the integration here and start using it today.

  • Jwebbstevens

    This seems cool…what is not cool is the following message when I click “sign up”. I like the idea but it is unsettling to get a warning from Chrome that the site is a redirect…Any thoughts maybe you could chat with the folks at Openera
    “This is probably not the site you are looking for!You attempted to reach app.openera.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as*.herokuapp.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version ofapp.openera.com.You should not proceed, especially if you have never seen this warning before for this site.Proceed anyway Back to safety”

    • http://twitter.com/peterlalonde Peter Lalonde œ

      Thank you! That is a good QA catch and I really appreciate it. Turns out in our excitement over switching from Openera.net to Openera.com we didn’t switch our certificate! (Remember when Box.net became Box.com?) We are switching everything right now. Thanks for your help and please feel free to reach out anytime. (peter@openera.com)

      • http://twitter.com/jwebbstevens Justin Webb Stevens

        Awesome. Thank you for your help Peter. I was worried you might turn off users if they got ancy about this. Certificates are a bear to deal with. Thanks for acting so quickly on this. I can’t wait to give Openera.com a spin.

  • Tim C

    Love the idea but it only seems to work on IMAP accounts – what, if anything, am I missing?

    • Mark Saldana

      I believe it only works with IMAP accounts for now. Apologies for any confusion! I’ll check with the developers to see if they plan to change this in the future.

    • Krissie Thornton

      Currently, we only support IMAP – primary reason being that POP3 has no concept of server-side folders, it only gives access to received messages and they can disappear from the server as soon as the email client decides to remove them. This means we aren’t able to build all of our functionality on top of POP3, especially ability to query for attachments, tag, save, and sync to connected cloud services.

      Were you trying to connect a Hotmail account, or MS Exchange? If MS, and you use Webmail, you can use the same server information you use to connect to webmail. I hope that helps, but please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any additional questions.

      • Tim C

        Hi Krissie – it is an Office 365 MS Exchange account – how do I find the server information?

        • Krissie Thornton

          Hi Tim,

          You should be able to find your server information under your email settings – usually under your Account Options and look for “Settings for POP, IMAP, and SMTP access”

          You’ll also need to update the Port to 993

          You can find more info here on getting server & Port details (scroll down to the bottom where the video starts):


          Hope that helps, but if you have additional questions you can email me directly at krissie@openera.com