AUSTRALIA’S shiny, a new browser-based email client that lets you send and receive emails using a standard HTML email client, has sparked debate and controversy among users who say it lacks the power to save documents.
But users say it offers a much more polished experience than the other popular email clients, like Outlook and Microsoft Outlook Express, which require users to manually create or save an archive of documents to their inboxes.
“Shiny is a good product and the app is great but it’s not the only one,” wrote user @shiny_gw on Twitter.
Shiny offers more features than the others, including an automatic attachment storage feature.
The feature can save your files to your Dropbox account, where they are accessible via an “upload” button.
But it is not compatible with attachments in Word, the other email client favoured by most Australians.
Other users on Reddit and Twitter complained that they had trouble uploading and saving documents to Shiny.
One user on Reddit even asked the developers of Shiny, which are based in Canada, to make a fix for their problem.
@shinygw @gwmail It’s not a bug, it’s a feature, @shinys developers should add it ASAP.
Users on Reddit complained that Shiny had been designed to be simple to use.
Its a simple app with lots of features.
It shouldnt require you to understand how to use it to save files, they say.
While Shiny has faced criticism over its reliability and lack of feature, its popularity has helped it gain a wider audience.
In March, Australian news site The Age published a list of the top-grossing email apps in the country, including Shazam and the Mailbox app.
The list included Shazams Mail app, Shazom Mail app and the Shiny Mail app.
In the past year, Shiny has also gained a loyal following on social media.
Users on Twitter were quick to praise Shiny, calling it a “cool” app.
But some users were less enthusiastic.
A Reddit user asked the Shiny developers to remove the upload feature so they could make Shiny compatible with email attachments.
“Theres a couple of people who are really unhappy with the upload option,” the user wrote.
“I know Im just a bit biased but it seems that there are a lot of people that hate the upload and are really confused about how to go about it.”
Users also expressed concerns about the “unlimited” data storage that is included in the app.
“Is there a limit on how much storage you can store?” wrote user @fairypenguin.
“Is there an option to limit the amount of storage?
If so, it makes the app not worth using, and its probably not worth spending $50.”
Another user posted a screenshot of an email from another user complaining about the upload features.
“I dont have a problem uploading to the Shiny server and saving my email on a separate account,” he wrote.
The email sent to Shiny users from @jkreidman said that while he appreciated that it was possible to upload and save files to Shiny servers, he was concerned about how the system would work when the server was “full”.
“The upload feature isnt something I would use to save my email.
You can only upload to the server if you have an internet connection and if your server is not full,” he said.
A Shiny user on Twitter pointed out that there was a similar bug in Outlook Express which users were using to send email to people in the United States.
However, many users are happy with the features in Shiny.
“Shayyyyyyyyyyyy is awesome.
Its pretty much what I use every day,” wrote @sarah_m_fitness.”
It’s easy to use and its super fast.
You can save files on the Shiny servers for later use, and you can do that on your computer too.”