There’s one feature of the new Wesabe Firefox Uploader that’s worth a separate mention: Browser Snapshot.
If you’ve ever bought anything or paid any bill online, you know that at the end of the checkout process, you get a page with a confirmation number that says, “Please print this page for your records.” Like a fool, I used to do that all the time, and now I have a closet full of folded-up printouts that I almost never look at again — unless a dispute comes up, I need to file an expense report, or when tax time rolls around. The times when I have needed those printouts, they’ve been invaluable, but printing them, storing them, and finding them again has always been a huge pain.
The Firefox Uploader adds a new feature to Wesabe designed to make storing receipts and confirmation pages much easier. In the Firefox Uploader, you can select the Browser Snapshot feature whenever you land on one of those receipt pages. The Uploader will take a full screenshot for you, then let you upload the screenshot directly to your Wesabe account. Once the transaction hits your account, you can attach the screenshot to the transaction with a single click, and it will be stored along with your account records. If you ever need that receipt, just search your accounts and there the full receipt page is.
Of course, you shouldn’t have to be using Firefox to do this, so we’ve added file attachments to every transaction. Just click “Advanced” under the transaction edit, and you can upload any file related to that transaction to the site (2MB max per file, 1GB max per user). During testing, we’ve found great uses for this — travel receipts to make expense reports easier, product manuals in PDF form, even menus from the restaurants you visited.
(Because of the way our privacy wall works, attachments are currently stored on disk in unencrypted form. We’re planning an update shortly to correct this, and when we launch it, any attachments you’ve uploaded will automatically be encrypted. We wanted to make sure to get this out with the Firefox Uploader release, but we also want to build the encryption feature taking full advantage of the protections the privacy wall offers, and that will take a little more time.)
We’ve been using file attachments internally for a while now, and it’s a great feature for cleaning up clutter and making it dead simple to get organized. Give it a try, either with the Firefox Uploader or just using the web site directly, and you’ll see how helpful it can be.