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    How to set Gmail as default email application (in desktop and Shotwell)

    Hello,
    Ubuntu 13.04:
    I want to send pictures from Shotwell via email. Shotwell seems to start Thunderbird or Evolution instead of Gmail.
    This issue alienates a lot of ordinary users who want to send images to friends/family!

    1) How can I set Gmail as default email-client in Shotwell?


    2) How do I set gmail as default in Ubuntu's settings?


    Notice that "Gmail web app" is already installed in Ubuntu Raring, but Gmail is not listed. See the above image.
    Last edited by moma; March 29th, 2013 at 01:52 PM.

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    Re: How to set Gmail as default email application (in desktop and Shotwell)

    Have you installed the Gnome Gmail client and set it as default ? Both My Opera and Tbird clients are options in Shotwell depending what I set as default ,but I can't send directly and bypass the client .
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    Re: How to set Gmail as default email application (in desktop and Shotwell)

    Hello,
    Obrigado.
    I just installed "gnome-gmail" and set it as default mail-client in the settings.

    $ apt-cache search gnome | grep -i gmail
    gnome-gmail - support for Gmail as the preferred email application in GNOME
    gnome-gmail-notifier - A Gmail Inbox Notifier for the GNOME Desktop

    $ sudo apt-get install gnome-gmail

    Shotwell can now send images and .zip files to a gmail-account. It opens a browser-window. The message is initially saved as draft. That's ok.

    I think that gnome-gmail should be installed and set as default in Ubuntu, especially because Gmail web app is already present. This will avoid confusão among users.

    Boa Pàscoa.
    Last edited by moma; March 29th, 2013 at 01:59 PM.

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    Re: How to set Gmail as default email application (in desktop and Shotwell)

    Glad it worked . Keep in mind that not all people use Gmail or any Google services. Thunderbird is neutral and not tied to any particular email provider.
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    Re: How to set Gmail as default email application (in desktop and Shotwell)

    Yes, Thunderbird and Geary... are neutral. The default-app list could have an [Other...] option that lists all available email-clients that are in the package system. The selected email-app is then installed when first time requested.

    Most of ordinary users cannot handle the current complexity. They turn back to Windows.
    All end-users I've seen try to send images from Shotwell / Camera -- and they fail.

    Why is Google web app installed by default, but its desktop integration package is not (gnome-gmail package)??
    Last edited by moma; April 2nd, 2013 at 10:23 AM.

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