Lost Photos is an interesting application that will search any email address you have access to (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, MobileMe, .Mac, etc.) and find forgotten photos — photos that are sitting as attachments in your inbox or outbox, aka pictures that you sent and pictures that you received. I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve received in an email but never saved onto my hard drive. Lost photos extracts these types of photos and displays them to you. Unfortunately, Lost Photos does have one flaw that stops it from being perfect — it can be rather frustrating when you want to permanently get rid of photos.
When you launch Lost Photos, you are given a field to enter your email address and password. Once you do, Lost Photos extracts any picture you ever sent from or received to that e-mail. Once you find a picture that you really miss, you can save it or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or email. (It is kind of ironic that this program allows you to share photos via email because email was the reason you lost them to begin with.) In addition, you can import your lost photos into iPhoto so you can ensure that you never lose them again.
There is one quirk that is a little annoying with this program. Photos still show up in the application if you delete pictures from your email account on purpose. In other words, Liost Photos doesn’t offer a permanent delete function. This can become very frustrating because there will be times when you really want to delete a picture, but Lost Photos won’t let you. Now, deleting a picture from your hard drive will still permanently delete it, but Lost Photos won’t ever let go of it.
Overall I think Lost Photos is a very interesting application with quite a bit of potential. It is genuinely useful because there are plenty of photos that I like but just never bothered saving into my photo library. In addition, the fact that it gives you options to permanently save them is great so you don’t ever have to worry about losing them again. Once Lost Photos works out the minor deleting annoyance, they will have a potential winner.
Version reviewed: 1.1
Supported OS: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor
Download size: 13mb