I took a quick look at the Gspace extension for Firefox in 2005 and since it introduced a rather unique idea, I decided to take another look to see how it has evolved ever since.
Gmail gives its users lots of space, currently about 2.8 gigabytes which is of course a lot just for emails and this is what the GSpace extension makes use of.
It uses the extra storage that Gmail makes available as online storage for files which is often better suited for that than alternatives such as file hosting websites.
The interface of the extension looks similar to most ftp clients out there, it should not be a problem getting used to gspace quickly.
The only prerequisite for Gspace is a Gmail account. Just log into your Gmail account - the extension picks it up automatically and displays the files hosted on the account automatically afterwards. You can browse your local files on the left pane and browse the Gmail storage on the right. If you want to transfer files you simply mark them and click the button to start the transfer.
The transfer pane shows the current status of all of your transfers and the status bar displays useful information such as used and available free space. It is possible to create folders as well which you should do if you plan on transferring more than a couple files to the online storage.
Another nice feature is the ability to play multimedia files right from your Gmail storage. Gspace offers a player and a photo mode so that you can play music and browse pictures directly.. Just switch to either mode and you can browse, play or view those files directly in your browser.
There are currently only a few limitations that users should be aware of. Gspace has currently problems with some special characters displaying them incorrectly. It should also be noted that Google might put a temporary ban on the account if more than 1 gigabyte is transferred in 24 hours.
Update: GSpace is no longer available. The core reason for this is that Google is now offering Google Drive, an online storage system for all Google users. You can manage Drive files on the Internet, install a local client on your desktop, or use mobile clients instead to access files hosted on it.
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