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By Tony Mobily
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 09:34

File previews and lightbox

Hello friends!

With Apollo, you can attach files to messages and comments. This is a much needed feature: web designers often use messages and comments to show drafts; business people might share a contract draft or a business proposal; and so on.

On the 3rd of December, we introduced a feature that allowed you to preview a file without actually downloading it:

We wanted to do a little better: for a selected range of file formats (which will no doubts grow), we now also allow a lightbox preview of files. You can now click on a recognised file, and view it in its original size:

Let us know what you think!


8 comments so far

ian's picture


Tue, 01/11/2011 - 10:45


Its looking great guys.

Feedback - sometimes the first time I open an image its off screen, I can see the upper left corner of the image, but its way down to the right.

If I click anywhere to close it, and open it again it works fine.

Happend to me 2x in Chrome 8.0 on OSX

applicomhq's picture


Wed, 01/12/2011 - 08:46



We are looking into this right now!


Valerio's picture


Sun, 01/30/2011 - 18:20


Just got your invite and start playing with it!
Apollo is great for two main reasons:
1) it's a great web app and prj manager
2) it's made in Italy :)

As a web entrepreneur I understand how hard is to be competitive and make cool ideas come true, if you also want be stylish the challenge is harder. Great to see that you're releasing that.

My first advices:
1) the iCal implementation is fundamental, as it will sync with iPhone, Mac, iPad....
2) I would like to see a tool to add notes to images, like in proofhub. That's the only tool that proofhub has that I really appreciate. It works like this: the creative team posts a graphics for the client to be reviewed, the client can access the image and add notes directly to the image, paint or add symbols, mark with a red pencil some zones, etc... the reviewing and proofing will stream more efficiently and all within your app.
3) connect to Harvest for invoicing via their api.
it's a great invoicing web app

Thank you and keep going!

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Tony Mobily

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 09:43


Hi Valerio

1) iCal implementation is coming soon. It's in our priority todo list!

2) We will investigate this one. However, the main focus of Apollo is project management rather than proof approvals.

3) Implementing a basecamp-compatible API is also in our priority TODO!


Manu's picture


Sun, 02/13/2011 - 01:46


Great feature. Very important to illustrate something between project manager and customer.

It would be helpful to get an option for the project manager: to show or to hide the download option for the attachments.

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Tony Mobily

Sun, 02/13/2011 - 09:44



Why would you want to hide the download option?


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Bob Gorczyca

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 02:35


Hi - I just started using the product after using/looking at many, many, many others. Very promising!

As a collaborator, being able to add attachments to messages is a good start (though it would be nice if they were treated like files that can be categorized.) Having a whiteboard is good too, and I see it is in your roadmap.

What I want to be able to do, however, is to visually see all the messages, images, etc., related to a task, on the same page, yet maintain the message's "thread" concept. (Something similar backpack, or more analogous to where Google Wave was heading.)

As a start, I want to be able to *easily* move an item from the "Files" tab into a message, a whiteboard, etc., and vice versa. Treat the files as assets that can be brought into any project. Most current packages require URL links/wikis, etc. to do this, but a simple drag and drop or drop-down approach would be great. Is something like this in the roadmap? Or is it already there, and I'm missing it?

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Tony Mobily

Wed, 03/30/2011 - 10:33



Discussing this in the blog post's comments is a little awkward :D
Please drop us an email to contact[at] so that we can continue the discussion in a more comfortable environment!