How many ways can you share files with friends, family, or co-workers? There’s email. There’s text messaging. Then it gets tricky.
Suddenly sharing gets all techno-babble for most Mac and PC users with terms, protocols, and configurations for the likes of FTP, sFTP, WebDAV, and other esoteric sharing methods. Or, if you want to share instantly, there’s apps in the cloud. Cloud?
Send In The Clouds, Judy
From my own experience and research, email seems to be the way to share files with others. And email has problems. Movie files are huge and email services have limits.
Email messages get forwarded when they shouldn’t.
Is there an easier way to take files and get them to someone that’s easier than email?
Of course there is. One of the more exciting methods is to use the cloud. Cloud? The internet. Not email on the internet. But storing files somewhere on the internet that others can receive.
Have Cloud, Will Drag And Drop
CloudApp is a simple, elegant, free (so far) app and service for sending all kinds of files to others (friends, co-workers, family, enemies).
What can you share or send to others? What have you got? Documents, files, songs, audio clips, music videos, video clips, graphic images, photos, notes. If it’s a file, it goes through CloudApp.
How? Sign up for CloudApp. Install CloudApp on your Mac (it resides in the Mac’s Menubar). Drag and drop what you want to send or share to CloudApp. Uh, I think that’s it. Oh, wait.
CloudApp immediately gives you a link on your Mac’s clipboard that you can send to whomever via email or text. When they get it, they can download the file. Simple, no? Even the preferences are simple.
CloudApp gives you basic, easy to understand Preferences which range from setting a Hotkey to invoke, set notifications, and automatically copy the download link to your Mac’s clipboard.
Plugins? CloudApp got plugins. They’re called Raindrops and they give you extra functionality for specific apps on your Mac, and there’s a bunch.
There are Raindrops for iPhoto, iTunes, Photoshop, the Mac’s Finder, Firefox, Safari and other Mac apps.
What happens with CloudApp is rather simple. When you drag and drop a file (photo, image, text, video clip, audio clip, music, whatever) to CloudApp’s icon in your Mac’s Menubar, it gets copied to CloudApp.
CloudApp uses Amazon’s S3 storage which is reliable and inexpensive.
Once the file begins to be copied to CloudApp’s storage, you get a link to the files location on your Mac’s clipboard.
Send the link to your friends, family, co-workers and when they click it, the download process begins. You can do the same thing using CloudApp’s web interface.
Login to the CloudApp site and you get a list of all the files you’ve uploaded to your CloudApp Library, which includes images, bookmarks, text, audio and video. You can manage it all in a browser window.
Free? Kinda sorta. CloudApp Free is free but has limits on how many files can be uploaded. CloudApp Pro has a price tag, increases the file upload limits, and lets you use your own domain name.
What’s not to like? CloudApp is a handy, useful, elegant way to share those files you’d rather not share using email.