For all the noise, good and bad, about cloud computing, it’s important to remember the benefits. For example, what if you want to share photos, images, links, files, music, or video clips.
Email? Uh, no. FTP? Please. That’s so 1999. As it turns out, one of the best functions of cloud computing is sharing. Here’s an app that does it for free with drag and drop simplicity.
Send In The Cloud (apps)
Just so we’re on the same page, the cloud is loosely defined as online storage or computing. MobileMe, Gmail, and Google Docs are good examples for Mac users.
We can use remote computers for cloud-based apps or storage or sharing.
With social media all the rage sharing files has taken center stage.
And easy way to share files—photos, images, documents, music, video clips—is via the cloud; wherever that might be. I found two similar Mac apps (there are others) that use the cloud to make it easier than email to share files with others, or from one Mac to another.
Droplr App In The Cloud
Droplr is a Mac app that does the cloud thing in three basic steps. Drag. Drop. Share.
The app resides in your Mac’s already overcrowded Menubar. Grab an image, document, screenshot, link, or whatever, and drag it to the icon in the Menubar. Droplr uploads the image and gives you a link so you can share it with others.
The service is free (for now it’s advertising supported) and comes with 1GB of storage, good for a few hundred images, plenty of notes, and lots of links. There’s even Twitter integration (but no Facebook) so you can really get social with your sharing.
Even better, there’s an iPhone version which uses the same account.
Cloud App In The Cloud
Cloud is a Mac app that does much the same thing. With a drag and a drop to the Menubar icon, you can share photos, images, links, music, and other files.
The files are uploaded automatically and Cloud gives you a clink to the location. Cloud also lets you manage your stored files from the Menubar, comes with handy keyboard shortcuts and is also free.
What’s not to like?
Don’t use either app to store your iTunes music library. It’s not meant for that. Very large video clips will cause problems, too (YouTube is a better solution for video).
Both are excellent at handling the small stuff you want to share with others. Drag. Drop. Upload. Get a link. Share the link. Beyond Droplr’s advertising, I may not fully appreciate the business model, so make sure that what you upload isn’t critical, and can be saved and stored on your Mac (free services seem to disappear).