There’s email, iMessage, sneaker net (with CD or DVDs hand carried), remote login and upload, and a variety of online services which do the deed of storing files and handing out links you can give to others. Or, there’s Dropbox and this clever add-on utility.
Drag, Drop, Share
Dropbox has a public folder option which works well enough for sharing files when you’re in a hurry and security isn’t an issue.
What if you want to share files to specific users in your office, or to clients, or even friends, but you’d rather they not rummage through a public folder?
Add Dragshare for Dropbox to your Mac. It’s drag, drop, and share simple.
What this clever add on app does isn’t unique. Online file sharing services do much the same thing but usually have a monthly price tag or minimum price to do the deed.
Dragshare for Dropbox resides in your Mac’s Menubar. Drag and drop a file onto the Menubar icon and it gives you a link to Dropbox which you can then send to someone to download the file.
Oh, and it also puts the file into your Dropbox folders so it can be synced up online and available for download from the link.
That’s it. Drag a file to the Menubar icon, and a popup asks you want you want to do. Email means send the file via email. Share means share the file. Use the link that Dragshare copies to the Mac’s clipboard to send to others. Once they get the link, they can click it to download the file.
Drag and drop multiple files and Dragshare is smart enough to zip them up into an Archive.zip file to make it easier to store, upload, and download. As is often the case with new apps, earlier versions of Dragshare were a bit buggy, but the latest has been rock solid. You’ll still need a Dropbox account, though.
If you use iCloud Apple has a way to share links to documents stored online, too. Click Here for the details. There are more steps and some limitations in file sizes, though. But it works.