File transferring is one of those things we’re used to not put a lot of thought into, that is the same reason why a lot of us are still using old technology and haven’t realized there are faster and simpler ways to transfer files without annoying whoever is on the other end.
There is a lot of file transferring involved in my daily action, most of it with clients but also in collaboration, some of these people go from entrepreneurs to colleagues and even advertising agencies. I’m a little surprised that we are still using services that deliver files in a page full of ads, so much clutter it’s hard to find the download link.
This makes you look unprofessional. I understand that not everybody has a server available at all times or the experience to manage it. That’s why I wanted to share these 5 applications that are designed to make your life simple AND make you look like a real Cloud Entrepreneur with your recipients.
So let’s review the following options, I promise you they are not only beautiful but super easy to use.
1. Let’s Crate
Let’s Crate is one of my favorite ones for 2 reasons, first because is completely web-based, you don’t need to install anything on your desktop and second, you don’t need to open any windows to search for your file, a simple drag and drop from your desktop into that box inside your browser will do.
Once you drop your file inside the box, you get the following screen with a couple of options, to grab the short url you’ve just created with a life of 30 minutes or to sign up to create an account and keep the file forever.
If you sign up for an account, you have the option to create folders (called “Crates”) to organize your files. Once you have created a new url, you can also share the link on Twitter or Facebook if it’s a public file you want to share with your followers.
Let’s Crate offers a free account with limits of 1gb, 6 Crates, 1,000 downloads and 50mb file size, which is pretty generous, and then it has paid accounts available for up to 500gb and ulimited usage.
Drops also makes my list because it’s easy to use and has a beautiful minimalistic design. The difference here is that this is a desktop app, built on Adobe Air and runs on any operating system.
But even tough it’s a desktop app, Drops is not intrusive at all. The following is an image that shows my actual desktop with the app open.
This is also a simple but beautiful drag and drop, grab whatever file you want and dump it inside the box so it can create a short url for you to share. One of the aspects I like about Drops is that your files are organized by date.
Once it has finished uploading your file via the desktop app, you can share that short url with your recipient or your also tweet it as you can see in the following image.
Drops does not have storage limits, only a 50mb file limit. Works pretty awesome to me!
A similar application, Ge.tt is totally web-based and does not require you to have an account.
Just click on “Select Files” to grab a file from your hard disk…
and Ge.tt will return a page including a short url and capabilities to share via Facebook, Twitter or Email. The link is also valid for 30 days if you don’t open an account.
Ge.tt is still in beta and for now offers free accounts with links good for 90 days and real-time statistics.
Probably the best app for the minimalistic entrepreneur, the process is pretty much invisible:
- Drag any file to the tiny icon on the menu bar.
- Cloud generates a link and places it in your clipboard
- Go to your browser and paste it in your address bar
No windows opening on your desktop or any other annoying interruptions. I uploaded the same screenshot I used in this post and this is what I got. You can see the unique url created for you and to the upper right corner, the direct link to the file if you want to skip this screen.
Now that’s what I call smooth.
You can also have control of the files you have shared by simply clicking on the menu bar icon.
If that’s not enough, you also get an online dashboard to manage your files.
In this image you can see that I uploaded a few images but you can use it for any kind of files.
Sendoid, formerly known as iSendr, is not the prettiest application of this group but it offers a couple of cool features.
This is what we know as P2P (Peer to Peer) private file sharing. The main feature is the possibility to set a password to download your file as you can see the in the following image.
Once you sent your file Sendoid shows a status, in this case, is waiting for the peer to connect and get the download.
And once the file is downloaded by your recipient, the application also tells you the file transfer has been completed. As you can see, this is a good option to send files privately.
You can also install the app on your desktop.
DropBox is huge, if you don’t have it already running on your computer you at least heard of it.
The process is probably not a s quick and smooth when it comes to file sharing because that is not its main use but DropBox, is the app that takes matters to another level.
First of all, DropBox is know as file sync service, it is basically a box where you store and organize files and you have access to those files via the web, your desktop and your mobile device. Also, if you need to deliver a file or collaborate with somebody else, you can give people access to specific folders.
The app is also great to snap a photo or video with your phone and quickly share it with your peers. As the rest of these apps, DropBox has a free account with 2gb and also offers packages for 50gb and 100gb.
The reason I didn’t really include this app in the list is because you need to include it in your toolbox as an entrepreneur regardless of how you share files. It is much more than that.
The links to DropBox are “Referral Links” which means if you sign up via this link, you and me get a space bonus
So there you have 6 apps you can use, web-based or from your desktop, to deliver files without having your recipient get a page full of annoying ads flashing all over the screen. I’m sure there are many more and, at the speed technology works, I’m pretty sure by the time I hit publish on this post there will probably be a new one.
What do you use? Share your comments or questions in the comments sections.
Happy File Transferring!