5 Simple But Effective File Sharing Applications

File transferring apps on socialmouthsFile 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.

Let's Crate - Ridiculously easy file-sharing

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.

Let's Crate file sharing

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 sharing options

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.

2. Drops

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.

Drops file sharing app

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.

That's my desktop running Drops

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.

Drops Desktop File Sharing

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 file delivery short url

Drops does not have storage limits, only a 50mb file limit. Works pretty awesome to me!

3. Ge.tt

A similar application, Ge.tt is totally web-based and does not require you to have an account.

ge.tt file sharing

Just click on “Select Files” to grab a file from your hard disk…

ge.tt select files to upload

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 your shared files

Ge.tt is still in beta and for now offers free accounts with links good for 90 days and real-time statistics.

4. Cloud

The CloudApp is a Mac only app that lives in your desktop, or I should say, on your menu bar. You can grab it from the Mac App Store. Not to be confused with iCloud.

CloudApp Share. Files Fast.

Probably the best app for the minimalistic entrepreneur, the process is pretty much invisible:

  1. Drag any file to the tiny icon on the menu bar.
  2. Cloud generates a link and places it in your clipboard
  3. 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.

cloudapp file delivery

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.

cloudapp file management

If that’s not enough, you also get an online dashboard to manage your files.

cloudapp manage files online

In this image you can see that I uploaded a few images but you can use it for any kind of files.

5. Sendoid

Sendoid, formerly known as iSendr, is not the prettiest application of this group but it offers a couple of cool features.

Sendoid the fast private way to share any file

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.

Sendoid send a private file

Once you sent your file Sendoid shows a status, in this case, is waiting for the peer to connect and get the download.

sendoid peer connection

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.

sendoid transfer complete

You can also install the app on your desktop.

Bonus: DropBox

DropBox is huge, if you don’t have it already running on your computer you at least heard of it.

use dropbox for file sharing

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.

dropbox sharing options

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

Final Thought

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!

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  • http://www.benway.net JasonB

    Let’s Crate looks pretty sweet, thanks for the post.

  • http://www.ricardobueno.com Ricardo Bueno

    I’m a fan of Dropbox. I’ve used it on plenty of occasions to share slide-decks for presentations (for myself and with other speakers). Very efficient, and in addition to keeping things on a flash-drive, it’s nice to have a back-up location for those presentations ya know.

    I’ve never used any of the others, but they sound neat and worth a try. For me, the simpler, the better.

  • http://www.findallanswers.com Jane | Find All Answers

    I was using Dropbox for a couple of weeks and was pretty much impressed by the usability. I synced my files on my home laptop, work pc, my Droid and also have added a coupl of my client’s computers.

    However, at work I had an issue (Linux computers). They blocked Dropbox because it was doing a port scan and they said that there is also a possibilty to transfer malicious files or viruses to any computer/phone that is connected to it.

    I had to disable it at work. I still doubt it anyway. @ricardobueno:disqus did you have any such issues with DB?

  • http://twitter.com/babacita John Kowalski

    Yousendit.com is also one of my favorites!

  • http://twitter.com/bicienzo Vincenzo Vecchio

    Thanks for the post!
    I usually use Cloud, very easy and clean. 

    Unfortunately you can upload only small files with the free version :(

    Obviously DropBox comes in help in these occasions..

  • http://twitter.com/bicienzo Vincenzo Vecchio

    Thanks for the post!
    I usually use Cloud, very easy and clean. 

    Unfortunately you can upload only small files with the free version :(

    Obviously DropBox comes in help in these occasions..

  • http://jewishstarjewelry.wordpress.com/ Alissa

    My dad swears by drop box, haven’t tried it yet.  Might just have to do that!

  • http://www.blogctech.com CommuniTech

    Great post. I have experience with Dropbox but its good to have some other options to explore as well. 

  • http://www.extremejohn.com Extreme John

    Very useful post!  I am a fan of dropbox myself because its very efficient and effective.  Saving and sharing your files on the cloud is almost always very helpful.  Also tried yousendit file sharing application, but it’s not as effective as dropbox.  Haven’t tried other applications mentioned on this post, but I think it’s worth of a try.  Thanks for sharing!

  • Savaliya Jignesh20

    this the fantastk application this is the really good one. Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life.to know more visit http://apps.facebook.com/diskonline

  • shajan

    I’ve used it on plenty of occasions to share slide-decks for
    presentations (for myself and with other speakers). Very efficient, and
    in addition to keeping things on a flash-drive, it’s nice to have a
    back-up location for those presentations ya know.

  • M1_123a

    One interesting Facebook application to share and upload the file. you may go through the link and have a look
    http://apps.facebook.com/diskonlineIts really nice.

  • M1_123a

    One interesting Facebook application to share and upload the file. you may go through the link and have a look
    http://apps.facebook.com/diskonlineIts really nice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kapil-Joshi/1422746914 Kapil Joshi

    hey it is very nice … sharing and uploading of files becoming much more easy and interesting through it…i also have one of the interesting link just go through it…..http://apps.facebook.com/diskonline

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    This makes you look unprofessional.

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    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.

  • http://brettboone.com/ Oklahoma City Realtor

    I understand that not everybody has a server available at all times or the experience to manage it. 

  • http://www.1-suchmaschinenoptimierung.de/ Quiana

    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.

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    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.