CloudApp vs Droplr: Is There a Clear Winner?

Of course not! There never is. However, by comparing them we might be able to help you make a decision better suited to your needs. I, for one, have been torn between the two for quite a long time but always stuck with Droplr. We’ll take a look at the pros and cons of each and why you might want to choose one over the other. Take a look!

We’ve written a new 2012 CloudApp versus Droplr comparison that you should check out too: CloudApp versus Droplr: Which App Should You Choose?

CloudApp vs Droplr

These two apps seem so similar at first glance you might be wondering if it even matters which one you choose. And, to be honest, it really won’t matter for most people as their basic functions are very, very similar. However, there are differences and for those who really want to use the full potential of these apps, the small differences will be the deciding factors.

What Do They Do?

In case you’re not familiar with either of these apps, they basically make it drag and drop easy to share files. What can you share? Well, you can pretty much share anything; images, videos, music, links, files, etc. However, they make it especially easy for sharing screenshots quickly.

The apps’ web interface makes it super easy to manage your uploads, URLs, bookmarks, etc and check the view count for each. They both have options for access on different platforms and offer free accounts.

Pricing

Both apps are free, but CloudApp offers a Pro plan at $5 or cheaper if purchased in chunks.

Droplr

  • 1 GB storage
  • 32 MB file size limit
  • URL shortening (private or public)
  • Custom domain
  • Built on Twitter integration
  • iPhone ($3.99), Windows (third party) and OS X

Be sure to check out our review of Droplr’s iPhone app via iPhone.AppStorm.net.

CloudApp – Free

  • 10 uploads per day
  • 25 MB max file size
  • Unlimited storage
  • URL shortening (private or public)
  • iPhone (third party), Android (third party) Windows (third party) and OS X

CloudApp – Pro

  • Unlimited uploads per day
  • 250 MB max file size
  • Unlimited storage
  • Custom domain
  • URL shortening (private or public)

See our recent review of CloudApp.

Droplr Web & Desktop Interface

Web Interface

Both apps have a great looking web interface, although they are both missing details that would be nice. Droplr’s home page lists your uploads in pages of 20, showing name, link, view count and date uploaded. Click the upload attributes’ link (Name, Link, Views, etc) to change the listing order.

The filter option is great if you’re looking for something more specific, but overall the app would be much better if it were using AJAX to eliminate front end page reloads. That would make the web interface much more fluid feeling.

Droplr Dashboard

Droplr Dashboard

To delete files, just select the desired files and hit delete in the lower left-hand corner. You can select multiple files, or deselect files by clicking them again. Hold shift and click another file in the list to select multiple files quickly.

The lack of textual titles for the navigation might bother some people, but I prefer it without. From day one I knew what each link meant but I can see how someone less familiar with web icons might be confused. Either way, a quick click through the pages will answer your questions.

Droplr’s image listing page is designed more like a gallery, rather than a basic list, and gives you all the information shown on the dashboard as well as file size. Click images to select or deselect them, just like you can on the dashboard. If you’d rather see your images in list format, you can select that view up at the top right.

Droplr Gallery

Droplr Gallery

The other pages are essentially the same except they list your uploads according to upload type (links, notes, files). The last page is for your settings, where you can enter a custom URL or change the number of rows listed.

Droplr Settings

Droplr Settings

Oddly, the List View option wouldn’t change anything for me and appeared to be non-funcitonal.

That’s about all there is to Droplr’s web interface. You can log out using the white link at the lower right of the page if you want. Unfortunately there’s no way to upload through the web interface, which I find very unusual, although I suspect the web app was an addition to the desktop app rather than the other way around.

Desktop Interface

Droplr Desktop Menu

Droplr Desktop Menu

Droplr’s desktop interface is just as simple as its web interface. There’s really not much to it, but that’s really the point. It’s built on the idea of simplicity so it’s not getting in your way. Just drag and drop links and files or snap screenshots with the keyboard shortcut.

Droplr Preferences

Droplr Preferences

Viewing the app preferences includes the basic options you’d expect; start at login, hide dock icon, notifications via Droplr pop-up or Growl, account login details and keyboard shortcuts. You’ll also have the option of selecting how the app interfaces with Twitter (posts via Twitter.com or a desktop app).

CloudApp Web & Desktop Interface

Web Interface

CloudApp’s web interface is just as simple as Droplr’s, though I slightly prefer Droplr’s design. CloudApp, however, takes advantage of more modern web techniques and has a more fluid interface that let’s you navigate through content very quickly without waiting on long page reloads (except when navigating to your Account page).

Your dashboard shows All files under the Library selection column on the left. Selecting other “categories” quickly displays the relevant files. Just as in Droplr, you can quickly jump between grid and list views, though Droplr only allows this for the image gallery view whereas CloudApp allows this for all your uploads.

CloudApp Dashboard

CloudApp Dashboard

When viewing your CloudApp web interface and uploading a file via desktop, the upload appears nearly instantly in the web interface. Just the kind of app design we like to see!

Clicking upload names allows you to quickly rename the file or select a different privacy setting (public or private). CloudApp also offers a “Trash can” so you can “recover” files should you decide you didn’t want to delete files from an earlier instance. From your Trash view you can permanently delete or restore files. This is a great feature Droplr is missing — once deleted on Droplr, it’s permanent.

You’ll notice CloudApp has a Bookmarks section and form for creating bookmarks at the top of the web interface. Bookmarks are simply shortened URLs. So, technically Droplr has this as well except you can create new ones from within CloudApp’s web interface. Not only that, but you can also upload files from within CloudApp’s web interface, a seemingly required feature for an app like this. (Although their upload progress indicator could be improved.)

CloudApp Upload File

CloudApp Upload File

You’ll also notice CloudApp’s page navigation allows you to easily jump to specific pages, whereas Droplr requires one page at a time (unless to edit the URL directly, which is easy).

CloudApp’s settings page lets you easily change your email address, password, default privacy settings (you can update existing items too), set a custom domain or purchase a Pro plan.

CloudApp Privacy

CloudApp Privacy

The last bit I’d like to point out about CloudApp’s web interface is that when viewing images, you don’t get any ads and there’s a little “+” in the lower right hand corner. When clicked, the plus expands a small menu with CloudApp’s icon (links to their site), the embed URL and a clipboard icon to quickly copy the embed URL.

CloudApp View Menu

CloudApp View Menu

In Droplr, your image view page has ads (although you can link directly to the image by adding a “+” to the URL). However, Droplr makes it easier to embed images (by adding the “+”). Both apps’ file download page is simple and sexy, but Droplr’s provides more information (kind, size and upload date).

CloudApp Upload Page

CloudApp Upload Page

Droplr Upload Page

Droplr Upload Page

Desktop Interface

CloudApp’s desktop interface is just about as simple as Droplr’s but offers a few other options such as sound selection, whether to copy the URL to your clipboard or not, raindrops for desktop application integration and support.

CloudApp Raindrops

CloudApp Raindrops

The Winner

If you’re still with us, you might think the clear winner is CloudApp. From this review, I’d agree with you. However, Droplr is a winner in it’s own way and sports one more feature that’s made me hold onto it for quite a long time — the ability to quickly upload notes with plain text, markdown or code formatting.

Droplr Notes

Droplr Notes

This has been an invaluable feature for me, and one that, when combined with Droplr’s other features and my particular needs, makes it the winner in my personal situation. That being said, Droplr could make quite a few improvements that would make me love it much, much more. Like what?

  • Paid accounts with much more (unlimited?) storage
  • Uploads and URL shortening via web interface
  • Enhanced web interface usability with more fluid navigation
  • File recovery option(s)

I’d love to see both apps offer video playback in addition to downloading. It really throws a wrench in the system when you upload a video for family or friends and they have to download it and figure out how to play it first. That makes me avoid sending video with these apps, which is really a shame.

I’d like to see CloudApp offer the following.

  • Easier way to select multiple files quickly
  • Multiple file upload via web interface
  • Better social network sharing integration

Which of these apps do you prefer and what features would you like to see them offer?


  • rmn

    Mobileme kicks both asses, it does, and has playback of video in gallery, and it’s so easy to share entire albums people most of the time don’t realize the awesomeness of mobile me.

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      Maybe we’ll have to take a look at MobileMe’s web apps. Thanks!

  • Adrian

    I use both. Droplr for small files and cloudapp for larger ones.

  • http://seanhasablog.com Sean

    I prefer CloudApp, but I use Droplr more because it doesn’t have the ridiculous 10 upload per day cap. Another feature Droplr has that CloudApp only offers if your a paid member is custom domain name.

    • Ivor

      Same here, 10 uploads per day is just nuts.

  • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

    I’ve been using CloudApp more lately since I prefer how it’s third-party Windows app works over the Droplr app for Windows. WinDroplr has a separate drop target that takes up space on your desktop, but FluffyApp let’s you drag and drop files right to the tray icon to upload to CloudApp just like CloudApp on OS X does. I also like the fact that CloudApp has pro accounts; that makes you feel better that the service will be around for the long haul.

    That said, I do like Droplr’s iPhone app; it’s beautiful and terribly useful for sharing links, images, or text snippets. And Droplr’s webapp does look nicer IMO.

    So for me, there’s still not a clear winner, but I’m strongly leaning towards CloudAppm, at least for its Windows integration :)

  • http://stephensauceda.com Stephen

    I’ve used Droplr for a long time and I love it. I do wish there was more integration with 3rd party apps though. They’ve been saying an API is coming for quite some time with nothing developing yet. The only apps I’ve seen that integrated Droplr were Weet the Twitter client and the 3rd party Windows app Windroplr. In the meantime, Cloudapp is being integrated with quite a few apps.

    • http://h4r7.me/ Michael Hart

      With the release of Droplr 2.0, the Droplr API is missing only documentation that is coming very soon :)

  • http://macbuntu.sg Ngo Minh Nam

    You forgot to mention about the third party Android app for CloudApp (DroidCloud)

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      Thanks! I’ve updated the post.

  • http://twitter.com/michalkozak Michal Kozak

    Definitely Droplr :). I’m uploading markdown and code notes A LOT.

    Plus, 10 uploads per day, which CloudApp does, seems like a ridiculous thing to force on people. What is that, 1995?

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      It seems a little odd for a modern app but I understand why they’re doing it (to push their Pro version), especially since you have unlimited uploads over time.

  • Matthew Lowery

    CloudApp. Prettier, simpler, less buggy and has a better web UI.
    Not sure how you could think Droplr has a better web UI, but I think the iPhone app is better than the third-party CloudApp ones (although one of them now has live streaming of files). Plus, custom domain + API is used by lots of developers means that I can use my custom domain for URLs and Pictures when I’m on apps like Twitterrific.

    • http://Web.AppStorm.net Jarel Remick

      Just wanted to clarify that I don’t think Droplr’s web UI is better but that I like its design. Its usability could certainly be improved. :)

      • http://h4r7.me/ Michael Hart

        And what do you feel about Droplr 2.0? Have you communicated your usability feedback to the team?

  • http://thefreelancepinoy.com/ Stephanie

    Thanks for the comparison review! CloudApp sounds inviting for a person like me who loves to go for the more minimal and simpler app.

    I’m using Dropbox right now and, to be honest, I can’t decide if I should move to any of these two apps. This is because of the fact that I can install folders into any computer (Windows or Mac) and just copy-paste files into it. It also can produce shareable links, another feature that convinced me to stay with it.

    • http://jejohaneman.com Joe J.

      One of the features I love about Dropbox is that you can turn all links in your public folder into download links. This trick doesn’t work with links from other folders, unfortunately.

      So let’s say I upload a pdf to my dropbox public folder so I can share it with a friend. Normally, that pdf would just open in the persons browser. But you can force a download by placing ?dl=1 to the end of any link from your public download folder. In my opinion, there’s no better way to share files. I have a friend who doesn’t know he can just save a pdf from his browser. This makes it so much easier to send PDFs to him.

  • Anne

    I really like both. Their combination makes me feel powerful.

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  • Josh

    I preferred the feature set of Droplr over cloudapp on the free versions but it’s really unstable and crashes all the time so I completely removed it and now use cloudapp when I just want to quickly share some text or shorten a url. Images I still use skitch and upload to ftp.

  • http://www.martinvaresio.com.ar Martin Varesio

    I have a friend who doesn’t know he can just save a pdf from his browser!!

  • http://alexparker.me Alex

    Personally I prefer cloudapp. The ads on droplr just feel cheap and tacky to me. Currently I dont do more than 10 uploads a day, and if i ever get to that point, I’d be willing to purchase pro, to have unlimited uploads at a 1/4GB each. Sweet. And the new cloudapp, allows uploading of whatever is on your clipboard which is cool too.

    Another one that I considered using was fileshuttle – it was just never properly finished. It doesn’t have a menu icon (works from the dock), but it does give you more control (it’s basically just a droppable ftp client)

    Someone should come up with a full opensource version of the concept. Install the web app on your host (for the url shortening) and the menu icon (desktop) app just requires credentials to the installed web app (host, login, key/pass)

  • http://madebyhd.us/ Hunter Dolan

    I’ve used both ever since they came out. I slightly prefer Droplr though because of the fact that it can take screenshots so easily and you can share code.

  • Grant Bell

    Throwing it out there… TinyGrab for the win.

  • Neil

    Maybe I’m missing something – but Syncplicity is by far the best file share and sync app I’ve found and works with PC, iPad, iPhone, Android …

    • Johnny

      Syncplicity is my favorite too.

  • Blair

    This is probably a silly question, but what makes CloudApp or Droplr better than DropBox? Do they have faster upload and download times? More integration with apps and programs? I just want to know what has made DropBox outdated? I want to change over, but why :)

    • http://techinch.com/ Matthew Guay

      Actually, I use both CloudApp and Dropbox, and couldn’t imagine living without either one. I use Dropbox to store most of my files and music and sync them to my devices. I also have a number of shared folders in Dropbox so I can keep important files shared with colleagues, family, and friends. Then, I use CloudApp to quickly share files publicly. Say I take a screenshot I want to share on Twitter, or have an image I want to include in an email. I’ll just drag it to my CloudApp uploader and paste in the short link. Seconds later, the file’s shared, and I never have to worry about it again.

      Basically, in Dropbox, you’ve still got to manage folders and keep files organized. CloudApp or Droplr just let you upload files and share them, and never worry about them again. They’ve each got limits; CloudApp only lets you upload up to 10 files per day, while Droplr lets you store a total of 1Gb of data. Basically, though, for quick image or small file sharing, they both work great. I’d never give up Dropbox for CloudApp, but I wouldn’t want to have to switch to using my Dropbox public folder the way I use CloudApp either.

      tl;dr: Both are great tools, and they’ve each got their use case. ;)

  • bp

    Good article. I discovered Droplr the other day and came across your website by searching the differences between the two. They are so alike that I was wondering if I really needed both of them installed and if I was missing something.
    You pretty much hit the nail on the head with the ups and downs of both but they are so similar I think most would be happy with either one.

  • Belmondo

    There’s also http://drop.st/ Very good service. 5 GB free space. Upload any file type up to 200 MB. OS X and Windows DropApp. No Ads. Recommend!

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