Share Files & Links With CloudApp

When it comes to putting files in the cloud, the most important aspect for me is accessibility. Here in the AppStorm network, we’ve already covered CloudApp for Mac, and DroidCloud, a third party app that brings CloudApp to Android devices. I think it’s about time we cover the web interface for CloudApp, a dead simple way to put files in the cloud.

CloudApp

CloudApp is a file sharing app that allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Once you upload a file, you’re provided with a link that you can send to anyone.

CloudApp Homepage

Signing Up

There are a few different accounts you can get, either free or paid, though when you sign up it’s automatically for the free account. The free account will get you 10 daily uploads and a max file size of 25MB. The paid account lifts these limitations, allowing unlimited daily uploads, a 250MB max file size, and even gives you the ability to add a custom domain. The pro account costs $5/month, with discounts for buying 6 months and 1 year at a one time.

CloudApp Upgrades

Once you create your account, you’re brought to your dashboard, where you’ll view all of your files, as well as add new ones. The dashboard will tell you the name and type of the file, how long ago it was uploaded, and the number of views each file has (yours included). You can also choose between two different listings: a grid of thumbnails and a list of names.

Dashboard Grid View

Adding Files & Links

At the top of your dashboard, you’ll see the add area, where you can choose to add a bookmark or a file (referred to as a ‘drop’). Adding a bookmark, the default screen, is as easy as pasting a link into the form field and pressing “Enter.”

Make sure you include the http:// for the link. If you do not, your link will not work properly, and CloudApp does not check for this.

To add a file, click the word “File” under the form field to add a bookmark and it will change to an uploader. Select the file you want to upload (only one at a time), and upload it.

Uploading a File

Sharing Links

Once you add a link or a file, it’s assigned a custom link you can use for sharing. There are two types of links: public and private. The difference is that the “private” links use a longer key that is harder to guess than the public ones. CloudApp explains the difference and reasoning here. While private is a bit of a misnomer- the user doesn’t need a password or code to view the file- the difference is significant.

One thing I did notice about “public” and “private” is that while the above blog post mentions any easy way to switch between the two for each individual drop, I can see no way to do this outside the settings page, which applies public or private to all future drops. There is also an area where you can make all public links private links, but not vise versa.

As noted on in the privacy area, switching public links to private will break existing public links.

Privacy Settings

Strangely, there’s not a way to grab a drop link outside of right clicking on the file you want to share and copying the link. This is a feature I feel should definitely be somewhere on the dashboard because as right now, it’s browser dependant. I realize modern browsers all allow for right click, copy link, but the user is still relying on the browser to grab a CloudApp link.

Another feature that would be nice to have is a screenshot of the link you’re sharing. For images, CloudApp creates a thumbnail preview, but this isn’t the case for links, which all get the same link icon.

Deleting Drops

In order to delete a drop, you need to click the checkbox associated with the drop, then click the delete button at the top of the page. This is nice when you want to delete several drops at once, though I would have expected a delete button associated with each drop to minimize scrolling in the event that you want to delete one of the first files you added, which would be at the bottom of the page.

Delete Drops

It’s also surprising that you’re not prompted to confirm delete, though CloudApp does a nice job of integrating a Trash area, where your deleted items reside until empty your trash (which you are required to confirm), or the drop stays there for seven days. After seven days, a drop is automatically peremenetly deleted.

Taking out the Trash

Integration

At the beginning of the article, I mentioned that CloudApp has been covered on both the Mac and Android Appstorm sites. CloudApp has a very nice Mac app that makes sharing files (especially screenshots) very easy, along with a iPhone app to share photos. Similarly, there is a third party Android app called DroidCloud that makes sharing files simple using CloudApp’s API.

I think this is something that is essential to the success of web based file sharing apps (and really, most web apps), and it’s good to see CloudApp embracing it. While these apps aren’t strict functionality of the web app itself, it speaks volumes for the developers, who realize a good web app today extends beyond a browser.

Conclusion

CloudApp is a pretty simple app for sharing files and links through custom URLs. It’s got some nice functionailty to it — shortening links, a hit counter for each drop, and a very easy way to upload files; it’s also got some nice integration with other platforms. Some of the functional faux pas, like lack of individual delete and an easy way to grab a shorted link, are not completely detrimental to the app.

If you’re looking for an easy way to share files and shorten links, you might consider CloudApp (especially if you have an Android Phone or a Mac. Luckily, I have both!).


Summary

CloudApp is a file sharing app that allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Once you upload a file, you're provided with a link that you can send to anyone.

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  • There is an app for iPad too: BlueNube. That app actually can’t submit files to CloudApp but in a near future this will be possible. And a universal app is being planned for this year yet.

  • I love cloud app, I use it every day, I recommend for everybody :)

  • Cloudette (http://cl.ly/6Cab) is a free alternative to CloudApp’s official app (http://cl.ly/6C3Z – $2.99). It works fairly well and it also let’s you upload pictures in different sizes (small, medium, and big) for quality.

    • Oh, turns out Cloud2Go isn’t CloudApp’s official app. Nonetheless, it’s good, but I’m not sure it’s worth the money especially since there’s an equally good free alternative.

  • To change an individual file’s privacy on the webapp, you click on its filename. Yeah, not very obvious 😛