Simple, Fast File Sharing With Crate

When you want to share a file with someone over the internet, it can often be a much simpler task if it can be completed quickly — leaving less worrying about the status of the file and whether or not it has been uploaded. Of course, you could rely on services such as Dropbox to be your main source of storing the files, but when you’re looking for something a bit simpler, this is where Crate comes in.

Crate creates one of the simplest and most user-friendly file sharing experiences there is and you can find out more about this amazingly-simple app inside the article.

Overview

Crate is a web app that allows anyone to easily and quickly upload their files to the Crate servers for distribution over the internet via one of their short links. With no required registration, files can be uploaded and shared within a matter of seconds through any medium required — with a short link automatically generated for compatibility with microblogging services like Twitter.

The app operates the premium pricing model, meaning that users who really find the app helpful and wish to use it as a long-term solution can do so with the upgraded account.

Overview

Overview

Pricing

Crate offers both free and paid plans which people will find most useful based on their requirements for this type of task. If you’re a casual file sharer and just want a place to quickly upload and manage your files, their free plan is going to be the most suited to you, whereas if you’re looking into using Crate as a long-term solution and require a large amount of total storage space, you will find their pro plan to be a more suitable option.

Pricing

Pricing

With enough room to host up to 10 gigabytes worth of files (50x more than the free plan), along with no file limit and no limit on the number of crates that can be created, the $9 monthly paid plan can really make the process of sharing files that extra bit more pleasing — no matter whether you’re an individual user or a business.

Method 1: Simple File Uploading

Crate offers two methods of file uploading to ensure the best user experience possible and the first method is by far the simplest. All you need to do is visit the Crate website and you’ll immediately be presented with a large image of a crate. From here, you will then be able to simply drag and drop the file you’d like to share into the crate and when this is complete, it will be uploaded and you will be given your new short link to share.

Uploading Files Using the Drag and Drop Method

Uploading Files Using the Drag and Drop Method

It is important to note, however, that files uploaded in this way will only be stored on the server for the 30 minutes following, unless an account is created and the file is added to that account permanently. This obviously has both benefits and drawbacks and whilst it’s a bit useless if you plan to offer the file publicly to other people, it is a really fast and simple solution if you’d like to just share the file with an individual for them to download without having to rely on something like email, and would prefer it to delete itself from Crate afterwards.

Uploaded File

Uploaded File

Method 2: Working with Crates

The second method of uploading files to crate is the generally more useful one and it involves registering for an account with Crate. All accounts registered are free ones but they can be upgraded at any time to one of the paid plans I’ve outlined above to take advantage of the other great features it offers.

You’re initially only required to choose a username and enter your email and once you’ve confirmed your account, you’ll be able to choose a password that will correspond to your account. You will then meet your new friend, the mighty dashboard.

Uploaded File

Uploaded File

Creating Crates

A crate is a set of files (in some ways, this could be considered a folder) in which various files can be stored. Free accounts are limited to a maximum of 6 crates per account and crates can be added easily using the form on the main section of the Crate dashboard.

Creating Crates

Creating Crates

Adding Files

To add files to a crate, the same principle pretty much applies as if you were adding them using the unregistered method from the logged-out homepage. Once you’ve navigated to the desired crate, you will be able to quickly and easily drag and drop your files into the crate.

Adding Files to a Crate

Adding Files to a Crate

From here, the files will automatically appear in the crate and you can click on the name of the file to copy the link to your clipboard. Overall, the process of managing files inside your account is made really simple thanks to the intuitive interface and it can really put the pleasing sense of satisfaction back into file-sharing.

Final Thoughts

I really am in love with the whole concept of Crate. I know that a lot of other competitors try and give users as many different options and features that, if we’re being honest, hardly any of us actually use. With Crate, this isn’t the case and everything’s done in a simple and (thanks to the great interface) in an aesthetically-pleasing way.

Though the free account only provides a maximum 200 MB of file storage, it’s still a feasible option for many individuals who’d like to quickly share that occasional photo with a friend without having to worry about it being publicly-visible by everyone. If I were to suggest a feature, however, it would be that such a thing as public crates would exist whereby users could post a link to their crate and others visiting that link would be presented with a list of the files and download links for each of them and maybe an automatically-generated zip archive of the crate.

I can’t find a real fault with the app as it does everything you would expect of a file-sharing site like this and more, providing each one of its users with the tools to share files in the way they were meant to be shared.


Summary

Crate is a file-sharing app that provides users with the tools needed to quickly and painlessly upload and share files, categorising them into "crates".

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