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Earlier this month we covered several apps for sending files online and even asked you which were your favorites – and over half of you said you use Dropbox. While that’s great for sending across files, it’s not the best choice for collaboration, especially if you need a place to discuss the files you’re sharing and what you’re doing with them.

Glassboard wants to be that place – a meeting room where you can share files securely and talk about what you’re working on, without having your privacy invaded. The app allows you to invite friends, colleagues and clients to view and share photos and files in a private environment and is simple to use. Is this the collaboration tool you’ve been looking for? Let’s find out.

So you’ve decided you need a tool to help you share files easily, but can’t quite decide which one. CloudApp and Droplr are the two most popular apps for sharing files from your menubar or directly from the web, but they’re both so similar it can hard to tell which one is the best for you. The both are web apps for sharing files, they both have native apps for sharing simply from Windows and OS X, they both have free account options, and they now both have pro accounts for sharing more files with more features.

Last year, Jarel wrote an in-depth review comparing CloudApp and Droplr, but a lot has changed in the past year. Let’s look at each of these apps features today, including their native Windows and OS X apps, so you can see which app makes the most sense for you.


If you’re looking for a way to store your files online, it can quickly get confusing trying to find the best app. We recently rounded up a number of great apps for syncing your files to your other devices and the cloud, then followed up with a list of apps for sharing files online. There’s a bit of crossover between the two, and among each category many of the apps share very similar features. If you don’t already have a file sharing or syncing app you love, it can be rather tough to decide which is the best for you.

But then, why would you need both an app to sync files and an app to share files? Wouldn’t one be enough?


Odds are, you’ve shared a file online this week. From a simple screenshot to a code snippet to a PDF document you’ve spent hours writing, we’re sending and sharing more files online all the time. My youngest brother the other day commented on how odd a floppy looked after he’d discovered an old one laying around the house. To him, sharing a file meant using the internet, and he couldn’t even imagine having to use a piece of plastic that couldn’t even hold one picture from most digital cameras today.

Fortunately, there’s plenty of ways to share files online. I personally love using CloudApp, though the new Droplr updates make it a very attractive solution as well. Abhimanyu recently wrote up a great overview of the best apps for sharing files online, including these and other options to share even bigger files.

That’s why we’re curious which app you use for sharing files. Do you use any of these, or do you only share images on social networks and other services that keep you from needing to use a file sharing tool? Or are you still sending files in email attachments? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the poll and the comments below!

File transfer services have come a long way in the past couple of years, with new business models, features and pricing structures that make sending files online a delight. It’s a far cry from the old world of clunky FTP and shady file upload sites. But not all of these apps are created equal. They’ve each got different features, limitations, and focuses, and finding the right one for your workflow can be tricky.

That’s why we thought it’d be a good idea to compare them and see which ones come out on top. To evaluate these services, we’re going to look at their ease of use, file size, storage, and bandwidth limits, and pricing. This is less of a comparison and more of a roundup of some popular and useful apps, so check out the details of each to decide which one suits your needs best. There’s a wide variety of apps here, ranging from no-registration-required file transfer apps to feature-packed cloud storage solutions, and hopefully you’ll find something that fits the bill for you.


Droplr is one of the original simple file sharing apps, popularized by its simple Mac menubar app that lets you drag files to its icon and instantly share them with the world. Its clean design and simple sharing features have made it popular with many users, and I personally first started using it when I wanted to share files from Windows easily and discovered WinDroplr, which was added as Droplr’s official Windows app.

One thing that easily sets Droplr apart from other file sharing tools is that their team has kept refining the service. Today, it’s one of the best ways to share files from your browser, and with new pro accounts, it’s got more features at a better value than most of its competitors. If you’re looking for a better way to share files online, Droplr is definitely one of the first apps you should consider.


If you’ve been using the web over the past decade you’ll remember how difficult it used to be to send large files to people online. Either your file’s size wasn’t supported by the service you chose or the upload would time out, leaving you in the lurch. Since then, our ISP bandwidths have increased and so have our file sharing needs. Does an elegant file transfer service exist?

WeTransfer is the answer you’re looking for. This beautiful app has been around since late 2009 and has served over 100 million files since its inception. It allows you to send files up to 2GB in size and offers companies unique branding opportunities. And the best part? It’s free! Let’s go find some of our biggest files and see if WeTransfer can handle them, shall we?


Coming up with an idea for a new app that would help you and others isn’t that hard. If an idea was all that counted, the Angry Birds success story wouldn’t be that rare. What’s difficult is seeing your vision through to completion, actually building the product you’ve dreamed of, and funding its creation.

That’s what sparked my interest in PasteLink this week. It’s a new web app for sharing files through your browser, which in itself isn’t that new of an idea. What is interesting, however, is that its developer, Bret Michaelson is actually a network administrator that developed it to fit his own need, and is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund its development. We caught up with Bret via email this week, and were excited to get to interview him. Keep reading to learn more about his work, the future of PasteLink, and how Kickstarter fits into it all.


Sharing files for business or pleasure over the web has become fairly simple these days, with a ton of hosting services that you can use for free. And as a photographer and designer, I’m always on the lookout for the easiest ways to send across files, collaborate with colleagues, get feedback from clients on work and showcase completed projects. There have been a few blips on the radar, but sadly, they’ve never caught on with me owing to a lack of features or usability.

Until now.

I recently came across an elegant solution called Dropmark, that looks great and works even better. Dropmark lets you curate collections of files of all sorts, websites, pictures, audio and video from your computer or the web. It’s dead-simple to use not just for you, but for your audience as well. It’s also extremely flexible and is suitable for a variety of uses – let’s check out a few and see if we can stick with Dropmark.


If you are using the Internet, there is absolutely no chance you aren’t using cloud storage. Knowingly or unknowingly, your data is stored in a remote server waiting to be accessed from any device you choose to use. And if you are someone like me, you likely use a whole bunch of cloud services to do one thing or the other. From invoicing, email to getting things done and composing this very article, I depend on the cloud for a huge portion of my computing life.

It’s a conscious choice, and over the couple of years I have willfully reduced my dependency on local storage. Over the course of the day, I have to open and close a lot of apps to get work done. I’d would love to avoid that. Otixo is a web app that creates a centralized place to access all files stored in the cloud across all of your storage services, letting you move files seamlessly between, say, Google Docs and Dropbox. That sounds like an app that most of us could use today, with a growing number of files saved on dozens of apps across the web.


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