Sharing Photos and Files Smaller Than 25 mb Quickly
For the small items, like pictures, little audio clips and PDFs, I use CloudApp, a small menubar applet that you can drag and drop files on. The design and speed is lovely. You can upload up to 10 files per day (25 MB per file) or pay $5 per month to upload unlimited files (with a per file cap at 250 MB). With the pro account, they’ll even allow you to use your own domain name to share custom links.
For Windows users, and those just looking for a CloudApp alternative, there’s Droplr, a service I used to use which has a drag and drop web app, along with Mac, Windows and iOS applications.
Sharing Photos and Files Quickly Using Your Own FTP Server
I recently discovered FileShuttle, an application that works much like CloudApp, but allows you to upload directly to your own server or host. Because it uses your own FTP server, the only file limits lie with your host, which in my case with Dreamhost (affiliate link), is the sky. The one minor annoyance I’ve found is with the automatic appendage of a random string of characters at the end of the file URL for security purposes. That feature should be optional.
Sharing From Your Dropbox
Whenever I can, I mention to computer users that they should be using Dropbox (affiliate link- we both get an extra 1/4 of a GB in storage with your signup). I love Dropbox, and use it to store all my non-sensitive documents in the cloud. My favorite part of the service is the synchronization capabilities that ensure that all your computers, phones and tablets have all your files. Dropbox also saves every version of your files, which is nice if you realize that you’ve deleted something that you shouldn’t have.
Sharing From Your Browser
For those who don’t like installing applications on their computers, there’s a slew of services out there for you. In the past, I’ve used Ge.tt, which gives you 2 GBs, Crate which gives you one month of unlimited service for free, and Minus which gives you 50 GBs with a per file cap of 1 GB.
What do you use to store and share files? Let us know in the comments!