Eight Easy Ways To Store And Share Your Files Online

Emailing files back and forth can be a pain, especially with the varying file limits. This is how I share and store files.

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.

For those weary of Dropbox, I’d recommend Spideroak (affiliate link- we both get 1 GB extra storage for life), which offers better security.

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!

Photo: JKleyn

Dropbox improves file sharing, gets even awesomer

In Dropbox clients at version 0.8 and later, right-clicking on a folder in your Dropbox folder now brings up a “Get shareable link” option.

Click it, and Dropbox creates a short URL db.tt/something and opens your new shared folder in a browser. Images open up in gallery form, videos and music get their own tiny players, and one more click can send the page to your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Other Dropbox users who land on your shared page can add all your shared stuff to their own Dropbox. It is, in other words, amazingly easy, simple, and fun to use.

This might’ve just convinced me to pay for Dropbox – $10/month to have all my files instantly available for sharing, and to be able to get files from other people and put them into my Dropbox in one click? Sold.

via Lifehacker.

My Brand-New, Foolproof Productivity System – 4 Apps and 4 Habits

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

iStock_000008412799Small I posted a couple of weeks ago here about the fact that my system was broken. I had spent a solid year developing, tweaking, and perfecting a productivity system that just flat-out didn’t work for me. I found myself  not using it nearly as much as I should have, and more and for things were slipping through the cracks. My system was fun to tweak, but not productive to use.

That was something of a problem.

So I asked for your help, and got a ton of great responses from you all, making a lot of excellent points. Here’s a couple of things I kept hearing, over and over, that I imagine many of us could use to hear:

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How to Make Your Windows Desktop More Productive

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

74411212_ef30543e10On my computer, the thing I see probably the most, but am concerned with the least, is the desktop. For a long time, the desktop and taskbar of my Dell laptop were just afterthoughts, little annoyances I had to deal with as part of my whole computing life.

I spent lots of time being jealous of Mac users, who had all their applications in a convenient dock; I also loved how many Mac users had minimalist desktops, with only one or a few files and folders. It all looked cool, I thought, but what real use did it have?

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5 Applications for Extreme Time-Saving

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

2554856359_71d2f6e242I’m always looking for that little edge in my work – the application, trick or tool that will save me even more time, get things done faster and simpler, and generally make my life just the tiniest bit less hectic. The way I see it, all I have to do is set up about 800,000 of those, and I won’t actually have to do anything, ever again!

Now, you could argue (and probably be right) that I spend more time looking for ways to save time than it would take to actually get stuff done – but that’s beside the point. The excitement behind finding an application that makes my life faster and easier is totally worth all the lost productivity.

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Sync Your Life Everywhere with Dropbox

dropbox I’ve talked about a couple of different backup services here before- after experiences I’ve had with losing data, I can’t recommend highly enough finding a way to back up your files.

The irritating thing about document backup is that it’s just one more thing for you to remember to do- a web page or application to launch, and a task you’ve always got to have at the back of your mind.

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