If you already have Drop box account with enough space, does it make sense to start a CloudApp account?
Depends what you need to use the service for. I love Dropbox but am frustrated that to share something they (the recipient) need to have/signup for a Dropbox account, so CloudApp is handy in that respect.
I use CloudApp for sharing screenshots and general bits and bobs on Twitter and alike. I utilise DropBox specifically for sharing multiple files with specific person(s), which will be added to, edited and synchronised automatically (small University projects for example).
I do still find CloudApp very useful and would recommend you double-up as well!
@markwassmer : you don't have to. If you mean sharing You -> Public, than just upload it into 'Public' folder in your 'Dropbox' folder and you can then right click the file after upload and via menu -> Dropbox -> copy public link copy it's public link (:D) into clipboard.
@NiceTypography : I have both and use neither. I still use my own server with FTP :) :)
I think that dropbox does only 'file uploads' whereas CloudApp specifically understands that this is image, that is an mp3...
I use something called GrabBox (grabbox.devsoft.no/) to automate the process that @adamkiss mentions. It is a nifty little tool which will automatically copy the public URL of the file in your Dropbox folder to your clipboard. It will even give you shortened URLs to your files if you would like.
If you use a Mac, use CloudApp, simples... I know there are clients for other OSes but the whole service seems to be based around OS X.
thanks @adamkiss - I didn't realise that as I've kept away from the public folder, I guess due to a concern that it may be easier to find. I'm guessing that you still can't link to a folder and share the full contents of that folder, just individual files though.
@markwassmer - that's true - I tried sharing full folder, but it just doesn't work that way. Anyway, it might not be that sharing-friendly as CloudApp, I just thought I'll let you and the guy that asked know it's entirely possible.
Actually, worth testing would be something like little php script, that goes into directory and show all public links of files in that directory (not sure if and/or what server-side languages you can run on DropBox)
Edit: PHP isn't it.
@markwassmer @adamkiss: What If you created a symlink in your public folder to the current folder you're like to share?
@envex: Dropbox returns 404 for public folder it self and all subdirectories, so... I can test it.
Tested: Symlink downloads as file on Mac, and you can't change it's type to folder: neither via Finder nor Terminal.
It should be possible with debugfs and other advanced linux commands, but it seems that debugfs isn't available on mac os x.
@adamkiss: Does it do the same for alias'?
They're different. Dropbox is for syncing private files and Cloud is for sharing links and screenshots.
BTW, Droplr is better than Cloud because you don't have to pay for using custom domain and you log in with your Twitter account.
@adamkiss: Weak :/ It was worth a shot.
@adamkiss, I feel it's easier to use one of these aps, rather than ftp, even though I have one too. Thank's everyone this cleared it up @Tarabukka i'm on mac so that is a good thing. @
briansloane, thanks I'll have to check that out. @envex and @adamkis sounds like I need a degree in rocket science, to follow your side conversation sorry I'm a designer, but I'm glad that this topic is valuable for developers as well. @myfreeweb, I am confused from my perspective it looks like you could shard downloads on Cloud as well, am I wrong. Also Can I use doplr to share downloads?
I guess and I felt I was phrased my question wrong, so I'll try it again. although this sparked an interesting subject and I thank you all.
If I am on the Mac, and I already have Dropbox, happy with it. And I want to share files with community, and the files will vary but will probably mostly be photoshop related, as in brushes, or patterns, what would you recommend as a tool of choice?
If it's one file downloads, just move/copy it to your Public folder, select copy link and add it to forum/site/anything. :)
@NiceTypography, what "downloads"? You can use Droplr to share any files.
@NiceTypography: If you're just wanting to share one-off files (Images/Videos/Finished PDS's) then you can use either/or.
In my experience, when I'm working on a PSD with a client that is going to go through some changes, Dropbox is the way to go. I don't have to worry about re-uploading the new version and then sending over a new link. The client can access the most up to date version of the PSD at all times.
If you're wanting to share screenshots, Cloud is the best thing i've found so far. It will auto-upload any screenshot you take and there are extensions available to also send full-sized PSD snaps. Once it's uploaded it puts the link to the screenshot in your clipboard. It couldn't be any simpler.
@adamkiss, so you are suggesting to stay with dropbox, and adjust settings correct?
@myfreeweb I was referring to your statement "They're different. Dropbox is for syncing private files and Cloud is for sharing links and screenshots." specifically about Cloud, this made it sound that it's for sharing links only now downloads. So from what I understand Cloud and Droplr offer simillar functionality. Correct? I guess I will have to test it out.
But if I understand @admakiss correctly I could just continue using DropBox for everything.
I guess ultimately I want to find the easiest way to create downloadable links, but not ftp them to my site.
@NiceTypography, yep, Cloud is almost a clone of Droplr.
@NiceTypography: no adjusting; Just copy the file into Dropbox/Public folder (instead of any other) and that's it! you're sharing it via public link, you can Find if you right click on the file, select Dropbox, in submenu click on 'Copy public link' and you have public link to that file in clipboard ready to include wherever you want.
I think it's simpler than creating any other service.
@adamkiss Awesome, seeing all these other services pop up got me wondering, I personally find DropBox godsend, when it comes to sharing with clients.
Sorry if I missed anyone this has been most helpful.
Further to comments on Droplr, thought I'd throw this into the mix: Head to Head: Droplr and CloudApp vimeo.com/…
@markwassmer, great video very helpful.
One final question, outside of ftp of course is there a way to monitor number downloads made from each, of my postings.?
Apologies @NiceTypography, I realise this has turned into a bit of Sharing service comparison, but just saw this: letscrate.com/ & AppSumo (appsumo.com/) are doing a lifetime premium account for $12 (usually $108) only a few hours left though.
(edit) Just signed up for £8 couldn't resist. Looks promising after a quick play. Also got a free license for sharefeed.com/
@mark this is great no apologies necessary this is why we are all here. I honestly had no Idea this will generate this much interest and thank you for the tip off.
Each one has features that the other lacks. I still use all three of them:
Cloud - because it has file types recognition, which comes in handy in some cases. And it's perfect for quickly sharing stuff on the fly when browsing.
Droplr - because it give me the best UP speed. I'm not sure why but Dropbox and Cloud are way to slow to upload. Droplr also allows for using your own domain name for free. Awesome.
Dropbox - for syncing projects with clients and collaborators; for uploading rather big files (up to 350 Mb).
And I use Google Docs storage as one of my backup plans and as general storage for huge files (350 Mb and up), I bought 20GB for $5 per year. Google docs sharing feature is quite good but I'm sure everyone knows everything about Google products already ;)
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