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20 Ridiculously Simple File-Sharing Web Tools

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20 Ridiculously Simple File-Sharing Web Tools


20 Ridiculously Simple File-Sharing Web Tools

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 05:05 AM PDT

If you have ever tried to send files through email, you would understand it when we say "simplicity counts". File-sharing is all the hype now with a few big names (Dropbox and Google Drive) paving the way and smaller more adventurous web apps pushing the envelope, re-inventing the file-sharing saga as we know it. And as the world moves towards offices or projects that involve people that work in different timezones, driving over to your colleague’s place with a pen drive full of your work files is no longer an option.

Which is why we thought that you might appreciate this list of ridiculously simple and easy-to-use file-sharing tools you can find on the Web.

We’ve identified 20 tools worthy of checking out. Out of the list, we’re featuring 5 of our favourites. Take your pick of your favourite or if you have a new rising tool that we just have to know about, let us know in the comments.

Onward to the file-sharing future!

Our Favourite 5

1. Minus

A favourite with the crowds, Minus is no stranger to the file-sharing community because of its versatility and user-friendliness, plus the perks it has to offer. Let me count the ways: drag-and-drop to share images and documents, music and videos; 10 GB of free storage upon sign up; referrals are capped at 50GB per account; and you can manage, organize and share your uploaded files (up to 1GB per file) to social-media sharing websites like Youtube, Digg, Reddit and even your own blog.

Minus

You can also check out the other files that are shared publicly on Minus.com. There’s a whole community built within these walls where you can look through, like, comment and download another user’s images. For private use, just share the shortlink to restrict access to your precious files. If you like an image and want to download it, the download speeds will be slower for anonymous accounts; sign-up for free if that bothers you.

Minus

Minus is not only a web tool, it’s also available on mobile (Android, iPhone, iPad) and desktop (Windows, Mac, Ubuntu) so it has pretty much covered all major bases to ensure that you have constant access to all your files, inhibited only by your own Internet connection.

2. GE.TT

If you’re into sharing an ‘album’ amount of photos, you will love this tool. Again, it’s a drag-and-drop tool (we’ve established that it’s now a requirement for file-sharing simplicity) but you get to share whole photo albums with it. Share the url to the page via email or to your Facebook, Twitter or G+ account and your friends will have access to your photos and can download them as well.

Ge.tt

Now, the files shared will only be available for 30 days, unless you get an account with them. If you have an anonymous account, you get 250MB to play around with. If you sign up, you get 2GB which can fill up rather quickly with high-res photographs. So if that’s not enough, you can sign up for 5GB, 40GB or 100GB (!) of file-sharing storage space – at an affordable price.

Ge.tt

Size limitations aside, it’s a very easy-to-use tool to transfer large quantities of photos over the Internet.

3. Droplr

Mac users, if you’re looking for a brief but effective tool to share files, Droplr might be what you are looking for. With a guest account, you already get 1GB; register and you can keep the files you store in there for longer than a week. If you’re not a fan of ads, they also have a pro version (recently released) that goes for only $3/mth with which you get up to 100GB storage, ad-free.

Droplr

Apart from its seamless integration between Mac, Windows and the iPhone (v2.0), Droplr allows you to share files, and copy links with keystrokes. No more rummaging around or highlighting short links. Inside its CMS (not the Pro account), you can also manage and sort your files according to a file type filter on the left sidebar and by details of the files on the top sorting row. All files are also displayed on an image preview mode, plus the searchbar also makes it extra easy to locate your files.

Droplr

There are other extra features worth mentioning, one of which is its code-sharing features, as the tool enables syntax highlighting; you also receive viewcounts for all your files. Its iPhone app has also been receiving glowing remarks, evidence of an always evolving, always improving file-sharing solution.

4. Ypix.me

Despite limiting the types of files you can share on Ypix.me to just screenshots and images (max: 3MB/file), this ridiculously easy-to-use tool gives new meaning to real-time sharing, and we’re not referring to quick upload and download times. For starters, the Ypix.me main page is so stripped down that the landing page, the instructions and the tool itself are all on the main page, with good reason.

Yes, Pix Me!

To use it, drag and drop an image file into the cloud in the middle of the page, then share the url address via the social buttons or a manual copy-paste to a fellow collaborator. As you continue dropping in images, you will see the page update itself. The best bit? Your collaborator can also drop his annotated or altered image files into the same stream. On the left side of the page you can scroll through the dropped in pictures, and click on any screenshot to bring it to view.

Yes, Pix Me!

Since new additions to the page trigger a page refresh (akin to photo-streaming), everyone who has access to the url gets the same view, so everyone is literally on the same page. None of the images you drop into a ypix.me page can be deleted on your end, however, all pages will be cleared in 30 days so nothing gets stored, even if you want it to be. No registration or sign-ups required.

5. DropCanvas

Easily the most recently developed tool on this list, DropCanvas is amazingly easy to use. Just drag and drop your files from your desktop into the empty space in the middle of the page and as expected, you get a link to share with your friends. On the other end, your friends with access to your files can download whatever you drop in. The tool automatically compresses the files selected for download to reduce the file load – a very considerate approach seeing as how file-sharing is now done by the album-load.

DropCanvas

More good news, there is no limit to how much you can upload and store on DropCanvas although each canvas (I’ve figured out that it just means an album or a large folder) has a limit of 5GB. You can have several Canvases to your name and can easily keep track of each one by registering for a free account.

DropCanvas

One thing we’d like to straighten out: there is an ‘editing’ option available but it’s mostly for adding and deleting files from the canvas and not for image editing. All in all, a very nice file-sharing option for larger files like music and videos.

More Tools

Here are a few other tools that you might prefer if all you want to do is share a large file or files online. They all allow you to complete the file transfer, or file sharing, via the shortlink provided. There will be differences in upload and download times and some of these tools keep your file in their server longer than usual but it still beats having to share your files via the very restrictive, ‘email’ way. All you need is an Internet connection.

GigaSize

GigaSize

Drawpr

Drawpr

4Shared

4Shared

File Dropper

sendpace

Send Space

File Convoy

File Convoy

PasteLink

PasteLink

WeTransfer

WeTransfer

Just Beam It

Just Beam It

Uploader Box

Uploader Box

Snaggy

Snaggy

Share Send

Share Send

Senduit

Senduit

Uploadie

Uploadie

imgur

imgur

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Top 10 Free Responsive Image Galleries/Slideshows

Posted: 23 Jul 2012 05:09 AM PDT

We’re kicking off Week 2 of our Responsive Web Design series with this beautiful showcase of responsive image galleries and slideshows.

If your website relies heavily on images, then having an image gallery is a great way to showcase your content on your website. Having said that, this idea may also backfire if visitors are coming from a mobile or touch device. Mobile users deserve some love too, hence the purpose of today’s post.

responsive galleries

There are a variety of responsive image galleries, slideshows and sliders to better manage your photos, screenshots and other forms of images on your site. Some incorporate transition effects, fade-in, fade-out and other effects, as well as thumbnail views of the gallery for faster access, flexibility and ease-of-use to view your site in full all-out browser mode and palm-sized smartphone screens.

To make it easier for you to find the right pick for your website’s needs, we have put together a showcase of the best 10 galleries, slideshows and sliders we know of. They are all available for free, making them the perfect addition to position your website well for optimized browser and mobile viewing.

FlexSlider – [demo | download]

An image carousel complete with slide effects and fade animations created by Woothemes, FlexSlider 2 showcases photos and/or videos, and works on all major browsers.

flexslider 2

Elastislide – [demo | download]

"Inserting the carousels structure into a container with a fluid width will also make the carousel fluid." Made sense to us but check out the demo for a in-depth look at 5 demonstrations of the potential behind this concept.

Elastislide

Responsive Image Gallery – [demo | download]

Want to give your readers fast access to all images in the same album? Then this is the best gallery mode for you. With options to slide through the thumbnail carousel or through the photos themselves, this method is not unlike how you view the gallery in some smartphones, making it an intuitive experience.

Responsive Image Gallery

Supersized – [demo | download]

Prefer to showcase your photographs in full-screen mode? Try this Supersized slideshow that resizes your photographs to fit the viewer’s screen, no matter the dimensions.

Supersized

Photoswipe – [demo | download]

This one works with a build from mobile first approach. Images will swiftly rescale to fit orientations, portrait or landscape and users are treated with both a full gallery view and individual image views that they can easily swipe through. It works perfectly for desktop browsers too.

Photoswipe

ResponsiveSlides.js – [demo | download]

Care for a lightweight and responsive slider plugin that works on all major browsers including IE6 to IE9? Set your images sliding with this very responsive slider plugin.

ResponsiveSlides.js

wmuSlider – [demo | download]

Another lightweight jQuery photo slider, this one features a sliding transition and will snap back to the first image in the queue once the viewer reaches the end of the slideshow.

wmuSlider

Camera – [demo | download]

Apart from the not-so-common transition effects, this slideshow also has autoplay options (that stops itself when you hover over it), caption and pagination support. It also supports html elements and videos.

Camera image slider

RefineSlide – [demo | download]

With a variety of transition formats including 3D transform support, refineslide allows you the luxury to mix-and-match your slideshow effects. It also has good browser support, and a Javascript fallback as well as caption support.

RefineSlide

galleria – [demo | download]

A responsive Javascript image gallery that reacts to dynamic measures and media queries. Get quick access to the full album, slideshow video, caption, pop-out option, and full screen mode all in one bar below the photo gallery.

galleria

Bonus:

FlexSlider feat. Kwiks – [demo | download]

Folks at webcodebuilder combines Woothemes’ FlexSlider and Jeremy Martin’s Kwicks into one responsive jQuery plugin they call the -FlexSlider feat. Kwiks. This plugin displays Kwicks accordion on higher resolutions, and use FlexSlider on smaller resolution.

flexslider feat kwiks

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