A Preview of Sharing Files With Droplr

Sharing files between computers has become far easier in recent years with tools such as Dropbox making the process a breeze. Today I’ll be taking a look at a different type of system, for easily publishing specific types of content and sharing a URL immediately.

Droplr is currently an invite-only service, so this is very much a quick “preview” of the functionality on offer. If you’d like to be one of the first to use the new application, enter your details on the site to sign up for an invite code.

The Purpose of Droplr

Where applications such as Dropbox are used primarily for synchronization, Droplr focuses mainly on the idea of sharing. By dragging a particular type of content over the Droplr icon (image, links, text or files), the application will immediately upload it to the cloud and generate a short URL. This can be tweeted directly from the app, or copied to your clipboard. Simple!

Software Interface

Droplr sits as a menubar utility, with a minimal interface and a simple icon. It has two actions: (1) clicking the icon will display the URL to your most recently shared data, along with a small icon to start a tweet, and (2) dragging a file/text snippet/image to the icon will initiate a new upload:

Menu Bar Application

Menu Bar Application

This simplicity is appealing, and Droplr is certainly gunning for the category of an app that does one thing, exceptionally well. Three preference panes are available, allowing you to customise the way in which the software acts:

Droplr Preferences

Droplr Preferences

The most notable settings are support for a few different Twitter clients (currently Twitter.com, Bluebird and Tweetie), and the ability to assign a shortcut key for immediately uploading the selected item to your storage space. I imagine that the range of Twitter clients used will mean that demand for options such as TweetDeck increases as Droplr becomes more widely available.

Web App Interface

No self-respecting cloud storage application would be complete without a great looking web interface, and Droplr is no exception. It clearly categorises the files you’ve uploaded into images, links, notes and files. There’s no folder hierarchy as such – just a simple list ordered by date uploaded:

Droplr Website

Droplr Website

Droplr stores the number of views each of your items has had, a useful statistic to know when sharing files or images. The only other information on offer is the link generated, which you can copy and paste to use elsewhere. The web application feels fairly basic, but offers all the functionality most people will need.

Custom Domain Names

The other notable feature of the web app is the ability to use a custom domain name for generating short URLs. This means you are not tied into one particular “short URL” service, and can link to files through your own domain name. It requires a simple change to your domain name’s A record settings.

Conclusion

Droplr is a service still in the development stage. That said, it worked reliably in my testing – both will small text snippets, and larger files. It’s a fast and seamless way to share a small number of files either via Twitter, or any other medium.

One area in need of improvement is the inability to upload more than one file at a time. I understand that this will be a challenge for the developer (as it would mean producing and returning several URLs in a meaningful way), but at present it feels a touch limiting to only move one file at a time.

Also, there is no obvious limit on storage space at the present time. It will be interesting to see where the developer goes in this regard, particularly if the long-term aim is to keep the service free.

If you’re looking for a straight-forward way to occasionally share files, keep an eye on the development of Droplr. It fits in perfectly to the simple experience you’d expect from OS X, and is a simple, well-executed solution.


  • http://www.ademaweb.nl jeroen

    sounds nice! can someone hand an invitationcode for droplr? my email: jeroenmp [at] gmail [dot] com

  • http://www.benjacob.in Ben Jacob

    How to get an invite. ?!

    I would like to have one.

    • http://twitter.com/kaypearl Kay

      From the second paragraph of this article, “[...] If you’d like to be one of the first to use the new application, enter your details on the site to sign up for an invite code.”

      • http://www.benjacob.in Ben Jacob

        It will not work.. You need invite code to complete the request sent on that page :/

  • http://darekzon.com darek

    So as I, it would be nice to test another file sharing solution.

    If You have one, please send it to me :D

  • David

    Any chance to get an invite code? Thanks ;)

  • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

    To all those asking for invite codes: I don’t have any myself, but will try and get on the case… No promises :)

    • Matthew L.

      thanks! Would love an invite :3

    • Carlos

      Me too :)

    • Jonathan

      Mee too of course :) <3

    • emmanuel

      my tooooo

    • http://quickscriptz.ca Matt

      Don’t mean to whine but an invite code would definitely be pretty cool :)

    • Nick

      the app looks nice. an invite would be awesome too.

  • Thomas

    can i get an invitation code please?

  • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

    AGGHHH!! This is stupid, I read through it all, went to the site, added my details then noticed the invite box. I hate this type of thing, it really annoys me.

    • http://twitter.com/AdrianHerritt Adrian

      Well, he did say near the beginning of the article that it was invite-only. But I do find reviews for (generally) unavailable apps to be tiresome. Another example is the Delibar app. Reviews are popping into my RSS reader, but it’s not possible to try it! The reviews are well written and informative, and good for future reference I suppose, but I’m getting tired of being teased. =)

      • http://twitter.com/sulcalibur Sulcalibur

        I actually missed the mention at the top. :S

        But it does annoy when something sounds so good only for us to find out we can’t have it. It’s like dangling the carrot in front of the donkey :(

  • http://eugen.io Eugenio Grigolon

    Very nice review! Looking forward for the release or an invitation code! Nice job.

  • Danny

    Thanks for the report. =)

    Looks like a great service, any invite codes there?

  • http://www.acriddle.com Aaron Riddle

    Very nice preview….looks intriguing! I would love to get an invite code if anyone happens to have any spare ones floating around. Apparently you can only sign up for Droplr if you have one.

  • http://eat-the-system.com Moritz

    Can i get an invitation code please? :-D

  • http://twitter.com/derekslenk Derek S

    Oh I would kill for an invite code, that looks awesome

  • http://www.truepixel.it TruePixel

    can i get an invitation code please?

  • Aaron

    Is there any official spot to sign up for an invitation? This looks really nice.

  • http://tinycrumb.com Josh Bryant

    For anyone looking to try it out, follow Droplr on Twitter, http://twitter.com/droplr … we’ll be announcing there as soon as possible how to get your hands on it.

  • CLS

    Can I get an invite too? THX! :-) ([email protected])

  • http://www.cuby.co.nr Henry Bennett

    Looks like an awesome application! Looking forward to it becoming available to everyone.

  • e

    this to me looks much more usable than dropbox, which i find to be bloatware… i would love to get an invite as well… it looks like exactly what i need. really nice app!

  • Matto

    If there are any invites count me in!

  • http://www.tyoinspired.com Jacob Tyo

    I would love to use this! Please send me an invite! :]

  • http://thedrawer.tumblr.com Eugene

    Last I checked, invites for Droplr aren’t out there. As is the case with Kttns, there is no new user registrations anymore.

  • Edwin Wang

    I would love to try this out. See how it is different from dropbox.
    Invite, please : )
    wangisr [at] gmail.com

  • http://dekz.net Jacob

    For those of you without invites, you can check out dropbox for similar functionality.

  • http://chalkline.co.cc Adrian

    can i get an invite code, please?
    meybe you got one^^

  • http://www.w2point.com Web 2.0

    that looks cool :)

  • http://www.macflashcardapp.com Flash Cards

    I love DropBox and this one looks like it will be very nice! Please send any invites my way if you get any. !

    Thanks

  • http://www.yummygum.nl Leon

    Pff, this looks very promising! I’d love to get an invite

  • http://twitter.com/iTomath Thomas Furlonger

    This app looks really nice, if anyone does manage to get an invite I would love to get one. No worries if you can’t though.

  • supidupi

    It looks and works great, it works great with Tweetie, which is just what I need, automatically shortens it,and it stores it for u on your account
    Btw great looking icon and of course, u can hide the dock icon,wohoo :)
    Cloudapp is having the same functionality, so some kinda comparison would be nice, waiting for its invite too, can’t have too many apps for this kinda stuff :D

  • Marco
  • http://inspiredbywordpress.co.uk Daniel Groves

    Just like all the rest, if you have any invites….

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  • StuAV007

    It wont let me register it asks for a invite code…….

  • supidupi

    unfortunately, I didnt get any invites
    just got the CloudApp invite yesterday, works nice too, it has an option to upload screenshots
    automatically, but I already got that covered with Skitch as many of u I presume
    So far I prefer Droplr, as I can look into my profile online, and look through categories
    what I have uploaded, but it should be great too

  • http://davidappleyard.net David Appleyard

    Update: I’ve secured around 20 invites for you all, and will be posting up a competition next week. Stay tuned! :-)

    • http://www.benjacob.in Ben Jacob

      yo! I’m in.. :D

  • http://hci.usask.ca/people/view.php?id=152 Yudi Xue

    Please send me an invite, thanks!

  • spiritualized

    tested Droplr in comparison with Cloudapp… Droplr is far more intuitive and really works great together with its web interface

  • http://www.twitter.com/paulgarner Paul Garner

    If anyone has a Droplr invite, then I’d be willing to give away one of my Google Wave invites!

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  • http://visionwidget.com Ryan.J

    it’s looking so cool, but i cant visit the demo site, how can i get invite? lately i’m Learning Google Wave

  • matujej

    Please,
    send me an invite.
    Thanks!
    matujej[at]gmail.com

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  • Kuba Z.

    Since i lost my flash disk, i have been looking for something like this. I have a mac with snow leopard but it would be great if the web version worked on a PC as well. Does it work? But even if it doesen’t work, never mind! This app is great!

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  • guest

    May I recommend http://Minus.com as an alternative ? :)

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