Giveaway: Dripps – A Dropbox-Powered File Sharing App

As some of you may have heard late last night I released a small OSX app called Dripps - it’s a super-simple file sharing system that allows you to quickly upload files to a certain directory (if it’s a shared directory for teams) and then given a direct URL link (via Google’s URL Shortener API) to the file for sharing publicly.

So you can share files publicly and privately. The premise was simple: I have been paying for some other applications that do very similar things (like CloudApp, Droplr, and many others) and also paying for a big account via Dropbox and in an effort to save a bit of money I thought I might as well have Dropbox handle the file management and sharing capability!

In addition, I wanted to learn more about XCODE and the Dropbox API and get my feet wet with those development environments. I’ve been known to tinker and experiment so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to build it on-off and on the side, especially since there was little pressure to ship it or even make any money.

It took quite a while actually – about 5 or 6 months. There’s a lot of reasons for the expanded timeline and I may end up sharing the soup-to-nuts process of building my first App Store app at some point. Right now I’m glad it was accepted (it was rejected three times…!) and I can go work on something else!

Check out the video for some more information and let me know what you think!


Naturally I have some free copies to give away – 10 to be exact. So, feel free to enter below:

  • Comment about your theory on the name “Dripps.”
  • Tweet about this blog post for +1 entry.

Big props go to CloudApp and Droplr for the mass inspiration – thanks for challenging me to try my hand at XCODE and inspiring me to ship something!

And thanks to @chrisfromcanada who first tweeted at me telling me he bought the darn thing… although Apple approved it April 2nd I didn’t have anytime to fix up the website or create the video or anything! But he told me that it was on the main page of Productivity and Utilities in the App Store – YIKES!

Had to get my butt in gear last night. Sheesh.


OH. And finally, thanks to @JoeyBergeron for the logo! You rock man! Such a community effort…!

Ok. Done now.

  • tom jamieson

    Honestly John. Not sure about the name. It sounds like it might have a leak or something. LOL. Anyway. Hawt idea and I can’t wait to try it out.

    • John Saddington

      yeah. i originally thought just “drip app” and have the domain be … and then apple was like … uh, no. so, i said.. “ok…. how about dripps?”

      no response… approved.

    • John Saddington

      tom, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Chris Wiegman

    Looks pretty cool, but I have to agree with John on the name. I just don’t see how I would associate it with sharing if I was browsing for such a feature in app store.

    Nice work on the Mac Dev stuff. Is this your first foray into Objective C as well?

    • Chris

      App names don’t have to be tied to what they do – would I search Skitch when I’m looking for screenshot software? Evernote when looking for whatever Evernote is? I think the name is unique and memorable.

      • Chris Wiegman

        True, but your talking about apps that have become brands themselves. That doesn’t often happen with smaller side projects.

  • Chris

    It’s working great so far – glad to be able to break the news for you :)

    I’m not entering but just wanted to say congrats on the launch of Dripps!

  • Shawn K

    Dropplr, Dripps, it all involves falling.

  • Eric Dye

    Dripps – Dropping digital drips of data from your Dropbox cloud.

  • James Cooper

    Looking great John! My theory on the name, lots of dripps make a drop(box)…

    • John Saddington

      james, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Jay

    Dripps – I’ll write it off to late nights spent building the app with your chemex coffee maker sitting next to you.

    Congrats dude!

    • John Saddington

      jay, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

      • Jay

        Holy crap! I didn’t even realize I won until just now.

  • Ben

    Drips make up a bucket full. It represents an iterative method of development. With the ability to drip content with your team you enable completed product/project development.

    Atleast, that’s the way it looks from here.

  • Brett Barner

    Sweet!. Didn’t know I ever wanted dropbox to do this out of the box until now.

    • John Saddington

      brett, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

      • Brett Barner


  • Luis Cerdas

    well, you drop files one a time, like droplets falling… so, dripping files into Dropbox -> Dripps! ;)

  • Joey Bergeron

    WOAH! It’s out of it’s cage now! Fantastic John! Can’t wait to see how fast this takes off. Lets push this thing around the social media interwebs and promote it.

    • John Saddington

      joey, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Brian Alexander


    Dropping Really Innovative Philes Pretty Simply

  • Alex

    From A dictionary site:

    drip (drp)
    1. The process of forming and falling in drops.
    a. Liquid or moisture that falls in drops.
    b. A slight intermittent flow or leak: fixed the drip in the faucet.
    3. The sound made by liquid falling in drops: listened to the steady drip of the rain.
    4. A projection on a cornice or sill from which rainwater can drip, protecting the wall below.
    5. Slang- A tiresome or annoying person.

    It obviously is related to definition #5 on that list.

    • John Saddington

      alex, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Mike

    Drip is defined as “To let fall in or as if in drops” so naturally an app called Dripps is an easy way to let files “fall in as if in drops in” to wherever you need for easy access. Love it!

    • John Saddington

      mike, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Brandon

    Awesome. Maybe it is called drips because the files drip into the folders you desire. I think it is a great app. I could really make use of this for school!

    • John Saddington

      brandon, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Heather

    DRIPPS…why not? I find that people get used to names and it kind of makes sense. Sharing drips of info. I love drop box and your app looks useful.

  • Bryan

    D. R. I. P. P. S.

    Develop a Resource Instead of Paying for a Paid Service

    Like Brett, I didn’t know I even wanted to do this with Dropbox until now.

    • John Saddington

      bryan, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Tim Hart

    If I had to speculate about the name (which I do in order to enter!) I’d have to guess that you’re playing off the idea of DROPbox. Maybe a little bit of a “Drip, Drop” motif.

    Now that the official entry is taken care of… Thanks so much for such an awesome resource! I’m so glad that I have the functionality of CloudApp but linked into my Dropbox account! Amazing!! Keep up the great work!

    • John Saddington

      tim, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Joshua chase

    Driplink, drippr, I do like the drip part though, activdrip, driplynk, hmmm. I love it man, I will be happy to buy this app. I use Dropbox personally and in our business on a daily basis. I couldn’t live without it. I sync coda projects with it and it’s great for that too for checking code in and out.

    • John Saddington

      joshua, you’re a winner! email me for more info.

  • Robert

    You’ve got to drip a lot before you have a drop. Great job.

  • PNageshwaran (@Pnageshwaran)

    ok i’ve downloaded the Apps now what happens.? how do I share the file with someone?