I’m giving Droplr a serious look in the next few weeks as look to simplify my current technological and even financial expenditures.
What’s nice about this solution is the new addition of annotation that I have a serious need for daily. What am I replacing/combining? I’m combining my epic use of CloudApp and Glui into just one app.
If you’re like me then the opportunity to combine two apps into one is more than enough motivation to give it a serious whirl. In addition, the yearly fee for Droplr is less than the annualized fee of CloudApp. A small financial win? You bet.
A few things of note as well with Droplr that I’ve already discovered:
1. Droplr has a cap of 100GB of usage while CloudApp apparently has no limit. The “american” in me hates this idea of a “cap” on anything but the way I manage my usage and data management is so anal already that I would almost never reach this limit in one lifetime.
2. Droplr has a bigger upload size than CloudApp (1GB per file as opposed to 250MB). For me this has been a huge differential because I often try to upload files larger than 250MB to share with someone on my team or whatever else.
3. The UX for the web and iOS native app is much cleaner and more usable, in my opinion. I don’t need a lot of features in the mobile app, just the essentials and that’s what it delivers.
4. The new released annotation option in the paid version of Droplr is also very limited, which is what Glui was as well. But now I can simply combine the two into one fluid experience.
Check it out:
I’m not a huge fan of the color blue but I don’t mind it for now. Perhaps they will add the option of choosing different colors (and resizing text) but for now this is an acceptable limitation.
5. Simple shortcuts and direct access to the file via AWS is pretty hot. As you can see with the shortcuts (and I’m a shortcut fiend) there are only a few options available and that’s just fine and dandy with me:
The Droplr Hot Key allows me to also quickly save, shorten, and copy/paste urls. That’s nice and so far it’s working much better than CloudApp – for some reason that feature really never worked well or consistently for me.
6. The native preview on my desktop app is killer – it seems so obvious to me that it should be baked into any screen capture / uploading / sharing system that now that I see it I’m kind of upset that I’ve been without it for so long.
This enables me (a very visual thinker and processor) to see my latest uploads and then even share them or delete them right from the app (see the trashcan under the image?). Freakin’ sweet.
7. Custom domain option is nice but if it wasn’t there I wouldn’t have been upset in the slightest. I’ve been using http://i.john.do for CloudApp and now I’ve just added a new A record into my zone file as well as a new sub-domain of http://d.john.do for Droplr.
Done and done.
The theme options are nice as well but an unnecessary addition that I had fun with for a few seconds.
8. Drop privacy is nice but I’ve always kept my uploads pretty public – but it’s not like you’re going to be able to “guess” what they are if I needed them to be private and if I do share something more private I always use Dropbox.
9. Direct access to the file via AWS is a nice addition and is very handy and easy to use. I can see some people using this for a file hosting system en-masse if they wanted to.
All you have to do is take the uploaded file URL and add a “+” sign to the link to get to the direct file. For example, you can check out the direct upload here of my annotated family picture.
Try for yourself: Take this link [ http://d.john.do/l02H ] and add a “+” sign to the end [ http://d.john.do/l02H+ ] and that’s that.
10. Price is simply cheaper annualized than CloudApp. I’m happy about that although it’s somewhat nominal. But my family is going through a significant “sell-everything-not-tied-down-or-essential” season and every dollar counts at this point.
In the end, these features have provided me enough motivation to make the move. Combining two apps into one would have been enough but these other features provide that nice “cherry on top” feeling.
Give Droplr a fair look and let me know what you think!
I forgot! Tweetbot, my most favorite Twitter application of all time has native integration built in as well and as you can see I’m using it like whoa: