Minus: Extremely Simple File Sharing With 10GB of Free Online Storage

minus icon   Minus: Extremely Simple File Sharing With 10GB of Free Online StorageDrag some files into your browser and instantly get a link to share them with family or friends. It’s this simplicity, along with a staggering 10GB of free storage space, that puts Minus among the best file sharing tools on the web today.

Last December we profiled the then-new photo sharing tool Minus. The web app only worked for photos then. Almost a year later and Minus does so much more. With support for any file format, apps for all major platforms and a very generous amount of free online storage, Minus is the solution to the file sharing problem.

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We wanted to offer the simplest possible sharing service” the creators claim on their website. They did. Minus sports an elegant interface with no clutter and makes sharing even large files extremely easy. Simply put: this is file sharing done right.

Simply Share

Head to minus.com to get started. You can drag files to your browser to get uploaded right away, but I highly recommend you first get an account. Once you do you’ll see your dashboard, containing all the folders you’ve uploaded. Uploading another file, or collection of files, is as simple as dragging it or them from your computer’s file browser to your web browser window:

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Drag and drop multiple files and Minus will take care of the rest, uploading the files for you and putting them in their own folder. You can track what is and what isn’t uploaded yet easily:

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Note that you’ll need to be using a modern HTML-5 browser for this to work. You can upload any file that is under 2GB (a very generous ceiling).

Before the uploading is even done you’ll have access to various links. Whether you want to share a link to a single file or an entire folder of files, you’ll find what you’re looking for:

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Copy these and send to your friends. They can then download the files. They can also browse all the media files you’ve added to a given folder, should you send them the gallery link. For example, I created a folder full of covers from the MakeUseOf Manuals project.

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You can explore this gallery yourself by clicking here.

Note that galleries let people preview documents, pictures and even media files. Check out this gallery to see that in action.

Desktop & Other Clients

With such a complete web app, a desktop app hardly seems necessary. You’ll find apps though, for Windows, Mac and Linux which you can download here.

The desktop interface is very simple, allowing you to do everything you can on the web. Here is how it looks on Ubuntu:

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A tray icon gives you an always-ready place to drag files to. Simply drag them to your tray and you will be uploading quickly:

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Also offered are smartphone apps for iPhone and Android; a Windows Phone 7 app is in development.

Limits

So what are the limits to this service? As I said earlier, free accounts only get 10GB of storage. That is probably plenty for most people, but enthusiasts of Minus might well pay for more space. The other main limit is for individual files – 2GB is the largest upload you can do.

In terms of in-browser previews, currently only images, PDFs, text documents, music and video files are supported. Support for Microsoft Office files is coming soon.

Conclusion

Like I said: I think this is file sharing done right. It’s simple enough that anyone can use it, and isn’t cluttered with advertisements or built-in delays. I highly recommend you check it out.

Do you know of a better tool for sharing files? By all means, let us know in the comments below. Also feel free to let us know how Minus works for you, or to share some links to cool files on Minus.

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Ciprian Mocanu

How do they pay for the service ?? 

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jhpot

They will charge for files larger than what’s outlined above, though I don’t think there are pay accounts now. So I’m not sure…

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Anonymous

Our goal is to create a world-class product and experience for our users and the business model will follow. We can see many ways Minus can monetize itself.

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Martin

Another limitation, and it’s the one that keeps me using Dropbox to share files, is that you can’t upload an amendment of a file and overwrite the existing file keeping the same shared URL. I asked Minus about it and John wrote “unfortunately you can’t overwrite an existing [file] to keep the same link.
You’d have to delete previous file, upload new file and [there] will be
generated another random secure link for download purposes, while [the] old
link is disabled if you choose to delete it.”

It’s not a huge limitation, but if you’re colaborating on work and constantly changing the same document, for example, then those checking your updates are going to need the new link every time you re-upload. I’m confident this will change as time goes by and Minus develops further.

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jhpot

Thanks for this observation. I love Dropbox for collaboration for just this reason; Minus seems to be more about sharing than collaboration.

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Anonymous

We do have an “Collaborate link” that you can give to friends family and it stays same no matter what files changes inside that folder/

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Peter Wills

I cannot see a collaborate link ….where is it?

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Anonymous

The collaborate link is temporarily gone until we re-work the entire interface. Sorry about that! 

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Victor

Hard to beat ge.tt, I say, but I’m giving it a shot right now. The desktop client is mainly the advantage in front of ge.tt, and I’m curious of other service limits.
Thanks for sharing it!

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jhpot

I’ve used ge.tt a bit, but I’m curious: how does Minus compare to it? Let me know!

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Anonymous

Awesome to see the new Minus reviewed! Just shared the article to our users as well :)

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jhpot

We’ve been using Minus internally a little bit, and it deserved the writeup. Thanks for sharing our work!

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Mrclose

Just signed up and tried Minus and all I can say is .. It’s Great and Very simple to use!
I have only one question which may have an answer that I haven’t been able to find yet .. How long will your files be stored on the site?

I ask because on some of these sites, if you haven’t ‘shared’ a file for some time, the file is deleted after a certain amount of time!?

Again, a Great site which I plan to share with all of my friends!

Thank You Minus and Thank You MUO!

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jhpot

So far as I know, he files will be there until you delete them. Or, until Minus shuts down – but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

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David A. Ludder

Compare SkyDrive (25GB), ADrive (50GB), JumboFiles (500GB), and MediaFire (Unlim GB), all FREE. 

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jhpot

Are they all this easy to use?

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Zoy926

I don’t know about others but Skydrive has recently increased the size of file limit from 50MB to 100MB which is much less than 2GB as in case of minus

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jhpot

Well, 25GB is almost impossible to fill if you have to do it 50MB at a time. Thanks for pointing this out.

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Lewis

Sign up here: http://min.us/rbmI1ZJz
You get 1GB extra, and so do I:)