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file sharingQuickly drag a file to your browser in order to share it. Your friends will be able to see a preview of the file before deciding to download – assuming it’s one of the 150 different file formats supported for previews. That’s the promise of Jumpshare, a simple file sharing service with integrated file previews. Documents, music, videos, pictures – people downloading your files will be able to preview before downloading. In my tests even ebook files offered a preview.

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Uploading with Jumpshare

Head to JumpShare to get started. You’ll see a simple, probably familiar interface:

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You know what to do – drag files to your browser window, or use the aptly named “Browse” button to…well…browse your files. Once you add your files the upload will begin.

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Want to share your files? You’ve already got the link; share it and people can download the files as soon as they’re done uploading.

When the upload is done you’ll see a thumbnail.

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Your file is now ready to download; there are email and social networking buttons, if you want, as well as a simple link you can copy.

Note that no files bigger than 100 MB can be uploaded, as of this writing. All files uploaded without an account expire in two weeks.

Previewing

Jumpshare claims to be capable of previewing 150 different file formats, though I couldn’t find a definitive list. In an attempt to stretch the limits of the service I uploaded our Photoshop CS6 guide in all three of our offered formats: PDF, EPUB and Amazon’s MOBI.

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I was pleasantly surprised to see that all three files were viewable within Jumpshare, including the often-ignored MOBI and EPUB formats.

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They weren’t pretty, but it did work. At the very least you can quickly get an idea of what’s in a file before you actually download it, worthwhile if your Internet connection is less than speedy.

Limits

I said there were limits earlier, but I’ll mention them again: you cannot upload any file bigger than 100 MB. If you have an account you cannot upload more than 2 GB worth of data. Without an account any file uploaded will disappear in two weeks.

Jumpshare provides previews for 150 different file formats; I couldn’t find a list of what those formats are. Guess and test, I suppose.

Conclusion

Is this magical and revolutionary? No, but it doesn’t need to be. If you want to quickly upload a file and give your friends a chance to preview before downloading, think of Jumpshare. If that’s not your need exactly think of any of the hundreds of other file sharing sites out there.

How do you like Jumpshare? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, along with any recommended file sharing services you’d like to share.

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