For serial uploaders that constantly find themselves sharing images and other types of files, drag-&-drop support can be a godsend. It’s way more convenient and faster than sending an email with the file in question or having to browse for a file. In a lot of cases, having the URL of the uploaded file copied to the clipboard can also be a handy time-saver.
Thankfully, more developers nowadays feel for serial uploaders across the globe and so, amazing applications with the sole intent of making your file-sharing experience smoother than ever are on the rise.
One of these programs is FluffyApp, which doesn’t just make sharing files effortless, but also makes tasks easier for anyone wanting to share screenshots and more.
FluffyApp has been quickly reviewed on the MakeUseOf Directory for being very intuitive among countless ways to upload files. It allows you to drag and drop any file (or a number of them) of 25MB or less to an icon in the system tray and copies the URL to your clipboard as soon as it has finished uploading the file.
FluffyApp is actually a Windows version of CloudApp, a Mac-only application for sharing files by drag-&-drop, so it uploads files to CloudApp’s servers, which means you get the benefits of CloudApp, namely, file view count, copyable embed code for images, extensions and a library of your uploaded files by type.
That also means you’ll need an account, which only requires an email, password and for you to click on the email verification link. Free accounts can upload up to 10 files per day.
What’s also unique about FluffyApp is that it can take screenshots of a region with a keyboard shortcut. FluffyApp doesn’t come with an installer, which may a good thing for anyone that just wants to run the application without having to modify their registries. FluffyApp displays a history of uploaded files when you right-click on the system tray icon, and puts multiple files uploaded at once in a zip folder automatically.
In summary, what makes FluffyApp a lifesaver is that you can:
- Enable URL-copying to the clipboard.
- See how many times your file has been viewed.
- Take a screenshot of a region with a keyboard shortcut.
- See your file history.
- Copy the embed code (on the web interface only so this one is a CloudApp feature and not exactly FluffyApp’s but it’s good to have the option).
- Copy direct link (“Copy content URL“).
- Make a file public.
Some cons are that:
- You need an account to upload to CloudApp.
- There is no installer (but this may be seen as a pro by users not looking to install more programs!)
- You can upload up to 10 files (25MB or smaller) per day (which is a limitation for free CloudApp accounts).
- URLs aren’t shortened (this is also tied to how you set your items by default in your CloudApp account settings).
While Dropbox users can drag and drop files to the Public folder and copy the public link, not everyone has Dropbox, (which is great for anything from image hosting to even writing) for whatever reason. Thus, FluffyApp could be an unbelievably easy-to-use alternative to share files in a few seconds.
There’s no need to head to a file hosting website, such as MegaUpload, which generally impose ads and waiting times (although you can get plugins to bypass these times) on whomever you’re sharing your file with.
CloudApp and FluffyApp aren’t the only tools for fast file sharing. There’s also Droplr for Mac (which was feature in a “battle” with CloudApp) and its Windows counterpart, , as well as the open-source Zscreen for Windows (here‘s a quick review). However, if you are just looking for a dedicated screenshot program that puts the link in your clipboard in a flash, there are also options such as SPGrab, Gyazo, Lightshot and Jing.
What are your favorite ways to share files in a flash?