Droplr was officially launched last night and is now available to the general public.
I’ve been using either Droplr or Cloud for the past 3 months and both are great tools. But Droplr comes out ahead in a few ways. For those who haven’t caught the bug yet, or who struggle to grasp how to make use of this type of a tool, here’s a list of things I regularly use Droplr for.
1) Shorten URLs — every link I post in Twitter comes from Droplr. This way I can track what I’ve shared and how often it’s been clicked. Other URL shorteners do this for you, but Droplr includes this service in with everything else it does.
2) No more attachments — do you have files that you regularly attach to emails? Rather than make slow emails, just upload your file to Droplr and include the link in the email.
Every Fusion customer gets a copy of our advertiser kit — a zip file that comes in just under 1 MB. Not a big deal, but for someone with expensive bandwidth, I count every MB. And so with TextExpander and Droplr, I have a succinct piece of text that shares our ad kit with every potential customer that comes across our inbox.
And at a fraction of the bandwidth.
3) Blog posts — I’ve started using Droplr to host miscellaneous items that might make their way into a blog post. It’s so much more enjoyable to work within the Droplr interface than the WordPress backend.
Updates to the Beta
For those who were using the Droplr beta, the new version that was released last night has some great updates that I’ve enjoyed for the past week.
1 - Sharing a piece of code in a note comes with some great default formatting.
2 - When sharing a file, rather than automatically download when clicked, the user is taken to a page where they have the option to download if desired. This is a more polite way to treat the user in my mind.
3 - My favorite change is the progress indicator in the menubar. Rather than the three dots as in the beta, the new version rotates like a clock. A beautiful touch.
4 - A list of recent uploads. This is a nice way to easily access the items you’ve recently shared.
Two other items of note that I enjoy with the app:
1 - The ability to type a quick note and upload to the service. I’m not exactly sure how I’d put this feature to use yet, but it seems like a good option to include.
2 - The inclusion of stats on the Droplr web interface. It’s been very helpful to get the breakdown of what kinds of items I’ve shared and how often they’ve been viewed/clicked/downloaded.
With new web and desktop apps coming our way so frequently, it’s easy to become numb to it all. But I say you ignore this tool at your expense. It has changed a few aspects of my workday, and for the better.
I just started using Droplr last night, but I can tell you that it is awesome. Really awesome.
I remember reading articles in the early 1990s laughing at articles from the 1980s predicting Unix would take over the desktop.
I subscribed to these thoughts, mostly out of ignorance.
Knowing then what I know now, I would have merely prayed it wouldn’t come to pass.
(Hint: I’m not a Unix fan.)
Repeat lesson learned: consider Moore’s Law before writing-off an idea or product.
I know better now than to think Linux won’t be in every toaster in 20 years.
This is the very reason that I have stopped trashing Vista and Windows 7. Are they as good as Mac OS 10.6? No. Will they ever be any better? I hope they get there, not because I want to switch back to Windows, but because I think that competition spurs innovation. And we still have a lot of innovating to do on OSes.
This is the reason why I won’t get a DRIOD. The design looks like crap, same reason I don’t use Gmail, Google’s design is crap. See more and read more: About a DROID: a review of Motorola’s newest smartphone