As a company, I have to share large files with others (e.g. images, documentation, etc.) and we find that it’s difficult to do so on all the major file sharing sites (e.g. Dropbox). I have been looking into some alternatives to use for sharing large files with others and came across FileHive. It’s pretty simple to use and does not require us to register, but it requires a bit of setup for security reasons (similar to Dropbox).The site uses a “permission model” where you can choose what folders you want to share and what file types you want to allow full access for (e.g. .jpg and .gif). The site allows you to create a password if you want (and lets you set how long it is allowed), and there are other options that let you choose who can see what folder in your computer (and whether or not they can delete it). It also lets you sort by Recently Added Files or By Date Added or By Folder name or anything else you might need, in an easy-to-use interface.It supports syncing across multiple devices; however, only Windows users are supported at the moment because there was no way I could get it working on OSX just yet (it is still under active development).
1. Google Drive.
Should we use Google Drive or Dropbox for our document sharing sites?Writer and former CEO of LexisNexis, John Paczkowski makes a strong argument for Google Drive as the best choice. He does not, however, make a strong case for why it is the best choice. The main points he makes:Google Drive is a single-file service that requires multiple users to collaborate. You can share files with only one user. It’s far from perfect: there are plenty of bugs, and you can’t easily work with multiple users at once. But if you want to share files with more than one user at once (and if you want to share files whose size exceeds 1GB), then Google Drive is better than Dropbox because it supports multi-user collaboration and has a much better interface than Dropbox.On the other hand, Dropbox is far from perfect either: it has some bugs and its interface can be confusing; but both services have features that make them easier to use than any other service which support multi-users and file sharing (and they are not free). They also support collaboration between users when using the same project or folder on their own computer (for example, working collaboratively in an office or in different time zones). When I say shared file hosting, then I’m talking about cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive; file sharing services like Mailgun are not part of this discussion.
Dropbox is a big name in the space of file hosting (it’s the one with which many people have their own personal email accounts). It is a great choice for file sharing, especially if you are looking to share large files. But that also means it has some glaring weaknesses as far as usability goes:• Its design leaves a lot to be desired. Many users find it very difficult to use, and even if you can succeed at it, you will still not like it much.• It is underdeveloped. The company teams itself up with the Product Hunt community for feedback and ideas, but those ideas are not always incorporated in the product — and there are too many features (and features that are just wrong) that get pulled out of storage when they need to be built into the platform.• Overall UX is poor (there are many improvements we could make here)• There is no direct integration with services such as Dropbox themselves — which means all communication between customers and service will come through an interface that doesn’t feel like much of a product at all.We believe these problems are solvable, but we need to do our best to find solutions ourselves so we can concentrate on making Dropbox better rather than working on what’s already there: getting people to love it. And we hope that this post will help you build your own version of Dropbox (or any other file hosting site). We invite you to share your experience!
Microsoft OneDrive is a file sharing service that allows you to save files and documents from different locations and then share them with others. It has features like syncing across all your devices, which means that if you have music on your computer, it will be available on the cloud.You can download the app for free on Windows and Mac OS X, or you can pay for a Premium subscription for extra storage space and more features.But OneDrive isn’t just about storing files; it is also used as a place to share them with others. You can use the web interface of OneDrive or apps like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel to create a document such as an e-book or a presentation — then you can share it directly with your favorite friends, colleagues or contacts by clicking their email address in the address bar of your browser. You may not even have an email account — but don’t worry: you can still document what you do using this method.One of the best features of OneDrive is its integration with Office 365: you can use it as part of your Office 365 subscription to store files in OneDrive. This means that you don’t need to download anything from another source — all your files are stored automatically in OneDrive!Microsoft has been making strides recently towards providing its customers with additional functionality beyond just storage space, thanks in part to new features including Files on Demand (FOD), which allows users to get unlimited storage for up to 20 GB for free each month, and more recently their “Cloud Save” feature which lets users sign up for subscriptions which allow them access to certain types of files that are saved elsewhere (like photos) even after they have been deleted from their local computer.
If you think about the way we share files on the web, you will find that most of them are either too big to download in one go or require a downloader to access them.We have had to leave behind some of our competitors who were doing this kind of thing:• Google Docs allows you to save a file, but it is not good for sharing large documents (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Google account with free storage space.);• Google Drive allows you to save a file, but it is not good for sharing large documents (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Google account with free storage space.);• Dropbox allows you to save a file, but it is not good for sharing large documents (unless you’re lucky enough to have a Dropbox account with free storage space.);• iDisk is an app that fully supports saving and uploading files, but only after downloading them first;• Dropbox Server is an app that fully supports saving and uploading files, but only after downloading them first;• Thingiverse allows you to save and upload files, but only after downloading them first;While all these are great tools in their own right, they have limitations: they can’t be shared with multiple people at once and need each person download the same file from one of the providers above; they can’t include other formats than what their provider supports; and they don’t offer any means of previewing your work before uploading because they are “just there for being able to upload large files directly from your browser without having to use any other tool.”The upshot is that if we want people around the world (and all platforms) access our shared document, we need an actual web service with all those strengths above. We need something like Dropbox or Box (with their built-in cloud storage). That way we could work together on one big file and let everyone else join in later — or even before. And because I am talking about collaboration here (a topic I won’t go into), this requires that we build it ourselves rather than require someone else build services for us: as long as we can provide our own software solution — nothing like Facebook did for us — then we can do this and make it even more awesome than Google Docs or Dropbox could be.