Product Recommendation: Dropload 25 Mar 2005

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I love simple tools that do one thing really well. Dropload is a great example. Here’s how they describe it:

Dropload is a place for you to drop your files off and have them picked up by someone else at a later time. Recipients you specify are sent an email with instructions on how to download the file. Files are removed from the system after 7 days, regardless if they have been picked up or not.

Enter an email address and upload a file. The recipient is emailed with a link to download the file. Simple and fast. A great example of Less Software.

20 comments so far (Jump to latest)

Dan Boland 25 Mar 05

I have a Gmail account that I use for just that purpose. But I agree that it’s a nice service - free and easy.

JF 25 Mar 05

Doesn’t GMail have an attachment limit? Dropload lets you send files up to 100MB.

David Grant 25 Mar 05

GMail has a ~10 meg attachment limit.
I sent a 60meg file over Dropload a while back… worked like a sweet baby.

Dan Boland 25 Mar 05

I’ve never come across a situation where 10MB wasn’t enough, so the GMail approach works for me. But I ever need to send a larger file, I’ll remember Dropload.

Iolaire McFadden 25 Mar 05

I prefer yousendit.com, its not a clean, but you can download a file more than once, so you don’t need to worry about user error preventing someone from completing a download.

David 25 Mar 05

I’ve found Dropload to come in handy when sending video and other large files to others. It also doesn’t fill up the other person’s email like sending a file via email will.

Sara White 25 Mar 05

Dropload has saved my butt numerous times when I’ve tried emailing a large file to a client, only to find out that their email account can’t handle files that large.

pb 25 Mar 05

Does Gmail compare here? When emailing, the concern is more for the limit of the recipient’s email account, not your own.

Plug: from the same author: DropCash.

Adam Codega 25 Mar 05

The simplest things are best. While I haven’t tried it yet I would like to. E-mail has attachment limits, FTP requires software, AIM transfers don’t always work and depend on the both parties having good connections.

Jameson 25 Mar 05

I tried and enjoyed Dropload, but I do wish it wouldn’t delete the file the moment you download it. I think the auto-delete after 7 days is smart, but with that restriction already in place, it seems like the user should be able to download more than once - all kinds of things can interrupt a download.

Dan Boland 25 Mar 05

Does Gmail compare here? When emailing, the concern is more for the limit of the recipientís email account, not your own.

Yeah, but I use it for a) people I know and trust and b) as a recipient address of attached files. I give them the U/P and off they go to retrieve the file.

Britt 25 Mar 05

I, too, thought Dropload was great due to its simplicity. I had a co-worker who was having a problem with a client who couldn’t get a file from our FTP site, so I quickly recommended Dropload. He sent me an email saying that the Dropload signup was too complicated (in a nutshell). I almost sent a snarky reply about four text boxes and two checkboxes just being too much to handle visually, but I restrained.

Andy Baio 26 Mar 05

YouSendIt’s popularity is simple: they let multiple people download a link before it expires, and you can pass links around loosely in message boards, e-mail, IM, and so on. The result, of course, is that it’s very popular for piracy over http in small groups.

Dropload doesn’t work well for that, because of its one-to-one nature. (You specify an e-mail address, and only the recipient can download the file.)

That said, I like Dropload much better for legitimate use. And because it will never have the bandwidth requirements of a service like YouSendIt, the free, non-commercial Dropload will probably be around for much longer.

Zelnox 26 Mar 05

Is this the same as YouSendIt.com and YouShareIt.com?

Gaston 28 Mar 05

I believe it’s a great idea, and a useful one. Gmail can’t be compared to this. I mean, you can upload 100M!

Thanks for the tip.

Max 28 Mar 05

I don’t like xyz “left a file here for you called “dating”. To pick it up, click on the following link to save it. You only have one chance to download (my emphasis).” What’s up with that? What if the d/l fails? What if the downloading party has problems? What if, what if…? Sure, only the recipient should d/l. But he should be able to at least twice.

Chris Messina 28 Mar 05

I started using Dropload a couple weeks back and think for one-off file sharing it does the trick splendidly. However, that I had to pay $1 to resend the same file that I’d just upkoaded to someone else was a little hokey. Instead of paying $1, I just re-upped the file.

All in all, big utility in a small app but the business model is a little peculiar.

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