Sharing things on the internet has exploded these past few years, from day to day updates, experiences, or even the odd file. But amongst all of the different ways to share your item, has the simplicity that should come with this type of action been lost? Simplifying this action make the process of sharing so much easier, and CloudApp for Mac definitely fills this space. CloudApp sits right in your menu bar, silently running until you need to use it, but it is not built to deliver your latest message to the world, but a great file sharing application, that uploads your content and then automatically copies a link to the uploaded file on your clipboard. The link can then be shared via Twitter, Facebook, or simply pasted into an email.
Upon opening CloudApp, you will be greeted with a registration page, to make your account you are asked for an email and password, nothing more. The reason that an account is needed is that it allows you to edit and delete unwanted links on your account, once shared. This gives you control over what you want the world to see, and what not. CloudApp for Mac sits right in your menu bar, silently running until you need to use it. The application is built to share files with friends or work colleagues, the way in which this is done is by dragging the file the file in question onto the cloud icon and then pasting the resulting link. This process is made extremely simple, with the application doing almost all of the work, uploading the file (referred to as your "drop" by the application), then assigning it a custom URL, as well as copying this URL to your clipboard ready for you to use. The application supports virtually any file type, it just relies the person on the other end to have the same application to open the file, with which you used to save it, unless you are using a widely used file type such as jpeg, png, psd, doc, txt or a handful of others. You can also quickly view the uploaded file in browser by clicking on the snippet CloudApp displays in the menu bar.
To change the way CloudApp functions, there are a few preferences you can alter which have various effects. The main one being the automatic uploading of screenshots. As you can see when reviewing the application, I took several screenshots of the process, which were then actually automatically uploaded by CloudApp. Now this may seem very helpful, but if you take quite a lot of screenshots, you may want to disable this feature, choosing to only drag the pictures you want to use from your desktop onto CloudApp in your menu bar. There are also options to stop the automatic copying of the link to the clipboard, and alter how the application notifies you that the uploaded file is ready for viewing, including the integration with Growl.
The Web App
Once you have created an account, you will be able to view and edit your uploaded content via the CloudApp web application. This service allows you to view all of your uploaded content, and then view it by file type of order it in terms of its popularity. It works much like a dashboard from which you can overview the use of your uploads and edit your account preferences.
When is comes to simplicity, CloudApp could not have been any better. A clean, simple drag and drop interface combined with its great functionality and user interface makes for an application that you only really notice once you are using it. The way apps are meant to be. With the odd notification error from Growl, this application really has no other flaws to point out, and best of all, its completely free.