SimpleShare: 5GB for quick sharing + collaborating

What do CloudApp, DroplrTinyGrab and GrabBox all have in common? Each provide a simple integrated interface for quickly sharing files or links across any medium – email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. – without worrying about a measly 25MB attachment limit. Even better? Most services offer a web interface which provide information like:

  • Downloads / view count to monitor files
  • Character saving shortened URLs
  • Custom domains for shortened URLs
  • Option to delete files from the cloud at will
  • Secure sharing options
  • Plenty of storage to share tiny links or heavy assets

When the internet broke earlier this year (2011 Amazon Web Services outage), I had been using CloudApp to quickly share links and files. Like so many other web services which relied on Amazon for storage, CloudApp suffered. I explored my options and found myself bouncing between Droplr and GrabBox. Then I discovered SimpleShare by Box as another file sharing option.

Integrates with your existing Box account

If you’re an existing Box user, you’ll enjoy the same Box cloud collaboration features with the added benefit of fast file sharing from your desktop – both Mac & PC.

SimpleShare Preferences Screenshot

As a Mac user adding files to Box is a cumbersome multi-step process: 1) open web browser, 2) open box.net and 3) upload files. SimpleShare has adopted the same sharing techniques as other services likes Droplr with a few Box collaboration features.

  • Upload and securely share any filetype
  • Draw screenshot region or upload full screen
  • Simple select region and record screencasting (demo)
  • Set expiration date automatic file deletion
  • Notification when files are viewed
  • Interact with files directly from within Box with OpenBox Apps
  • 5GB of free storage

In its current state, SimpleShare is great for sharing and collaborating within a team environment or for more sensitive files.

At the moment commenting, task assignment and OpenBox Apps integration is limited to individuals you have assigned as collaborators. I’m hoping that future updates improve the app and allow for individual files to be enabled as public assets for more collaborative actions. Are you using any services for fast file sharing?

Discuss - 7 Comments

  1. Nonoy says:

    I might try this Simple Share. Got to check out. Thanks.

  2. Tom Nußbaum says:

    after all this disqussion and also this very bad fail with dropbox and this security problem, they seem to fixed this now, it was also very unclear what happens and how many members they really los after updating their tos. so i really like this intro to the box, but i also would like to ask you a question about cloud and synch

    since i am still using mac and windows both for work and ofc design, i need something that i could use for synching and backup my files. have no problem to pay for a service, because its as expensive as always buying a new hardware. can you recommend me some tools or a webpage so i can read and maybe test it on my own?

    • Derek says:

      For Windows + Mac sync you could try Sugar Sync. https://www.sugarsync.com/

      I haven’t personally tried it but have heard from others who like it. I’m still with Dropbox.

    • Tom Nußbaum says:

      just now i am testing the sugarsynch link you’ve sent me, actually it helps me a lot to get 5gb of my files stored for free. i don’t know why my girl never told me before, maybe i didn’t ask, she is using “backblaze” for her pictures/raw, she’s a photographer and very happy because you are unlimited with every files you want to backup.
      sure it may takes time depending on how fast your upload speed is limited to, but for 5bucks you get a online backup.
      not sure right now how the sharing works, but i will find out as soon as she gets back home. thnk you derek for the link

    • Derek says:

      Backblaze is a remote backup service. There is no sharing functionality.

  3. Tom Nußbaum says:

    hello derek, just want to inform you that i subscribed to a 100gbplan with sugarsync and i am more then happy with it. a very needed feature is in the making and not available yet, to backup your files/data directly from your mobile.
    at the moment you only can upload a single file, so if you have to backup/share an entire folder or album, its a little pain – for now.
    you helped me a lot with my decision and i would like to thank you for that:)

  4. Marvs says:

    This is a big help for Box users like me. It will simplify the tasks of managing my Box account.