YouSendIt, a popular service for sending large files to others, has recently added Dropbox-like online storage and syncing. A few big differences: an affordable unlimited storage plan, better sharing control and document signing.
Like Dropbox, you can add files to YouSendIt folders online via the web interface. There's also a Windows desktop app and an app for iOS. The Windows program basically connects you to your YouSendIt folder, in which you put stuff in to sync — again, much like Dropbox. We found using YouSendIt on the web interface, the Windows app, and the iPad to be pretty simple and zippy. The iOS app lets you upload photos, sign documents, and view files in your folders.
One of the advantages of YouSendIt over Dropbox is the ability to set permission levels for folder sharing — read only or read and write. As you would expect from this file sending service, it's easy to send (and track) files to others via email or generate a direct link to a file you want to share. Another unique feature is the signing service, where you can add your signature to a document using your mouse (or stylus perhaps) or type a signature, then convert it to PDF and share with others.
But perhaps the most compelling feature of YouSendIt's new service is its unlimited storage plan: for $US14.99 a month, the Pro Plus plan gives you unlimited storage and unlimited document signing (maximum file size 2GB), plus unlimited downloads per file, download tracking, and return receipts for file sending. Dropbox, by comparison, has a $US9.99/month plan for 50GB of storage or $US19.99/month for 100GB.
YouSendIt's free version offers 2GB or storage, up to five signed documents, a 50MB file size limit and 100 maximum downloads per file; there's a Pro version for $US9.99 with 5GB of storage available. You can view the plans here.
There are a few features missing currently in YouSendIt's syncing service, including the ability to open or preview files from the site (even images), file versioning and apps for other platforms, but these are in the works. Although there are quite a few Dropbox alternatives, we haven't seen a file syncing/storage service yet offering unlimited storage for such an attractive price, so YouSendIt is definitely one to consider. Right now they're offering a 14-day trial.