Windows does not have very many options for quick file uploading, and the ones that do exist aren’t fantastic. The best of the pack is probably FluffyApp, which uploads to the previously mentioned CloudApp service via drag and drop.
- Upload files quickly by dragging them onto the dock icon and get a URL in your clipboard when the upload has finished.
- Upload files via drag-and-drop or by right-clicking on the system tray icon.
- Customised shortcuts for uploading clipboard content, taking screenshots, uploading images from Photoshop, and shortening URLs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera.
- Upload to previously mentioned CloudApp servers.
FluffyApp makes sharing screenshots and other files super fast. Just drag the file you want to share onto its system tray icon, and it’ll upload it, adding its link to your clipboard so all you need to do is hit Ctrl+V to paste it anywhere you want. What’s especially cool about FluffyApp is that it comes with a number of plugins for Photoshop, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, along with customisable shortcuts for taking screenshots of a specific region or uploading the content on your clipboard. And, since it integrates with the pretty great CloudApp service, you get its well-organised web app too.
If you don’t want to upload to CloudApp — like if you have an FTP server you’d rather use — FluffyApp won’t work. It was designed mainly to be a CloudApp client for Windows, which is great, but limited. Plus, the free version of CloudApp has quite a few limitations: you can only upload 10 files a day, they can only be 25MB in size, and you can only share links on CloudApp’s domain. $45 a year will get rid of these limitations, of course, but it’s hard for me to justify when I could just add one or two clicks to the process and use Dropbox instead. FluffyApp also has a few bugs here and there, which made it a bit annoying to set up, but once you get it working, it should be pretty seamless.
If you want to upload files to an FTP server, like our favourite quick file uploader for OS X, you can try dropf. It, too, can upload via drag and drop, take screenshots, upload from the clipboard, and shorten URLs, but it was so buggy I couldn’t even get it working. It may work great for some of you, but the dropf forums confirm that there are a number of open bugs that prevent us from listing it as the best. It’s got a solid feature set, though, and if you can get it working, it’s a great alternative to FluffyApp.
Droplr is another web service supported by a Windows client, and it’s pretty similar to CloudApp and FluffyApp. It doesn’t have the pro options, so your uploads are limited to 25MB each (though you can upload as many as you want in a day). I think its web interface looks a little bit nicer, so if you’re just going for limited uploads, I’d check out both and see which one you like better.
If you know of a quick file uploader that’s better than one of these, be sure to let us know about it in the comments — we’d love to see something a bit easier and more versatile than the above options.
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