Even though free online document storage services have made it easier to save memory and share documents with others, it can still be a bit of a hassle if you want to share documents online free with several colleagues or friends. Here are the top 4 providers which make it a bit easier for to share documents online free.
Hightail, formerly known as YouSendIt offers perks such as outlook plugins, making mass distribution of documents easier. The free account storage space is only 2GB and it has quite a few limitations, but the paid plans are definately worth it, if you want to share documents online free with colleagues for business purposes. The desktop client is similar toDrop box: It allows you to create a folder, which you drop files into so they can be uploaded and is it constantly syncing. In order to obtain a file’s direct download link, you either go to the Hightail Website or from the desktop app. It offers unlimited storage and bandwidth, but if you are new to free online document storage, be aware that phone support is not available round the clock. Overall, it is one of the best services to easily share documents online free.
A personal favorite of mine, Dropbox was one of the very first providers allowing you to easily share files online with others and it still remains one of the best with regards to simplicity and speed. All you need to do to sync your files to Dropbox, is to drag and drop them into Dropbox’s desktop app and it will sync everything quietly in the background, allowing you to focus on other tasks at the same time. You can create a “public” folder, meaning certain files in your Dropbox folder can be linked to directly, without having to click on a download or preview page. The free account storage space is 2GB, but the paid plans are affordable, giving you 50GB at just under 10 dollars a month.
Minus is relatively new to the cloud storage scene and it is totally free at present. You can sign up for Minus via Facebook or Twitter and there are browser extensions for both Chrome and Firefox, that allow you to speedily upload images and documents. Minus has a similar set up to Pintrest, therefore it is more suitable for individual use, rather than corporate. Users can follow each other and view each others’ feeds of newly uploaded content. In order to share something, you do have to make a link public and manually share it with those you want to be able to view the content. The desktop app is drag and drop and you can also capture and upload screenshots. The initial free account space is 10Gb and you can earn up to 50GB by referring members.
SugarSync is fast becoming a major competitor to Dropbox and Box, but it has a more complex usage model. It gives you the ability to sync existing file folders in your computer to the cloud and also to any other computers you designate. The “Magic Briefcase” folder in the Documents folder, means that anything placed in there is automatically synced across all the devices which you have registered to your user account. The desktop app includes a file manager application, which basically lets you see which files are synced into the storage cloud and across your devices, all in one place. Another bonus of SugarSync is that the files stored in your account can be browsed via the Web. There are also no file size restrictions with this service, so it’s perfect to use if you want to send large files such as videos etc.