A quick glance to the icons in my Mac’s Menubar is revealing of a recent trend. There are icons for Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Google Drive, each an online storage service with gigabytes of free storage. The most useful, so far, is Dropbox, mostly because there are so many apps that have Dropbox connectivity built in.
This weekend I tried the ZeoSpace file sharing app on my Mac. What it does is clever and useful. Drag and drop a file onto the ZeoSpace icon in the Mac’s Menubar and it provides a link to the files online which can then be shared with co-workers, family or friends.
1GB of storage is free on ZeroSpace and there are free apps for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and even an option to use a web browser. The idea behind ZeoSpace is much like it is with Dropbox et al– to get you to buy more storage as you become acclimated to storing files online and need more storage.
The file sharing angle is a good one, though. Drag and drop files to the Menubar icon, files get uploaded to the cloud, and ZeoSpace makes a link that can be shared with others.
The sharing component of ZeoSpace is free, of course, but only as long as you keep the total files stored in the cloud to a gigabyte or less. You can upload and share a file, multiple files, folders of files, and even groups of folders.
The learning curve is modest but you’ll need to wait for files to be uploaded before sharing the link to the files. Files you’ve uploaded will be synchronized with all of your devices which run the ZeoSpace app.
ZeoSpace uses Amazon’s web services to store your files, so pricing should be competitive with other services (though finding a price list on the ZeoSpace website is an exercise in frustration). Google’s Drive prices have been lowered to $9.99 per month for one terabyte of online storage so it pays to shop around.