For those not familiar with this app, CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files. Here is how it works: choose a file, drag it to the menubar and let it take care of the rest. The app provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Additionally you can view, track and delete files right from your menubar.
Today the app received a major update bringing a new UI and lots of new features. Jump over the break to check out a overview of what’s new…
Speedy Screenshots and Instant Drops
By far the most used feature of CloudApp is screenshot sharing. We worked in our own screenshot shortcut (⇧⌘5) to take and share a screenshot using the same OS X screenshot tool you’ve come to know and love. No more waiting for files to be saved to the desktop before they’re shared.
A big focus was making everything faster. Waiting for an upload to finish before sharing a link breaks the workflow. The new CloudApp has a feature we call Instant Drops. As soon as you trigger an upload you will get a link. For most small files, by the time you’ve switched to the application to share the link, the upload is done. Combined with the new screenshot shortcut, the experience is magical.
For larger files, go ahead and share the link immediately. The recipient will see a waiting message that, when the upload has finished, will show them the content you’ve shared.
A more accessible design and better productivity
Since its inception, CloudApp’s design goal has been to stay out of your way and let you focus on your work. It started out as a simple drop-down in the menu bar. Due to the limited real estate, most new features had to be buried behind obscure modifier keys. With the new version of CloudApp, we wanted to make all features more accessible and discoverable.
A new menu bar pop-over with thumbnails of your uploads and an infinite scroll history of all your drops greets you when you open CloudApp.
By right-clicking on a Drop you now have access to the direct link of the file, a download link, as well as multiple other options to share your content. Be sure to check out the General Preferences panel to change the link type that gets copied to your clipboard by default.
Power users will love the new keyboard shortcuts to use CloudApp mouse free: open the pop-over, navigate drops, copy links, as well as selecting and acting on several drops at once.
A good Mac citizen
CloudApp has been OS X-only from the beginning. We believe that the best apps are tailored to a platform. The new CloudApp takes advantage of some new OS X features for an even better experience.
- Quick Look images makes it easier to see previews of your screenshots and photos.
- Notification Center is used for all messaging.
- Upgrade to CloudApp Pro or renew your plan using In-App Purchase.
As part of this release we’ve also addressed various bugs that kept cropping up for some of our users. Especially those on OS X Mavericks.
- The menu bar icon will take a hint and hide behind full-screen apps.
- Fixed a bug where dragging to the menu bar icon may not always work.
- Fixed login and session issues for some accounts.
CloudApp is available for free on the Mac App Store…