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Ever wanted to quickly share a large file (or several files) with a friend yet the size limit on emails and the hassle behind file-sharing services make you want to give up? Many cloud storage services make you jump through hoops just to get measly upload or download speeds. But we’ve found a gem of a solution.
If you’re thinking of a bullet-fast way to share files without requiring any registration, then you can try out BitTorrent Sync.
Bittorrent Sync is a very lightweight program that allows you to create a secure shared-folder to upload and download files with seemingly no size limit. It basically synchronizes your files using a peer-to-peer (P2P) protocol.
We’ll show you how simple it is to setup and use and all the other things you can do with BitTorrent Sync.
Download & Install BitTorrent Sync
Normally we would begin by directing you to a web design Singaporesite to register for a service. This isn’t the case for BitTorrent Sync as you just have to download the small software and install it on your computer. No registration required.
It has support for Windows XP SP3 or newer, Mac 10.6 or newer, Linux and even NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices.
During installation, you should tick ‘Add an exception for BitTorrent Sync in Windows Firewall’ in order for the program to be able to transfer files through your network.
After installing, a setup window will appear and you’ll be asked if you want to go with the Standard Setop or if you have a ‘secret’.
A secret, here, is a long piece of code consisting 32 alphanumerical characters. You use a secret like a password to acquire access from or give permission to a friend who is sharing a folder with you via Bittorrent Sync.
Go with ‘Standard Setup’ for the meantime.
How To Begin Sharing Files And Folders
Unless you have a specific folder you want to share with someone, you should start by creating a new folder on your hard drive. Chuck all that you want to share inside this folder.
Then go to the Shared Folders tab (second from the left) on BitTorrent Sync and click on Add.
Click on Generate to get a unique ‘secret’ code and click on the three dots to browse for that folder you just created, or any specific folder you want to share.
Don’t worry about keeping this ‘secret’ code somewhere safe, you can view it again by right clicking on the path, and selecting Copy secret.
On the receiving end, they can go to Shared Folders, and click on Add.
In the ‘Shared secret’ field, they can paste the secret code given to them and create or select a folder they want the contents to be synced to. If they choose a folder with files in it, contents between their folder and the newly synced folder will be merged.
To see more advanced options, you can also right click and select Show folder preferences.
The Read only secret option ensures that the person using this code cannot add or delete files in the folder. They also cannot generate a secret to further share the folder with someone else.
Another option is the One-time secret option, which allows for the secret to last only 24 hours, for a single use.
Under these advanced options, you can also generate a new secret on an existing folder by clicking on New. You can use this when a folder is accidentally shared to a person who is not an intended receiver. Generate a new secret for that affected folder and give it to the people you want to give the folder access to.
Testing Transfer Speeds
Apart from the easy setup and requiring no registration, the transfer speed is something to shout about. We must start by saying that transfer speeds will vary depending on your internet connection.
That aside, in a simple test, we were able to get 200kbps upload and download speeds, simultaneously, and while not on the fastest Internet service out there. As a comparison, the same file could be uploaded to Dropbox, at almost 300 Kbps, but the catch is, we have to wait for Dropbox to finish uploading before the download link can be shared to another person.
BitTorrent Sync is (technically) transferring files over the Internet without a middleman, so it doesn’t have a problem handling large files, which is great news for those of you who want to share raw clips or large image files.
Plus, the ‘secret’ code that is generated is alphanumeric and long enough to deter any attempts to crack it. But that didn’t stop the site from further encrypting the file transfer. Lastly, your information is not stored anywhere apart from the devices that are doing the uploading and downloading of the files.
We’ve sung the praises and now let’s get down to the limitations.
There is no real ‘manager’ or ‘owner’ of the shared folder. For example, if you share a folder with your friend, that person can easily share it with anyone else without your permission.
Once the folder is shared, you are able to see it under the Devices tab but are not able to do anything about it like ‘kicking’ the person out from the share list. Basically, you cannot manage permissions beyond the first share.
Since there’s no middleman, there’s no way to access your files through a web design Singaporesite compared to other cloud services. If you’re using another computer, you’ll have to download and install the program just to access your files.
Your main computer where BitTorrent Sync is installed also acts as a server, so it has to be turned on for you to be able to access and sync your files.
Want to share a funny Facebook status but don’t want the profile picture or name revealed in the shot? Many users use colors to blot out the details, sometimes making a mess out of the image. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make this treatment as fast and as painless as possible?
We have found a handy Chrome extension called Status Snapper which not only helps you automatically blur out the profile picture and name, but also lets you capture and upload images up to Imgur without having to open up any other side applications.
To start, add Status Snapper as your Chrome extension.
Now, go to your Facebook. You’ll notice that on the right side of the URL bar there’s a Status Snapper icon. Whenever you find a nice saying you want to take a shot of, activate Status Snapper by clicking on the icon.
You’ll notice on the news feed page that there are icons with the word SNAP. To capture the status you want, click on SNAP, and Status Snapper will automatically blur out the name and display picture of the nearest status.
After clicking SNAP, the FINISH and CANCEL buttons will pop up. Click FINISH to upload the shot to Imgur. Click CANCEL to make another selection.
Your screenshot will open in a separate tab with a Status Snapper watermark on it.
This is just a simple extension that lets you skip having to use Paint and coloring to blot out details. Although Status Snapper makes it easier to blur out your personal details, there is no way of indicating who is saying what in longer Facebook conversation threads. Also, thus far, it only works with the news feed page, not on your personal Wall Feed.
There is a particular limitation to file-sharing tools and cloud storage services that is a setback – they do not support the viewing of different file types (formats) on their website. This is particularly a problem with files which require Adobe series, Microsoft Office or other applications to preview. Alternatively, you will have to download the file without a preview.
With Jumpshare however, you can view over 200 files on an ordinary web browser. What’s cooler is that you can view all these files on the mobile browser, iOS and Android. At this moment, there are no user accounts available which means you do not have to register in order to use the Jumpshare service.
Recommended Reading: 20 Ridiculously Simple File-Sharing Web Tools
Start Using Jumpshare
It is really simple to start, just head over to the Jumpshare website to start uploading your files. At the main page, you’ll be greeted with an uploading box where you can drag and drop more than 1 file.
You’ll then be redirected to a unique link where you can see the files that you have uploaded then share this link by email, Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus. You can press the Upload button at the top to upload more files to this unique link.
With that provided link, anyone with access to it can download, open and view the contents of the supported file type with a desktop or mobile web browser.
View Multiple Files With A Web Browser
Jumpshare supports browser-based previews for over 200 file formats including PSD (Photoshop Data File) files.
You can also view presentation files like PPT, PPTX and other office documents.
It also supports multiple Audio filetypes (MP3, MP2, WMA, WAV, AAC, FLAC), Video filetypes (MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG) and tons of Image filetypes.
Where It Falls Short
Jumpshare is still in the Beta stages which is why you cannot create a user account to manage your uploaded files. Because files cannot be managed by a user account, anyone who has access to the unique link can download or view whatever important files you have uploaded onto Jumpshare.
Uploaded files must be less than 100MB and will remain on the unique link only for 2 weeks from the day you uploaded it. During this time, there is no way to retrieve this unique link if you happen to misplace it but once the 2 weeks are over, your files will be deleted from the site.
Jumpshare is a handy website for people who want to present a file through a web browser without having to install a specific program to view the file. However, be wary that whoever has access to this unique link can view and download the uploaded file. Other than that fact, the big number of files that Jumpshare supports makes it a unique file-sharing website.
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Email testing service Litmus asked the question: Has your audience gone mobile? And with their latest email client usage data, answered it with a resounding “Yes.”
According to the infographic below, mobile email client usage exceeded both desktop and mobile web client usage for the first time in April 2012, with mobile opens increasing by 80% in the six months leading up to that date.
Furthermore, according to their email client market share report for June, the iPhone is now the most popular email client, with 21% market share.
Email client market share infographic (View full size)
Based on this data, I think it’s time for a rethink of the email templates my team has developed, as they are primarily desktop client-focused. Fortunately, for anyone wishing to improve their mobile email designs, there are plenty of good articles on mobile email design best practices:
- Anatomy of a Perfect Mobile Email
- Mobile email design in practice: the new Campaign Monitor newsletter
- Email on Mobile Devices
- 10 Best Practices for Mobile Email Design
- Mobile Email Design 101