Droplr drops free accounts: some alternatives
Droplr is a cloud-based service that allows you to share files and screenshots with other users for free or with additional features and less restrictions as a premium user
As a free user of the service, you have access to 1 Gigabyte of cloud storage that you can fill with files. Pro users on the other hand receive 100 Gigabytes of storage, an ad-free environment, and several other features such as the ability to share larger files (free were limited to 25 MB in size), make links private, use custom domains, or access statistics.
The two Droplr co-founders Josh and Levi announced yesterday that the decision was made to change that starting next week.
The free account option will be removed from the service, and all existing free account owners will automatically join a 30-day free trial. When that period ends, users are asked to subscribe to one of the two new account plans Droplr Lite or Droplr Pro.
Failure to do so will lock the account, which means that new files cannot be uploaded to it anymore. All existing files will remain accessible on the other hand, and all links will also continue to work just like before.
It is not clear yet how the pricing will change for the two new account plans, as that has not been announced yet. The only information in relation to the plans is that existing Droplr users will get a 30% lifetime discount on any plan they may choose.
Note: You can still sign up for a free account at the time of writing. While it may not be beneficial for the sake of having an account, it may come in handy if you want to sign-up for one of the new plans that are introduced next week, as it is likely that you will also benefit from the 30% off lifetime offer.
While you may not get the same level of comfort depending on the service that you select, they do offer more or less the same level of functionality.
If you are using Dropbox for example, it is usually a matter of seconds before files that you upload can be shared with others.
If you are looking for something that concentrates on screenshot sharing almost exclusively, you may find the following services useful:
- CloudApp, Mac OS X only to share files on the Internet. There are third-party Windows clients available, such as FluffyApp.
- Lightshot, a screen capture tool for Windows that is connected to an online service for sharing images.
- ScreenCloud, a program for Linux, Windows and Mac OSX to share screenshots easily on the Internet.
- Scrup for Max OS X only, to grab a screenshot and use it in other programs.
- ShareX, a program for Windows that does not connect to its own cloud hosting service, but to 25 image hosting services instead.
- Tinygrab, for Windows and Mac OS X to share screenshots with friends or clients.