When you need to share files with other people, you can attach them to an email, and links can be shared in the same way or through social networks.
Or you can step in this century and use cloud storage services such as Dropbox. FluffyApp is a particularly fast method of sharing files and links that reduces the entire process to a simple drag and drop exercise.
As well as making it easy to share files, text and links with other people, FluffyApp also makes things a great deal easier when it comes to make content available to yourself on different computers.
Pay a visit to the FluffyApp web site here and click the Download button in the green navigation bar followed by the Download link. You now need to click the Download button to save the zip file to your hard drive.
Once the download is complete, use your preferred zip tool to decompress the file and you can then run through the installation in the usual way. It’s worth noting that FluffyApp requires .NET 4.0 or higher to be installed and if you do not already have this on your computer, a download link is available at the program download page.
Getting an Account
You’ll need to create an account in order to use FluffyApp, so click the system tray icon that has appeared and then click the Don’t have a CloudApp account link.
At the registration web site that loads, enter your email address, enter and confirm the password you would like to use, tick the box to agree to the terms of service and then click the Register button. You can then click the system tray icon again and enter your email address and password to sign in – if you have already used a CloudApp service in the past, you can sign into your existing account instead.
Configuring Program Options
Once you are signed into your account, right click the system tray icon and select Options from the menu that appears. In the General section, make sure that the option labelled Start at login is ticked so that the program launches automatically with Windows.
FluffyApp can be used to automatically upload the contents of the clipboard to your online account, and you can define the keyboard shortcut you would like to use in the Upload clipboard content section – the default of Ctrl + Shift + Alt + U is a good shortcut because it is unlikely to already be in use by other programs you have installed.
FluffyApp is a handy tool for quickly uploading screenshots to your online account, and it is possible to configure a keyboard shortcut to capture just a portion of your screen rather than the entire desktop. Click in the Region capture field and then press the keys you would like to use.
To make FluffyApp a simple drag and drop tool, tick the box labelled Enable the notification icon dropzone (experimental, reopen to take effect) option in the Advanced section at the bottom of the Options dialog and then right click the system tray icon, select Exit before relaunching the program.
Working With FluffyApp
Just how you use FluffyApp depends on the type of data you are looking to capture. In the case of text – whether in a document or on a web site – you need simply highlight the text you are interested in and press the usual Ctrl + C keyboard shortcut to copy the text to the clipboard, and you should then press the keyboard shortcut you defined earlier to upload the text to your online account.
Assuming you have enabled the drop zone option, you can upload files to your online account by dragging and dropping them onto the FluffyApp system tray icon.
The final option is to make use of the system tray icon in a slightly different way. Click the icon with the left mouse button and a popup dialog will appear. In this popup, move to the Upload section, click the Upload file(s) link and you can then select any files that you would like to add to your online account.
Text and links can be uploaded by moving to the Text section of this same popup dialog and then either pasting the contents of the clipboard or type the text you would like to save before clicking the Publish button.
Sharing Uploaded Content
You can make use of the My CloudApp web site to manage your files at any time by clicking the system tray icon for FluffyApp and then clicking the Open My CloudApp link.
The same popup dialog includes a record of the files and drops that you have uploaded, and this list can also be used to share the content you have uploaded – just make sure that you are in the Drops section. Right click an item that has been uploaded and you can use the options that are displayed to copy a link to the file that you re then able to share with other people via email or social networks.
The same menu can be used to rename files and text clips that have been uploaded – this is particularly useful in the case of screen captures and text uploaded as they are not automatically assigned meaningful names.
There are numerous cloud services to choose from these days, but FluffyApp’s wonderful simplicity coupled with its surprising power means that it is one of the best available, and well worth taking a look at.
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