If you are someone who spends a lot of time browsing the internet and love sharing the stuff you discover, you know that there’s no easy way to curate and share the stuff you like with your contacts. Sure there’s Facebook and Pinterest that lets you upload and share stuff, but this web app is so easy to use, you may end up using this tool more often than expected. In this post, I’ll take a quick look at how cloud collaboration with Dropmark is super easy and fun.
Cloud Collaboration with Dropmark
Dropmark is a web app that lets you drag and drop just about anything you can from the internet such as pictures, videos, links, documents, and maps on to its interface, save them as collections, and then share the stuff privately or publicly.
To get started with Dropmark, you first need to sign up for a Dropmark account. There’s a Basic account that offers free storage of 250MB and a Pro package that costs $4/month or $48 a year for 25GB of storage. Once the quick registration process is complete, you can start adding stuff to Dropmark.
The Dropmark interface is clean with a menu bar at the top right corner. To add stuff to Dropmark, you need to simply drag and drop them to the interface. You can also use bookmarking tools such as browser extensions and bookmarklets on Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer, and the + button at the top-right corner of the screen to dropmark video URLs, files, and text. If you plan to share your collection and wish to add notes to the viewing audience, just use the + button. The text file is also easily editable. You can also add multiple websites in an instant to Dropmark using the text option. Just add one URL in a line and hit the Enter button and Pronto, the links are available in an instant.
The stuff you add to the interface are termed as items and items can be grouped together to form a collection. To remove an item from a collection, hover over the item. A tiny X button will be displayed at the top-right corner of the image. Click the button to remove the item from the collection. The items in Dropmark are displayed as thumbnail images making for an attractive page. Dropmark also lets you drag files from iPhoto, subscribe directly from iTunes, upload stuff to Facebook, Flickr, Tumblr, Vimeo, YouTube, and FTP using Courier.
The items in a collection can be viewed as a slideshow, which means you can even convert the collection into an awesome presentation. Certain files such as audio or video even offers a preview option. Since you have the option to drag audio or video files, you can create a playlist of your favorite tunes, videos, or podcasts and share them with your friends.
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To share a collection with others, simply click the Gear icon at the top-right menu and enter the recipients email addresses in the respective text box. The collections are usually marked Private, but you can make them public by clicking the Private toggle option. Users who are invited to view your Dropmark collection don’t have to sign up to view the collection, but sign up is required for collaborative work. Pro users can also create RSS feeds to individual collections to share them with a group.
Dropmarking is a totally cool way of curating stuff in an attractive manner. Cloud collaboration with Dropmark is super easy and fun but don’t let me tell you that.
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