File-sharing! There are literally dozens of start-ups and big technology companies working on making the ultimate file-sharing solution. Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Box, Amazon Drive – just to name a few of the popular ones. What makes Jumpshare any different? Previously, we discussed their web-based solution for uploading, sharing, and viewing files. Uploading and quick sharing isn’t quite a shocker, but it’s their online viewing component where things get really different – Jumpshare allows you to view well over 200 file formats right in your browser! Now, they have launched a Windows app, with the intent of improving uploading and sharing workflows. Does it work well? Find out after the jump.
Disclaimer: In the spirit of full disclosure, we would like to inform our readers that Jumpshare and AddictiveTips share a common founder, Ghaus Iftikhar. We have written an honest, unbiased review of the service’s features.
Functionally speaking, Jumpshare for Windows works exactly like its excellent Mac OS X counterpart.
You can drag & drop any file – or any folder – to instantaneously upload to your Jumpshare account. The direct link to the file is automatically copied to the system clipboard while the file is uploading. This way, you can share the link with the concerned party without waiting for the upload to complete. There are other essential sharing options available, too. Files can be shared in a few clicks over email, Facebook, and Twitter.
I, however, find its instant screenshot sharing functionality a lot more useful. Taking screenshots is a regular part of my daily workflow – especially when I am designing or developing something – so being able to share it in significantly fewer steps is a highly attractive feature. Take a standard screenshot (or a specific crop using SHIFT + PRTSC), and it will be automatically uploaded online – link copied to clipboard and all! This alone is worth the price of admission, or lack thereof: Jumpshare for Windows is free.
For the simple reason that it makes viewing files a cinch! With over 200 major and minor file formats viewable online, your recipients will likely never go through the hurdle of installing software for viewing it on their own machine, or bugging you to do it for them. I also liked its ability to show me the number of times my shared file has been viewed online.
Jumpshare for Windows is off to a good start with version 1.0. I do have one major issue with it: it constantly uses 2% of CPU while running in the background. By comparison, heavier programs like (simple) Chrome tabs, iTunes, Dropbox take less than 1%.
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