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Filesharing Intuitive Minimalist Interface

Published 10/10/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by Dorothy Distefano
What can you use the app for?

The application may be used to share files easily through email, websites, or social media.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Dropcanvas is currently in beta. There is very little information provided on the website. Co-creators Chris Newnham and Heath Axton developed the app to make file sharing simple enough that anyone could do it. The limited traffic data indicates a steady increase from 200 to 10,000 unique visitors over a 3 month span of beta testing.

What are the differences to other apps?

What sets Dropcanvas apart is the simplicity of the interface. Drag and drop files and share. It doesn’t get easier.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Clicking the profile button on the spare dashboard yields a dropdown menu for My Canvases, Settings, and Logout. Settings is specifically for changing passwords or adding email address.

The dashboard is extremely sparse, with the tagline, “The fastest way to share content this side of the galaxy,” followed by the direction to “drag and drop files here to get started”. There is also an upload icon for adding files by browsing.

Files are, indeed, easy to add via drag and drop. All types of files upload very quickly, including picture files. Multiple files may be uploaded at the same time without affecting upload speed.

Once added to a “canvas”, the files may be shared by clicking send. This gives the user the choice of sharing via Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, embedding in a web page, or via email.

To embed a link to the canvas in a website, the user may use the embed code provided and place it within the html of the site.

Email sharing occurs via a form within the Dropcanvas site, requiring an email address with the option to provide who the email is from and any additional notes. The email appears to come from Dropcanvas email bot (, so it would be wise to let the recipient know that the email is coming from that address as it could end up in a spam folder. The email contains a link to the uploaded canvas.

To share via Facebook, the user must already be signed in to Facebook and the canvas will simply appear as a link on the timeline to which the user may add a comment; no special permissions needed.

Similarly, sharing on Twitter opens a window with the link, shortened automatically, in a tweet box to which the user may complete a comment to accompany it.

Reddit simply asks the user to add a title and description. Users must be signed in to each social media account for any of these sharing options to work.

On the dashboard, pictures may be expanded to full size for viewing, files may be modified, renamed, deleted, or downloaded. When the edit option is clicked, file modifications are offered and the user is advised to right click and bookmark the provided link to come back to the canvas after this session, or to register to save the canvas. This must be a beta glitch, as the user was registered during testing.

How does the registration process work?

Users may connect via Facebook or register with a username and password. Email is optional. During log in, users are asked to “Clear all previous canvases in cookies”.

What does it cost to use the application?

The creators have no plans to ever charge for the service. They see it as a contribution to the online community. The pair hopes to keep the site minimalist and ad-free, but may have to add a “donate” box in the future for upkeep.

Who would you recommend the application to?

This application will be useful to anyone who needs a fast, easy way to share files of any kind via social media, email, or websites.

  • Drag and drop files to upload
  • Simple interface
  • Social media integration
  • Embed links provided
  • Email options

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