Any designer, photographer or musician can tell you how difficult it is working with huge files. Even with ultra-fast Internet connections, transferring gigabytes of data to and from clients easily is, well, not easy. That’s why the team at Droplr created their own simple file sharing system.
Droplr founders Josh Bryant and Levi Nunnink were working remotely as designers/developers when they came up with the idea for a new file sharing app. They struggled to share massive Photoshop files with clients and coworkers. Email was slow and unreliable. Instant message programs often couldn’t handle the gigabyte-sized files.
“They decided to build their own secure file sharing tool on the side, just to make their work easier,” says Droplr COO Ryan Andrews. “They made it and published it on twitter to their friends and colleagues. Within a few weeks it just spread throughout the designer/developer community.”
The tool was so popular that Bryant and Nunnink decided to step away from their day jobs to build Droplr full time. They partnered with a few developers and got to work. The team released the first official version of Droplr in 2012. The two moved to Bend with their families around the same time and eventually set up shop in an office downtown.
So what makes Droplr different from other file sharing services? “It’s really the simplicity,” says Andrews. “It uses a super-simple drag-and-drop interface and is fully integrated with the software workers already use, including Adobe Creative Suite—Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.” Users can securely upload files to Droplr from Adobe Creative Suite apps with a key command. Hit a key and your file is uploaded to Droplr and a web link to that file is automatically added to your clipboard.
“It’s the fastest, easiest way to share files, especially from inside applications like the Adobe suite,” says Andrews. “When somebody’s uploading 30 or 50 files a day for evaluation, they don’t have to think about it. They can just upload them.”
Droplr also renders files in the cloud using HTML 5. That lets users can quickly and easily preview files in their web browsers. It’s an especially useful feature for clients who don’t own the Adobe Creative Suite. And unlike similar services, Droplr lets users password-protect uploaded files, revoke access, and expire the content. That makes it a great option for sharing large proposals, medical images, or anything that needs added security protection.
In the future, Droplr engineers plan to make collaboration and feedback even easier by adding commenting/feedback tools to the system. The team is also planning to branch out into other markets. “We’re working with architects, doctors, musicians, filmmakers, anyone who needs to share big files on a daily basis,” says Andrews. “It’s an exciting time to be in this space and we’re looking forward to growing and moving into new areas.”
For more information, visit https://droplr.com/