DropSend allows users to send large size files easily. Users can attach files of up to 2 GBs and send them or store them online. The application works with all popular file types, including MP, PDF and JPEGs. DropSend includes 256 bit AES security to ensure that files are protected. The application is entirely web based so the user never has to install anything to send or store files. DropSend also works like an extra back up resource, giving users a place to store important files from their computer that can be accessed later if something should go wrong. Although most of the features are geared towards individual users, DropSend also offers a business plan option that enables group file sharing for companies and organizations.
DropSend was made by Ryan Carson. In 2006 he tried to sell DropSend but this didn't work out. Afterwards DropSend was run by Ryans new employer Carson Systems, a company which also organises events for the web industry. The application was sold to Webminds, Inc in Semptember 2008.
It is difficult to describe the service offered by DropSend as entirely unique. There are many other web based applications that provide a very similar service. Most of these also offer numerous plans, security features and convenient tools. That is because these elements are ideal for the user. While DropSend is not truly original, it does offer a collection of features and tools that users can really appreciate.
The DropSend interface is easy on the eyes and looks okay. After logging in you are taken to an overview screen with your inbox, outbox and stored items. Sending a new file is easy but make sure to click the 'send' button at the bottom instead of the 'cancel' one that is all too easy to hit accidentally. When you send a file, a pop-up window displays your upload progress and speed in realtime.
A new user can get started sending files right away using the form presented on the DropSend homepage. The form, found inside the solid blue box, asks for a “to” and “from” email address and allows the user to select a file from their computer to upload and send. Once the form has been completed, the user can click the blue “Send File” button at the bottom to finish. Users who would like to sign up for a DropSend account can click the white “Pricing and Sign Up” link found at the top, center of the page. The following page asks the user to select their preferred membership plan. After doing so, the user is taken to the registration form which requires a first and last name, email address and password. The bottom half of the form asks for the user’s billing information.
DropSend provides users with five membership plans to choose from. The Lite plan is free and includes up to five sends per month and permits files of up to 2 GBs. The Basic plan costs approximately $5 per month and upgrades to include 1 GB of online storage, up to 15 sends per month, access to the DropSend knowledge base and faster transfer speeds. The Standard plan costs just under $10 per month and includes up to 10 GBs of online storage, 45 sends per month, DropSend Direct access and drag and drop support. The Pro plan costs around $20 per month and includes up to 25 GB of online storage, unlimited sending, detailed file tracking, download resume capabilities, audit reports and the fastest transfer speeds offered by DropSend. The Business plan costs around $100 per month and includes up to 500 GBs of online storage, access for up to 100 users, 256 bit AES security, a custom drop box, password encryption and unlimited file downloads.
DropSend is a helpful tool for business and individuals who would like to share and save files. The application works as both a file sharing tool and a file backup resource. The interface is easy to navigate, so even beginner users can learn quickly.