While a traditional ways of sharing files and content is still alive, cloud sharing is making its way to the scene. Day by day people are moving towards a cloud sharing option due to flexibility and ease of use. There are still many people who are in dilemma and don’t know why they should use cloud sharing? In the past, we already shared a few posts on Google drive and other applications. There are more than enough reasons to send or share content with others, ranging from professional, such as getting invoices from one place to another as quickly as possible, to private, like sending a friend’s photo from a party you both attended. Accordingly, the files vary in size and amount, and for the average user it might seem a little confusing as to what option of sharing they should take. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, depending on content and what is intended to be done with it.
The Adaptable: Cloud Sharing
Those who want to have access to their files in question at all times and in all places benefit the most from cloud sharing. Your content is uploaded to a host, where you have an account and from there, you can look at and edit your files without necessarily downloading it again. Even if you are using different hardware from the one you originally uploaded the content from, as long as you have access to your account, you’re good to go. A large plus for cloud sharing is the possibility of allowing others access to your file. The amount of what they are allowed to do is up to you. On the down-side, you’re dependent on Internet access to remain updated. If you access your file without an Internet connection, you’ll only see the last update made when you were connected. Anything added or edited in the meantime won’t appear to you.
The Traditional: Compressed Files
As the oldest option on this list, compressed files aren’t necessarily subject to being slowly forgotten among the new possibilities. While the other options leave your files mostly untouched, compressing a file can be seen as stuffing a large amount of wool into a small box. This makes sending big files, such as images, immensely faster and less space consuming. Some might even use this to create more file space on their storage devices. Of all presented options, this one is also the only one that can be combined with one of the others, if deemed necessary, and is available offline. However, there is a reason why this way of sharing content is often disregarded. While the other two are solely based on hosts, file compression and unpacking requires a program that not everyone has. Many might also argue that file compression is more time consuming, with the time taken for compressing, sending, and unpacking the file, than simply hosting it. There are a few applications which make the transfer of files from one place to another subtly.
The Accessible: Embedding
If you want to make a file accessible to more than just a select group of people, hosting it and embedding a link to a download or the hosting space is the best option. This is especially immensely popular with aspiring artists. While, by embedding your file, you are taking a risk of potential copyright violations, you can make according adaptions to your file to and not present it as a whole. This way, you can still protect and present your intellectual property. An additional possibility is incorporating the embedded file in your own website, giving it a more professional look, instead of just sending the link around.
There are ample of other reasons why should you use cloud sharing option. Cloud sharing makes it quite easy for the people to share the files with like minded people providing them a flexibility to access it from any place. Dropbox, Box.net, SkyDrive, iCloud, Google drive, Ubuntu one are some of the most well known examples of cloud service provider. Most of them offer free space to begin wit.