Review: Minus- Quickly and Productively Share Files Online

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If you’ve got a huge number of photos to share, there are services like Flickr or Facebook Photos which help you upload, organize and create albums — then share them easily. But what if you want to quickly share a picture or two, and don’t want to go through all the steps involved in sharing photos through a full-fledged photo sharing tool? Similarly, what if you want to instantly share a document or video without wasting time? That’s where services like Minus come in handy.

Minus (or Min.us) is a super simple online file sharing tool that boasts a clutter-free interface and lets you share photos, music, documents and videos in seconds. Let’s check out how to use this service, and what features it offers.

Getting Started

For this review, we’ll just focus on sharing photos in order to facilitate a better explanation. All other file types can be shared in a similar manner.

When you visit the site, you will see an image that’s self-explanatory. It asks you to simply drag and drop files.

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(Note: You can also click on the “select” link to upload files if you want, but most people will drag and drop.) That is all you need to do to get started with uploading files. That’s how quick it is. No sign up needed, either.

You can sign up, of course, and signing up does have its benefits (which we’ll talk about a bit later), but if you are planning to share just a photo or a small file, it’s just a matter of drag and drop to get the process going.

Sharing

In the case of pictures, it automatically creates an album which helps users go through them one after the other in a smooth way. As it uploads a picture, you can just keep dragging and dropping more photos; it’ll upload them and add them to the album automatically.

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You’ll see the upload admin options in a small box on the top left of the page. It will have options to add a title to the album, remove individual uploads, download the entire collection as a zip file, edit the URL of the album and share it via various social channels.

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Below each of the individual uploads, you have more sharing options. As you can see in the screenshot below, there’s the gallery link, the image link, a forum code (for sharing it on forums) and HTML code to embed it on blogs and websites.

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In a nutshell, there’s absolutely no dearth of sharing options. You can even quickly email or share via chat the file upload URL that’s generated. Take a look at this test album I created (http://min.us/mvfHfUz). You’ll notice that even as a visitor, you can share it easily with other people as well. There’s also the box on the top left that has an option to download all of them as a zip file. That means this feature isn’t just limited to the one who uploads the stuff — it’s available to all.

Desktop, Browser and Mobile Apps

Minus’s extras page talks about the desktop, browser and mobile apps they have to offer. Here’s what’s available:

  • Minus desktop app for Windows, Mac and Linux. It integrates with the taskbar in each of these operating systems. That means you could directly drag and drop files onto the taskbar for quicker uploading and sharing.
  • Chrome web store app. Extensions for Firefox and other browsers are said to be coming soon.
  • Android app available. Apps for other mobile operating systems are also said to be coming soon.

Below is a screenshot of how Minus integrates with the taskbar in Ubuntu Linux.

Other Info

  • Minus is completely free to use at the moment.
  • Individual file size limit is 10MB.
  • Uses Amazon EC2 and S3 for hosting the files.
  • Signing up with them helps you store galleries so that you could come back to them later to edit them.
  • Files are stored indefinitely until you delete them.
  • You can upload all file types but gallery viewing is available only for JPEG, GIF, PNG, APNG and BMP (basically, only images).

Conclusion

Overall, if file sharing — be it photos, documents or videos — is something you do often, then I think this is a service you should bookmark and use. It’s quick and easy, and could definitely save you loads of time in the long run.


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Abhijeet Mukherjee is the editor of Guiding Tech, a blog that publishes in-depth articles and tutorials on all things tech, including mobile news and tutorials. He's been into web working since 2008 and continues to enjoy each day of it. He loves to interact with people so hit him up on Twitter.

Discussion

  1. TraffficColeman on the 22nd March

    I think this will be great for users who upload many photos..I will share this with some of my readers..

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  2. Owen Francis on the 8th July

    Share files with people all around the world and submit your files to the absalon searchs (images, games or files). people can comment and rate on your files and have discussions about your files. You can also have people embed your files to their website it is very easy to do. Also people can emebd the absalon searchs widget which shows image or games on other peoples websites so your files have a large customer base.
    Absalon submiter

    If you are looking for a quick downloadable link that will last for three days and then will be automatically deleted for you. these files will be safe and secure as you are given a unique url so you can download the file. You also do not have to login or register to use this system.
    Absalon link file

  3. Hemendra Kumar Saini on the 17th September

    That’s great. I am using minus for a while and it is really good option for file sharing and for your update, Minus has increased the upload size limit to 2 gigs.

    Thanks for sharing :)

  4. Deliverer on the 10th October

    When anyone wants to test it, you could use my refferal-link. So we both get an extra gig of free space!

    http://min.us/rmm7BzP

    Thanks

  5. jon on the 6th November

    Minus.com is the easiest way to share files online for free. Get 50 GB of Free Space today! Sign up here:

    http://min.us/rzQz8bd

    Hope it helps someone.

  6. Ratryoshka on the 6th June

    Another awesome thing about Minus is that you can make your gallery into a sort of a pinboard-style, like Pinterest or Pinspire (I’m on Pinspire btw but I was on Minus first). Still lovin’ Minus as both an image video storage and a wishlist pinboard 😀

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