Macdaily is constantly on the lookout for the next big thing or little thing, but always a Mac or iOS thing. We constantly have our ears out and eyes open for new apps or workflows on Twitter, Google+ or any other feed we have up at that moment.
With little gems such as Boom, or well know apps such as Tweetbot, we want to offer up reviews on the newest products for OS X and iOS to you, our readers.
So when I saw a tweet this morning from a friend of the sites, about an app he had seen, I checked it out immediately. It was Minbox. Minbox claims that it is like DropBox but faster, freaking fast! I have heard that before so I thought I would try it out.
Minbox claims the following:
While Dropbox is great for syncing files between your devices, it’s slow when it comes to uploading and sending files. Minbox, a beautifully designed Mac app, lets you send files of any size in seconds—all for free. No more waiting for the upload to complete; no more accepting shared folder invites to take up space on your computer or in your Dropbox folder. Just drag, drop and send.
— John Saddington (@saddington) May 21, 2013
Once downloaded it’s an easy double click to launch and you are on your way. Sending anything is super easy and super fast. I had to test more than a few things out so here we go.
Below I sent a few pictures (for this piece) to myself to see how it went.
With just a drag and drop of the files onto the icon on the menubar, I was then greeted by the above little window. Even before I was done typing in my email address the files had finished uploading and I sent away. I then was greeted by a wonderful notification, which you can turn off, telling me the files were sent.
The workflow that Minbox allows is super simple and super fast. Yes it may queue up your uploaded files but as soon as you hit send, you can forget about it. Click send and it will get there in due time and you will get a notification once it’s done. Both in OS X’s Notification Center and also in your email.
The image below really outlines what Minbox is all about. Speed.
The above infographic shows you the “secret sauce” that Minbox claims to be using to make their service run faster than the big boys.
Minbox offers right click services to send files in the “old school” way as seen below.
So it can be done many different ways, but the outcome is the same. It’s sent fast!
One of the more appreciated items that come with Minbox is the way you can see what you sent. Within the options of Minbox, there is a running list of what was sent and when. This little beauty of a feature is a must have if you ask me. When clicked it comes up with a gorgeous looking interface both in grid or list view.
Shot below is of the settings in Minbox:
Shot below is of the listings of files sent per the last package:
I would highly recommend Minbox to anyone who constantly is sending files of any types out throughout the day. I would not go as far as getting rid of Dropbox as part of it’s workflow for me personally is an archive for clients and emails from work.
They work side by side and work together well for their purposes.
If you only use Dropbox to send files to people, dump it as Minbox is much better!