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[Windows] Wirelessly share files between your computers, smartphones, and tablets with Filedrop [Mac OS X, Android, iOS]
Posted By Briley Kenney On April 16, 2013 @ 2:06 AM In Windows | 5 Comments
Airdrop for Mac allows you to share files between Mac computers using drag and drop methods, as long as they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. AirDroid pretty much does the same thing for Android and desktop computers. Unfortunately, there aren’t too many applications out there that allow sharing files with the drag and drop method and that have cross-platform support. That is where Filedrop comes in; it allows you to wirelessly share files between all your computers and devices — Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS — using that same drag and drop method that I keep obsessing about.
I’m sure we’ve all experienced a time where we needed to share files between computers (or smartphones/tablets), yet we didn’t want to bother with flash drives, cloud storage, or any external storage for that matter. If that’s the case, then Filedrop is ideal for wirelessly transferring files quickly and easily; it allows you to transfer files between computers and devices that are on a local network (WiFi or wired) connection. You can even share files cross platform — meaning share files between Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iOS devices — which is a feature that’s not widely supported by most file sharing applications.
The following are two quick demos showing Filedrop in action:
Filedrop is a file sharing program that allows users to share files between their computers, smartphones, and tablets. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android and you can share files between all devices running on any of these platforms — even share files between devices that don’t run the same platform (e.g. share files between Windows and Mac, between iOS and Windows, between Android and Windows, etc.).
Once the application is started up, it will automatically detect any networked computers, smartphones, or tablets. Once connected, you’ll see a small icon along with the computer name displayed within the Filedrop window. Sending a file to a connected computer is easy, all you have to do is click and drag the related content into the center of the Filedrop window.
A pop-up will appear on the recipient computer asking you either to accept or reject the file transfer process. Obviously, if you accept the file transfer then it will begin downloading.
By default, Filedrop saves any downloaded content to the “Downloads” folder in Windows. You can easily change this by interacting with the file on the downloads list. Underneath each file, is a link to specify the download location if you would like to save the file in a different place.
Once a download starts, the center icon will be replace by a percentage overlay that inherently counts up the transfer process. As soon as a download totally completes, a notification will appear just above the downloads list button. It displays how many files were successfully transferred. So, for example, if you downloaded two files then the notification will present a “2”.
The download list clearly allows you to view all the successfully completed file transfers.
There are some issues with Filedrop that stand out significantly. It will not run in the background or minimize at all. This means that to transfer files, you have to leave the application running on all computers. Furthermore, if the application is closed on the recipient device then the file transfer will not complete.
Also, every time you start the application you will have to rescan for connected computers. There is no way to store previously connected devices and recall them later for faster connection times.
Filedrop is an incredibly simple file transfer application which allows you to easily transfer files between all your devices via standard drag and drop methods. Perhaps the best part about Filedrop is that it’s cross-platform, and it’s totally free. Sure it has its fair share of issues but it is a relatively new program, and I have no doubt the issues will be fixed in future updates. Overall, Filedrop is highly recommended. I simply cannot wait for the Android and iOS versions to arrive.
Version reviewed: N/A — no file version available
Supported OS: Windows (XP, Vista, Seven), Mac, Android, iOS
Download size: 17.4MB
VirusTotal malware scan results: 0/45 
Is it portable? No
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 0/45: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/612ecfa3a5a8862f622c7e4aed64ce62d20b65e06b1f27b374863db85e028450/analysis/
 Filedrop homepage: http://www.filedropme.com/
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