FluffyApp For Windows Review (CloudApp Client)Written by John Thompson on September 3, 2011 · Filed under Review, Software
We checked out CloudApp for Mac OS X on Zath all the way back in April of this year, and it hasn’t left the menu bar of my Mac ever since. It makes it really, really easy to drag an image or a file or a link to a small logo and have it immediately uploaded and ready to share with anyone that you want over the internet, without having to mess around with email attachments or become frustrated at incompatibilities between different instant messaging clients.
The only problem with CloudApp is that at the time, there was only a client available for Mac OS X, so Windows users were out of luck. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, thanks to a new, free Windows application called FluffyApp. Using your CloudApp credentials, you can upload files to CloudApp using FluffyApp in Windows just as you would in OS X!
The FluffyApp download is less than half a megabyte in size, and it installs on your computer in seconds. To get going, you just need to login with your CloudApp username and password. Like the official CloudApp lives in your OS X menu bar, you will find Fluffy sitting comfortably in your taskbar, although you may want to drag it down to the first four icons that you can view without expanding the taskbar so that it will be easier to drag in files and links.
If you want to share a link or a file, you can simply drag it to the icon on the taskbar. Whilst the file is uploading, the icon will turn transparent in the taskbar and start to fill up like a progress bar to represent how much of the file has been uploaded, just like the CloudApp in Mac OS X. Also like the app in OS X, you will automatically have a link waiting for you in your clipboard once the file is uploaded so that you can share it over the internet to whoever you want.
Although the application remains true to CloudApp’s roots on the Mac, it doesn’t show you how many views a file has had since you shared it from the taskbar. This is a great feature of CloudApp on the Mac, as it allows you to judge the popularity of what you shared, or just see if the person that you have sent a file to has downloaded it yet. To see this feature make it’s way on to FluffyApp in the future would be a great addition.
There are a number of additional options that you can sift through, including the ability to add plugins to the application, although this isn’t fully supported yet as you have to manually add the plugin yourself and then monitor its compatibility, as FluffyApp doesn’t check plugins for compatibility as of yet. Hopefully, we’ll get that feature in the near future as well.
Downloading FluffyApp is a no brainer. It’s free, it’s convenient, and it will less than a minute to download even on a dial-up connection, so what are you waiting for? You can get yourself a copy from fluffyapp.com.