And didn’t I like it so much that I stuck a “Period” to the end of it?
Yesterday, I took a look at a sweet little application from the Chrome Store called Dropmocks. It’s a super simple way of sharing images. Just drag them on to a workspace and share the link. You can’t find anything simpler. But, you can find something with the same simplicity but a little more functionality in min.us, which is also available in the Chrome Store. Make sure that you’ve got some coffee because you might just think you’re looking at the same application!
In fact, when you visit the site for the first time, the instructions to get started are similar.
In addition to dragging and dropping images, you have the additional functionality of adding a bulk uploader to allow you to browser your hard drive for images. But, the uploading is the same, and navigating through the images is the same as well. It has the same level of coolness combined with the ease of construction.
As luck would have it, I still have the folder on my desktop from yesterday so I uploaded the same images to test this resource.
The same list of images appears as you begin the process of dragging your images to the workspace. If you tried out Dropmocks, you’ll recognize the menu with the filenames that appears on the screen. You’ll also notice some additional functionality like downloading all of the images as a zip and editing/sharing options.
Sharing and detail options also appear at the bottom of the screen.
There is less of a minimalist approach here with links to version number, blog and about where credit is given to Glen Murphy’s design of Dropmocks. According to this dialogue, the code to Dropmocks was released as open source. That would explain the basic functionality that appears in both applications.
There seems to be more effort towards customization of the resource with min.us. A difference appears when you decide to create an account to keep track of your photo shows. Dropmocks uses your Google account to log in whereas min.us has you create a new account with their system.
I like both resources. I can see the ease and uncluttered display of Dropmocks as being particular interest to younger students wanting to just create an album. To the older ones, the additional functionality of min.us lends a bit more manipulation ability without going through all of the configuration necessary for a Flickr account.
But, even more importantly, in a world where a Read/Write Web application may disappear without notice, bookmark both of these sites. Whichever one you decide to run with gives you a great, functional utility. Plus — a just as great Plan B!
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