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(cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing...

  1. rhody

    rhody 765
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    I hope this post goes here, if not I apologize, admin's feel free to move it if needed.

    I need a place to store files listed in the title above where I can get link(s) for posting to forums, share with friends, etc... I use tinypic for posting pictures, and that works fine, but I need a place to share document files

    I have looked into the new Google share feature (through gmail) that allows this and prefer to stay away from this method.

    I did a fairly thorough search before posting this, both here and through google.

    Thanks in advance for any advice.

    Rhody...
     
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  3. mgb_phys

    mgb_phys 8,952
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    Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    Dropbox.com

    Their site explains it in detail but -
    1, Create an account,
    2, Download some software - creates a fodler on your machine, anythign in that folder gets synced (copied) with their server.
    3, In this is a 'public' folder, anything you put in there you can give somebody a web link to for them to download.
    The link is per-file and is randomised (they can't guess the link to any other file - they aren't browsable)

    It's free for 2Gb of storage and about $5/month for unlimited
    You can also use a web browser (with your user/passwd) to access your stuff from another machine.
     
  4. rhody

    rhody 765
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    Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    Dear mgb_phys,

    Thanks for the info, sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, from another unrelated post here on PF I ran across this: 2shared and the site appears to allow uploads of doc, excel, pdf files that I wanted.

    What you you think ?

    Rhody...
     
  5. rhody

    rhody 765
    Gold Member

    Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    I tried www.2shared.com and it appears to work as advertised, allows you to upload all the file types I need (listed in title above), provides a secure link to download, password, protection, and the ability to delete the uploaded file if you so desire. You can add a comment, and publisher's name or email.

    It is a little clunky to use, but will allow users to attach documents to posts much larger than are allowed on the PF forum.

    You need to keep a copy of the download and admin links safe somewhere for future reference as ease of finding the file(s) you uploaded.

    I recently posted two .pdf files in a thread because they exceeded the maximum size limit, so this will help in the future. Try it and see if it works for you

    Rhody...
     
  6. Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    http://www.webasyst.net/

    Though the capacity is very limited, it has VERY long host time. i.e the link wont expire.
     
  7. Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    I just tried Webasyst... simple awesome.. have all the features which I was missing in dropbox and box including customizing the links.

    The drawbacks were: only 100 mb of space. Larger links. But I'm happy with it :)
     
  8. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    Re: (cheapest or free site) to upload .doc, .txt, .pdf, .xls. .ppt files for sharing.

    I've used DropBox before it's pretty easy. I know there was some security problems in the past though.
     
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