50GB Free Online Storage, Backup & Share

50GB of free online storage, backup, access your files, music, photos & share – with ADrive

Get 50GB of free online storage space with this app, create folders and sub-folders, your private information is never deleted and your public- “share’ files are active for 14 days (you can select to re-share as many times as needed). Getting started is easy, create a folder name or begin uploading files from your computer(s). After the file(s) has been uploaded, you will have several options when you right click on the file or view the options at the bottom of the page.  You can also click on “Create Directory” to create a directory (folder) that can contain multiple files and this app also includes a built-in feature that allows you to upload multiple files or directories (folders) at once, you can even upload a single file containing 2 GB (2048 megabytes) and up to 1000 files!  The available file types currently include documents, spreadsheets, photos, music, and videos.

Now that you have some files, you can select to “Share” which moves the file to your “My Shared Files” directory and a unique web link will be generated so that you can share with anyone on the Internet (they do not need an account).  The recipient of your shared files only needs to click the link to download. You can also use the “Email-A-Friend” feature. Just right click on your shared file and click on the button, enter the desired email address, and the email will be sent to your friend providing a link to download the shared file.

Files that you create as “Public Shared” as part of the Free account will expire after 14 days from when the file was originally shared. You are still able to re-share these files as many times as you like (although the link will change).

The app has also partnered with Zoho® to offer users the ability to edit Word and Excel files online (IE & FireFox currently). All you need to do is right-click on the file and click the “Edit in Zoho” button option. Make any desired changes and then save the file before closing the Zoho® program. This also provides users with the ability to save as the uploaded or edited document as a PDF by selecting the “Print Option” while still using the Zoho® program (Zoho® feature currently only available to edit Word and Excel files).  For other file types, you could select to download the desired file to your computer, make any edits via your desktop software program of choice, save and then upload the file to app for safe keeping and access.

Review of Basic App Features

  • 50GB FREE Online/Cloud storage
  • Upload & store files
  • Access files from anywhere
  • Share files
  • Edit documents online
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Email a Friend – share your files, send as an email to people without requiring them to have an account

Summary Review and Grade

  • Free Registration
  • No Downloads Required
  • No Installation Required
  • Works on All Web-browsers (some functionality limitations as noted below)
  • No Technical Experience Necessary
  • Works Cross-platform – on all computer platforms – (Linux, Macs, Windows)
  • Uploaded files are never deleted
  • Shared links good for 14 days – unlimited re-shares but link will change with each share (re-share)

Although the app currently supports all operating systems (OS) we noticed some limitations to their list of supported browsers (only FULL functionality with Internet Explorer (IE) and Firefox). We also had to ‘tweak’ some browser settings (enable cookies, adjust security setting while using, turn on JavaScript and for IE enabling ActiveX).  We would also like to see the app integrate an option for users to View a file without the need to download but for (50GB) of free storage, the ability to upload Very large folders and files and knowing that any information you upload will NOT deleted (even if no recent activity on the account has occurred) for Free is hard to beat!

To give it a try, visit the ADrive Home Page

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Online Word Processing

Create, Connect & Collaborate with Zoho

Zoho Writer is one of the most complete online word processors and easily rivals desktop word processors for day-to-day usage. In addition to having a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) editor and over a dozen fonts, Zoho Writer has the ability to insert tables, links, html, and images into documents.

How Zoho Works

Zoho Writer works just like a regular word processor. You can start with a blank page, or import HTML, DOC, DOCX, SXW (Open Office), ODT, RTF, JPEG, GIF, PNG and text files, with a 10MB maximum file size. You can also export documents to a similarly wide range of formats, as well as publish documents and share. A useful History feature lets you revert to any previously saved versions. It also can show you the differences between the versions. The result looks similar to revisions in MS Word — highlighted and underlined — but it does not identify the name of the user that provided the change.

Sharing & Collaboration
Easily share your documents online, with friends on an individual basis and in group. Collaborate on them in real time. Publish as a link, grant read-only or edit privileges (note that to edit- others will be required to create a Zoho account- which is also free).

Offline Support
Through the use of Google Gears, Zoho Writer allows you to work offline, so you can save your docs to your computer. Access and edit existing documents even without an internet connection. Offline document edits will be synchronized when you are online.

Post to Blog
A nice way of sharing documents with the whole world. Make use of Zoho Writer’s feature rich WYSIWYG editor for publishing your documents to your blog. The publish utility supports Blogger, LiveJournal, WordPress and TypePad.

Import / Export Documents
Upload documents from your desktop, Google Docs or anywhere on the Web. Download and save them to your computer too.

Page View Editing
Write your documents in a real paper like environment. Edit them the way you wish to see in print. You can also utilize the “tagging system” which will allow you to organize your documents by tag and create folders from any tags your create.

Template Library
Build your document by picking up from a collection of readymade templates from their template library or start from scratch.

Brief Demo Video of Zoho Writer Features

Learn More @ Zoho Writer Page or Many More Features @ Zoho Home Page

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