Kibako Brings Simplicity and Flexibility to File Sharing

Whether it’s sending that mind-numbing spreadsheet off to your boss, or forwarding a cute photo of the new pup to your parents, file sharing is a daily activity. But rapid sharing isn’t usually compatible with ever being able to find a file again — it just disappears into a sea of uploads. Freshly released OS X app, Kibako, aims to solve this problem by combining instant uploads with the archive-like storage of Dropbox and Amazon S3.

In everyday use, Kibako feels very much like CloudApp or Droplr. After hooking up your Dropbox account, the uploading process is simply a matter of dragging and dropping files into the app’s menu bar icon. You can also designate a keyboard shortcut to share a screenshot, if you like. Recently uploaded files are listed in a drop-down, and clicking on any of them provides a sharing link.

However, the idea of this app is to utilize the storage of those providers which have a solid track record and an easily accessible system. All the files you upload are placed in Dropbox or S3, ready to be rediscovered, and Kibako also has an online platform that provides file access.

All of the above features are free and unlimited, although there is a VIP upgrade available. This $1/month subscription allows you to use your own domain for shortlinks, once again matching the competition.

Kibako isn’t a revolutionary idea, and Dropbox users might wonder why they would need it at all. As a new way of utilizing S3 storage, however, it provides greater control over the files you share. As an app, it also works smoothly — although Mavericks users may encounter a couple of bugs — and the price is unbeatable. Not a bad little utility, then.

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Speaking of small utilities, an app named WALTR has recently been getting some attention. It simply provides a media gateway between your Mac and iOS devices, allowing even MKV and FLAC files (along with many, many others) to work on your iPhone or iPad. WALTR is free to try, but it’s currently on discount at $20.07, so now is a good time to check it out.

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