One tool that I use many times per day, at work, is to take a screenshot on my mac and then that gets uploaded to the clouds and a permalink to that picture gets put in my clipboard so I can quickly and easily share it.
First I was using CloudApp, which was awesome. I can't remember how much I paid but they started being very unreliable. Sometimes the upload just failed. Sometimes viewing the image failed. It was mostly working but unreliable enough that I just couldn't cope.
So I switched to Dropbox and they have been very reliable. I can't remember how much I pay them but the primary use for paying them is that they back up a folder on the hard drive and make it easy to share other files in a nice way.
But when I take a screenshot, and share that link, that page, that shows the screenshot, is horribly slow. It's just supposed to show an image! It's not supposed to load so slowly that it makes my browser tremble. Shame on you Dropbox!
So lastly, people have been saying great things about Jumpshare. It's free!! Their "plus upgrade", for $9.99/month gives you more options, more storage (1TB), possible password protection, custom branding, custom domain and analytics. That's nice but I'm not desperate so I might upgrade later.
But let's look at the difference in how these three perform in showing an image:
By the way, I'm sorry about the motif in the pictures but I encourage you to open each of these and notice that they all look different. I don't know if that's because those sites (CloudApp and Jumpshare) apply some CSS filters a la Instagram but they look different. Here's the original. That might be topic enough for a whole new blog post. But that's for another time.
First, let's load these on Webpagetest.org:
Here using the pure browser Firefox Devtools to measure the network requests needed:
Things to note about these:
- Jumpshare has 636.18KB of CSS. That's way excessive. I wonder if you can even reach 636KB if you concatenate Bootstrap, SemanticUI, Foundation, PureCSS and Bootflat into one file? Perhaps that's a blog post on its own.
- CloudApp doess their CSS better, but it's still bigger than it needs to be.
- Dropbox is the only one that doesn't force you to load Flash.
|Length of URL
|Fully loaded (time)
|Fully loaded (bytes)
|Fully loaded (requests)
|Upgrade price (per month)
As you can see, CloudApp loads marginally faster than Jumpshare (and Dropbox trails long long after). Also, CloudApp wins more rows in the "In numbers" section above. But lack of HTTPS I kinda sad.
But remember, the reason I ditched CloudApp was because it was unreliable to the point of serious frustration. They might win todays performance comparsion but I dare not go back. This new contender, Jumpshare, looks and feels great. The OSX app worked wonderfully and was really easy peasy to set up. Now I have a cute little kanguru in the OSX toolbar.
So, I think I'll stick with Jumpshare.com for now. I can't tell how much storage they give you for free but...
On closer inspection, it seems Jumpshare's CSS is NOT 636.18KB. The requests analyzer in the Firefox Devtools most likely have a bug.