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The Easiest Way to Create and Share a Photo Album

A couple of years ago Dan and I spent a weekend developing a simple way to send large files over the web.  We documented the 20 hours of development we spent on creating the file transfer service and the result,, turned out to be a very popular site.  In fact, we never did much to promote it and the servers that run the site probably hit their limit more than a year ago.  Since its creation more than 1 Million files have been downloaded from TransferBigFiles totaling more than 97 Terabytes of data (that's 97,000,000 MB!!!).  We think that's nuts, especially considering we only spent a weekend on it.

So a couple of months back, we got this itch to improve the service.  So this time around, David and I started to make some really cool improvements to the site with some graphics work from Angelo.  But as we were creating all these cool new features and a super-easy system-tray client to send files, we realized that the service would be ideal as a specialized photo transfer tool.  So on the road to improve (the improvements will still come, but they got delayed a bit), we have created the world's easiest way to create and share a photo album.  We call the new service

You don't believe me?  Watch this (YouTube Video, if reading with RSS reader, click article to see the video or go directly to the video):

If you don't think that PhotoDrop is the easiest way to send full-resolution photos to someone (and for free!), I challenge you to name another site that can do it as easily. Now, before you write your comment naming off Flickr or PhotoBucket or whatever your favorite photo service is, take the time to actually send some pictures through one of these sites, then do it through  Count the steps required and the user-time it takes to actually send the files, create the album and share the URL.

We are so excited about this service that we got brand new state-of-the-art servers dedicated to hosting  One of the coolest parts of the PhotoDrop service is that we use a combination of our own and Amazon's S3 for photo storage.  We think we've created some really cool technologies around the site that make it very unique.  Hopefully I'll blog more about that stuff later.

So check it out, the world's easiest way to Create and Share Photo Albums.

One more thing...the service is 100% free, but we've decided to donate $0.05 (a nickel) for EVERY photo album that's created through the PhotoAlbum DropZone tool and shared with at least one person (we're limiting it to $1,000 donation per month).  We haven't picked a charity yet, but it will likely be a local chapter of a reputable organization such as St. Vincent de Paul.

P.S. Those of you who are reading this and thinking "Hamid, shouldn't you be working on OnTime?" don't worry!  I'm giving myself far too much credit for  David Higgins has done most of the hard work and we've been busy building some great new features and fixing a lot of minor bugs with OnTime 2007 V7.1.  I'll be making an exciting announcement about that soon.


Published Monday, June 18, 2007 9:42 PM by Hamid

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Victoria White Berger said:

You mentioned that you would be giving to charity, a % per each on-line transaction, and reference our name. Could you please get in touch with me? SVdPUSA would love to be a recipient of your generosity!



Victoria White Berger

National Director of  Development

Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA

58 Progress Parkway

St. Louis, MO 63043-3706

phone 314-576-3993 ext 213

fax 314-576-6755

June 21, 2007 1:24 PM

Hamid said:

Victoria, I'll send you a separate email regarding the donation. We have been working with the Phoenix chapter of SVdP.

June 21, 2007 3:17 PM

Radu Suceava said:

Very cool.  I am impressed.

I am sure it will be just as (or even more) popular as the TransferBigFiles.

So what happens if I want my pics out there for more than 90 days?

June 27, 2007 7:50 AM

Hamid said:

If your albums are actively being viewed (and by active, we just mean at least once every 90 days), then your pictures stay up.  If your album is completely inactive, we go ahead and remove them.

June 27, 2007 2:16 PM

Tim said:

I'm still available to do your video conversion stuff. Hopefully, you still have my email address.

Nice work here. Impressive, as always.

July 17, 2007 10:31 PM

Shari said:

Do you have a way to send folders rather than files? And, if I want to receive a lot of photos, I don't want to have to download them individually, I'd rather be able to download an entire folder at once.

July 18, 2007 8:11 AM

Gene Holland said:

Sounds like a great idea, but when I try to use photodrop, it says I need some kind of .NET application. Shouldn't you warn people that some additional software will be required.  What is this .NET thing, and how would I get it?

July 18, 2007 10:43 AM

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July 18, 2007 11:26 AM

Malcolm said:

After about a week my pictures seem to have disappeared.

I now get an error saying: "Object reference not set to an instance of an object"

Another issue:

Does the photdrop zone client require .NET 2 ? I get an error when it runs, saying "Application failed to initialise properly (0xc0000135) ..."

August 3, 2007 12:33 AM

Hemant Kumar said:

Hey, what happened to the "send the files using my name" feature on transferbigfiles? I don't like this new anonymous method. I want my friends to know who sent them the file!

August 30, 2007 4:22 AM

JBR said:

I seem to not be able to upload files very effectively any more. I am going through the same process but it isn't seeming to accept the files. Is this because of too much traffic or has something changed? I love the service but it hasn't been very reliable lately. Any comments on helping me would be great.


October 8, 2007 9:23 AM

Angie said:

The new application (TBF Drop Zone), doesn't work well, it takes much longer, crashes and I don't receive notifications when the files are downloaded. Too bad, you had a great service.

October 24, 2007 3:53 PM

Wheaton said:

I'm really enjoying the theme/design of your blog.

Do you ever run into any browser compatibility issues?

A handful of my blog visitors have complained about my blog not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.

Do you have any advice to help fix this issue?

February 10, 2014 10:45 PM

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