Box is by far the most impressive file storage unit, store documents, video, photo’s, audio, etc, and be able to access online, even play multi-media files from within Box.
Invite others to share, even create a network of people you share with often (this is also bi-directional if they to use Box) or simply have a “Public Box”. You can already share items by inviting people into a folder or document, or adding them to your network, but what about a place to dump files ni a public space for anyone to see, this is what I like about the Public Box.
What better than enabling a widget version of your Public box, others can:
- play files
- download files (click or right-click)
- login to their account via the menu (then add files to their Box in a right-click instant)
- RSS feed for the box
- owner can upload files
- others can upload files into the box as well (not with the free account)
But there seems to be a few things missing compared to an older widget I noticed on the sidebar of Social Media Today.
First thing you can get the code to share their widget on your own site…you can do this from a link at the bottom of the box (they make you register or login).
When you click on a file it also allows you to get a code to copy the widget, without having to register or login.
The other thing is it also shares the Box URL of that file, where you can visit the site and then download it, unlike the new Box widget you can’t download it from this widget.
Here’s an example of the old widget I got from Social Media Today:
From what I can work out you can only make one widget, which is your public box, I wish I could make any folder into a widget, or a number of different widgets or even organise files into topics so you can browse the widget by topic folders or even by tag…hmmm, this seems like an outliner like Grazr.
Can I save webpages (even if they are PDF’s or office documents that have a URL) via a bookmarklet?
I’d like to right-click on a office file on my desktop and save it to Box, or open it up and save it to Box.
It seems I can do this with Zoho, ie. via an office plug-in I can save an office desktop file into a Zoho product. Zoho is a file creator more than a file host, but nonetheless it does host the files you create within Zoho.
From the post:
““Currently they have to go to Zoho.com, login, and upload documents. We have them doing this an average of five times per day. This will let them go straight to Zoho without having to go to Zoho.com, upload, etc.””
Since others can upload into your public box widget, this kind of makes it 2 way file sharing, similar to Qnext, Tubes and others (bi-directional groups sharing of files)…there’s nothing like a good old drop box.
I’m using Podchains for my media files (podcast collection), it also hosts up to 400MB, it also has a lightweight widget. Box is the other way around, it is more about storage, access and various sharing methods, but now with widgets, 2 way file sharing and play functions, it really shines.
Others places to collect your media files could be del.icio.us for bookmarks (not a host for your files), Scrib’d for documents, Slideshare for Powerpoint (more a widget converter) and you know who for photo’s and video, or other file hosts like Omnidrive or DivShare (also has groups), there’s also more multi-network oriented sites like OurMedia, esnips…even the new MediaMaster (audio). And of course you can use office 2.0 products like Google Docs and Spreadhseets, Zoho, Peepel and many others.