Welcome To The Brand New Jumpshare!

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Today, we are psyched to announce the availability of the new Jumpshare to the public. Since launching in September, 2012, we’ve been working to improve the core technology behind Jumpshare. Our users have provided us invaluable feedback, they’ve loved our file viewer, and played an integral role in the development we’ve done these past four months.

Today, we’re updating with a brand new design that we developed to keep things neat and simple. You will notice is that unlike other file sharing services, we do not have a deep folder hierarchy; Jumpshare follows a directory structure of depth 1. This is to ensure that the users can have a quick glance at their folders, organize them, and share the files easily. Everything from the ground up has been designed for simplicity, efficiency, and speed. We have done our level best to prevent anything from interfering with the core “File Sharing” experience.

As always, we’d like explain the new features. Since there are hundreds of changes, we are listing the 10 major features and changes that you will notice after signing up.

1. User Account

User Accounts was one of the most requested feature by our users. You can now create a free account. We removed the auto-expire so your file will remain in your account as long as you want them to. You will be able to keep track of your files and organize them into folders.

Once you have created an account, you can drag & drop files or manually upload them with a click. It’s faster than before.

2. HTTPS

We have implemented HTTPS and your files are encrypted using AES-256 standard. You can trust on us to protect your information and provide a secure file sharing environment.

3. Smart Folders

When you upload files, the folders are automatically created and named based on the number and type of files. New folders show on top so they are easily accessible.

4. File and Folder renaming

We name the folders automatically for you but you have the ability to rename both the folders and file names. Just click the Pencil icon, type a new name, and hit Enter. It’s that easy!

5. File viewer just got more powerful

The file viewer is now 3x faster than before. Images are loaded instantly and we now support the ability to preview Spreadsheets. We have also improved the output of numerous formats. You can now preview documents and presentations with better output. The work is still ongoing and you can expect the output to be perfected in a few weeks.

6. Email

To share a file or folder, one of the quickest ways is to email the files. You will notice that the “From” field is missing. This is because we automatically use your first & last name (which you provided on Sign Up) to tell your recipients who the files are from. If you email a fellow Jumpshare user, you will see suggestions with their name in it, the next time you decide to share with them. You can email files or folders to up to 20 recipient in one go.

7. Edit Mode

Want to perform actions in bulk? With Edit mode, you can merge multiple folders and also delete them. You can copy, move, and delete files with no more than a few clicks. We have kept the features of Edit functions separate so that they do not interfere with the core “File sharing” experienc

8. Activity

 

All activities, from uploading files to sharing them can be seen on the activity page. If another Jumpshare user shares a file with you, you can see that in the activity too, making it easier to keep track of the shared files and folders.

9. Improved Real time sharing

One of our strength is the ability to share files instantly without having to wait. We have improved the real time sharing, making it faster than before. Here’s how real time sharing works. While your files are uploading, you can copy the link and share it with your friends, they will see the files being uploaded in real time and will be able to access the files once they upload. You can also email the files and they will be sent automatically when the upload completes.

10. Views count

You will find the number of times someone has viewed your files and also the total number of files viewed in a folder. This will help you determine which of your files are more popular than others.

You will find plenty of other features but we don’t want to ruin the surprise for you. Go ahead and Sign Up for a free account.

We’ve kept things as simple as possible but if you’re having trouble figuring things out, visit our Help Center.

Jumpshare is still new so we’d love to hear what you think of it. If you have any questions, comments, or feature requests, let us know.

Lastly, we’ve hired some great new developers to help us make Jumpshare more awesome, so expect some interesting new features soon!

Introducing Sidebar, List View And Support For Over 200 File Formats

Today we are announcing a slew of new additions to make the file sharing experience even better. But first, we would like to thank everyone who reported bugs and those who suggested improvements. Without a strong community, knowing what changes to make and finding so many bugs would not have been possible. Our thanks goes out to everyone who took their time to help us improve Jumpshare.

Sidebar & List View

The most visible change you will notice is the introduction of the right sidebar. You can now see information for files you have uploaded which includes, the date you created the folder, the date when the folder will expire, the total number of files inside this folder and the total size of the files. You also have the option to switch between Grid view (also called Icons view) and List view. Why is List view important? Because it helps you easily scroll down when there are hundreds of files.

200+ File Formats

Jumpshare now supports more than 200 file formats. Some new additions include, Adobe Illustrator format (.AI), RAW Images, XML, and many more file types. We finally got around to making a list, which many users requested. You can view the complete list here.

Bug Fixes & Improvements

In the new version of Jumpshare, you will find:

  • An image viewer that is three times faster
  • Transparent background for images without solid background colour, great for designers
  • File name in the title to make it easier to navigate when you are working in another tab
  • Fixed aspect ratio of .MP4 video format
  • True full screen mode for video
  • Fixed a bug that was redirecting users to homepage when uploads completed
  • Improved security that makes it difficult to guess auto generated URLs for files

and 30+ other bug fixes and improvements. These changes will go a long way to improve your file sharing experience.

What’s Next?

We are working hard to improve our engine that will produce a good output for documents and presentations. We are also working to support spreadsheet formats. The next milestone for us is the user accounts. We want to make sure that users are able to upload their files and access them later when required.

We are listening, if you have any suggestions, let us know. Happy sharing!

First Small Iteration Of Jumpshare, “New” Button Removed

After launching Jumpshare to the public and analyzing how everyone shares files in the past few days, we have come to the conclusion that users are not used to the concept of “New” button when sharing files. The word “New” is confusing, does it add new files or starts a new folder to share?

Originally we wanted to make sure that users are only able to open one session (folder) at a time to prevent mass file sharing by spammers. After sharing the files, users would have to open a new session by clicking the “New” button. However, it didn’t work out as we wished it would. We noticed that more and more users were clicking the “Jumpshare” logo to go back to homepage. When they clicked the “New” button, they lost access to their files, i.e, they could not add or remove files later on.

By adding a simple functionality to prevent mass file sharing by spammers, we were ruining the user experience for 99% of our user base.

Having the “New” button had the following drawbacks:

  1. Users were confused whether to click the logo or the “New” button to start over again.
  2. Users confused “New” with adding new files in folder.
  3. Users could not save the link and go back to it later to add or remove files.
  4. Users lost access to the files when they went back to homepage, closed their browser, or restarted their computer, all of which expired their session.

By doing away with the “New” button, we have fixed all of the above. Users can now save their link and go back to it later within 2 weeks (14 days) to add or remove files from their folder. The recipient with whom you shared the files will see the changes you make in real-time.

It’s a small change that will have a big impact on the way users interact with Jumpshare. I hope you all like this change, if there is anything you want us to improve or fix, please do not hesitate to let us know.

Jumpshare Launched!

After more than a year of development and countless iterations, it’s finally here. This post marks the beginning of Jumpshare’s launch to the public. Many of you know me as as the founder of popular tech blog AddictiveTips, who left the editorial position in 2011. Some wondered why I chose to go into the file sharing space. It is a risky market, where one has to remain competitive and also pay huge hosting costs; think about huge operation costs; web servers, conversion servers, storage servers, bandwidth, and finally scaling it all. Out of all the promising ideas, I chose the riskiest one because I strongly believe that the services that exist today are not enough to truly make the pain of file sharing go away.

It’s 2012, and file sharing has not evolved past the point of having fancy UIs and an option to download the files. In the world where everything is about consumption, file sharing has lagged behind. With Jumpshare, we plan on changing that. To start with, we support viewing of more than 150 different file formats, with more being added weekly. For now, you can only view the files on your desktop but soon we will optimize them for mobile phones and tablets, so that you can access them anytime, anywhere, while on the go.

Jumpshare uses an internally developed engine to show you documents, presentations and spreadsheets. The engine, which we’ve spent considerable time developing, is in early beta, and we will continue to gradually improve it until the output gets nods of approval from our users.

At the moment, all files that you share will automatically expire after 2 weeks. Coming up next are user accounts, where you can store your files and not worry about their expiration.

Jumpshare today is only 1% of what I have envisioned it to be, and I plan to see it through till the end. Needless to say, none of this would have been possible without the dedication of the team. We have a lot of work ahead of us and we believe that with your feedback, we can make it better with every passing day.

Thank you, and I hope you enjoy using it as much as we do. Happy sharing!


We are making Jumpshare faster, responsive, and ironing out bugs as we find them. For feedback, questions, or reporting bugs, contact us at hello@jumpshare.com