By Harry McCracken | Friday, July 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Another your-files-in-the-cloud service? With Box.net, Dropbox, iDrive, SugarSync, and others in the game, and Apple’s iCloud in the way, my instinct would usually be to say we don’t need another one. But YouSendIt’s new offering is different. For one thing, it’s not a new service but a revamping and expansion of the big-file-sharing service that YouSendIt has been running for years–which is available in both a free edition and a paid one with hundreds of thousands of customers.
YouSendIt retains its signature feature: letting you avoid e-mail attachments and FTP servers by uploading big files to YouSendIt for downloading by other folks. But now it also has the standard suite of cloud storage/syncing tools: online space you can use like a hard disk, a syncing app, and apps for the iPhone and iPad. (There’s no Mac app yet–YouSendIt is working on one–or an app for Android.)
The service also tosses in a couple of features which aren’t standard fare. For one thing, it has a $14.99/month tier that includes unlimited online storage. (By contrast, Dropbox charges $19.99/month for 100GB, and SugarSync charges $14.99 for 100GB; it’ll be interesting to see if the other guys feel the need to match YouSendIt’s limitless option.) It also has a cool-looking digital-signature tool that lets you sign documents such as PDFs and Word documents by scribbling a signature with your finger or typing it in.
YouSendIt’s free accounts offer 2GB of online storage–which matches Dropbox but falls short of the roomy 5GB offered by Box and SugarSync–and maximum file size of 50MB. You’re also limited to five signatures a month. $9.99 a month gets you 5GB of space, files up to 2GB, and ten signatures. The $14.99 offers unlimited storage of files up to 2GB in size, and unlimited signatures.
At the moment, I remain a happy paying user of SugarSync’s 30GB plan–but if you check out YouSendIt, let us know what you think.