If you've read my blog much, you probably know I often go by "DROdio". I bought the domain drod.io and hooked it up with CloudApp, so now when I take a screenshot, it automatically gets uploaded + hosted on a custom URL. For example: I'll take a screenshot of me creating this blog post, and here's the resulting image, hosted by CloudApp: http://drod.io/1U1L0B3s2c261f1w2n1o .
And here's a custom URL on Bit.ly using Bitly Pro: http://go.drod.io/fqMLvq
If what I'm saying is confusing, just watch the video below to see both of these in action!
I went to set this up, and then decided to try some other options before dropping $100/year on CloudApp pro. Since this post was written, Dropbox has added a lot of this functionality. Here is what I did:
Set up dropbox to auto upload screenshots. Conveniently, dropbox puts the url into the clipboard.
Set up YOURLS (Your Own URL Shortener, basically open source bitly including analytics) on my own server at nige.nl
Set up an Automator service to use the YOURS API to shorten a URL in the clipboard (conveniently works for way more than just screenshots) and then put the new short URL back in the clipboard. The Automator script: http://nige.nl/raf
Now, for screenshots I just capture normally with command+shift+4, it uploads to dropbox and copies the link to my clipboard. I press command+shift+B to convert to the shortlink, and then paste it wherever I need it. Like below I did above.
This method doesn't have the complete sexiness of having the actual URL to be vanitized, but the sharing link is close enough for me. Plus, YOURLS has lot of added flexibility, and it doesn't cost anything!
I also tried a few different ways to save the pasting step by having automator press command+v for me. The biggest problem is that not all apps let you use custom shortcuts that are defined at the system level (including my mail app, Airmail), so with the above setup I just have to highlight Chrome or Finder, hit command+shift+B, and then go back to the app I started in to paste the shortlink. If anyone knows how to force shortcuts for all apps, I'd love to know about it!
What is your setup to use a custom domain and a custom viewer for cloudapp?
Do you host a custom viso? If yes how can cloudapp and your server use the exact same domain (drod.io)?
Frank, CloudApp gives you the choice between a shorter "easier to guess" url or a longer "more secure" url. Here's a screenshot: http://drod.io/2C0i0s1P151R382p0U3B
CloudApp is the single most important productivity and efficiency tool I use each day. And if you've read my blogs, you know I use a lot of tools to make my time act as a force multiplier. But CloudApp is the most indespensible -- I literally use it 20 to 50 times each day (Rapportive is a close second).
Until you use CloudApp to experience its magic, though, it can be a bit hard to understand what makes it so amazing. So here's an easy, clear example of one of our employees, Nate, using CloudApp, so you can really get how it works.
We have a designer that works remotely. Nate wanted to ask the designer to do some work on an iPhone screen he was developing. Below is a screenshot of the conversation they had. (On a tangent -- we use GitHub, Basecamp & Pivotal Tracker in specific ways to manage projects via a Scrum methodology. Let me know in the comments section if you'd like me to write a post with an in-depth look at how we use these tools).
Here's the link Nate put into the thread, so you can see the same screenshot the designer saw: http://cl.ly/1H401K373S2d3Q0s1e1i
As I describe in this separate post on how to set CloudApp up on your computer, all Nate had to do to make that URL was take a screen shot of his computer (or phone). That's it. CloudApp takes care of the rest -- it listens on your computer for any screenshots you take, uploads them to the cloud, and turns them into a publicly accessible URL that Nate can then share.
Last year, my wife and I decided to get really good at taking insanely great photos. (You can find a gallery of my favorite pics -- like the one above-- right here).
Over the years, we've amassed almost three terabytes of photos & videos. And now that we have a beautiful baby daughter, that number is only going to grow faster.
I've always wrestled with how to have appropriate backups for those pics. I've tried cloud backup services, multiple hard drives + CarbonCopyCloner, exporting to other services like Google+, but nothing quite fit the bill.
Then I realized that SmugMug might have the answer.