Personally, I either want to upload stuff from Finder, or upload stuff from the command line.
What I hate doing is browsing to an image from a file picker.
Something like http://sprunge.us/ for images would be great!
I believe you can also upload things pretty simply using curl, but I wanted to be able to generate bbCode thumbnails and such in one fell swoop.
curl -F @/path/to/image.jpg http://min.us/upload
Also, I have Total Commander open at all times. Can't live without it (there are similar tools for Linux, Mac, etc).
I'm sure it would be possible to do the same with this, but I think the site isn't really aimed at 'nix gurus! :D
(Actually, that last feature made me feel stupid for a moment: I wondered how images seemed to be uploaded so "instantly" and only after testing it on a large image file did I realise that you're just displaying the local image!)
At that point, a new service that "doesn't suck" will pop up.
edit: found it http://www.reddit.com/r/reddit.com/comments/7zlyd/my_gift_to...
I just tried to copy the url of my 3.1mb image into my browser but it hanged; turns out you use a base64 encoded string of the whole image to display it like:
Was this technically necessary? I guess so, but since you show the direct link underneath it, why not replace it with that one?
We also convert larger images into shrunken sizes for the gallery so it can be viewed without too much lag, but the full size image will still be available via the "Link to Image" or "Download all as Zip" function :)
We may implement few different models but in the end our mission is to keep Minus free, simple and minimal in making sharing easy and fast :)
Also, could we have slideshow for playback where nothing will be displayed except the photos themselves ?
From what I can tell, min.us has no other features, so I'm very confused as to why this "doesn't suck". It seems to be a non-unique UI interface to plain old photo sharing.
Please note that I didn't make the claim that it's amazing or ground-breaking. :)
John: Great implementation. Wishing you much success. I'll be using it for my public images.
Firefox has an API, but the user has to change an option to specifically allow access to the clipboard.
In the end, I figured it wasn't worth it, and that programmatically selecting the textbox was 90% of the functionality without all the headache.
Update: Found this on their about page. "The first prototype for Minus was inspired by Glen Murphy's design and was launched on October 13th, 2010."
A) The name isn't as good.
B) You don't get a direct link to the image, just a link to the gallery.
C) It seems a little slow.
I'd be more interested if it was offered as a service for image hosting/uploading that other sites could use rather than forcing everyone to roll their own Java/Flash/JS+HTML/HTML variants for every new site they do.
We already have an API documented and ready but just not yet released. If anyone is interested in testing it, feel free to shoot an email over to firstname.lastname@example.org and i'll send it right over!
Some tech specs on Minus: http://blog.min.us/2010/10/14/minus-tech-spec/
(PS: We were inspired by Glen Murphy's Dropmocks design and really hope to make Minus into a universal sharing tool with wider compatibility and support for documents, music, video and more in the near future. In the works = desktop app and firefox/chrome extensions ^^)
This is great. I love the simplicity of it. That said, while drag and drop is super easy, I think you should still offer a more traditional upload method in addition to it.
Often times, I have several windows open, none of which is a folder full of images and no desire to re-purpose one or open more. Drag and drop is great if you want to share a bunch of images, but if you're just uploading a screen shot for someone to quickly review or what have you, having to stop what you're doing, open yet another window, browse to the folder, drag browser windows around so that you can then select the photo and drag it into the browser is significantly slower than just clicking a browse button, selecting the image, and clicking upload.
Drag and drop is pretty idiot-proof, and for bulk uploads, it's faster, but for single images and multi-tasking users, it can actually be a lot slower.
Having both options would be ideal.
Thanks again :)