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Plover – a simple and free way to quickly share files between devices nearby

In mid-April, ProductHunt announced the launch of a cross-platform file sharing service called Plover . It is free and works on any device, where there is a web browser with the ability to send and save files.

Personally, I had a problem with the fact that I used AirDrop for this purpose on all iOS and macOS devices, however, when sending files to users of other operating systems, it was necessary to look for some common solution, and it was simple enough to never have – I had to use different messengers and cloud services. According to the developer of Plover Tyler Khan, he had a similar reason to create such a service – using two computers under Linux and under macOS, he sent files between them by mail and encountered a 25 MB Gmail limitation per file in the attachment.

When a user opens a site , a “room” is created, where other users who are with him in the shared Wi-Fi network can get to. Everyone gets an identifier in the form of an animal’s name – for example, “Beaver” or “Penguin”: there is no need to authorize or choose a name to explain to the neighbor where to send the file (as, for example, in another shareware Send Anywhere service ).

You can select one or more files, and then start downloading them to the Amazon Web Services server. When the download is complete, the recipient will receive a notification with the option to download individual files or a shared archive. You can send files to everyone who is in the same room. Limit – no more than 1 GB per file.

Files are deleted from the server immediately after the successful sending or if no one has downloaded them within three minutes. According to the developer, the service records only the user’s IP address to determine which room to put it in, and does not use any other information about the user.

Plover does not forward files directly without the Internet through peer-to-peer and most likely this feature will not appear in the service: according to Khan, the only two options are to use Bluetooth or webRTC over the local network for this, however, situations often arise when the devices have an IP -address in different networks. In the future, he plans to create separate rooms with a unique URL, which can be connected by reference, rather than on the basis of a common Wi-Fi network.

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