I’m not going to lie, I decided to try this web app out just because it looked freakishly amazing as far as interfaces go. If you wantched my video a while back about the importance of good interface design, you probably won’t be surprised. Interface design aside, the app also has a pretty sharp website design. But, if it was done by the same people who designed the app, I would expect no less.
I burned through my free deliveries on this app almost instantly just because it was so fun to use. You know a app is doing something right when people get excited about using it. Job well done RealMac Software. This makes up for how much Little Snapper sucks.
Overview of Courier
Courier is a desktop based app that allows you to publish media to a variety online services in a fun and efficient manner. The application works off of a number of APi’s for many of the popular media sites. Currently the default application supports Flickr, Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Amazon S3, EmberFTP/SFTP. They are also constantly adding new services as APi’s are released. As of now, you can also get support for Cloudly and TwitPic.
As I have mentioned several times already, this app is just amazingly fun to use. Better still, it does a great job at what it does. It’s not just a fun app to use that serves little to no real purpose. It is actually a handy little tool to have if you upload a decent amount of media across various websites and services.
As with most apps, there is a free trial download. This free trial doesn’t expire after a certain amount of days, but rather after five “deliveries.” Deliveries are what the app calls a start to finish upload. As in, the files have been delivered from your computer to the web via the courier service. All of this play on the postal system will click better once you see how the app works.
If you enjoy the app, it is available for purchase for only US19.95. The checkout form is painless and takes only a minute to fill out, pay, and license your copy.
The Courier homescreen plays off the bookshelf look that has become increasingly popular in many Mac apps, including the Books app for the iPad.
If you have yet to visit the website, this is where you get your first glimpse at why there are so many postal references going on here.
Despite its un-conventional interface, the Courier app is pretty easy to figure out. You simply drag “stamps” of the services you want to send files to onto the envelope. There is of course some authentication you wil have to setup the first time around.
Once your envelope is created and stamped, you simply drag and drop files into your envelope.
Everything that has happened up to now has be fun, but was nothing really over the top. However, when you hit the “deliver” button is when the real fun begins. Upon clicking the deliver button, a map pops up showing the progress of your upload as well a cool in transit animation of your files moving across the globe.
I’m not sure, did I mention how much fun this app was to use? the only thing that bother me here was that I seemed to have some authentication issues where I was force to authenticate every time. Because I have used up all my free deliveries, I can’t say if this is a bug or just the way the app works. Either way, it’s nothing that would be a deal breaker for me.
This app is infinitely more fun than going to all of these websites and manually uploading media. Hands down.