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    Free Cloud Storage

    Does anyone know of a free (or cheap) cloud storage option that doesn't involve downloading/installing a client and lets anyone you invite create folders and upload files?

    Looking for a way for people to upload photos taken at an event, but they'll never do it if it's more complex than going to a website and following simple instructions. I guess that if the worst came to the worst I could create one account and then hand out the log in details, but that doesn't sit right.

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    I guess that if the worst came to the worst I could create one account and then hand out the log in details
    Would seem the best way to do what you want
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    Windows Live, flickr, photobucket for a start.

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    box.net supports windows drive mappings sometimes they upgrade you to 50GB

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    Dropbox?

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    Skydrive part of Windows Live does this

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    A Facebook page?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teejay View Post
    Windows Live, flickr, photobucket for a start.
    AFAIK the first requires a WL login, and the others seem primarily aimed at showing off your pics rather than collecting in pics (could be wrong).

    Quote Originally Posted by andydis View Post
    box.net supports windows drive mappings sometimes they upgrade you to 50GB
    This seemed like the ideal solution, but sharing folders requires the other party to hand over details.

    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Dropbox?

    Ben
    I thought that needed a client?

    Quote Originally Posted by nadeem View Post
    Skydrive part of Windows Live does this
    WL ID needed, I imagine.

    Quote Originally Posted by jinnantonnixx View Post
    A Facebook page?
    Wash your mouth out with soap, young man! Requires Facebook membership (and can you upload to someone else's page?).

    Thanks for all the suggestions, folks.

    Box looked like a clear winner, but I didn't fancy handing over the keys to 50GB of space to everyone or expecting them to fill in their details (even though they could just make them up) to upload stuff. My seemingly unlimited Virgin storage would have meant handing over my details to everyone, or would have been even better. I also flirted with Memopal, which ticked all the boxes but only allowed "guests" to upload 1 file at a time. At the moment the favourite is Minus.com - fairly straight forward for the technically-challenged and the "guests" seem to be able to make up their own usernames without handing over any details.

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    setup your own web server using apache / php or something else that they can use with there AD logon details ?

    Does joomla or a CMS system allow something like you are after ?

    Maybe a good excuse to re do the school website using a CMS system then you can do this in a secure area of the website that is not public unless that is what they were after ?

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    May of the staff uses drop box here

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac_shinobi View Post
    setup your own web server using apache / php or something else that they can use with there AD logon details ?

    Does joomla or a CMS system allow something like you are after ?

    Maybe a good excuse to re do the school website using a CMS system then you can do this in a secure area of the website that is not public unless that is what they were after ?
    Far too complex for me! (Plus it was for wedding photos, so probably best not to use the school's facilities).

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    Dropbox you can just upload files via the website.

    Ben

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    You can email files to dropbox using a 3rd party service too:

    Send To Dropbox - Email files to your Dropbox!

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    Have you tried Dropbox.com?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    Dropbox you can just upload files via the website.

    Ben
    Cheers for that. Shame they don't make it more obvious in their literature.

    Having tested Minus.com, I think that's the service I'll use: No client needed (they do provide clients, but they don't seem to make them almost mandatory), no need to hand over details and gives 10GB free. Plus it looks easy for the non-technically minded to use.

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