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Tutorial Thursday




File sharing is becoming more and more important these days, and that’s one reason why I’m always looking for easy ways to upload images and files. A recent program I came across called Rightload looks to remove the hassle of uploading files to common sites, or even to your own FTP.

With it you can right-click on a file or folder, and then have it upload the selected files to a service or FTP server of your choice. Before you can do any of that you’ll need to set up the program to work with those services.

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The screenshot above shows what Rightload looks like after starting it up for the first time. Below you’ll find instructions needed to set up an FTP account or a few select web services (Imageshack, TinyPic, Rapidshare, etc…), and then also a brief tutorial on how the program works.

–Set up Your Accounts–

To set up one of your own FTP servers you’ll want to go to Tools -> Manage Servers, and press the New Server button. Now all you have left to do is enter in the details for your FTP account, including the default directory you want the files uploaded into.

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You can select the Synchronize Directories option at the bottom of the screen to have it fetch all of the folders already created on the FTP server. That will make it possible to do one-click uploads to certain directories on your server, and in the next section you’ll see why that would be useful.

One of the other really nice things about Rightload is that it supports popular hosting sites like Imageshack, TinyPic, and Rapidshare. To sweeten the feature even more there’s absolutely nothing you need to configure. Instead you just have to import an XML file into the program.

The full list of XML files for the supported services can be found here. I’ve taken what will likely be the four most popular ones, and listed them below. What you’ll need to do is right-click on the one(s) you want, and save them somewhere on your computer.

After you have the XML files on your computer you’ll want to import them into Rightload. In the app go to Tools -> Import servers, and then browse for the XML file you want to import. You should receive a message saying that the import process was successful:

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–Using Rightload–

Now that you have all of the accounts set up you can start using Rightload. Just right-click on a file or folder, move your mouse over the Upload with Rightload menu, and select the service/location where you want the files uploaded. If you’ve created/synchronized any directories in your FTP account they will also show up in the menu:

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It’s important to note that uploading an entire folder will only work with FTP locations. That’s because it replicates the folder structure on the server, and it obviously can’t create folders on sites like TinyPic.

After an upload has been completed you’ll be presented with a list of URL’s that can be formatted in either HTML or BBCode (for forums). Here’s what it looked like when I uploaded two images to the TinyPic service, and applied a BBCode formatting to them:

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Notice how I can copy all of the links in a single click? That makes it a lot easier to post images or files in bulk to a site or forum.

–Overview–

This type of program can end up being a huge time saver since it is capable of uploading and providing links to files you have sitting on your desktop. There’s nothing hard to configure, you can just right-click on files or folders to initiate an upload, and it’s free. It’s an all-around winner in my book.