Cloud storage company MediaFire has launched an open beta of its MediaFire Desktop client for OS X. With it, the company hopes to take on more well-known cloud file-sharing solutions like Dropbox. In a statement announcing the beta, the company says:
Designed to complement MediaFire's online storage service, MediaFire Desktop keeps your online and locally stored files safe and in sync. From backing up your important work, to sharing your vacation photos, MediaFire Desktop lets you store and access all of your media, everywhere you go. And with up to 50 GB of free storage, MediaFire lets users keep all of their content in one place without the worry of running out of space.
MediaFire Desktop works much like Dropbox does on OS X. After you've signed up for a free account online, simply download and install the beta of MediaFire Desktop. Its virtual cloud drive lives as a dedicated MediaFire folder in the Finder. Once there, any file you move into it will be uploaded to the cloud and shared across all your devices with a MediaFire client installed.
Another nice feature of the MediaFire Desktop client is a notification window accessible from OS X's menu bar that allows you to see recently uploaded or shared files. There's also an automatic screen capture uploading tool (much like Dropbox now has), but with MediaFire Desktop's screen capture tool, you can also annotate your screen captures with text, arrows and boxes. MediaFire Desktop also has deep social sharing integration, so you can seamlessly share a link to your files via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, Bloggr and more.
To start you out, MediaFire gives everyone a free 10 GB of storage (making Dropbox look cheap) and users can earn up to 50 GB of free storage. The company also sells storage plans of 100 GB for US$2.49 a month and also offers 1 TB-plus plans for business users.