Sharing files online is no longer a problem given the increased bandwidth we benefit from today but, most importantly, the service that stores the bits in the cloud. With Neembuu Uploader, this becomes an even easier task, since the application is bent to send your data to multiple online storage services at once, with just a few clicks.
Being a Java application, this freebie does not discriminate between operating system platforms, so you can use it on Linux, Mac or Windows alike.
Neembuu requires no installation; a simple extraction of the zipped archive and launching the JAR file will suffice to get access to the interface. Looks are unimpressive, but considering its purpose, aesthetics do not matter too much.
This uploader lets you select between more than 20 online hosts for storing your files, most of which do not even require an account. Once the transfer is complete, the application automatically makes available the download link and the file removal address, if the host supports it.
The main application window is simple, and allows you to add your files to the upload queue. The transfer can begin whenever you want, with a push of a button, as soon as you’ve selected the hosts.
Although not all major storage services are present in the list, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Among the most popular are Dropbox, MegaUpload, RapidShare and ImageShack, but less known services – and somewhat in the grey area as far as the storage they hold or the conditions imposed – are available as well.
It looks like Neembuu focused more on the options that do not require an account, as we did not find services such as 4Shared or the Motorola Mobility-owned ZumoDrive.
For the servers requiring an account for the file transfer to occur, the application reserves a special section, where you can punch in your credentials. The login will be done automatically.
For services offering to store files in folders, you have no control over the location of the data you send. In the case of Dropbox, all the items were stored in the public folder, so that a download link would be available for sharing.
Simultaneous multiple uploading is supported, so you do not have to wait for the items to load up one by one. As far as this is concerned, Neembuu does not impose a limit; we tested the app with 35 simultaneous threads, but the maximum number could be set for as high as 1,000. Also, you can prioritize the files by moving them up and down in the queue.
There is no way to pause the upload process but you have the possibility to remove files from the list or stop the transfer of further data. The context menu for each entry in the list allows you to copy the download or delete the URL, or load up the address for downloading the file. You can also export to HTML all the links generated by the transfers.
Not all the services worked during our testing, and many of them did not offer a way to delete the files. However, in the case of those that carried out the job, the transfer was smooth and quite fast.
But it also happened for the job to halt at various points during the transfer and we even saw uploads labeled as “failed” although their progress indicated 100%. No download link was provided in this case.
Mind that each service comes with its own limitation as far as the maximum size of an upload goes. To make things easier for you, the developer of Neembuu compiled a list of the restrictions of the supported hosts, which can be found at this address (http://neembuuuploader.sourceforge.net/support.html#limitations).
Configuring the application is no complicated task, since there are few simple options available. Besides the less important ones that deal with changing the language of the interface and the theme, there is the possibility to enable saving controls state and the queued links on exit.
The resources used by the application during the file transfer are not at all negligible. We noticed increased CPU activity (~50%) and RAM usage (up to 110MB) on our test system when a task was carried out. And this would continue even after killing off the transfers. The only way to get it back to normal was to close the program. The Good
The application is free of charge and requires no installation; it is also portable, so you can carry it around on a stick and use it on different computers.
You can easily build up the file transfer queue and adjust it by removing items or stopping the upload procedure. Download links are available as soon as the transfer completes. Multiple items can be uploaded at once. The Bad
Resource usage needs to be optimized as in our case CPU stress values persisted even after the file transfer would finish. Pausing the operation per selected files would be a nice feature.
Although the amount of hosts it makes available is impressive, not all of them have the cleanest reputation. The Truth
Neembuu Uploader is not the only tool of this kind on the market, but its simplicity and the fact that it offers multi file upload feature make it among the most versatile.
If all you want is to distribute your files fast and without connecting to online accounts than it’ll do the job for you. However, there is plenty of room for both improvements and new features.