Dropshare User Guide

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How to set up landing pages for uploads

Dropshare for Mac optionally creates an HTML landing page for each of your uploads. If you want to enable this feature, open the Preferences and select the Landing page tab.

Set the tick mark for "[X] Enable landing pages for shared files" if you want Dropshare for Mac to create a landing page for your uploads. 

In case you want to disable the landing page for a single upload, press and hold the option key (⌥) while dragging a file to Dropshare for Mac.

Custom landing page designs

You can either use the default landing page design, or create your very own design with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Select the "Use own design" to enable your own landing page design, and click the "Edit HTML file" button to edit the HTML file for your design.

Within the HTML file, you can use HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other web technologies to create your individual landing page design.

Additionally, the following variables are provided by Dropshare for Mac and will be automatically replaced:

Variable nameMeaning
__FILENAME__ Name of the uploaded file (e.g. for headline)
__PATH__ Path to the uploaded file (e.g. for download link)
__PREVIEW__ Will be replaced with preview image (if possible, e.g. for screenshots)
__FILESIZE__ Formatted filesize (e.g. 128 KB)
New since Dropshare 3.10
__FILETYPE__ Apple Uniform Type Identifier (Read more)
__SHAREDATE__ ISO formatted date of sharing
__PREVIEWURL__ Absolute URL to preview file, required e.g. for Twitter cards or Slack previews (or custom preview implementations)
New since Dropshare 3.11
__LANDINGPAGEURL__ Absolute URL to the landing page
New since Dropshare 3.12.1
__UNIXSHAREDATE__ Unix Timestamp date of sharing

Click the Preview button at any time to get a preview of a landing page for a sample upload.

Free landing page designs

A number of free landing page designs has been submitted by the Dropshare for Mac community. Check them out here.

Why is the landing page omitted when I drag & drop files from some applications (e.g. Napkin.app?)

This is a bug we're unable to fix, but we offer a workaround for it (works with Dropshare 3.10 and newer). Open Terminal.app and execute the following command:

defaults write net.mkswap.Dropshare alwaysIgnoreAltWhenDragging YES

Dropshare 4 and newer

defaults write net.mkswap.Dropshare4 alwaysIgnoreAltWhenDragging YES

This will always produce landing pages for your uploads, even when you hold the ⌥ key while dropping the file onto the Dropshare icon. Read more about this.

To disable this workaround, use the following command:

defaults write net.mkswap.Dropshare alwaysIgnoreAltWhenDragging NO

Dropshare 4 and newer

defaults write net.mkswap.Dropshare4 alwaysIgnoreAltWhenDragging NO

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