What is Orbit?

App.net is a platform for social applications – a network of independently developed apps – that members can choose between. Depending on your preferred method of connecting to App.net, there is an app for you. This series will showcase the variety of apps you can use.

orbitOrbit, developed by @joeldev and @lavoy, is a new file sharing and file manager app that sits in your Mac menubar. It’s a simple, focused app that demonstrates how you can integrate App.net into your regular workflow.

When you drag a file on to the icon in your menubar, it gets uploaded and a public URL for the file is saved on your clipboard. The file is stored in your App.net file storage.

Orbit also displays files you’ve uploaded from other apps (so long as they also use the App.net file API). Say, for example, you share a photo with Robin or a video with Climber, those files are instantly viewable in Orbit. You can then download them to your desktop or generate a public or private url to share elsewhere.


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Additionally, you can set an Orbit default to automatically upload screenshots to your file storage, which in turn seamlessly generates a public url to share.

Orbit is the latest project to emerge from the last App.net hackathon. The next one is slated for Saturday, June 8, in San Francisco.


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