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I'm a big believer in solving problems.
Take password managers: They solve the colossal problem of creating, storing and entering passwords.
I'm also a big believer in lifetime licenses, as paying monthly or annually for anything just, well, blows. I mean, sometimes you have no choice. But if you can get a deal on a lifetime option, always choose the deal on the lifetime option.
Which brings us to Droplr, one of the Internet's great problem-solving tools. (More on that below.) For a limited time, StackSocial is offering a lifetime subscription to Droplr Pro for $21.99. This single-user plan normally runs $9.99 per month, so the long-term value here is pretty stellar.
Droplr is, at its core, a file-sharing service, one that reminds me (not just in name) of the dearly departed Drop.io. It integrates with not only Windows and Mac, but also the likes of Office, Slack, Adobe products and Twitter.
So, let's say you have a file that's too large to attach to an e-mail, or that you just need to distribute in a way that's more convenient than e-mail. With Droplr, you drag and drop it to a desktop icon. Presto: you immediately get a short-link you can copy and share anywhere.
Can you do likewise with, say, Dropbox or OneDrive? Yes, definitely, but there are a couple extra steps involved. What's more, Droplr Pro affords you unlimited storage for your "drops."
Beyond that, the service offers in-browser previews for your shared items. (If someone sends me a OneDrive link to, say, an MP3 file, my only option is to download that file; I can't play it within my browser. Which totally stinks.)
Droplr has also expanded into screen capture and recording. You can save recordings as high-resolution videos or animated GIFs. You can annotate screenshots with graphics and text. And you can organize all your shared stuff into collections, using tags for easy browsing and searching.
In short, this is a smart, business-savvy collaboration tool, one that's likely to prove invaluable to a small-business owner (but also very useful for the individual user).
And 22 bucks for a lifetime license? To me that's a no-brainer.
Bonus deal: Remember that Wonderfox software giveaway from last week? Round two has arrived. The available freebies: Ashampoo Photo Commander 12, Wise Care 365, Tenorshare iPhone Care Pro, DoYourData Recovery Pro, PowerArchiver 2015 and PD Howler 9.6. As before, the redemption process for most of these is to download a Zip file containing instructions, a link and/or a redemption code. You can also still get Wonderfox's DVD Ripper Pro.
Bonus deal No. 2: Remember TrueCrypt, the freeware file/folder-encryption utility that turned out to be not-so-secure? If you've been searching for a replacement, you've found it: Today only, Shareware On Sale has encryption software Fort (Win) for free. That's for a one-PC lifetime license with no free updates. Regular price: $24.95. I haven't tried the software myself and can't say I know much about it, so as with anything related to security, do your homework (starting with the developer's product page).