YouSendIt Targets DropBox With iOS-Friendly Cloud Storage LaunchYouSendIt (news, site) has been doing secure file transfer and storage long before it became a trendy cloud service. Now, its new launch is ready to compete with the likes of DropBox and others.

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YouSendIt has been helping businesses and users send large files to improve collaboration since back in 2004, and has steadily raised around US$ 50 million in funding over time to expand its user base and infrastructure. Now, with revenues already at US$ 25 million a year, it's taking the mobile route with its new service to appeal to all the DropBox generation.

Users can now share their files from a cloud storage facility, via a file-sending utility for Windows desktops or iPhone users that comes in three flavors. The free account offers 2GB of storage, Pro comes with 5GB for $9.99 per month and the high-end ProPlus offers unlimited storage at $14.99. Accounts also come with a number of signatures that you can use to digitally sign (literally, you can write on a touch screen or sign it with your mouse) documents to ensure their validity.

The app allows sharing and synchronization of folders via a DropBox-like system, so users can drag and drop to the cloud and share files with colleagues, clients or friends. The service allows for multiple levels of sharing permission; read and write, read only and read-only-without-login for public access. Users get real-time notification on shared folder activities, so they know who has gained access to what content. There is also real-time synchronization across all devices.

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Signing up is a straightforward task, and you can then create folders on your PC, iPhone or iPad. On the iOS version, you can add photos from your library or take them with the camera and import them into a folder.

Add photos live from the iPhone app
Add photos live from the iPhone app

With documents added, you can then add participants via your iPhone's contacts list with the appropriate level of access and share your content. Synchronized via the cloud, the content is available back on the desktop or on colleague's machines.

While the iOS app is the lead version, it shouldn't be too long before Android and BlackBerry versions follow, but there's always the website to gain access to files on any format. With DropBox picking up big money and investors expecting a big IPO or acquisition, YouSendIt has put itself firmly in the same limelight.