Let's Crate hands-on: simple drag-and-drop file sharing, but lacking important features
Espousing the KISS principle, Let's Crate hopes that the simple addition of drag-and-drop functionality and one crappy Flash flourish is enough to pull users away from tried-and-tested services. Unfortunately, that isn't the case: Let's Crate simply doesn't bring enough to the table.
I'm not sold on the idea of dragging and dropping items into the browser, anyway. Unless you use two displays or you browse with an unmaximized browser window, I just don't see the advantage over the customary File Upload dialog. Not to mention the Windows 7 and Mac OS X 'Recent Places' folders make locating files trivial.
If that wasn't bad enough, Let's Crate doesn't even let you upload using the conventional File Upload dialog! You must drag-and-drop, whether you like it or not.
It looks pretty
I have to admit, too, that getting unregistered users to drag a file onto the crate is a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, once you register, you only get the aforementioned bland, minimalist interface with a rather dull "Drag and drop your files here" drop zone. If you're listening, Let's Crate: give registered users the crate! It's much cooler.
Crappy Flash flourish
Incidentally, these links point directly to the file, so you could quite happily use Let's Crate as a file dump. You can also link people to your 'crates' (folders) -- but there doesn't seem to be any way to configure access permissions -- so if you give someone a crate link they will always have access to that crate.