If someone asked me what my top five utilities for computers, phones or tablets were, Pushbullet would easily be on the list. The app let different devices work together before Apple enabled Handoff and Continuity, for example, sending texts, calls, notifications, files and more from a phone to a PC. Now the app is freely available for Mac, Safari and iPad, and the company has a seed round of funding.
Make no mistake: Pushbullet can thank Apple, to some degree. Because of Apple’s support for extensions in iOS and OS X, plus the ability for apps to share more data, Pushbullet had the tools it needed to bring its popular app from other platforms, such as Windows and Android, to Apple devices. The app makes it easy to share just about anything — a link, an image or a file, for example — between devices or with friends and supports pushing full, actionable iOS notifications to your Mac.
Here’s an overview and demonstration of a few of Pushbullet’s features:
Aside from the new app for Mac OS X and for iPad, Pushbullet is launching an extension for Safari on OS X. Once installed, you can either use the extension button or simply right-click on a web page to share it. You can also use Pushbullet to share items from Safari in iOS.
The company has also included the Universal Copy and Paste feature that it launched back in August: Anything you copy in Pushbullet on one device is synchronized to other devices. Copy a link from your Mac, for example, open WhatsApp on an iPhone and tap Paste for the link to magically appear.
Pushbullet is one of those rare apps where, once you start using it, you’ll likely begin wondering how you lived without it for so long. Yes, there is some duplication from what Apple now natively offers in iOS and OS X, but shared device notifications are just the tip of the iceberg; Pushbullet is a powerful information-sharing platform.
Pushbullet says the Mac app is now freely available in the Mac App Store, and of course, iPads can find the software in the App Store for iOS. Now that OS X, Safari and iPad support is here, the Pushbullet covers just about every major platform and devic,e with apps and extensions for Windows (currently in beta), Android — where it has seen between one and five million downloads — Chrome, Opera and Firefox.
Along with the new apps, Pushbullet announced a $1.5 million seed round of financing led by General Catalyst with SV Angel, Alexis Ohanian, Garry Tan, Paul Buchheit, and other angel investors.