Manage the cloud
Finding it difficult to remember if your presentation was uploaded on Google Drive, Dropbox or OneDrive? Here are apps to consolidate your free cloud storage
Our lives are scattered in the cloud, distributed across online storage accounts. A few gigabytes on Dropbox, a few more on Microsoft’s OneDrive and a few gigs on Google Drive and Apple’s iCloud. One can manage three, two, or even four, but with new services offering 50 GB free for data storing online (see “More than 10 GB”), it is becoming difficult to remember what is stored where, and almost impossible to use what you’ve uploaded. Which is where you can opt for one of these consolidation services. These let you search, view, edit and transfer data from one cloud service to another seamlessly, through a Web or mobile app. Time to live in the cloud!
Mover.io. Available on desktop. Personal plans from $15, or around Rs.900, a month allow five scheduled moves. Free for one move.
But there are some cool features that make the app worthwhile, including the fact that you can ask cloudGOO to automatically upload your pictures, videos and documents from your device to the cloud. It’s smart enough to see which of your cloud storage platforms has the space and upload the content there.
“The settings allow a person to designate where they would like files stored—for example ‘store all my pictures in Google, all my music in OneDrive’, etc,” says Preston. The app shows you how much space you have in each of your storage accounts and divides your content into photographs, music, videos and documents. The app already supports multiple logins and multiple accounts from the same service provider, making it a powerful tool.
That’s not all. You can access your stuff even if offline. All you have to do is enable “Offline Files” in the app’s settings. The account does not store the passwords of any of your services, relying instead on the APIs, or application programming interfaces, given by the service. In the next few months, Preston and his team plan to launch the app for Windows Phone and Kindle Fire, as well as features like encryption and anti-virus to protect your content.
Cloudgoo.com. Available on iTunes and Google Play for $0.99.
The app shows you which file is saved in which cloud service and lets you edit and view it within the app. Its Windows Phone app was introduced in March and the team plans to add more features for business-oriented clouds. To ease a fragmented cloud storage, they plan to add a cross-cloud file syncing feature as well as end-to-end encryption.
Otixo.com. Available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8 and the Web. Free for one user. Paid plans start at $4.99 a month.
CloudFuze is a file management service on the cloud, aimed at small businesses, so it’s apt for users who want to connect all their storage drives to collaborate on a project. The app supports Google Drive, One Drive, Dropbox, Box and SugarSync, and lets you view, access, manage, edit and sync all your files from a single platform. The downside is that it offers no basic free services, but the membership will get you unlimited accounts, accessible from unlimited devices on mobile, desktop and Web apps.
Launched in June, CloudFuze is headquartered in Durham, US, and has a product development team based in Hyderabad. Its upgrade to 2.0 in June added features for further collaboration, including multiple users working simultaneously on one file.
Cloudfuze.com. Available on Android, iOS, Windows desktop and the Web, for $4.99, or around Rs.300, a month.
That’s not all, the service also allows you to stream the videos and play the music you’ve uploaded, edit photographs, documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDFs, even read e-books. The Pro version allows you to drag files from one service to another and connect multiple accounts in a single service (like two accounts in Dropbox). “Some of our users are using Drive because they wanted to have more free storage in the cloud; others love to use our interface that turns their existing storage services into the perfect multimedia library,” says Tariq Krim, chief executive officer and founder of Jolicloud. Multimedia users can use the Joli Drive better—it connects Evernote, Flickr and Feedly to the account.
Drive.jolicloud.com. Available on desktop. Basic, free; Pro, €5, or Rs.400, a month.