I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but lately there’s been a lot of focus on this “cloud” thing and how everyone is getting in on it. Whether you’re a student, businessman, or someone who works from home, you can find a reason to use an online storage service to put your files in “the cloud.”
Recently over at Web.Appstorm, I did write ups on both Amazon CloudPlayer and Amazon CloudDrive, stating that it’s great that CloudPlayer integrates with Android devices, but wishing CloudDrive would offer something similar to what Dropbox offers — a multi-platform app so that you can easily sync files. What occured to me while telling my students about CloudDrive was that there is no way to share files. Luckily, DroidCloud fills both of these voids.
DroidCloud is the unofficial (that is, developed by a third party) Android app for CloudApp, an online file sharing service. As stated on its website: CloudApp allows you to share images, links, music, videos and files.. You upload a file, and a link to share is automatically added to your clipboard.
While CloudApp touts itself as a Mac application — there is an accompanying desktop app for Macs, and you can read the review of that over on Mac.AppStorm — you can use it in any browser, on any OS. The web app gives you the ability to upload your files and add links to your “drops.” Drops are anything that you share in CloudApp.
As I mentioned before, DroidCloid is the unofficial app for CloudApp, meaning that a third party developer created the app, and the makers of CloudApp do not support it.
DroidCloud has a free version and a Pro version, which will run you about $0.80 USD. The Pro version unlocks pretty much all of the useful features, include the ability to download your drops. We’ll be using the Pro version in this review.
When you first open DroidCloud you’re automatically taken to the Preferences page, where you input your username, password, and the path to save files to. I felt this screen was a bit unintuitive because it’s not clear you’re on the preferences page; it seems like once you fill out that info, the app will start. This is not the case: you actually need to press your device’s Back button to get to the main screen of the app.
The app also doesn’t ‘help’ you while you’re choosing the folder on your SD card; that is, it doesn’t give you a list of folders or suggest any folders. That means if you have a folder in mind, you need to know its path to use it, or you’ll get a new folder added somewhere on your SD card.
After you put in your credentials and press the back button on your device, DroidCloud will retreive all of the files that you’ve added to your account. You then have the ability to copy a file’s link to your clipboard, download the file, or delete it. You can also see the number of views each file has.
While it’s great that you can download your files, DroidCloud has no way of viewing the files from within its app (although it claims in the Pro version you can, I have not found a way to do so). This is functionality I would expect to see in both the free and the Pro versions — while it’s nice to grab the link and see a list of file names, I should be able to view the files as well; at the very least, I’d want to make sure I was sharing the correct file with someone. This is something DroidCloud needs to fix or add. For the time being, to view a file you’ll need a separate file browsing app.
If you do need a file browser, I recommend Astro File Manager.
Uploading is straightforward. You press the “+” in the top right corner, and are given several options to select the file you want to send. Once you upload your file, the file’s link is automatically copied to your clipboard, so you can email, text, IM, or send in which ever way you prefer.
Despite not having a file viewer/manager, DroidCloud is still a very useful app. Of all of the apps I’ve tried, it’s the easiest for putting files on the web, giving you the ability to upload something in two clicks. It’s also the easiest way to share a file, since its link is automatically copied to your clipboard; if you want to selectively share a photo or some text (and not on a social network), DroidCloud is your best bet.
That being said, I am personally going to stick with Dropbox as you get more space for free, and using Dropbox’s app to upload is also very easy. Plus, I can share using it and sync all of my devices. However, if you’re a heavy CloudApp user (or are looking for an easy way to share files online), I’d say DroidCloud is an app you shouldn’t do without.
DroidCloud is a simple app that allows you to interact with CloudApp. If you use CloudApp a lot, I’d recommend getting DroidCloud. However, I really feel that it’s missing major functionality by not having a built-in file viewer. If I hadn’t paid for it already, it would be a deal breaker for me. I also feel that while they say it’s in the Pro version (it’s not), it’s a vital feature that should be in both the free and Pro versions.