Today I would like to tell you guys about Cloud, a Mac OS X 10.6 and higher application by LineBreak S.L. Similar to applications like TinyGrab and websites like mediafire or megaupload, CloudApp allows Mac users to upload whatever documents, pictures, or file they want. However, CloudApp is unique in the way you upload your documents. Read on for more information on how to download and use CloudApp.
CloudApp is a simple application that can be downloaded from the Mac App Store (an application available on Snow Leopard and Lion). The process of uploading text, pictures, links, music, videos, etc. are all the same. First choose the file you want to upload and either drag it and release on the dock icon or the menubar icon (an alternative menubar icon was made by Yaro Manzarek). Depending the file size, your upload can take a couple of seconds to a minute. Once the file was successfully upload, CloudApp will automatically copy the link to your clipboard so the link is ready to be pasted and shared.
CloudApp has some pretty cool features. My personal favorite is a feature that many file hosting websites and applications rarely have. This feature is the view counter, which does exactly what it sounds like. If I were to upload a picture from CloudApp and post the link on a blog, this feature allows me to see how many times people have clicked the link to view or download whatever I uploaded.
A second feature is the hotkey CloudApp has generously made. If you want to save a couple seconds of time, instead of dragging the file onto the menubar or dock icon, you can copy the file by using the keyboard shortcut control + option + c. By clicking these three keys at once, you are copying the file as if you had dragged it onto the menubar/dock icon.
The only bad thing is that you can only see your last five uploads from the menubar. Fortunately, there is a solution to this. By going to the CloudApp web app, you can see a list of all uploads. From there, you can manage and delete your previous uploads.
Some of you may be familiar with the Raindrops logo (pictured directly above). In CloudApp, Raindrops are plugins. These raindrops allow you to share your files without having to leave your current Mac application. For example, there a raindrops to share pictures directly from iPhoto. There is another extension to bookmark your current page in Safari, and one to share the current project you are working on in Photoshop.
CloudApp sounds pretty good. It gets five out five stars from me. Remember, CloudApp can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. I have not encountered one bug while using it. CloudApp explains that, “files are redundantly stored on multiple devices across multiple storage facilities preventing data corruption and loss.” This means that when you upload a file, that one file is copied and stored on three different servers, making it almost impossible to have a corrupt file. What do you guys think? Does CloudApp sound useful? Leave a comment below with any questions or comments. If you have a request or a question, email me at [email protected] or leave a comment. All pictures above are from the CloudApp website.
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