I think I get the idea but it doesn’t make much sense. Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, et al, want to lock us into their way of life– pay money by the month to use their services. It’s free candy now. But diabetes and obesity later.
In the meantime, there are umpteen dozen ways of storing files on the cloud (some big server somewhere on the internet). The most popular of the world’s many online storage services is Apple’s iCloud, and they’d rather we not know anything about it other than it just works (sometimes). Elsewhere there’s Dropbox, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Box, Google Drive, and iClouDrive– more places to store files online.
Here’s a look at two Mac apps– one free and one not– that help to manage your files on various cloud servers. Except for the most popular one– iCloud.
First up is My Files which combines a few cloud services to form one big service– Dropbox, Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync, and Box. Up to 25-gigabytes of free storage.
My Files is somewhat unique because it keeps track of your total free space on each service, lets you search for files store across all the cloud services, and even lets you share files in email, iMessage, or the web.
Not bad for a couple of bucks.
Second on the list is MacDropAny which is free and syncs files and folders on your Mac to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, iClouDrive, or Microsoft’s SkyDrive. This one is free and the easiest of all to setup and use.
Just enter your cloud account settings, then drag a folder of files onto the MacDropAny icon in the Finder or Dock. It’s also a good way to keep files synchronized between two Macs using cloud services.
Most of the cloud storage services are free for a few gigabytes of storage, and each has their own app to sync files from Mac to the cloud, but a few smart Mac app developers make that process even easier.