That didn’t take long. For all the talk about Google, Amazon, and Microsoft’s cloud storage products, and for all the popularity of the multi-platform Dropbox, it’s Apple’s iCloud which is the most used.
How did that happen? Who uses cloud storage to manage documents, and how do they manage files on multiple cloud services? Well, it’s a jungle out there, but you’ll do better with a cloud and local Mac document manager that’s almost ready for primetime.
Doo Wop, Or Doo What?
Managing documents on the Mac has become more of a complicated affair than Apple’s promotion of iCloud would have us believe.
Some files are native to the Mac, others are iCloud only and usable on Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Apple doesn’t even want us to know where iCloud documents are located (although it’s easy enough to find).
One way to manage the growing mess– local and cloud– is the free Doo document organizer app for the Mac. Pretty much wherever you keep your files– local or online– Doo’s tagging system makes them easier to retrieve.
The way Doo works is rather clever. All you need to do is tell Doo where your files are located. Doo doesn’t actually move or copy or modify anything.
It’s more of a central information repository that gets documents without actually touching the documents, whether online in Dropbox, or Google Drive, or whatever.
Each document can be analyzed and tagged by Doo which identifies relevant information which then makes it easier to retrieve exactly what file you want.
What I’ve done so far in Doo is more than promising. We do plenty of work in both Windows and Mac here in the office and Doo is cross platform– Mac and Windows 8. However, it’s got limited features on Android devices, but not yet working on iPhone or iPad.
So, Doo is more promise than fulfillment to date but does seem to represent a solution to a growing need– managing documents that don’t stay in one place.