As it turns out, there are a few dozen online storage solutions beyond iCloud, starting with the popular Dropbox, Flickr (an online storage service for photos), WebDAV, and remote sites accessed through FTP or sFTP. Why do you need a standalone app for each cloud storage service?
Commanding the Cloud
Most of the cloud storage services have their own app for a way to upload and download files using a website in a browser window.
Here’s the problem. Umpteen ways to store files online, and umpteen different apps or methods to manage the files online.
Cloud Commander is the Mac app that combines most of the major cloud services (sans iCloud) into a single Mac app.
With one niggling issue Cloud Commander is the cloud management app that makes it easy to manage files on a number of cloud services.
Here’s the list: Dropbox, Box, SkyDrive, GoogleDrive, Flickr (Yahoo!), Picasa (Google; I thought this had closed), SugarSync, FTP and sFTP, WebDAV.
Conspicuously missing from the list, of course, is Apple’s iCloud and Amazon’s CloudDrive (or, Amazon’s S3 service).
Setting up and using Cloud Commander is straightforward. CC displays thumbnails of files in each cloud service so you can use Quick Look to preview files.
Moving files from Mac to whichever cloud service is drag and drop, and Cloud Commander also makes it easy to copy files from one cloud service to another using the dual window (source and target) approach.
In other words, the app is a rather simple way to upload files, manage files, retrieve files– from many services but from a single interface, rather than using half a dozen separate apps or browser windows.
Cloud Commander is a good idea and there’s an iOS version, too. This clever app has been around awhile but I found it a bit finicky when connecting to different cloud services (specifically, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. If the developer could add iCloud and Amazon to the list, fix a few of the connectivity bugs, this app would be a highly valued bargain.