The problem with cloud storage has to do with how many are available. It’s a growing list, and each service has their own app on Mac or iPhone to upload, download, and manage files. Wouldn’t it be great to have a single Mac app to manage them all? This app is almost there.
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Cloud services are not free. It just seems that way because each service provides a few gigabytes of storage for free. Use more than the allotted amount, and you get a bill.
AirFile is an inexpensive Mac utility which purports to manage almost all of the major cloud storage services from within a single app, Mac or iPhone.
The major cloud storage services include the popular Dropbox, Box, Google’s Drive, Microsoft’s SkyDrive, Copy, SugarSync, Amazon S3 as well as the standard WebDAV, FPT and sFTP.
That’s a healthy list, but it’s not complete. No iCloud file controls.
However, you can try AirFile on your Mac for free for seven days. That’s enough time to see whether AirFile is worth the few dollars you’ll pay.
Setup is about as simple as it gets. You’ll need to know your cloud service login ID and password.
Open AirFile and click the Add Cloud button.
Once you click the Add Cloud button a pop down window displays all the basic online cloud services, starting with Dropbox at the top.
Click the service you subscribe to and add your account information.
Both Mac and iPad versions have dual window panes so you can transfer files from one cloud service to another with ease.
You’ll save time by having all the cloud services available from within a single app. There are no preferences to setup or configure. Each cloud service account operates independently within AirFile.
I managed to test all the cloud services except Box (it would not take my account information) and Copy (I don’t use Copy), but AirFile connected to Amazon S3 and my personal WebDAV and FTP accounts.
What’s missing? Considering the nominal price tag, not much. AirFile does not have iCloud support but it makes it easy to manage up to 50-gigabytes of free online cloud storage from a single app which uses the standard OAuth authentication protocol and does not store your cloud service account passwords.