Cloud management apps are a new category of programs that are really gaining steam. These apps are made to help users sort through the many cloud services they use to find files they need. People who use these services, which include Dropbox, Google Docs, Microsoft Office Live, Evernote, and more, don’t like spending long hours searching for that one paper or picture they remember saving but can’t remember where they put it. Recently, the app Found has garnered a lot of attention on the Mac for its abilities.
Found is a very light and fast app that helps you search through your Mac’s hard drive and various cloud services to find any files you are looking for. When you first launch Found, you will need to login to the cloud services that you want it to look through. After logging in, Found runs through a quick indexing process so it can see what is in these accounts and bring you speedier results. It went through my Dropbox account rather speedily. From here, you can click on the app’s menubar icon (which can be switched from colored to a more traditional Mac theme) or tap the “Control” button twice to bring up the Found sidebar. You’ll be presented with a large search bar at the top of the window, and your connected services just below it. Just type the name of the file you’re looking for, and Found will show you all files with that name, word, or tag in a simple list. It even sorts the files it find by service, name, and type. When you select that file, Found will allow you to get a preview of the document or picture you’re looking at, or listen to the song or video file. The only file type that it didn’t preview for me was a Flash video file I had, but since that is not a common file type on computer hard drives, I wasn’t bothered by it. You can either launch a file, or drag and drop the files into other apps like Finder or Mail. And it works when you have another app in full-screen mode as well.
Having Found search through your Mac’s hard drive as well as your cloud services is wonderful feature, preventing me from having to switch between Found and Spotlight for searches. Further encouraging this is Found’s ability to launch apps; since Found indexes your Mac’s Application folder, it can launch any app in that folder.
The app’s preference interface is great in more ways than one. It’s very straight forward and easy to use, but also provides you the ability to learn about the app. From the preference pane, you can launch the demo video to explain how the app works, as well as access the FAQ’s concerning the security of Found’s connection to the cloud services you use. I do find it misleading that they have a tab called security for this, but no actual security settings. The FAQ does clear up concerns about security, but it would be nice to actually see some form of security settings. Also, the Preference pane at this time does not yet let you set custom folders to search through on your Mac’s hard drive or any of the cloud services. This is a feature that will be included in the future based on the notes, so I await its arrival.
Currently the service only works with Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Docs for cloud services, so it could use some expansion. Based off some of the website info, more services will be added soon, such as Evernote and LinkedIn. Found has started off with some great and popular services, and it handles them very well, but I would use this app more once some other services are integrated (Evernote is probably first on my list).
Everything considered, Found needs some expansion but has a great start and is something I look forward to be developed further. Found is a free app for OS 10.6.8 and higher (Snow Leopard and later) and is available in the Mac App Store. You can find out more about the app at foundapp.com.
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SyncMate is a tool that allows you to sync a lot of stuff from your Mac to a variety of other devices. You can sync your Android phone or tablet, Windows Mobile phone, BlackBerry, PSP, as well as flash drive, another Mac, or Windows computer. You can also sync your information to web services as well, such as Dropbox, your Google Account, and SyncMate’s own 50 Meg online storage service. Personally I think 50 Megs is small these days compared to other services, and they could really bump this up.
SyncMate is fairly simple. Install it on your main computer, and set up what information you want the app to sync. Then select the devices or accounts you want to use as well, and provide any needed login information. In the preferences, you can select what file types for video, music, etc. that you want to sync, how often to remind you to sync, and even what IP
ports you want the app to use. Then all you have to do is hit the big “Sync” button to begin the syncing process. If you’re syncing to a mobile device like Windows Mobile, Android, or iOS, you’ll need to download the SyncMate mobile app. Otherwise you’ll have to plug in the device to sync the information.
There are two versions of SyncMate. The free version syncs your basic personal information, like contacts and calendars, and you manually have to sync your devices. Then there is the expert version, which allows you to sync to more devices, like the PSP, but allows you to sync your devices automatically, sync Firefox and Safari Bookmarks, sync Mail and notes from Entourage, Outlook, & Apple Mail, and encrypt your data, among other things. You can read more about the differences here: http://mac.eltima.com/sync-mac.html?tab=3
While I think the ree version could really use some more features, they’re all added in the expert mode. I do find the reminder pop ups very annoying, especially if I haven’t been using the app for a while. You can download the app at http://mac.eltima.com/sync-mac.html. There is the limited free version, or you can upgrade to the paid version for $40.00, which gives you licensing or two computers. The download of the apps are free otherwise. It is available for Mac’s running OS 10.5 or higher, as well as Windows XP and higher, and a variety of mobile systems. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this or any other topic, leave a comment below or email me at email@example.com You can also check me out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube by hitting the buttons on the top of your screen. You can also check out my Google Plus Page. Thanks!
When you install a new app for the first time, your first thoughts are usually judging whether or not it’s worth keeping and using, especially for the inevitable day you get a new device. It is not everyday, though, that an app makes it to your personal "top 10 apps" list, especially in the first 5 minutes. But this week’s app, Dropbox, did just that.
Dropbox is a file synchronization tool, that can also acts as a backup tool, and a file sharing utility, all in one program. After making a free account on Dropbox’s website, you download the apps, and install it. The app logs your computer into your Dropbox account, and makes a folder on your computer. From there, any files you put in there are copied and uploaded onto Dropbox’s very secure servers. You still have the file on your hard drive for anytime use, but also one online that you can access anywhere, anytime by logging into your Dropbox account through a Web browser. Even better, it works for Mac, Windows, and the major versions of Linux. They also have an iOS, Android, and Blackberry app (other systems on the way), that work a little differently, but we’ll discuss that in a bit.
You can also make folders within your Dropbox folder to organize your stuff. There is also a pre-made "Photos" and "Public" folder that allow you to share files with other people. The Public folder is especially useful; once the file has been uploaded to the Internet, you can copy a link from Dropbox, and share it with anyone by email, social networking, anywhere you can put a link. Once they click on the link, the file will start downloading to their computer.
Since it is cross platform, you can install Dropbox on multiple computers in your own house or across the world that will sync to your web account, so you have the same files everywhere. You can tell Dropbox, though, to only sync certain folders to certain computers, which is nice if you don’t want to mix home and work files, but still want to keep them backup and access anywhere. If Dropbox sees that your multiple devices are on the same network, it will sync over the local network first before the web syncing (which is many times faster). I wouldn’t suggest syncing applications though, only files like documents, pictures, etc., as they won’t necessarily install across devices (not to mention the legal issues).
The mobile apps work a little differently compared to the desktop apps: mobile apps only show you a link to the files in your Dropbox, but don’t download them to your device unless you manually tell Dropbox too. A bit of a hassle, but makes sense given the small hard drive space of a mobile device compared to a full computer.
What’s the catch you might ask? Dropbox is free, but it only gives you 2 gigabytes of online storage, or the storage size of a small flash-drive. For things like school papers, documents, etc., this is still a lot of space, but people with large photo or music collections this certainly won’t solve their problems. You can pay Dropbox for 50, or 100 gigs of online space. However, Dropbox gives you several ways to get more space for free including:
Following thier tutorial after the first installation,
Connecting it to your Facebook and/or Twitter accounts
Having a .edu email address (college students and professors).
Sharing Dropbox with your friends
And many more
That’s where my apology comes in: Last week, I went to Charleston to go help rebuild some houses for those in need (I highly suggest everyone does that many times in their lives, though don’t everyone fly to Charleston). Because of my leaving though, and the purposeful leaving behind of my Macbook, I did not get a chance to upload an "App of the Week" post like I usually do. For that I am sorry. To make up for it, I have a special Dropbox link for you all. If you don not yet have a Dropbox, and you want one, hit the link below. Once your register, Dropbox will give you 250 megabytes of free space (about 1/8 the size of Dropbox by itself). It’s not much, but it’s free space. Can’t argue with that can you? I didn’t think so.
Here’s the link: http://db.tt/AMoy7pj
And for those of you who don’t like the free space: www.dropbox.com
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