Perhaps saying this is the era of “the cloud” feels cliche. It’s understood, assimilated and now in currency. Whether be it your Facebook Photos, YouTube uploads or Google Docs, the cloud storage is now quintessential. You might want to take a look at Top 5 Free Cloud Storage Options. However, there are always times when we crave for a centralized way to handle all our cloud accounts. CloudKafe, luckily looks like the perfect answer.
What is CloudKafe?
CloudKafe offers a clean way to organize all your cloud storage accounts under its umbrella. You can control your cloud storage in services like Dropbox, Google Drive , Box etc. right within its portal. Going a step further CloudKafe even adds support for categorical cloud accounts management. For example, you can have all your Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and Smugmug Photos under the Photos category, while Notes category lets you manage your Evernote and Catch notes.
Features of CloudKafe
- Single Sign On to all your cloud accounts
- Centralized Storage : Club all your accounts under a single portal
- CloudKafe supports a whole bunch of cloud storage services
- Supports multiple accounts of the same service
- Search for files among all the services from the portal
- Simple and Clean design (barring few irregularities)
- Easy Sharing and File Management
- Files : Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, Sugar Sync
- Photos : Flickr, Facebook Photos, Picasa and Smugmug
- Videos : YouTube and Vimeo
- Notes : Evernote and Catch
- Google Contacts and Yahoo Contacts for contacts.
Sounds neat, how well does it work ?
First off, file management works spectacularly well in CloudKafe. Now this benefit comes with the very concept of having unified access to your online accounts. Just the sight of having your Dropbox, Google Drive and Box under clean window is a joy. Also I must acknowledge that folder creation, file moving, copying and other mundane stuff are very intuitively done, and the operations are very fluid on the portal. The coolest part is the ability to upload files in all of these accounts in a jiffy. There are some restrictions though, like you can not download entire folders from your accounts like you could do from the native portals.
Adding accounts is also extremely simple. Search works perfectly, and is one of the solid features of CloudKafe making it very handy if you want to quickly search for that old while which you had uploaded eons back.
Keep in mind that for sharing CloudKafe uses the host service’s native URL and does not provide its own URL, which is welcome. I would like to see copy to clipboard implemented nevertheless
CloudKafe is still in beta…. and it shows….
The main issue I have is the really weird, shrunken down length of the right pane, which intrudes you in a lot of scenarios, especially while viewing Photos. Things are not too rosy when it comes to categories apart from documents either. The notes section, lets you access your notes from Evernote, but wont let you share any. The Photos and Videos section work well though, but the controls for browsing photos leave a lot to be desired. Google Contacts is a nice addition, but again you can not share anything.
Where CloudKafe could improve
CloudKafe is in very nascent stages of development, and it shows. Rather than nit-picking on glaring issues, here are some areas where CloudKafe could get even better.
- An Android and iOS app will definitely take CloudKafe to places.
- The ability to view available free space / used space in each of the services would be welcome.
- Some categories , like Notes and Contacts serve very little purpose. Instead of piling up features, CloudKafe could focus more on improving the functionality of the existing Photos, Videos and Documents categories.
Of course, CloudKafe is in beta, and there are lot of glaring issues waiting to be fixed. And it can only get better from here. CloudKafe has become quite indispensible for me after using it for a week. You are definitely going to like the ability to handle all your handle all your files from CloudKafe instead of logging in from each of the native services. Do give it a spin and let us know your opinion.
Here is a post written by us few months back enlisting few other ways to manage various cloud storage services from one place.