Let’s call 2014 the year of cloud services. True, cloud services have been around a few years, but the number of services continues to grow. With Apple’s revamped iCloud Drive service, the circle is complete.
There’s just one problem with all these cloud services.
They’re not free, of course, each has a different price tag, some are easy to use, others not so much, and there’s no real way to use multiple services as if they were one single cloud service.
iPhone and iPad users have a number of apps which can log into and upload or download files from multiple cloud services. Think GoodReader for iOS, but there’s not a corresponding Mac version. AirFile tries become the Mac’s go to cloud management app and almost makes it.
AirFile can connect your Mac to Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, Office 365 Sharepoint, Bitcasa, Copy, SugarSync, Amazon S3, DreamObjects, and others, including WebDAV, FTP and sFTP. What’s missing? iCloud Drive, which can show up in the Mac’s Finder anyway.
AirFile requires you to log in to each cloud service, then makes storage for each one visible from one location on your Mac. If you use multiple cloud services, that’s a handy feature. It also allows copying files from between different cloud services, another handy feature. There’s an iOS version so you can manage cloud services while on the go.
Aggregation. What I would like is a single folder on my Mac where I can store files, and have the app aggregate the storage– uploads and downloads– between multiple cloud services. I know, I know. That’s messy. But it would be far easier than managing multiple cloud accounts, and I’m willing to pay money for that functionality. I’ve even got a great name for an app that goes that kind of aggregation. CloudPool.