If you are using the Internet, there is absolutely no chance you aren’t using cloud storage. Knowingly or unknowingly, your data is stored in a remote server waiting to be accessed from any device you choose to use. And if you are someone like me, you likely use a whole bunch of cloud services to do one thing or the other. From invoicing, email to getting things done and composing this very article, I depend on the cloud for a huge portion of my computing life.
It’s a conscious choice, and over the couple of years I have willfully reduced my dependency on local storage. Over the course of the day, I have to open and close a lot of apps to get work done. I’d would love to avoid that. Otixo is a web app that creates a centralized place to access all files stored in the cloud across all of your storage services, letting you move files seamlessly between, say, Google Docs and Dropbox. That sounds like an app that most of us could use today, with a growing number of files saved on dozens of apps across the web.
Otixo lets you connect your favorite online services (like Dropbox, Box, Google Docs, MobileMe, FTP, etc.) to better manage your files in the web. Think of it like a file manager in the computer (OS X Finder or Window’s File Explorer), but for files stored the cloud. Use Otixo to access all your files from a single interface and then share them with your colleagues and friends no matter where your files are stored in the cloud.
We had previously posted info from a sample pricing page that was not finalized. Below is the updated pricing info for Otixo for now, and we’re sorry for the confusion!
Otixo is currently completely free while it’s in beta, so you can add all of your accounts and move files around as much as you need without worrying about any limits. They may introduce paid accounts once its out of beta, but that’ll be announced later. For now, it’s free and simple to get started with Otixo.
After a simple sign up and email verification, you get to start using the app instantly, without having to go through any other distracting elements – like landing pages, help wizard etc. Choose the cloud service that needs to be linked to the Otixo account from the hard to miss matrix to the right. All popular cloud apps are supported, so you should feel right at home.
I tried to integrate my Dropbox and Google Docs accounts to the web app. As the first step, you will be asked to give each connection a display name. The name Dropbox or Google Docs or whatever the original name of the service is could have worked, but I guess this feature will be really useful when you are linking multiple accounts of the same cloud service. This should help keep the file organization less confusing. You don’t have to submit the login credentials of all the services, as the integration happens via OAuth.
Accessing the Files
All the files from all the accounts I linked showed up in the app in a few seconds. The folder structure and the timestamp were intact too. Go ahead and access the folders and files just like the way you do in the original app. Double click on images and PDF files for a quick preview. But you are out of luck if you are trying to access a text document or something similar. Try the Launch In icon from the top to open a file in the default app set in the desktop.
As soon as you select a file, a row of icons will come alive at the top of the screen. Each of this icon is dedicated to a particular task. Using them, you can view, open, download, share, rename or delete a file at will. Remember, all the actions you do on your files will be synced back with the original version from the source cloud app too. So be careful before you hit the delete button!
Sharing the Files
All the files linked to the Otixo account can now be shared, even if sharing is not available at the source cloud app. Hit the share icon and a link is generated for you to email it to your friends or colleagues. The link can be set to expire after a preset time interval and can be protected with a password as well to keep it away from prying eyes.
As noted earlier, I am a cloud fanatic and jump at the opportunity to try and use a new cloud based app. It goes without saying that I am risking everything and when there is no Internet connection, there is a very good chance I am in a complete mess. But, that is not something that holds me back from embracing the cloud.
It’s the annoyance of accessing many different cloud apps for every single task that ticks me. But now with Otixo in the mix, that’s not a problem at all. The friendly, intuitive interface and the ability to switch between multiple accounts blazing fast are the two strong suits of Otixo. I’ve decided to use Otixo on a daily basis, but I would like to know how much data I consume at constant intervals, if not in real time.
Share Your Thoughts!
How many cloud service accounts do you have? Do apps like Otixo push you towards embracing the cloud more?