Popularity of cloud services creates the need for centralized access tools

By July 27, 2012
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More Internet users are using a variety of cloud accounts, and crave a better way to access their various media. Collections.me brings Google Drive and Instagram support to the desktop.


Cloud services have reduced the weight of our laptops and the size of our hard drives, but they scatter our files across servers, accounts and interfaces. To counteract this current resource scatter is Collections. This Mac application is rolling out support for various popular cloud services in the hopes to be an easy and pleasant universal cloud Finder-type program. Only available for Mac OS X version 10.7 or later, the service is focusing on integrating features from cloud service into one place, locally cached and accessible while offline. Since its still in beta, Collections still has work to do, but has already managed a fair amount of usability within its column-based interface.

Two popular services supported, and more on the way

So far, users of Collections can connect their Google Drive and Instagram accounts, and according to TechCrunch, Facebook photo albums are queued to appear soon. Google Drive support was Collections’ launching product. The user can sign into multiple Google accounts, browse and edit documents, as well as read the cached version while offline. While one cannot edit offline, Collections offers a centralized place to access these documents, as the app Found does, which lets users search their computer and supported cloud services more easily. But Collections expands support to edit documents as well, integrating local and remote drives to a more unified experience for the user.

Usability will depend on the support of native cloud service features

The newer component of Collections, Instagram, does not have editing features as well supported as those of Google Drive. However, Instagram users can access their photostream, liked images and even click through on some links to be viewed on a browser within the app. With some interactivity, such as liking photos through the app, suggests similar treatment for Facebook photos - possibly liking, commenting and tagging friends will be supported in future updates. Support for other services will influence how this app will perform - if they do not choose more enterprise-related services then we will certainly see similar local/cloud services that will fill that essential area.

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