MultCloud is a free online app that allows users to manage multiple cloud storage accounts simultaneously from a single place.
There are many people who are using multiple cloud storage accounts to backup their files. However, it is also true that when using a bunch of cloud storage services, accessing and managing each of them efficiently can become quite a tedious task. That’s where the new web application called MultCloud comes in handy. MultCloud is a cloud aggregator tool that lets you manage all of your cloud storage accounts simultaneously from a single place! This superb new web application currently supports all of the major cloud storage providers including Dropbox, Google Drive, SugarSync, SkyDrive, Box.net, and Amazon Cloud Drive.
Of course, there’s nothing new in the basic concept of the app, as a number of “cloud aggregator” tools are already available on the web. But MultCloud app is considered to be a lot better than the rest in number of parameters. For instance, unlike other cloud aggregators, MultCloud allows users to copy files from one cloud storage account to another instantly, without having to download it on your desktop and re-upload! Now, let’s take a look at how the service works and what are the main features of it.
To start using the service, first of all you need to register for a MultCloud account. For this, head over to its official website, and click on ‘Sign Up’ option, and fill up a short registration form by providing your email address, username and password credentials. Then, you’ll get an email from the service asking you to confirm registration. Just follow the instructions provided in the email to verify your account.
Once you login to your MultCloud account, you’ll be taken to the main dashboard of MultCloud. Here, you can add your desired online storage by simply selecting it from the available options. As soon as you click on any of the services, the ‘Display Name’ field will appear where you can provide a custom name of your choice for that account. All services, except SugarSync and AmazonS3, are using OAuth for both authentication and authorization. For SugarSync, you’ll be asked to provide your email id & password, whereas for AmazonS3, you’ll have to enter your Access Key ID, Secret Access Key and Bucket Name. Plus, each cloud service calls for API permission to link itself with MultCloud. For example, if you want to connect your Dropbox, then you are required to sign in to your account and allow MultCloud to access your Dropbox files and folders.
Accessing Files and Folders
When you completed adding the cloud accounts, MultCloud will give you an organized view of all your files and folders – with all accounts listed on the left side of the dashboard and your files & folders on the right. There’s also a small blue colored arrow next to each account name. Clicking on it will expand to display all of the folders for that particular account. Moreover, you can click on the column headers in the folder/file viewer to sort items by size, name, or modified date.
You can directly open folders & files by simply double-clicking on them. It supports file preview online. However, just remember that you get preview of only pdf, doc, xls, png, and jpg files.
Another feature worth mentioning is the omnibox-like bar that appears at the top and displays breadcrumbs. With the help of this feature, you can easily go back to other folders as and when needed. To the right of this, there is a search bar as well, with which you can readily search for files and folders either across all cloud drives or just a particular cloud account that you choose (simply uncheck the ones you don’t want to search).
Interacting with Files
When you right-click on a file, a couple of options will appear using which you can download, rename, delete, cut, copy, preview or share it. When you hear the word “sharing,” you may think of sharing files on social networks like Twittter, Facebook, and Google Plus. But, MultCloud’s sharing feature is quite unique. With MultCloud, you can share a file with a particular person (via email) or publicly (via MultCloud link) – just as you share in Google Drive. When the recipient clicks on the link, they will not be able to view the file; instead they’ll only be able to download it. You’ll also find an icon in the “Share” column for files that you’ve shared with others. You can unshare files as well, by right-clicking and selecting “Unshare” option.
You can easily move or copy files to other cloud accounts by using the “Cut” or “Copy” options respectively. For instance, you can copy a file in SkyDrive to Dropbox, or move a file from your personal Google Drive account to your work Google Drive account. For this, all you have to do is right-click the file, select the cut or copy option, go to the new location (where you want to move your file), right-click in a blank area within the viewing area and choose paste.
An important thing you should keep in mind is that, if you delete a file or a folder in MultCloud then that file will be permanently deleted from the respective cloud drive. So, be careful while interacting with file in MultCloud as there is no way to get back the file once deleted. Last but not least, this web app also allows users to upload files of sizes up to 200 MB to their MultCloud accounts. Simply select a folder and then click the “Upload” button located at the top of the page.
All in all, MultCloud is a great service that lets you connect to multiple cloud accounts from one unified interface and that too, simultaneously! So, if you’re tired of jumping from one account to another, and would like to combine all of your cloud storage services at one place, then this one is the perfect tool for you. It has some really excellent features, particularly, the ability to transfer files directly across different Cloud Drives. Another bonus with this web application is that it is absolutely free for all users! There’s no need to purchase MultCloud in order to enjoy all the features of it.