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os clientIf I was asked to name my favorite Mac OS X application, CloudApp—or Cloud, for short—would definitely make the shortlist. It’s a nifty menubar utility that makes it incredibly easy to upload and share small files.

There is, however, one major shortcoming to the application for users of multiple computer systems: Cloud is a Mac OS X application, meaning you can’t rely on it if you use Windows or Ubuntu.

This particular conundrum can be solved by using the web interface, but if you’re aching for the seamless integration you’ve grown to hold so dear, there’s another way. As a matter of fact, CloudApp developer team has also published an API for their service, meaning other developers can create third-party CloudApp clients. Below, we’ll be looking at five different CloudApp clients to use the service on most popular operating systems, desktop and mobile.

Cloud for Mac OS X

It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Cloud—the official CloudApp client—in this lineup. The application shows a little cloud in the Mac OS X menubar, where it remains unobtrusive until you need it. Uploading files is as easy as dropping them onto the menubar icon. Upon completion, a link to the file will be copied to your clipboard.

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You can ask Cloud to automatically upload any screenshots you take (as seen in the above screenshot). With the URL added to your clipboard in the process, you can share those pictures on the fly via instant messaging or on social networks.

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For a more detailed look at Cloud and the CloudApp service in general, take a look at Jeffry Thurana’s review How To Share Your Files in Style With CloudApp [Mac] How To Share Your Files in Style With CloudApp [Mac] Read More .

FluffyApp for Windows

If you use Windows as your (second) operating system, you’ll be looking at FluffyApp to fulfil your various CloudApp needs. Designed with the simplicity of a Mac application (one click install, hassle-free application updates), FluffyApp also looks somewhat similar to its Mac OS X counterpart, but appears in the notification area of Windows’ task bar.

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Clicking the FluffyApp icon shows a small window that hovers above the task bar. Here, you can browse your previous drops, or add new files to the cloud. Right-click and go to settings to enable (experimental) drag and drop functionality and the automatic uploading of screenshots. Perhaps most importantly, whenever (and however) you upload a file, FluffyApp will automatically copy the link to your clipboard.

For a more detailed look at FluffyApp, check out Jessica Cam Wong’s MakeUseOf review: FluffyApp, A Painless Drag-&-Drop File Uploader FluffyApp, A Painless Drag-&-Drop File Uploader [Windows] FluffyApp, A Painless Drag-&-Drop File Uploader [Windows] Read More .

py-cloudapp for Linux

Less famous than Cloud and FluffyApp, py-cloudapp strives to add CloudApp functionality to Linux computers. Very similar to the above applications, a cloud icon is added to the notification area where you can view the files you’ve previously uploaded to the service, and upload files through drag and drop.

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For some Ubuntu users, the drag and drop doesn’t work, and the project appears to be no longer actively maintained. In that case, you can still use py-cloudapp for quick access to the File List, and click through to the web interface to upload additional files.

Stratus for iPhone and iPad ($ 1.99)

Stratus is a pretty iOS application that let’s you interact with the CloudApp service on your iPhone or iPad. Browsing your previous drops using Stratus is arguably even easier than using one of the above desktop clients. You can browse all your CloudApp drops, and filter by category as you would using the web interface.

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Once you’ve found the right file, you can preview it with Stratus, copy the link to your clipboard, or open it in a different iOS application. By pressing the plus icon, you can upload the contents of your clipboard, a picture from your camera roll, or an image taken with your camera on the fly.

DroidCloud for Android ($ 0.99)

Finally, DroidCloud adds CloudApp support to your Android phone. The app will show you a full list of the files associated with your CloudApp account. When you’ve found the right file, you can copy its URL, download it to your phone, or (permanently) remove it from your CloudApp drops.

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Although browsing the files isn’t as easy as on iOS’ Stratus app, your Android devices provides a lot more ways to upload your files to CloudApp—basically allowing you to select almost any file on your Android—more so when your device has been rooted.

Would you use CloudApp on multiple platforms? Tell us in the comments section below the article!

  1. ArtBIT
    August 18, 2016 at 8:49 am

    I wrote a simple CloudApp plugin for Shutter. Shutter is an awesome and really powerful screenshot tool for Linux, and the plugin makes it really easy to export the screenshot to CloudApp, and copy the public URL to the clipboard.

    Check it out: https://github.com/ArtBIT/shutter-cloudapp-plugin

  2. Shahbaz Amin
    December 6, 2012 at 4:03 am

    Ah good coverage of all platforms, thanks!!

  3. shaurya gupta
    November 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I use skydrive and ubuntu one...

  4. Mac Witty
    November 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I just wish there was raindrops for more apps. Since Skitch became "something else" I have been using Cloud much more, at least as much as I had to go Pro.

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 6, 2012 at 10:48 am

    How much storage we get for free?
    And can we access our files via CloudApp website?

    • Simon Slangen
      November 6, 2012 at 10:57 am

      You can upload 10 files of max 25MB every day with the free version. Premium makes that unlimited files of max 250MB.

      And you can access all your files via the website.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        November 6, 2012 at 11:14 am

        Thank you for the clarification. How about max.storage?

        • Simon Slangen
          November 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          As far as I know, those are the only limitations, although there is a 'fair usage' policy. Meaning they'll step in if things really get out of hand.

  6. Boni Oloff
    November 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

    First time i see this post i think CloudApp is a words used to service like dropbox, google drive, etc. But it is a service itself.. You can found it in getcluodappdotcom

  7. Chaos Emperor
    November 6, 2012 at 5:36 am

    Im so lame because i didnt know anything like this before

  8. Muhannad Agha
    November 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I use this great extension for Chrome called drag2up, free and saves time.

    • Simon Slangen
      November 6, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Thanks for the tip!

  9. Rakesh Mishra
    November 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    thanyou for giving such info

  10. Rakesh Mishra
    November 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    thanyou for giving such info

  11. Adam Campbell
    November 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    or just get all macs...

    • Simon Slangen
      November 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      I love my Mac, but I'm glad to be able to use CloudApp on my Windows computer, tablet and mobile as well. I agree that CloudApp has more important things to focus on than to provide its service on every possible system, but it's nice to see the cross-platform compatibility that's made possible thanks to CloudApps API and the effort of third-party developers.

  12. Boni Oloff
    November 5, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Is there any client application that can be used to organize multiple cloud hosting provider at one application. It will be great if there something like that.

    • Simon Slangen
      November 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Hojoki (MUO review), which provides a web interface and mobile apps, combines a considerable amount of these cloud apps.

      • Boni Oloff
        November 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm

        So, there is an app can do that thing.. That's what i am looking for..
        And you already made the review too. :D

  13. Michael Reed
    November 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    And what about Dropbox? Has anyone of you never used Dropbox before? I'm using it daily and, in my opinion, it's one of the best Cloud tools there is.

    • Simon Slangen
      November 5, 2012 at 9:58 am

      Yep, Dropbox is another of my favorites! I use both tools in tandem. Dropbox for a delocalised 'My Documents' folder and a copy of my eBooks library, CloudApp for sharing small files (<10MB) on the fly.

  14. Ahmed Khalil
    November 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    thanks for sharing this article, i was not know about cloud for MAC OS or FluffyApp for Windows before.

    • Simon Slangen
      November 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Thanks. Let me know how you like it!

  15. Ahmed Khalil
    November 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for sharing this article i was not know before about cloud app for MAC.

  16. Kulwinder Singh
    November 5, 2012 at 4:25 am

    Hello sir, from 2-3 days i can't see any sharing plugin here can you help me and tell me what is problem with this?

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

      What do you mean sharing plugin? The buttons to instant share via FB, Twitter, etc?
      Try reloading the page and enabling javascript.
      Or maybe it's because your connection is slow, as mine would sometimes be.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 6, 2012 at 10:50 am

      What do you mean sharing plugin? The buttons to instant share via FB, Twitter, etc?
      Try reloading the page and enabling javascript.
      Or maybe it's because your connection is slow, as mine would sometimes be.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 6, 2012 at 10:51 am

      What do you mean sharing plugin? The buttons to instant share via FB, Twitter, etc?
      Try reloading the page and enabling javascript.
      Or maybe it's because your connection is slow, as mine would sometimes be.

  17. Raghav Gupta
    November 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

    O nice. will be trying this for first time..

  18. Get ahead India
    November 5, 2012 at 1:43 am

    WoW!! Technology is really changing amazingly....

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