If 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.
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.
For a more detailed look at Cloud and the CloudApp service in general, take a look at Jeffry Thurana’s review.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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