Being a regular internet user, we all tend to have accounts on several services which allow keeping our different types of files online in clouds. This is quite possible that you have accounts on different such services, like Skydrive, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, etc. which allow keeping almost any type of file online, on the other hand there are services like Google Docs (dedicated to document files and now named as Google Drive), Picasa (especially for photos or image files).
In order to manage your files across these services you will have to login to your account on particular service, or another way is to use something like Dropbox where there is no limitation of file type, however this won’t be a very good idea for so many reasons.
Now, the service we are going to talk about comes in picture at this point. A service which allows you to manage different types of your files across multiple file storage services from a single place and even transfer files between them. Simply get an account on Otixo, its totally a free service. Once you are logged in to your account on Otixo, it will ask you to add the Cloud based services, which actually is a process of linking and authorizing your Otixo account to access other services.
Accessing files on a particular Cloud Storage Service via Otixo –
You can select a service from the right panel, which has the list of supported cloud services, later you will have to provide your login id and password on the particular service in order to link and authorize Otixo to access your account, as said earlier too.
As you keep on adding services to your Otixo account the list under ‘MY CLOUD SERVICES’ in left panel keeps growing, there you can access your already linked cloud storage accounts. Now select any added account from the Left Panel and later select a file on that service. You will now see that the list of available tools (or the operations you can perform on particular service) will be active now, have a look at the snapshot below.
So, this is the way how you can access any particular file which you have stored in clouds using a particular Cloud Service. Now, let us understand how one can manage the files across different services using Otixo.
Managing the files from single interface –
As stated earlier, the set of operations are now enabled (i.e. after you select a particular file, operations can also be enabled by right clicking on the file, as shown below), now you can perform the operation you want.
List of operations that can be performed on the files across different Cloud Services –
Summarily, you can –
- Share a file – You get a direct URL to the file, and share it the way you want, you can also password protect the file to restrict the acess, and decide the number of days before this URL expires.
- Preview – Have a look at the file and its contents.
- Launch in – Launch the file, like if you perform this operation on a word file saved on Google Drive, it will launch in a new tab within the Google Drive interface.
- Copy, Cut and Paste – Simple options, don’t need any description, however the paste feature is important here, as once you have made the ‘Copy’ or ‘Cut’ operation, you can ‘Paste’ the file to any other service directly, by selecting the Cloud Service from the Left Panel.
- Rename, Delete, Download, Upload – Another set of some generic operations.
- New Folder – Create a new folder for some files within the service.
List of Supported Cloud Services for Otixo –
Here is the list of services which you can mange via Otixo –
- Google Drive
- SkyDrive (recently added to the list)
My Experience with Otixo –
Otixo is a great service for sure, very useful, and probably something which every heavy Computer and Internet user has ever dreamt of, all the operations work perfectly fine, it does everything it claims to do. However some people might hesitate using the service for the reason as one has to provide the log in details for the services which have so many personal files, but I think you can rely upon the service, also it uses ‘https’.
So, if you feel comfortable giving out the access to your Cloud Services accounts, this is definitely a must try service for you. Try and share your views about it with us.