Cloud computing promised ease and convenience in accessing your data from any Internet-connected device, and it delivers on that promise. I love being able to access photos on Flickr from my phone or a friend's computer, for example. I can also grab a recipe I have on Google Drive when I'm in the grocery store or share a file from Dropbox when I'm basically anywhere. No argument here -- cloud computing has added a level of ease and convenience to my life.
The trouble is, I have accumulated a fair number of cloud computing services over the years that I use regularly. I discovered an iPhone app called Octonius a few months ago that lets me search across Dropbox, Evernote, and Google Drive for files that I know I have in the cloud but can't remember exactly where.
Jumptuit expands on this concept by providing a single access point for the various cloud services you use. It just launched and supports nine cloud services: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Facebook, Box, Flickr, PhotoBucket, YouTube, and Vimeo. It's also available on a number of platforms. You can access it on the Web via Jumptuit.com, and there are apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices, plus OS X.
The app is free for up to four cloud services or devices. If you want to use Jumptuit to connect to more than that, you'll need to sign up for a premium account that costs $10 a month or $100 a year. A device is counted the same as a cloud service. For example, I signed up using the Web client and quickly connect to my Dropbox, Google Drive, YouTube, and Vimeo accounts. I then installed the iPhone app and had to drop one of my cloud services before I could sign in to my Jumptuit account on my iPhone.
For each service, Jumptuit organizes files into four categories: Photos, Music, Videos, and Documents. You can view all files or recent files across all of the cloud services you have connected to Jumptuit, and you can also jump into each connected service and browse. There is also a search box that lets you search across all of your connected cloud services, which might be the most useful feature of Jumptuit.
You can open files from right within Jumptuit, including the ability to stream videos. You can also copy, move, and delete files if the service in question supports such a maneuver. I couldn't copy, move, or delete videos in YouTube or Vimeo, for example, but I assume such functionality works with the two main cloud services that I use -- Dropbox and Google Drive. I can only assume because both services have yet to sync with Jumptuit, and it's been more than a day now since I connected both accounts to Jumptuit.
Jumptuit was just released yesterday, so I'll chalk it up to launch-week issues. I'll check back next week and update this post with my findings.
Although the free service restricts you to only four cloud services and devices, you can drop and add services as you see fit, which will let you access more than four on the free service as long as you're willing to juggle them a bit.