Access all your online storage accounts from a single app

Online storage is all the rage, with many companies offering a range of cloud storage options. Always-on access to your files from anywhere is obviously the draw, but keeping track of it all can be a bit of a headache. MyFiles (soon to be renamed Docs) aims to streamline cloud storage, allowing you to access five of the most popular storage services— DropBox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, SugarSync, and Box—from a single app.

The first step in using the program is simple: you log into all your accounts from MyFiles and you can then browse through all your files and folders. This has the added advantage of not necessarily needing to sync a local copy of the files as you would in some of the native applications.

It’s easy to create new folders to organize stuff within your accounts, but that’s where the ease ends. At press time, MyFiles had been stuck in Apple’s Mac App Store approval process for a year and, as a result, the app hasn’t been updated in quite a while. As-is, MyFiles is extremely bare-bones: you can’t drag and drop files from the Finder onto MyFiles or vice versa; you have to upload files one at a time, which is very tedious. Trying to upload folders appears to work, but they never seem to finish being uploaded. There’s also no progress bar to indicate how long a particular process will take.

And you can forget about reorganizing your files or renaming them or their folders. Disappointingly, MyFiles can’t move stuff between different accounts, either. Most of these issues are being worked on and should be available in the next release, but right now, MyFiles is quite limited in what it can do.

It’s not all bad news, however. You can share links to documents via email, iMessage, or by publishing it online. MyFiles lets you download files anywhere on your Mac—not just to your Downloads folder—and MyFiles has a great search feature that lets you look for files throughout all your online storage accounts. By far the biggest drawback at the moment is that you can’t edit your documents from MyFiles. You can open files (as long as the online storage service allows that feature, of course) and edit them, but when you hit Save, those changes aren’t sent back to your file. This limitation essentially defeats the greatest advantage of storing files online in the first place: being able to alter them wherever you may be without having to juggle multiple versions.

The bottom line. The idea behind MyFiles is sound and the developer is hard at work refining it and adding new features. There’s a lot of promise here, but for now, it might be best to wait for the next update or two.

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