If you’ve ever had trouble uploading and sharing files around the web you certainly wouldn’t be the first. There are so many services today which include tons of free storage space. Dropbox may be the most well-known and it also features a fantastic iOS app. However, with the release of Stratus, CloudApp is now a hot new contestant in the ring.
You can check out CloudApp on their official website where you may sign up for a free account. If you already have a login, proceed into your account settings page. You’ll need to have an account either way to access and store content onto Stratus. Once you’re all set, let’s continue and see just how accessible Stratus can be.
After entering in your login details Stratus app will redirect you to the home page. Here you can choose between the many types of media available for storage. Luckily, CloudApp was built with a large backend system and allows for almost any type of media you can imagine.
This includes images URL bookmarks, archives, audio and even video files. Note there is a limit of 25MB max file size for all free accounts, although it is possible to upgrade the limit to 250MB and even host them on your own domain. This does cost a bit extra, however, so for now the free version is probably enough.
If you press “All” at the top of your options list this brings up your Uploads folder. You probably won’t have very much saved if you’re a new user. But when viewing all of your uploads the default sorting style is chronological. Thus, your most recent uploads will be displayed near the top of the window. Next to each filename you’ll also notice an eye icon with a counter for the number of views.
This is a really great feature built directly into the app, since CloudApp automatically shortens URLs for sharing your media online and they also provide free analytics tracking. All of this can be found in your account details as well.
Digging Through your Uploads
Now let’s start to delve a bit deeper into working with your files. If at any time you are looking to return back to the main menu, simply tap the top left menu button. But for now, we’ll begin by simply uploading a photo from anywhere on your phone.
To begin, tap the plus icon in the top right. A menu will appear to choose between how you want to select your file. You may add a link or text from your clipboard, take a live photo or upload media from your library. After you’ve mad your choice, Stratus app will display a small loading bar and pause for a moment to upload. After completion, you’ll see a new row added into your uploads area.
On some iPhone 4 devices I tested, the app crashed shortly after this stage. However, strangely enough the uploaded media was still added to the server. If this happens to you don’t worry, I’m sure the developers are patching up any loose bugs. And this wasn’t often enough to warrant any concern, or even negatively effect user experience.
Sharing Links and Downloads
Tap on the bar area for your new media. This will bring up a view page with some further options. If your media content is an image, text, or video file you’ll likely be able to see a preview shot. Links will open up as if in a browser window when possible.
Down below you’ll recognize some simple icons. Each is tied to a specific action command, similar to the top menu bar icons. To delete any item the trash can icon is located on the bottom left. If you are viewing a public upload you’ll also see a chain link icon. Click this to copy your shortened URL from CloudApp to share on Twitter or Facebook. This feature should work for all types of media, including Zip archives.
On some files (especially images), you’ll notice a cloud icon with a down arrow affixed beneath it. Simply press here and you’ll automatically download the current file you’re viewing directly to your device. This is a very handy feature when moving between many computers or mobile systems to keep all of your files in sync.
If you look in the upper-right hand corner you’ll similarly notice a small information button. Tapping here brings up a brief Information page with some more details on your media. Dimension sizes for images and videos, as well as the total file size and initial upload date for nearly everything. Stratus neatly organizes the information into a table directly center in your window.
Ultimately, I would argue your choice of application is based on your preferences. I enjoy using CloudApp since it’s extremely functional and simple. I also don’t need to host large files, so it’s easy to upload and re-download anything I need in just a few moments.
If you find DropBox or an alternative app easier to use, Stratus may not be worth switching. Definitely give it a shot if you’re curious; The app is free to download, anyways. The user interface is just as simple as any other storage app, so you should become accustomed quickly. And Stratus works great as a failsafe method if your core files get taken down or go offline.
I would highly recommend giving Stratus a shot. If you frequently have files you’re looking to move between your phone and computer CloudApp is perfect. And Stratus App is the perfect mobile companion. It features a beautiful icon design and elegant user interface features. Also signup is a breeze and only takes a few minutes.
You’ll be able to sort through all of your uploads very quickly and share on any social networks. All of these features are directly open to all iPhone 4 and 3GS users. Have you used anything similar for online storage? What are some of your favorite mobile apps in the cloud? Let us know your thoughts in the discussion area below.