Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Is CloudBuddy really feature rich?

We, the CloudBuddy team claim that CloudBuddy is "A true Amazon S3 explorer platform". One of my colluge while over a sip of coffee started debating on the feature list of CloudBuddy. I immediatly did this analysis and wrote down the features what we offer via our buddy. Read the post below and let me know if you too concur with my comments.

1. Local Cache:- CloudBuddy has the option to cache your files during upload. This helps you to reduce the hits to the s3 server when the same files are downloaded. This is a setting that can be enabled/disabled and you need to specify the cache size limit when you enable it. This feature actually saves your time and also the money interms of bandwidth consumption.

2. Runs as a Windows Service:- Once installed, CloudBuddy registers itself and runs as a windows service. This allows you to exploit the entire set of operations / features that CloudBuddy offers by writing plug-in's for your windows client sofwares. One typical example is our MS Office Plugin, that comes as a part of CloudBuddy. By downloading the SDK, you should be able to write plug-in for Windows Media Player to play music / video directly from S3!

3. Configure Multiple S3 Accounts:- This is now there with every other tool, but from the day of S3Fish till CloudBuddy, we belong to the poineers group of having this functionality.

4. Sharing:- This is one cool feature where our team has exploited the offering by AWS towards sharing files. CloudBuddy allows you to share your contents in S3 as URL and Template. For example, you can select a Photo Album Template and share the uploaded photos as an album via the an URL. And this sharing can also be a private URL which expires within a certain time.

5. Share History:- You would be able to view the share history of each and every single object that you had shared via CloudBuddy. What do I get from this? You would be able to view the entire history of sharing a file as well as copy the existing share URL and use to share again rather an creating a new share.

6. File View Vs Mail View:- Now you don't need to download your mail files to the local and view it in your mail client. You can change the view mode from "File View" to "Mail View" from the toolbar menu and view your mails on S3 as you view in your local email client. And ofcourse, you need to download the attachements!

7. Sync to S3:- This feature enables me to keep my back-ups in S3 upto second! Yes, "second"!! I would be able to configure a local folder where I move by back-ups time to time and it automatically sync's the contents of the folder in local to S3 making me feel comfortable about my back-ups.

8. JungleDisk support:- If you were a JungleDisk user and now started with CloudBuddy, never mind about your JungleDisk buckets. CloudBuddy automatically detects a bucket if it was created and used with JungleDisk and with the help of APIs, CloudBuddy de-codes the content of the bucket and displays in the native file format. So, now porting from JungleDisk to CloudBuddy isn't a deal!

9. Drag and Drop:- Yes, you should be able to drag your files and drop it into CloudBuddy bucket explorer window to upload them!

10. Online Software Upgrade Notification:- And yes, we do notify you about our newer version and you should be able to update it online buddy!

And that's the stand-out features of CloudBuddy. Rest of the defacto features are there with CloudBuddy from the begninng. We are still working on a great looking UI and a innovative set of new features for CloudBuddy which we would release quite soon. Watch out!

But I would appreciate if you could comment, "Is CloudBuddy really feature rich?"

CB Team

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