November 16, 2012

App Review: CloudOn

By: in App Of The Week

Faculty Focus App of the Week

Product

CloudOn (CloudOn, Inc.)

Category

Productivity

Overview

A great Office-like suite.

Learning Curve

Rather easy especially if you use MS Office or similar products.

Rating (5 star scale)

5 stars  A good productivity suite for just about anyone.

Cost:

Free

Cloud users have a variety of options for accessing content as well as the option of using any number of apps to create content, e.g. documents, spreadsheets, and presentations just to name a few. Many of the available apps in the iTunes store and Google Play even mimic computer application programs that most of us use on a daily basis and CloudOn is one such app.

Many individuals use Microsoft Office as a one-stop application program for any number of every day tasks, so it is not surprising that someone figured out a way to provide iPad and Android users with the ability to read and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

CloudOn is attractive for precisely this reason and the app makes it possible for uses to do the same kinds of things that are possible in some of MS Office’s applications programs. Launch CloudOn and you can use Dropbox, Box, or Google drive to access files and to save your creation. CloudOn has a banner similar to what you would find in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and this familiar interface makes it a natural selection for creating your documents, spreadsheet, or presentation on the iPad.

Here is an example of that banner:

CloudOn App 
The user interface in CloudOn is fairly simple and straightforward. Here is an example of what I mean.
CloudOn App 

With CloudOn you can access and save documents to one of these three storage areas: Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Best of all, the cost of using CloudOn is free, assuming you stay within the allotted space or storage limitations of your cloud storage provider!

Summary:
There are many ways to work in the cloud and it is really a matter of choice, not to mention storage options, rather than anything else. DropBox provides 2G of storage space; iCloud, Box, and iDrive Sync gives you 5G; and Microsoft’s SkyDrive provides a whopping 7G of storage. Free is good, so have fun using CloudOn and any free cloud storage provider. One thing to keep in mind, at the time of this review CloudOn only appears to provide access to Dropbox, Box, and Google Drive. Do you have a favorite cloud provider? Please share in the comment box.

Dave Yearwood is an associate professor and chair of the technology department at the University of North Dakota.

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Comments

Faye | November 16, 2012

I just downloaded this application. I feel that this will help me with productivity as I am on the go as I will be able to grade my students' research papers. I'm glad that this allows me to comment and do track changes as this is necessary for giving students feedback regarding their work.

JohnP | December 15, 2012

Great app, but need to add iCloud and SkyDrive support. Would be nice for the users to add whatever their favorite cloud storage provider is.

Alan | January 10, 2013

The license agreement allows cloudon unrestricted usage of your files for anything they want to do with them.

Lisa Niles | January 12, 2013

The lack of a "save as" feature in Cloudon is a major deficiency.

Mark | May 7, 2013

I downloaded the CloudOn app. Seems like a really slick app but…. what is the deal with wanting access to everything about you as well as they can pretty much use your files any way they please. I would be willing to pay for an app that was not so invasive. I deleted the app within 10 minutes after I discovered you cannot reset the permissions as they stated when I connected to SkyDrive. Too bad.


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