hubiC – a Cloud Storage Space for Simplicity Lovers

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hubiC is a really, really simple cloud storage platform, providing very few features, however, for a very reasonable price. First of all, you can start your free account using which you will get 25 GB of free storage space for your personal needs. hubiC’s paid plans start from 1 EUR for 100 GB storage space and reach 10 EUR for 10 GB space for your data. This is probably one of the cheapest cloud storage services existing on the market.

hubiC’s web interface is a piece of cake to handle. Really neat and simple. The service also provides a desktop application and apps for smartphones and tablets – iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone 8, Android and Blackberry. However, we will cover these in a separate topic.

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You can place your photos in the dedicated Images folder on the web interface, or you can create folders of your own, where you can store your valuable data in the cloud by clicking the + New Folder button. To upload your files to hubiC, open your destination folder and click the Add Files button. There is no file size limitation, so you can upload any media you like, as long as your quota allows.

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After you have uploaded your images to the online cloud platform, you can perform a number of actions with them, such as Download, Move, Copy, Rename, Publish or Delete. Publish is the hubiC’s version of Share, so, don’t feel awkward.

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Also, to share your files with others, you can click the button to the rightmost of your file. At this point you get a sharing screen, through which you can send this file via email to other users or copy a link to it, which you can paste to your friends and colleagues. Also, you can use a social platform to share your file, such as Facebook, Twitter or Google +.

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At this screen you have one more useful function. You can set the expiration period for downloading your file(s). By default it is set to ten days, but you can modify it to five or thirty, if you like.

You can read more on hubiC in our next article, which will be dedicated to its desktop and mobile applications.

Your Photos are Secure in Cubby

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Cubby is all about simplicity and security. It is mostly a professional use cloud storage platform that gives you 5GB free storage space and up to 25 GB through Cubby’s referral schemes. The paid plans are concentrated around business collaboration and offer up to 1 TB of data storage space per five users. Our guess is it will probably suit fine for teams of professional photographers, working on common projects.

Cubby allows teams to easily and securely work together via one common file storage and sharing system. Since the platform is supported on various devices, such as mobiles and desktop ones, your photos are directly synced on any devices you use.

If safety is your biggest concern when storing your photos in the cloud, Cubby guarantees that it protects your information so your data stays secure. No third party will ever view your photos, except if you share them. Cubby protects your data with AES 256-bit client-side encryption. Activity monitoring is also available, but only for paid plans.

When you install the desktop application, you simply turn your folders into cubbies and they automatically and securely sync with your web application. You can sync multiple computers and devices all at once. You can share documents with anyone, without letting them make changes to your cubbies. When you upload your photos to your cubbies, you can collaborate on privately shared cubbies in order to work on the same set of files and access unlimited versions in the archives.

If you choose to install the Cubby desktop application, it will create one large folder for you, called My Cubby, where you can store your digital data securely. It will be automatically synced to the cloud. Through the desktop app you can create other cubbies or turn a folder on your system into a cubby.

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The desktop app offers a number of options, such as Sync, Share or generate a Link. Also, the On button enables linking and online access from cubby.com and mobile apps. You also have the opportunity to remove folders from being cubbies using the X button, thus cleaning space on your file storage platform. This way the folder will be no longer synced or shared through the desktop application.

The web view is also very simplified. It only gives you the folders (cubbies) you have created on your desktop app. Also, if you create a cubby on the web, it will appear on your app.

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To upload your photos to the cloud, you have two options – though the web or through a mobile or desktop application. To upload through the web, open the destination folder and click on the upload button at the top of the folders.

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You can drag and drop your files or you can click on the Choose Files or Choose Folders button to upload your photos.

To upload photos through your desktop device, simply drag and drop your files to the desired cubby folder and they are automatically synced with the web.

When your files are already uploaded to the web platform, you can easily share them with other collaborators if you click on the three line button at the rightmost of your files. Choose the Link option and the platform will generate a link that you can provide to your collaborates.

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To share an entire folder, open the main folder view and choose the Share now option to the right of your folder name. When you do so, you will be asked for your recipient’s email address. When you perform this your colleague will receive an email invitation to join Cubby and receive your share.

As we previously mentioned, in Cubby your photos are really safe, because client-side encryption is available for all users, regardless of whether they use a paid or a free plan. However, one more security step – the Cubby Locks – user-held encryption keys, is available only for paying users.

Your Photos Feel Comfortable in Firedrive

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Firedrive – definitely a nice place for photo lovers, even for professional photographers. The online cloud storage platform gives you 20 GB of free space. That’s as a starter. Unfortunately there is no referral scheme through which you can get some additional megabytes, but let’s face it, compared to others, the quota is quite generous. Of course, you can always upgrade to a Pro plan, which can offer you up to unlimited space. Fortunately, for those who are unwilling to pay for cloud storage, even the free version provides all the basic functionalities.

If you plan to backup to the cloud the photos that you make using your mobile, Firedrive fails in this respect. It does not have a dedicated mobile application, nor a desktop app. However, there is a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome that lets users upload other files found online directly into Firedrive without having to first download and then re-upload the file. This is a wonderful feature for photos found online, isn’t it? The only way to upload your mobile photos, however, is using the Firedrive mobile-optimized website through your phone or tablet. Unfortunately, the mobile version of the website does not support all of the available options.

If you prefer to use the web version through your computer, you will definitely be pleased. It offers a very simplified and easy to use view.

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On the web you are first presented with a set of pre-created folders for your Images, Videos, Audios, Documents and Shared files. However, you can optimize your workspace the way you like it by creating new folders. You can use Firedrive to store multiple photos, even professional-quality ones, by uploading them using the arrow icon to the top right of the screen. The upload file-size limit is 1 GB, so there must be no problem uploading processed high-quality photos. The data storage platform is suitable even for professional photographers.

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When you upload your photos to the web, you are automatically provided with the option to share them or copy a link to your files, which you can provide to your friends and colleagues for direct download.

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If you click on the Share option, next to your uploaded files, you are given a list of sharing options. The list is larger than you would expect. You can share your photos through almost any platform on the internet. You can also perform a sharing through an email. Simply enter your recipient’s email address in the sharing field and you are good to go.

You can protect your photos by setting if they will be private or public. If you choose to make them private, they will only be available for you, not for sharing with other users. You can also set a password for a folder or file, this way making sure no one will have access to your information.

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Firedrive provides a wonderful photo preview, using which you can view your photos in real size, by simply clicking on them.

To examine the additional options available for your images, right-click on an image and a drop-down menu will appear.

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The Settings menu basically controls your privacy settings. It provides very helpful data security features.

There are also many other benefits of Firedrive, which provide additional flexibility to the file storage platform. For example, you can make an unlimited number of groups to easily share files with other Firedrive members. You can also upload multiple files at once through a web browser. One of the best things for media storage is that you can view over 150 file formats without downloading them. This is also great for storing videos.

Transfer your Photos through Various Clouds

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If you are not certain about the security of your photos in your current cloud storage provider or on the social networks, this is probably one of the best services for you. Cloudsfer is not a cloud storage space, it is a cloud storage migration platform. Using it, you can transfer your data from one cloud to another or from a social network to a cloud, without the need to copy your photos or other files manually.

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The platform is free and when you sign up you are provided with the opportunity to select a migration plan. To start, simply click on a cloud storage or a social platform you would like to transfer your files from. For this article, we chose to migrate our files from Dropbox. However, you can also move them from OneDrive, Instagram, Facebook, Box, Google Drive and Copy. Once you select the service provider you would like to transfer your files from, you are asked for permission to access your files and folders.

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When the transfer is already configured, you are asked to submit the Migration Plan via Cloudsfer.

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Afterwards, Cloudsfer asks you to specify the online storage platform you plan to save your files to. If you have chosen to move your files from Dropbox, you can choose as a destination OneDrive, Box, Google Drive and Copy.

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In our example we chose Box as a destination file storage platform for migrating our photos. At this point Clousfer asks you to allow access to your Box space.

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When you provide access, you are presented with a summary of your Migration Plan. You can Save it, Schedule it and Edit it. When you save your migration you are sent to the final screen of the process, when you can choose to Execute your plan or Delete it.

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You can perform such plans multiple times combining various social platforms and clouds.

MediaFire for Professional Photographers and Amateur Photo-takers

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Being a wonderful cloud storage platform, especially for storing media, MediaFire initially gives you 12 GB of free storage space, but they offer a nice referral scheme, through which you can get up to 50 GB. This is wonderful news for those who store large collections of photos. The 200 Megabyte per file limit is, however, unpleasant, but it is sufficient for most of the photos you make. The MediaFire Pro and Business accounts, on the other hand, do not impose such limitations, and if you are a pro, you may consider choosing one of those two options for a very reasonable price.

The web interface is very user friendly and offers preliminarily created folders, one of which is dedicated to your photos.

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You can easily upload your photos to the web photos folder. Actually, the online storage system gives you picture samples, already stored in your folder, in order to introduce you to the photo options available.

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To benefit from the various options available, you have a number of choices. You can either mark your photo(s) by putting a check mark to the left of it(them), and an options bar will appear in orange in the upper part of the screen. There are options, such as Share, Download, View, Move, Copy and Move to Trash. Also, when you right click on a file, you also get a list of the available options. To open a photo, left click on it and the platform will open a preview screen.

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The photo preview that MediaFire provides offers a number of additional options. You can share a photo directly through the preview screen. Also, you can see your photos in different sizes and even rotate them.

To upload your photos to the web, click on the Upload button at the top of the web interface. It gives you two upload options – from your computer and from the web. Also, you can simply click the U button on your keyboard to upload files to the file storage platform.

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Using the latter, you can directly download a file from the web by providing its address.

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And lastly, let’s discuss the sharing options, since you will probably want to share your favorite photos with your friends and colleagues. To do so, open the folder where your photos are stored, mark them and choose the Share option at the top, or right click on a photo and choose Share from the drop-down menu.

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The online storage platform will generate a link which you can copy and paste through email or messenger to your collaborates. Also, you can use a social platform to share your file.

How are Photo Lovers Welcome at Amazon Cloud

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Amazon Cloud Drive is Amazon’s native online cloud storage platform, which provides its users with a diverse service in exchange for a reasonable price. For those who are used to Amazon’s other services, the online storage platform will come handy. For example, Amazon’s audio player is mostly used for playing audios, purchased from Amazon music store, and so on. However, you don’t necessarily need to use Amazon’s other services. You may simply choose the free version of its cloud service, giving you 5 GB of data storage space upon registration. It is not much, but you can at least store your phone photo collections.

Mobile applications are available for Android and iOS. To use Amazon Cloud Drive to backup your photos from your mobile, turn the Auto-Save function On. In this state, the app will automatically protect all the photos on your device in the cloud. Alternatively, you can selectively store your photos in the cloud when the Auto-Save function is turned Off.

To store your valuable photos through the web, open the Amazon Cloud web application, open the Pictures folder and click the + Add Files button on top right, and then select the photos you would like to upload.

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Once uploaded, you can perform various actions with your photos in the cloud, such as Move, Copy, Rename, Share, Download, etc. To do so, simply mark a file in your folder and click on the option menus on top. To view a photo, click on the file name and it will open in another screen.

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When you open a photo in your Amazon viewer, you can start a slide show, containing the other pictures from the same folder. Also, using the arrows, you can view other photos, which are given in thumbnail view in the bottom part of the viewer.

To share a photo, open the Pictures folder, mark one (or more) photo(s), click on the More Actions button and choose Share (the bottom option). The following screen will appear, containing a link that you need to use for sharing.

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Unfortunately, the Amazon Cloud Drive does not provide any file sharing settings. You cannot set particular rights to users. Everyone who owns the link can download and use your photos, no restrictions.

A pleasing feature that Amazon provides is the Photo and Video Preview, located at the very top left side of the web platform, right next to the All Files section. It is called “Photos & Videos”. When you click on it, you can view a gallery of your videos and photos, stored on the platform. However, not all file formats are supported for preview.

Shortly, Amazon offers a number of media services, grouped in a cloud storage system, which, for those, willing to pay a particular sum, may be a very comfortable way of creating and storing large collections of photos and other media.

Google Drive for Photo Maniacs

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Google Drive – the service that broadens by days and even hours! But no wonder, this is Google we are talking about! Its native cloud storage platform is supported on any computer using Windows, Linux or iOS. It provides mobile applications for any Android device, iPhone, iPad, Windows phone or Blackberry.

The Google cloud platform offers great features for photo storage and transfer. You can easily upload, synchronize, view and share your favorite photos in your Google Drive account. Using the free online cloud storage service, you sync and upload photos within the 15 GB free margin, which is shared among Google Drive, Gmail and Google+ Photos. You can upload and view your photos in almost any photo formats, particularly .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, .TIFF, .BMP.

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All of your uploaded photos can be found when you search Google Drive for Images using the drop-down arrow in the search box. Click a file name to open and preview a photo using the Google Drive image viewer. When you open an image file, you’ll also see additional features that you can use, such as: Print, Share, Download, Rename, Zoom, etc.

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To share an image file through Google Drive, you need to click the Share option (the one with a + sign) in the image preview window. When you do this, you are sent to the following screen, where you can use the link, provided for download.

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You can copy the generated link to the clipboard and share with other users through an instant messenger, email, or any other way you consider appropriate. Alternatively, you can also share it via Google +, Facebook or Twitter. At this screen you can also change the access settings, whether your video will be shared with the public, a user who is provided with a link, or specific people only.

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Alternatively, to share your photos with other users, open the main folder, containing your photos, place check marks on those that you want to send, and choose the + sign on the top left to share.

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With Google Drive you can manually set an Auto Backup function on your desktop machine or on your mobile device, this way being sure that all your favorite photos are safe and secure in the cloud. If you are an Android user, turn on the Auto Backup option on your device. This way you can manage how and when photos and videos from your device are uploaded. To turn the Auto Backup function on, open the Photos app, touch the three dot menu icon and click Settings > Auto Backup. You can set on and off for the Auto Backup from here.

To do the same on iOS, open the Google+ app, touch the three line menu icon > gear icon > Camera and Photos > Auto Backup.

Also, you can easily share your photos with other users by choosing the Share option on your device. It basically gives you the same sharing options as discussed above.

Shortly, Google Drive is ideal for storing and sharing photo collections, especially if you are not burdened by space limitations (you have ordered a paid version). If you mainly take photos with your phone or tablet, the auto backup function is a piece of cake to use. On the other hand, if you are a professional photographer, you may want to consider other cloud storage services, offering larger quotas.