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JustCloud – Really, Just a Cloud

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If your first impression from the service is that it is exceptionally unpleasant and user unfriendly, you are in the exact place where we are. And it doesn’t get any better when you familiarize with the system.

Probably the most irritating part is that the mailing system of JustCloud sends you an email literally upon every move you make within the platform. Also, since it does not actually provide a free version (but if you trick it, it does!), it constantly reminds you that you need to upgrade to a paid plan by pop-ups and adds on the web application and on your task bar if you install the application. It says it only gives you a 14-day trial version. However, truth is that even when this period expires, there is no problem to use the service, although it becomes even more annoying. If you stop using the web or desktop application, you will continue getting emails begging you to come back.

Upon registration the system gives you various discounts, usually about 20% off of your plan price. Actually, the longer you wait during your free trial, the bigger the discount offered to sign up for paid account.

After you register an account on the JustCloud website, the desktop application automatically starts downloading on your device. It performs backup of your files to cloud.

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You can assign scheduled and automated backups and not bother manually performing them later. The platform provides a Drag & Drop functionality, which makes it easy for you to place the files you need to backup in the specific folder of the cloud system. You can also set parameters for the amount of system resources to use and specify not performing backups unless your computer is idle.

The file sharing system is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. It offers applications for iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry. With the online cloud storage system you can share files with friends and other users. You can invite them by email, Facebook, Twitter or provide them with a custom link.

Using the Control Panel functionality you can easily trace the transition of your files to and from the platform, the space you are using, the space remaining, the time remaining for your payment plan, and many others. The control panel allows you to access all of your backed up and synced files from any device with an internet connection, anywhere.

However, here is one serious breakdown. If you decide to upload your files and (since in this blog we particularly talk about photos) large collections of images, you can only upload them on a one-by-one basis! How is that possible?! Also, once uploaded, the platform structure is not quite clear and you may have difficulties finding and sorting your files. Here is a web view of the options the platform provides.

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JustCloud offers 24/7 Technical Support and online help, which could be quite necessary because the service is not too user friendly and intuitive, as you notice.

Shortly, for personal use, JustCloud works fine for backing up and syncing files now and then. However, for professional use, we would recommend other data backup services.

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.

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.

How Copy Helps You Keep Your Photos Safe

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Copy is an advanced online storage service that helps you store, synchronize and backup to cloud the important documents and files residing on your computer or mobile device. When you register an account, you automatically get 15GB storage space for free. The platform also offers a nice referral scheme, through which both the referrer and the referred earn 5 GB bonus free space, which is one of the best free cloud plans such a service provides.

If you often take photos with your mobile device and you need to store and backup them, Copy is a suitable service for you. On mobile, the platform works with iPhone, iPad, and Android. As for the Android app, it works with 2.3.3 version or higher. The service provides enough free storage space for you to place your valuable photos, regardless of their size. The service is good for storing high-quality professional photos, as well as the pics you make with your phone camera.

The online cloud storage platform is actually one of the best for storing photos, since it provides great photo preview options, unlike many other similar cloud services.

As for the Apple users, the application is very intuitive and easy to use. It provides already created folders to distinguish your various file types, such as documents, photos, audio, videos, etc.

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When you open a folder, a Plus sign appears at the bottom left part of the screen, providing you with the options to upload or capture a photo with your camera. Using this, you can easily upload pictures to your application and arrange them in the existing folders or by creating new ones.

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In order to share a photo with other users, simply press on the file and open it. A preview screen opens to the right of the screen, providing the following options at the top (from left to right): Info, Download, Favorite and Share.

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After choosing the Share option, you can set the application to share it either Publicly (accessible with anyone having the URL) or Privately (requires email verification).

If you are an Android user, download the application from Google Play and install it on your device. On the main screen of your application you get the following basic options on the right top side of your screen – Upload, Search, Synchronize and Arrange. To upload a photo from your device, select the first option from left to right.

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To share a photo with your friends and colleagues, simply press on a file and you will get additional options, appearing at the top of your screen – Download, Share and Delete. Select the second option.

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After performing this step you are given the opportunity to select how to share the file – through email, Facebook, or a messaging application, depending on the installed programs on your Android device.

If you decide to upload the professional camera photos that you store on your computer, I advise you to install the desktop application. It creates a folder for you, where you can easily store and synchronize any file types. Simply place a file in the Copy folder on your computer, and it will be automatically uploaded to your web account.