CloudApp is a service I’ve used consistently for a good three or so years. It’s almost invisible, even when using it and once set up, there’s little to no effort towards maintaining the service.
However, despite its simple desktop application, CloudApp is yet to put out an official iOS app, leaving it up to third parties to do so, many of which have come up short in creating a successful experience. With the introduction of iOS 7, I was hoping one of the older third-party iOS apps for CloudApp would reinvigorate themselves, but it was to no avail. That is, until I received an email from the creator of A simple list of your links in reverse-chronological order[/caption]
UX and UI
As far as how the application works, there’s honestly not much to go over, as it’s exactly what you would expect from a quality CloudApp experience on your iPhone. You’re presented with a list of the content you’ve uploaded to your CloudApp library, with options to delete, share, copy the link, or open the link in Safari.
Utilizing the ubiquitous menu icon, Cloudie takes advantage of a beautiful navigation presentation – one of my 14 trends for this year – allowing you to further browse your content by content type, as well as access to your settings within the app.
To upload new content, a nice little cloud icon is presented in the upper–left–hand corner, which brings up the option to share a photo, text, video, or copy something directly from your clipboard.
Aesthetically, Cloudie is the epitome of offering everything you need, without cluttering up the experience. The transitions are natural, the use of blur is used sparingly, but in all the right places, and both the icons and typography are simple and straight to the point.
It’s a very rugged, productivity–oriented experience wrapped up in a beautiful design; something we don’t see implemented properly, often. It flows perfectly with the iOS 7 experience, visually and otherwise.
There’s not much to go over, here, as there’s not much to the app. For $.99 in the App Store, it’s an absolute no-brainer for anyone who uses CloudApp. Keep up with the analytics of your content, manage your archive, and upload new content, all within a simple, mobile experience.
Once you’ve given it a run-through, come back here and let me know your thoughts on it. Where should it be improved? What features would you like to see added? I’ll be sure to keep the conversation going.