I ordered this little gadget before heading out on my current tour and got a chance to try it out in the hotel lounge with one of my colleagues. CloudFTP for all intents and purposes is a little adhoc access point with a USB port on it. Technically you should be able to hook up just about any storage device to it and share the content on that device wirelessly with your devices (computers and iOS/Android devices).
I figured I’d give it a real world test and time for a CloudFTP review. I took it out of the box, read the little manual that comes with it (so I could figure out how to access it), plugged in my LaCie Rugged Firewire 800/USB 2 backup drive into and fired it up. After a few moments it was up and ready to go. I then went to the web browser on my iPhone, keyed in the URL and there it was!
My hard drives directory structure. I could access any file and if the file was iOS compatible such as a PDF or movie I could see it right then and there. Speaking of movies, I get asked all the time about plugging in hard drives or other external drives into an iPad or iPhone to carry movies around and up until now I never really had a good answer. This would do the trick nicely. The first movie I tried wasn’t in a format that iOS liked (it was an AVI file) and therefore it copied the movie to the iPhone and then I was able to open it in the VLC App and it played just fine.
The movie playing above is streaming wirelessly from my LaCie hard drive to my iPhone 4s via the CloudFTP
I tested another movie that was in the proper .MP4 format and it streamed. However, I will note that about halfway through the movie the video froze and the sound kept going. Not sure if that will be an ongoing issue or not. I was also impress that the built-in USB port had enough power to run the drive without the drive or the CloudFTP being plugged into a power source. The second thing that impressed me even more was that it didn’t seem to matter what format the drive was in. My hard drive was Mac formatted and it still showed up as the “C” drive with all the directories (folders) showing.
Battery life is up to five hours and you can share documents, music or photos with up to 8 users at a time or movies with up to three users. It creates a WiFi network for your devices to join but keep in mind it’s not a WiFi Internet Router and therefore there is not internet connectivity while you’re connected to it. However, you can configure it to join your existing network if you like.
The Bottom Line
I don’t know how much use I will get out of this. I primarily got it as a method to quickly share files between computers and multiple users. I don’t run into those situations often, but when I do this device should come in real handy. The small size is also a plus as I can just keep it in the ThinkTank Cable Management 30 accessory bag that I carry in my laptop bag. The only thing I don’t really like about it is that while it does charge via USB, it comes with it’s own proprietary charging cable and that means having to keep up with more more cable as opposed to using a standard USB micro cable to charge. Other than that it works as advertised.
Wow! What a way to end the week. We presented Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud to over 1,200 people in Helsinki Finland and Stockholm Sweden while touring on the Adobe CS6 Creative Cloud World Tour. It’s always a treat for me to get out and see real users of our products and to see those users get excited about the new features of Creative Suite and the new options in Creative Cloud!
Now that Creative Cloud is available as well as the new Adobe Touch Apps we can show even more in the cities to come. Today we’ll be in Oslo Norway! Looking forward to seeing you this week and in the weeks to come.
Jason Levine once again put together a great clip with some customer testimonials….
I also got to spend a little down time off the grid in Sweden over the weekend thanks to my colleagues Fredrik and Jason!
Although Adobe Creative Suite 6 shipped earlier this week, many were waiting on Creative Cloud as a way of upgrading to Creative Suite 6 for a low monthly cost with access to just about “everything!” That day has arrived as Creative Cloud is now available. Here’s a nice one page chart of the costs and what you get: Even if you don’t plan to go with a paid membership to Creative Cloud, you can still sign in and access your free Creative Cloud services here.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 is now available in the Mac App Store! This is good news for those of you who haven’t bought Lightroom yet. As with most things there are some pluses and minuses:
This is a single platform license for Mac only. (The boxed version and the ESD offering on Adobe.com can be installed on Mac or Windows)
Updates will take place through the Mac App Store, not via Adobe.com for this version of Lightroom. When we update Lightroom for new camera support(about 4 times per year), the Mac App Store version may be released at a different time than the update on Adobe.com
There is no upgrade pricing available on the Mac App Store for Lightroom customers who own Lightroom 1, 2 or 3.
Because there is no upgrade pricing or upgrade validation currently available on the Mac App Store, there is no guarantee that upgrade pricing will be available to Mac App Store Lightroom 4 customers when Lightroom 5 and future versions of Lightroom are released.
Lightroom 4 is available on the Mac App Store in North America only
However, like all Mac App Store purchases you can install this version of Lightroom on as many Macs as you own.
We’re on tour here in Europe and I wanted to take a quick break to thank Copenhagen for coming out to our event yesterday! We had a great crowd of over 750 people and they were quite pumped up about Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud. My colleague Jason Levin put together this video (yes using Premiere Pro CS6, Audition CS6, SpeedGrade CS6 and After Effects CS6 🙂 <-yeah he’s crazy that way):
Today we’re in Helsinki Finland and once again showing CS6 & Creative Cloud to a packed house! Looking forward to Stockholm tomorrow!
It is with great pleasure that I announce the shipping of Adobe Creative Suite 6 today! We’ve talked about it, we’ve sneaked it, we’ve announced it and now we’ve finally shipped it! That’s right, if you are upgrading to Creative Suite 6 you can download your copy today.
If you missed my webinar “Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 for Designer”, where I showed the new CS6 versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Muse and Photoshop Touch you can check out the replay right here:
Now that Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud are here it’s time to hit the road, tour the world and show our customers and fans all about our new tools and services. We’ll be showing Creative Cloud, as well as the new CS6 Design, Web and Video Tools. Last week I had the pleasure of presenting in Brazil and Mexico, now it’s time to head to Europe and South Africa.
As a way of saying Thank You and as an added perk for those of you using my “Learn the Adobe Creative Suite with Terry White” app, I’ve made the recording of my Adobe Creative Cloud and CS6 for Designers Webinar yesterday, available to you ahead of the rest of the world.
Watch Terry White, Adobe Worldwide Design Evangelist, to see Adobe Creative Cloud and the new features in Creative Suite 6 in action. Learn how you can create at lightning speed thanks to new performance engines in Photoshop Extended and Illustrator. See how to quickly create multiple layouts from a single set of content in Adobe InDesign CS6. And discover Adobe Muse, for designing HTML websites without writing code including 400+ web fonts served by Typekit that make it a breeze to include distinctive typography in your site design.
See more of my Adobe Creative Suite Videos on my Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and get the App here. It features EXCLUSIVE CONTENT that no one else gets to see. My iOS App is a Universal App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. I also have an Android version:
Tomorrow (May 1st, 2012), I will be hosting two LIVE online sessions: Adobe Creative Cloud For Designers:
Tuesday May 1, 2012 at 10am Pacific and 5pm Pacific (GMT -7), 1PM and 8PM Eastern (GMT -4)
Join Terry White, Adobe Worldwide Design Evangelist, to see Adobe Creative Cloud and the new features in Creative Suite 6 in action. Learn how you can create at lightning speed thanks to new performance engines in Photoshop Extended and Illustrator. See how to quickly create multiple layouts from a single set of content in Adobe InDesign CS6. And discover Adobe Muse, for designing HTML websites without writing code including 400+ web fonts served by Typekit that make it a breeze to include distinctive typography in your site design.
Along with reviewing technology and gadgets, I also review mobile apps. When the App Store came out a few years ago I started doing an “App of the Week” here on my blog. However, I realized that one iOS App per week just wouldn’t cut it seeing how there there hundreds if not thousands of Apps being released every week. So I decided to setup a dedicated site Best App Site so that App reviews could happen more regularly and also not tie up space here for reviews that some may have no interest in. One of Best App Site’s co-authors and web designer Erik Bernskiold just overhauled the site with a new look and feel. Aside from making the site more appealing to the eye, Erik also did quite a bit a work on the backend to make it easier for us to post reviews and to make it easier for visitors to find the reviews they want. The New Best App Site also is even more mobile friendly with a fluid design that quickly adapts to tablets and smartphones.
A big thanks to Erik and I hope that all of you enjoy the new site as much as I do! Head over to bestappsite.com and check it out.