I believe that these days most of us use at least one of those cloud services. To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I used my USB stick to transfer some files to another computer, since by using a cloud service I am not only transferring files, since I can do so much more. These days, for me personally, the best use of cloud services is implementing this kind of cooperation between team members, so we can all work on one file (or one project), which eases up communication and produces better work results.
In today’s article, we are going to talk about an application which is designed to enhance some original Dropbox features. This means that this application already has a very large potential user base, since Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud services. Even though most of us are perfectly satisfied with the way Dropbox works, Spotdox is there to offer some features like remote computer access, combined with Dropbox. This might sound a bit complicated at first, so let’s see how this application actually works and if it’s worth the money.
Once you download and install it, Spotdox will be a menu bar application, even though you can also start it from your Dock. Once you decide to open it, you will see that Spotdox works within your default web browser, so it could be said that this is a part web and part local application. So when you open it, Safari will also open and it will take you to Spotdox.com, where you’ll need to sign-up for a new account.
Once you’ve gone through these steps, you’ll get to see a web interface of your local files. This means that you will still use Spotdox.com to navigate your Home, Downloads, Documents and other folders, and to upload files directly to your own Dropbox account. You won’t be able to delete or rename any of those files you’re browsing through, which is as expected because this is a standard security measure. In other words, you can only use Spotdox to remotely browse your computer, and upload files to Dropbox. In case you’ve forgotten to upload some files to a cloud, you can remotely access your Mac and solve this problem, which is where Spotdox can really shine. As you can expect, Spotdox needs to be running on both Macs you’re using in order to achieve this remote connection.
In general, Spotdox is a great idea. In practice, it demands a lot of time and steps. It all seems like a project which is in its initial steps of development, which means that there’s some potential, but also many things which need improvement. The interface is sometimes messy and cluttered, and there are some serious privacy issues to be resolved. Even though developers of Spotdox say that cache files are being deleted very often, I am not sure if it’s a good idea to browse sensitive data like credit card info and similar.
Currently, Spotdox is free for all users but is expected to turn into paid service in the near future.