|Angel, 12/06 |
Currently in public beta, Omnidrive makes it easy to access, edit and share your files from any computer with a web browser. The site was founded in late 2004 by Nik Cubrilovic and later launched at the November 2006 Web 2.0 Conference. An interesting slew of features make Omnidrive an attractive choice in the online file storage field.
|Launch Date||July 21, 2007|
|Closed Date||June, 2008|
|Tags||omnidrive, web-storage, online-storage, instant-sharing, file-storage|
Many sites offer online storage, but Omnidrive offers a few features that make it a very attractive choice. For starters, Omnidrive can be accessed via a web client or via a desktop client, available for both Mac and Windows operating systems.
Omnidrive’s most impressive feature is the ability to read/write directly to the file with local applications like Office, on the remote server. This means you can open a file from your Omnidrive, edit it and write it back to Omnidrive without ever downloading a local copy.
Instant Sharing is another very useful feature. Instead of making files strictly “public” or “private” users get to decide exactly who can see or edit them. Editing can be done as already described or by using online applications. Documents and spreadsheets can be edited on Zoho’s web equivalents to Word and Excel and photos in Snipshot. This is very handy if you happen to be using a computer without similar applications. Omnidrive does offer an API, so it’s possible more online apps will be integrated in the future.
“Live Folders” is particularly a useful feature for podcast subscribers. Live Folders are basically folders subscribed to RSS feeds. As new content is available from the feed it automatically downloads to the Live Folder.
Free Omnidrive accounts can store 1GB of data and pro accounts, which start at $40/year, can grow to be as big as you need them. Omnidrive says they routinely deliver terabytes at a time. In addition to higher storage and bandwidth limits, pro accounts also give users 128bit SSL encryption and WebDAV access.