Access cloud services swiftly with PlayCloud 10

Access cloud services swiftly with PlayCloud 10
By DJ Reyes on 20 Mar 2014 04:43 am EDT
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On BlackBerry 10 I make use of the File Manager quite a lot. It does the job well but if you’re looking for a File Manager that can offer you more, check out PlayCloud 10. As well as being a File Manager that can access your local storage including your SD Card, it can access cloud services too. Yes, you can get Dropbox, Box and the newly added OneDrive with the built in File Manager but what if you use other cloud services like Google Drive, SugarSync or want to access remote files via FTP? PlayCloud 10 lets you do that.

Adding accounts to PlayCloud 10 is simple too, just swipe down from the top and go to Settings, then hit the Accounts tab. You can then start to choose which cloud services you want to add and then just login to them. Make sure you also enable it if you want to see it available in the side menu. There are then a variety of settings you can set for each account, including whether or not you want to load thumbnails over Wi-Fi only. There is also an option for PlayCloud to automatically connect to your account, or not, when you launch the app. If this is set to off, you can connect manually when you go into that cloud service via the menu. There are quite a few options available to customise your experience so be sure to check them all. By default, it is set to open files and folders on a second tap, meaning you have to tap it twice to open whatever you select. You can change this in the options for each cloud service, including local drives.

If you have multiple accounts for certain cloud services, you can add them too. So, if you have two Google Drive accounts or Dropbox accounts, for example, you can add both. Something the native file manager doesn't offer. This may not be the case for everyone but the option is there.

PlayCloud 10 SugarSync  PlayCloud 10 account options

Cloud services available via PlayCloud 10

  • Box
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • SugarSync
  • OpenDataSpace
  • Webdav
  • FTP (SSL)/SFTP

With PlayCloud 10 you can also print with a network postscript printer using the IPP Protocol. It is not a feature I have tried yet but it is an option available. You can move or copy files around and you can mark files or folders as favourite so you can quickly navigate to them by using the Bookmarks tab in the menu. If you move, copy or add files around you can see the transfer progress by going into the menu and selecting Transfers. There is an option to clear this list should you want to. When viewing image thumbnails you can also pinch to zoom to see larger thumbnails. It gets saved in the last state too, so if you don’t have to adjust it every time. You can also change the Audio ID3 tag on your music files and it has EXIF metadata image support too, with PlayCould 10.

Since PlayCloud 10 is built in Cascades, you’ll feel at home navigating the app, much like using the built in file manager. It is a joy to use and a must have if you do use other cloud services. It is very feature rich, you can even share files over cloud services, providing others with a link to the file or folder.

If you’d like to try out PlayCloud 10 there is a free version available. The free version only lets you view files, just to let you test the water. The full version costs $1.99. It is available for all BlackBerry 10 devices. It really is an advanced file manager, one I am liking a lot. This app really has a lot to offer.

Learn more / Download PlayCloud 10 free version from BlackBerry World
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Access cloud services swiftly with PlayCloud 10

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Thank's for your support.
The roadmap is yet long : folder synchronisation (maybe with headless mode), new cloud (amazon, Mega, hubic...), password lock, hide/unhide file or folder... and many other features that I'd like to add.

At last, I want to improve PhotoWall 3D too to be a real photo gallery management with cloud support (through PlayCloud)

Soon for new updates, I wait your feedbacks, features requests.

Don't forget BBM Channel for PlayCloud and PhotoWall 3D.

Nicolas

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Thanks Nic! Dev has been great and responsive to everyone. This was one of my first app downloads

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2228 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

I'd like to see the ability to set a default app to open a document. I don't like to have to go through a "select which app you want to open this with" screen every time I open an image or pdf. When I click a picture, I just want it to open. I don't want to jump through additional hoops.

I don't like the notifications that litter the hub when a download completes.

I would like to have multiple Google Drive accounts. Right now, you can only have one account of each kind cloud service.

I would like to be able to browse images I have in Google Drive (and other cloud services) just as I do in the Pictures app of BB10. Right now, you have to open an image, then close it, then select the next image. You can't just swipe through you pictures.

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Hi,

Open behavior will be improved and you will be able to set your default application.

I'm going to work about notification.

Multi Google Drive (or other) is already supported. In the account settings section, just do "add new account" and pick Google Drive in the list.

Browse local photo and browse remote photo (on a cloud) will be supported and full featured with PhotoWall 3D.
You can test my first release only in local.
Soon I'll add cloud support. Then I'll add a lot of new features and improvements in PhotoWall.

I want PhotoWall 3D is a real photo gallery management.

Nicolas

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Now this is what I call 5 star service.
Listening to what everyone wants and replying.
Good job bud :P

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Too bad this app doesn't offer encryption. Would be useful to be able to use the free GBs offered by the less secured cloud providers out there (Dropbox, box, etc.) to backup videos.

And remote printing has never worked for me.

Encryption is planned but not yet time to work on it. I want to add PGP support.

For print support, it depends on your printer, or your print server. The best solution is used a CUPS server.

Nicolas

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Good news about encryption :)

And I just tried adding a printer again. PlayCloud should autodetect the settings. There are too many possible combinations. The app can communicate via the raw port (9100) and print some sort of header, but that's it. Anything else will fail to connect.
I did notice an unconfigured printer showing up in the list when trying to print a document, but that uses a randomly generated path and crashes the app.
So, a nice idea, just not practical to use irl.

Warning, you are speaking about LPD protocol.

PlayCloud is able to detect your settings in using mDNS protocol.

Beside of, in the BlackBerry World, you can find "mDNS Service Discovery" it's mine too.

Nicolas

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Yep, but that's the only time Playcloud can get the printer's status.

Your mDNS app works great, it detects the Internet Printer and gives me the following:
Address: 1.2.3.4:631
Interface: bcm0 IPv4

but typing ipp://1.2.3.4:631 doesn't work, even with various paths after that.
A debug log would be very useful.

That's what I did and it just crashes PlayCloud. The printer info field on the print page says it can't connect, even though it was detected.

Encryption is great and will provide a clear solution that currently exists nowhere for non tech people (all solutions use an SSL tunnel and then encrypt the data on their servers with their keys and not yours).
The future is obviously where the encryption is made on the client's machine, then sent encrypted to the cloud.

If you do PGP will you also provide a sister app (like the printer one) so that people can create and manage their PGP keys easily?

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My question too. But PlayCloud looks promising, regardless of how it compares. I have been wondering if there was a BlackBerry 10 cloud solution for multiple accounts, glad to find that there is. I am going to give it a try.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

This app is awesome thank you dev for your hard work. One other nice feature not mentioned in the write up is the connection with blackberry link. Even though it has been panned a lot it really works great. I am easily able to access all of my computer files from anywhere. Heck I am even able to stream (or download) music contained on my home computer from anywhere. Love it!!

This is absolutely worth the 1.99 so just go buy it you won't be sorry.

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I use this app since day 1, very well built and useful, it's good to know that improvements are coming.

Bravo au développeur, super boulot, continue ! :)

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This is a great app: smooth, easy to use, great features, and a responsive dev. I've used it since it was first released and have been very pleased. It’s one of the few apps I haven't deleted.

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Great application Nicklas, it's been a great addition to my devices. One question for you though: will there be any further development on the PlayBook side as well? It's the only file manager I use on the tablet since it gives me access to everything, including my handset.

I have always dreamed to back port on my PlayBook right !
If BlackBerry releases Cascades libraries for PlayBook, I'll save a lot of time :)

Nicolas

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Yea that's completely different then coding the app. I'm sure if you ask around on these forums you can find someone good at the UI aspect.

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Best money i ever spent on a BB10 app. Must have app for those who need access to files to keep productivity moving.

NICE to see the dev in the thread! You are the BOMB dude, love it, keep it up!

Count me in as a happy PlayCloud user! Now if we could get MEGA access too.... I know, I know! It's on your long list! :-) Thanks for everything Nic!

Still waiting on Google cloud print.

Would be good to post your roadmap or if you have 5 features to work on, open a poll so you have a better idea of what is wanted.

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The timing couldn't have been better to repost this article. This is a great app I've been happily using for quite some time now. Certainly worth more than the miniscule price.

I have, as of late, found a problem accessing my Sky drive from Play cloud since the change in name to One drive. All my other accessible cloud accounts I can tinker with via Settings>Accounts then by tapping the chosen account . With Skydrive on the other hand, not only does it not appear anywhere in the apps home screen, but it also doesn't provide any settings when I tap on one drive. Any suggestions?

I know I could just download the recently released Onedrive app, but I much prefer to have all my eggs in one basket, especially when said, basket (Play cloud) is built so well.

.2141 what's the difference? .1925 still the bangingest til I know any different.

Works with OwnCloud!!! will have to check if the Playbook version is still updated, but since this is in cascades, i doubt :(

For PlayCloud , I want to switch to Qt and better Cascades if BlackBerry release an update.

Nicolas

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Guidance please. I downloaded the play cloud paid version and linked it to my sugar sync account. When I open sugar sync within play cloud and click to open a file it then asks me if I want to download and open the file and I click ok.... then get a notification in the BB Hub the file is ready to open and then the playcloud app closes and the file never opens...Any idea what is causing this. Have a z30

I can add another account for everything but Skydrive. It adds the icon to the bottom of the list but it won't open so that I can add my second Sykdrve/Onedrive account. OneDrive Pro would be nice. Thank you. BTW I love the app.