Last year at the DEMO conference, R. Paul Singh was forced to return home to find a simple document on his computer that he couldn’t access via his iPad. He couldn’t access the file over e-mail, remote desktop was too slow, and he forgot to upload it to his Dropbox account before he left in the morning.
Singh’s frustration led to the development of DocSync, a new service that lets you access your business documents on the iPad from just about anywhere, including your home PC, e-mail, cloud storage providers, or private servers. The goal, says Singh, is to free professionals from the tyranny of lugging around computers and make them more productive with the iPad.
DocSync founder R. Paul Singh
Fittingly, DocSync is making its debut today at DEMO Spring 2012 in Santa Clara, Calif., which is co-run by VentureBeat.
“We are enhancing productivity of iPad users by offering secure one-touch remote access and search of files and content on users’ computers as well as other clouds,” Singh said in a statement today.
The CloudSync iPad app lets users easily view their files among various clouds and computers. You can search for documents and make light edits, which will synchronize with the file’s remote locations. CloudSync also offers 128-bit encryption and remote wiping of iPad docs, which should appease IT employees worried about document security.
“We don’t store any of the users data in our cloud,” Singh said of the company’s attention to security. “The only thing we store is your metadata.”
Cloudsync competes with remote solutions like GotomyPC (which wasn’t adequate for Singh last year), and startup Cloudon, which lets you edit Microsoft Office documents on the iPad. Singh says Cloudsync differs by seamlessly integrating documents across public and private clouds.
But experts on a panel following the company’s DEMO presentation weren’t convinced that the new application has what it takes to appeal to consumers. “The problem that they’re solving is not a problem I have,” RightScale CEO Michael Crandell said, adding that he puts important files in DropBox for universal access.
“It felt like a feature,” Bracket Computing CEO Tom Gillis said. “I’m underwhelmed.”
The company is based in Sunnyvale, Calif., and has raised $100,000 so far from seed investors.
DocSync is one of 80 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Spring 2012 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After we make our selections, the chosen companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.