It’s been a while since I’ve opened my mind to a new files application. But for a change of pace and with lots of options out there ProgWebs PlayCloud is a fine choice. Plus the application have a very native look to it that blends well with the tablet OS. Check the features below and read on for my full verdict.
* Local Documents browsing
* System browsing (to browse whole the file system)
* Bridge browsing (the bridge has to be enabled)
* Dropbox & Box support
* Configuration from swipe down menu
* Launch the default application from the file type
* Single or multi-select mode
* Order feature
* Embedded help pages
* Rename, create files or directories
* Copy, paste and move files or directories
* Delete files or directories
* Show file details
Features in the roadmap (coming soon):
* Tumbnail photo
* File finder tool
* FTP support
* Other cloud services (WebDAV, SugarSync…)
* Text viewer
Now most have either found the files application we prefer or settled for the PlayBook’s native files application to get the job done. The difference lies in just a few things: features, UI and functionality. PlayCloud offers all these items but in time will improve on all 3. Now that the PlayBook has been out for over a year my other apps have had a chance to get established and maximize the features available as well as address bugs and nip em. But that doesn’t mean ProgWeb is losing any ground from what I’m seeing with this current build.
Features that I require as a tablet such as ability to copy, paste and move files/directories are here. Dropbox & Box support is here. Bridge support is here. Renaming, creating files and directories is all possible with PlayCloud as well. This is what I consider core features in a files app. However a few are missing such as Zip/Unzip, Thumbnail photos, SugarSync support etc. According to ProgWeb, these features are “coming soon”. So that’s promising.
What sets PlayCloud apart from other 3rd-party files apps I’ve used would be that very native user interface the application wears. There’s tons of options out there but this is the first I’ve seen that blends in so well. And the price is very reasonable at just $0.99. Considering that this app is still fairly new (launched in May 2012), that price may go up with time. Overall I’m happy with this product. It seems ProgWeb has a clear idea of what users want, what the PlayBook lacks and keeps a clear list of features coming soon within the actual current feature list. For more info and purchase of PlayCloud check our link below.