Jolidrive – The first impressions



Many people around me has told me I have to check out Jolidrive. Jolidrive is basically a very nice looking webplattform for all people who want to sign into one place instead of 5-10 different places to get hold of a file. I mostly use Dropbox for different shares and files where we are many using the same files to edit and share. I have a Google Drive account included in my Google Apps account but haven’t gotten around to using it more than I should.

When I signed up for Jolidrive I first reflected on the username needed to be something else than my email. For me who use many different standard logins it was a downfall that I couldn’t register with my email. However for people who feel safe with registering an account through Facebook login you can certainly do that. I do not however have a complete profile on my Facebook so I almost never use the Facebook login.

Not meeting my needs
However, after signing in I was expecting to get an email with my username but there was none. Could be a technical glitch but anyhow well in my account it was really easy to connect my Dropbox (A test account since I normally not connect my real accounts when I am testing.) The files load fast but I feel there is some things missing here:

1. If I want to be able to upload files to my Dropbox.
2. I want to share and collaborate the files in my Dropbox.
3. It would be nice to copy files from my Dropbox to my Google Drive.

Since Jolidrive only gives me access to see and download my files it does not really help me in my work. It feels that this type of application would be perfect if you could for instance copy all your Facebook content to Dropbox. Maybe they will include the feature in the future. A good way to do it from a technical stand would be to make a JavaScript bridge script where the browser downloads and then uploads to the other Service all by the local computer.

Design is delicious
Jolidrive is really nice designed, all the tabs that adjust according to your screen size is really nice. One thing that is a little irritating is that on my Computer I still get the feel it is made for a tab or a phone in mind.

For me it feels that Jolidrive more like a marketing stunt for getting people to download JoliOS that according to the website has made Jolidrive possible. I do not feel I even want to activate the tab feature in my browser to show this application every time when load Chrome. I have access on the PC and Mac and I can easy use the different files easy. BUT if you have a need to store the logins to Dropbox / Google Drive etc and show it on your Ipad for example to a client when you are showing a designidea then sure this can be good but I doubt that it will catch on. But if there is features added to upload and copy files from one drive platform to another then we are talking about a totally different ballgame. So until then, I will have this account and check on it from time to time to see if I can make an constructive with it.


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