In April, CloudOn released v2.0.3 of their free iPad app, an update that provided sharing, a second storage option, and expanded file format support. In early May, CloudOn added Google Drive compatibility, and very recently made enhancements to sharing, file management, and integration with third-party apps.
Intended to bypass the need for sharing files through Dropbox or Box’s own file distribution process, CloudOn v2.0.3 offered the ability to share files via email in just a few taps. That option is still present in v2.0.26, but now there’s also a choice to send a link instead of the actual file. Both methods are available through the Action button or the Edit menu.
Also available within the Edit menu and Action button is the Cut command. While certainly useful for moving a file among multiple folder levels, CloudOn has added drag and drop gesture support to quickly move files and folders a single level, that is, into a folder. My one small note is that some users may get frustrated if they’re in a hurry due to the display of the Edit menu using a very similar gesture, tap and hold.
Lastly, we move along to third-party app integration. When using v2.0.3 and earlier, text could only be copied and pasted within the CloudOn app. Basically, the CloudOn app couldn’t interact with other apps, a very annoying limitation at times. However, v2.0.26 is now able to share text with the built-in iOS apps: Safari, Mail, etc. In addition, tapping on links in documents now launches Safari instead of remaining in text edit mode.
CloudOn is compatible with iPad running iOS 4.2 or later, and is available in the App Store as a free download. Use of the CloudOn iPad app requires a free CloudOn account, as well as free or paid membership with Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box.