November 5, 2012
Cubby, LogMein’s answer to Dropbox, is now available for everyone. The storage service allows users to share information across multiple platforms including PC, Mac, iPhone/iPod touch and iPad, and Android devices. Originally launched in April as a closed beta, Cubby offers 5GB of free cloud storage. However, users can gain an additional GB of free storage for each person they invite into the beta, up to 20GB of bonus cloud storage. Unlike other services, Cubby lets you keep your current file structure. In other words, you don’t have to setup separate Cubby folders; instead you simply decide which folders should be “cloud-enabled.” In addition, there is no cap to the amount of data you can share between your own devices, which is called peer-to-peer syncing. For example, you have 20 GB of vacation photos sitting on your computer at home that you want shared with your computer at work. In this scenario, setup a folder called “vacation photos” into a “cubby” on your home computer. Next, open the free Cubby application at work and turn on syncing for “vacation photos.” All of your photos will now be available to view on the work computer. The only time data is consumed is when you place files into a Cubby cloud. Additional storage will be available at competitive rates. Finally, Cubby offers the ability to share files with other users. In doing so, you can assign specific people to have read/white access to certain files. Again, because these files won’t touch Cubby’s cloud, none of your 5GB would be consumed. For more information on Cubby, be sure to check out my original review.