At long last, Connected Data has announced a developer program for its Transporter platform. The news means third-party iOS and OS X developers can now integrate their apps with Transporter, in a move that sees Connected Data further challenge the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box.
Initial partners include Smile’s PDFpen and Readdle’s Scanner Pro, both of which are expected to receive updates adding Transporter’s platform as a sync option. PrintCentral, hopTo, and Trial Pad are also among Connected Data’s first partners for the new developer program.
The company explained in a recent press release:
The new program will offer both consumers and businesses a seamless way to privately store, share and access files from any device, directly from their favorite applications.
As a reminder, Transporter is a $199 Internet-connected 500 GB hard drive that allows users to set up their own “private cloud” for a one-off fee and no monthly cost. It provides access from desktop and mobile (using a dedicated iOS app), and Connected Data recently added a Dropbox-inspired “Camera Upload” feature to the application that automatically sends the contents of your iOS Photos app over to Transporter.
Transporter Sync, on the other hand, is a $99 hockey puck-sized device that users can attach to an external HDD in order to achieve a similar setup. As such, if you have a spare hard drive lying around unused, Transporter Sync allows you to turn it into your own private cloud for under $100.
The new developer program means Transporter is becoming even more of a viable alternative to Dropbox and similar cloud services. We hope more developers get on board soon, but for now the first round of partners is certainly no poor selection.
For more information on Connected Data’s Transporter platform, be sure to stop by its dedicated website.
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