CloudMagic: Written iPhone App Review
Have you ever been looking for a document that just knew you had online, but couldn’t remember where? Maybe it was though a Twitter post, maybe on a Google Docs, or even left in an archive folder on Gmail? Searching each repository is definitely possible but fairly tedious, one at a time. A new iOS app from developer WebYog is CloudMagic, a unique cross-web-platform search tool. It’s received good reviews online and definitely offered an interesting option for cross platform searching, something that we at The iPhone App Review can’t resist.
CloudMagic appears to starts with a basic premise: Make it easy to search across your personal online accounts at once and productivity will inevitably be better. With this in mind, the developers crafted CloudMagic to be syncable with Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, Calendar and Contacts. Load the app on your iOS device, create an account (simple and quick process, handled through the app itself, not via an outside web page), choose the accounts you want to give access to CloudMagic with, and start searching. It’s very easy to start using and definitely convenient.
Privacy is sure to be a concern for security-minded users. For CloudMagic to access your Gmail, Twitter, etc, you will have to give your user and password info. Fortunately, to use CloudMagic , you don’t have to give access to every account-instead you can choose which are accessible to CloudMagic. Furthermore, there’s a “Clear Recent Searches” option, further adding some privacy to the app.
Further adding to the usefulness of CloudMagic is the operators search options (using strings like to: or filename: are usable in the app and aid in focusing searches). Searches seemed to return the correct and wanted results with ease, even with longer search terms or complicated strings.
CloudMagic is a very plain yet polished app, with a solid layout to match. I give it high points for ease of use and browsing from the start. Even the registration process is relatively painless! The main screen has a simple sketch instruction image, with a search bar at the top and one options button. It’s a breath of fresh air in terms of app layout from the horde of apps with cluttered designs. Icons are fresh and unique, plus the team has even put together a high-quality, informative trailer for CloudMagic, on Youtube.
At the lovely price of “free”, CloudMagic is a hard to beat. There’s very few (if any) competing apps on the market and CloudMagic certainly offers some very solid options and is a very capable search tool. Of course, many people may not want to give yet another program access to their private accounts and CloudMagic probably wouldn’t be for those users. However, for the iOS customer who wants easy searchable access across multiple platforms, CloudMagic is a great option. Hopefully future updates will add even more support for other platforms, like Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.
CloudMagic iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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