BoxCrane: Written iPad App Review
Here at the iPhone App Review we recently created a review of AbleComputer’s truly excellent title EverCrane, an organizational tool for managing your Evernote account. We liked the app a lot, and to our surprise, they also make a similar tool for DropBox—another one of our favorite office-staple services. It’s called BoxCrane and it provides all the same functionality for DropBox that EverCrane does for Evernote: And then some! It’s a brilliant iPad utility, and for our full review, you need only to slide on down below the break.
Concept and Functionality
As with EverCrane, the idea behind BoxCrane looks something like this: The app uses a splitframe interface to better enable you to manage, organize, and otherwise mangle your media into submission. What we mean is, it acts like a digital crane, enabling you to move your stuff about until it’s exactly where you want it to be. This might not seem like much of an idea, but we promise you—it’s unbelievably nice to have around.
For instance, we’re often transferring files between our Desktop and our iPad. We also use DropBox to send revisions to our clients. With BoxCrane at the helm, we can have a quick preview look at the images, movies, and documents on our iPad, and then plop them straight into our DropBox accounts and shared folders. In other words, we can—in a matter of seconds—update a new revision, share a document, or spread out some interesting content. It’s fast, it’s visual, it’s efficient, and it’s directly from our favorite iOS device. Best of all, BoxCrane ties directly into our DropBox account with no added work. We put in our account info, and the app does everything else for us automatically. And if that doesn’t sound like a good deal to you, then we don’t know what will!
Design and Interface
We’re just going to say this outright: BoxCrane features some of the absolute best drag-and-drop functionality that we have seen anywhere on the iPad. It works like a dream, and it takes only a few seconds to get an handle on. We complained a bit about EverCrane’s slight interface deviations from the gorgeous Evernote for iPad. However, with BoxCrane we didn’t notice the interface quite as much: It simply worked, and we hardly noticed a thing to throw off the overall appeal of the design. Overall, it’s a solid effort, and though we may not like a few of the icons, this is hardly a worthy complaint. Good work, lads.
BoxCrane is slightly cheaper than its green counterpart, and that only adds to its appeal that much more. It’s an incredible value for any heavy user of both the iPad and DropBox in conjunction. It’s an easy recommendation, and if you’re like us, you’ll make use of every penny BoxCrane costs.
BoxCrane requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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