JoliDrive is JoliCloud’s new iOS app and it’s pretty good, if a little basic. The general idea is that you use the app to log in to your various web servixes and then use a single app – JoliDrive – to access them.
The new Universal app replaces all previous Joli apps, and closely matches the design of the website. You can use it with any of the following services:
For some sites, the interface has been tweaked to make JoliDrive a pretty great client. Flickr shows a thumbnail view and lets you pick from your own photos, your galleries and sets and the photos of other users that you follow.
Dropbox, though, is a little disappointing. I was hoping to get a similarly cool thumbnail view of my photos but all you see is a list of folders, and inside the Photos folder you see nothing but a regular list of files.
The Dropbox section also highlights another annoyance: authentication is via an in-app browser view. Given that any decent app these days fires up the Dropbox app to do this, and that JoliDrive is supposedly a brand new app, this is rather a shame.
In other places the app is great. If you tap the tab for a service you haven’t yet sign in to then you will see a sample view. Picasa shows featured images, as does Scribd (well, featured documents anyway) and Vimeo defaults to Staff Picks, with other channels available. This means you can check out the app without forst signing in to everything.
The app is free, and pretty good. I can’t yet see many advantages over other purpose-made apps, though, apart from the fact that everything is gathered in one place. You can’t move pictures from, say, your Dropbox to your Flickr, which would be killer.