Saturday, June 18, 2011

My applications and the iCloud

My good friend Matthias from Eternal Storms Software wrote about the impact that iCloud might have on his applications. Since I found his post very interesting (from the standpoint of a devoted user of one of his products and from the standpoint of a developer myself) I will summarize my thoughts about iCloud and how my apps might use iCloud in the future.
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What does iCloud mean for Flashcards?

Flashcards is a flash-card application which is only available for Mac OS X. Wouldn't it be great to have your flash-cards available on all of your Macs? In a previous blog post I showed you how to do this by using Flashcards in combination with Dropbox. This works quite well and it will work well for the current version of Flashcards. I haven't announced my plans for the next major version of Flashcards yet - well up until now: The next version of Flashcards will be a complete rewrite and it will be available as an iPad and Mac app from the beginning. This makes the need for a perfect syncing solution even more obvious and Dropbox won't be good enough. iCloud seems to be the perfect fit for the next major version of Flashcards. Maybe it will be possible to use iCloud to publicly share your flash-cards with your friends.

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What does iCloud mean for Drops?

Drops is the ultimate tool for uploading files. At the moment files can only be uploads via FTP and require you to have some kind of FTP server at hand. I think it would be great to use iClouds storage capabilities to make files publicly available. I don't know if that is possible with iCloud. So we will see.

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What does iCloud mean for Audio Extractor?

With Audio Extractor you simply drop your video files on a drop zone, get something to drink, relax and a few minutes/hours later (depending on the video's size) you can start syncing the audio files onto your iPod, iPhone and iPad. Wouldn't it be great if there was an option to send it to iCloud so that you have the audio file available on all of your devices?
I think that iCloud will make so many apps work even better - including my own and I can't wait to get my hands on the iCloud SDK.