Manage multiple online storage accounts from one place with Otixo

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Do you have files on multiple cloud storage accounts (e.g. multiple Dropbox accounts, Box.net, Google Documents, Picasa, even FTP and others) that you would like to manage from a single interface? If so, this service is for you. Otixo is a free online service that will connect with multiple cloud storage accounts and present them to you in a single, easy to use dialog.

It allows you to perform all of the usual operations of copying, renaming, sharing, and uploading, but will also let you do this across accounts (cutting a file from Dropbox and pasting it into your Box.net account, for example).

Otixo can be mapped as a network drive in Windows explorer, bringing desktop integration to all of your cloud storage services. At the time of this writing Otixo supports Dropbox, Box.net, Picasa, MobileMe, SugarSync, FTP, WebDav, Amazon S3 and Google Docs.

Otixo is a web app, similar to recently mentioned Joukuu lite which provides a a centralized interface where all of your different cloud storage accounts can be accessed and managed. The various accounts are listed in the left sidebar, and you can move across these and perform file copying, moving, and other operations just as you would in Windows explorer.

My favorite thing about Otixo? See the ‘the verdict’ section below.

Some notes on this service:

  • File operations: you can move across cloud accounts as if they were folders, and perform the following operations: copy, cut, rename and delete, as well as ‘share file’, ‘preview’ and ‘download’.
  • Upload: can be done into any of your accounts. Right click ‘upload’ on a blank area and a dialog will appear for the purpose.
  • Multiple accounts from the same service: have multiple Dropbox accounts or multiple accounts from other services? No problem, Otixo can list and manage these without hitch.
  • Viewing files: MS Office files and PDF files can automatically be viewed with Google Docs; image files are viewed within Otixo itself, viewing of other files (text files, video files, etc.) does not seem to be supported.
  • Search box: works great, although you have to select a single account to search in the sidebar first.
  • FTP: can connect to an FTP server.
  • File sharing: right click on any file and select ‘share’.
  • Mapping Otixo as a local drive: can be easily accomplished. Click on the ‘Otixo on your desktop’ link for the (very brief) instructions.
  • File Sharing: is very interesting, because it is done via the Otixo service itself (i.e. gives you an Otixo URL). You can add an optional password and an optional expiry date. Of course, you could also share files from within each cloud service individually.

Wish list: (or how this software can be even better)

  • To make it easier to add multiple accounts of the same service: this is certainly supported and I did it, but it is somewhat confusing; in a separate browser window, you have to manually log out of one dropbox account and log into the next one before clicking ‘add Dropbox account’, and it will work
  • SkyDrive support: I would very much like my SkyDrive account to be in there as well.
  • Folder sharing: while you can easily share files with Otixo, folder sharing does not seem to be supported. Of course, you can go into the individual services and share folders, but I wish it could be done right from Otixo.
  • Apps for iPhone and Android: naturally.

The verdict: a wonderful app. Once you get all of the different services up there you will start wondering why something like this hadn’t come around sooner. I love that it also supports FTP.

But the best thing I like about Otixo is that when you move files from one cloud service to another, it doesn’t seem to be downloaded locally first; in other words, Otixo grabs the file and uploads it on it’s own server. It does not waste your bandwidth with redundant uploading and downloading.

Although Otixo can be mapped as a local drive, it doesn’t quite attempt to integrate cloud storage with the desktop in the same ambitious way that say Joukuu lite does and KumoSync tries to do for Google Docs; however it makes more intuitive sense than either of those, in my opinion, and in any case it is my favorite of the bunch.

Tested on: Windows 7 64 bit and Chrome

Compatibility: requires a modern browser. Desktop integration is supported for both Windows and Mac.

Go to the Otixo web site to sign up.


 
 
 
  • This is great! I have tried it, and it works. The only thing is that it is very slow when mapped as a network drive, at least on my XP computer. Otherwise, perfect!

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  • scotts

    Thanks so much for reviewing a number of these services that integrate cloud storage with the desktop. I’m curious about how to use these as a true, routine backup. I’m thinking about lot’s of project files across lots of folders created over the years. Would programs like Cobian Backup or SynchBack work by pointing to one of the cloud services and making sure your PC is online when the scheduled start time come around?
    I know there are paid services like Mozy that have that capability, but I’m looking for a cheaper alternative.

    Thanks,

    Scott

  • Hi,

    Scott, basically you use to implement either an FTP or WebDav connection using Cobian, Backup4All or another program. I do believe the idea is correct, and discuss it sometimes on Donationcoder, with some success and some snags. If you go WebDav it can get a bit frustrating unless you purchase a program to assist. If you can get a comfortable combination of FTP backup using the program to your target backup site, you are all fine, and basically free.

    DriveHQ btw has a very fine Total Commander style FTP file manager, maybe they will augment it with a similarly fine file-by-file backup set function, similar to the programs. I am on a $2 month plan with DriveHQ.

    The point is that you end up with a far more “intelligent” and personally designed set of backups than offered by the Mozys, Carbonites, etc. (Mostly here I am talking file-by-file, not image, which I believe should be done only on an early reinstall and on a local backup.)

    Steven

  • Prince Rambade

    Does this software support Synchronization of Files ?? It’s one of the must needed Service but i can’t find it in your description.

  • tangopeter

    Otixo is great! Or should I say: WAS great?

    Free Otixo doesn’t exist anymore: all accounts are canged to 14-days trial versions, after which a monthly payment is due. Or at least my account was…

    Others have the same experience? Anybody know a free alternative to Otixo?

    Peter

    • Samer Kurdi

      Yeah, I got an email to that effect. I think I will remove all mentions of Otixo from this site very soon.