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Look at it from another point of view Norm. For me, I don't want to install all those desktop services on every computer that I have. I can use Places to connect to one of the cloud services without having all the content getting synced automatically. It then allows me to download or upload only what I need to. Places allows you to access only what you need when you need it.

Another perk is you can put Places on a USB drive and take it with you. All of your accounts are stored right on the USB drive allowing you to access your files anywhere you go.
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Thanks Ingor and Scott... I can see the benefit of what you say - the usb is nice because I could be visiting a client, plug in the usb, and get access to my files without ever installing the cloud services. That would be nice.

I'm assuming that none of the sync services will work though. Can I access the file directly from the Places drive? For example, if I have a Word doc on OneDrive can I access it directly from a "drive" on Places, or do I have to download the file to a folder and then access it?

Also, the sales page somewhat suggest to me that to copy from one cloud to another it goes through Places. Is that the local copy of Places, or is there a Cloud >> PlacesCloud >> Cloud transfer that takes place without having to go down to the local computer?
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... And I can see that having the FTP accounts accessible (somewhat like FileZilla) would also be nice. One nice feature would be the ability to assign a drive letter to the cloud service (e.g. assign a drive letter to an FTP service) so that it would appear in Explorer and could be accessed as a normal drive. That would be a clincher for me!
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Norm Sash wrote:
Thanks Ingor and Scott... I can see the benefit of what you say - the usb is nice because I could be visiting a client, plug in the usb, and get access to my files without ever installing the cloud services. That would be nice.

I'm assuming that none of the sync services will work though. Can I access the file directly from the Places drive? For example, if I have a Word doc on OneDrive can I access it directly from a "drive" on Places, or do I have to download the file to a folder and then access it?

Also, the sales page somewhat suggest to me that to copy from one cloud to another it goes through Places. Is that the local copy of Places, or is there a Cloud >> PlacesCloud >> Cloud transfer that takes place without having to go down to the local computer?

When you connect to OneDrive, you will see all your documents. If you want to access the Word Document, you would download it to your computer and then make the modifications to it. When complete, you upload it back. Down the line, we plan on including an internal editor to make changes directly.

As to copying, Places is the "conduit" between all connections for when you want to transfer data from one Place to another. Nothing however is stored locally once the transfer is complete.
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Norm Sash wrote:
... And I can see that having the FTP accounts accessible (somewhat like FileZilla) would also be nice. One nice feature would be the ability to assign a drive letter to the cloud service (e.g. assign a drive letter to an FTP service) so that it would appear in Explorer and could be accessed as a normal drive. That would be a clincher for me!

Places already supports FTP and sFTP. Remember that Places is designed to be portable. Assigning a drive letter to a connection would not go with what Places is meant to do. You can read up on all the connections types Places supports here at http://www.coffeecup.com/help/articles/adding-a-place/
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Thanks Scott... this is maybe a suggestion that really isn't doable, but I know that when you plug in a usb drive it shows up as a drive letter (still portable) and I have other software that when I attach a ftp folder it shows up as a drive letter. Again, this might be an "out of scope" suggestion, but I think it would be nice to have some option checkbox to have the cloud service show up as a drive letter. I know that I've run into many instances in the past where that capability would have been great.

Anyway, this probably isn't the right forum for product suggestions...
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The software has a nice goal however the interface looks too classy and what I found is, normal people has at least 1 or 2 outlook, google, dropbox accounts seeking more space. When I first try it, the software limit myself to only one OneDrive account at a time, switching accounts by disconnecting and reconnecting is annoying. I normally have extra security on those services and each time I reconnect it ask me for additional connection information.

The reason I download the trial is to manage 3 OneDrive Accounts and transfer information between them. I simply can't directly and if is there a way I need some instructions since Scott link has instructions for only one account of each service.
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Hector Maldonado wrote:
The software has a nice goal however the interface looks too classy and what I found is, normal people has at least 1 or 2 outlook, google, dropbox accounts seeking more space. When I first try it, the software limit myself to only one OneDrive account at a time, switching accounts by disconnecting and reconnecting is annoying. I normally have extra security on those services and each time I reconnect it ask me for additional connection information.

The reason I download the trial is to manage 3 OneDrive Accounts and transfer information between them. I simply can't directly and if is there a way I need some instructions since Scott link has instructions for only one account of each service.

Is being "too classy" a bad thing Hector? ;)

As with the desktop software that each of these companies offers, only one connection per cloud type may be configured at a time. You can however easily switch between accounts by disconnecting and then authenticating with the new account credentials. So if you have Google Drive on your desktop, you wouldn't have multiple accounts available to you that way either.

Here is why. When you setup a connection to the cloud, a browser window appears making you authenticate for the first time. You will have a key that Places uses to send data back and forth. By adding another connection to the same service, you would get a different key making the first connection no longer active.

We will be experimenting in one of the next releases ways to work around that or at the very least, configure as many as you want and then simply force authentication when they are opened.
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In answer to Norm's query,

"...to copy from one cloud to another it goes through Places. Is that the local copy of Places, or is there a Cloud >> PlacesCloud >> Cloud transfer that takes place without having to go down to the local computer?"

Scott said,

"As to copying, Places is the "conduit" between all connections for when you want to transfer data from one Place to another. Nothing however is stored locally once the transfer is complete."

I'm curious about whether Places's cloud "conduit" servers store cloud information that passes through it. And, if Places is run from a pendrive, are all temp files (even if subsequently deleted) that are generated locally written to the pendrive rather than the host machine?

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