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Rudy Huyn releases new Dropbox app for Windows Phone; OneDrive, Mega, Google Drive and Box apps coming next

Most of you are big fans of OneDrive. It integrates nicely into Windows Phone, Windows 8 and the Xbox One. That doesn’t mean you don’t use other cloud storage solutions from time to time. It might work related or a classmate sharing a file that you venture to places like Dropbox, Box, Mega and other cloud storage providers.

Dropbox has official apps on Android, iOS, BlackBerry and the Kindle Fire, but not on Windows Phone. Does that matter now that Rudy Huyn has just released his third-party Dropbox client called CloudSix for Dropbox?

Let’s find out with our hands on video and exclusive screenshots. 

Ready for the good news? The app is a full featured and free Dropbox app on Windows Phone. It’s also just the beginning of a new wave of apps from Rudy that we’ll tell you about shortly.

Here’s what you get with CloudSix for Dropbox on Windows Phone:

  • Access all your photos, docs and videos from any device.
  • Automatically save photos and videos to Dropbox when your phone is charging
  • Share a link to even your biggest files — no more attachments!
  • Add files to your “Favorites” for fast, offline viewing.
  • Multi-accounts: access too many Dropbox accounts without sign in/sign out

CloudSix for Dropbox

We logged into our Dropbox account and are quite impressed with the app. All our files, photos and videos were viewable in the app. The app even has multi-account support, which is very cool and useful if you’re juggling a Dropbox account for personal storage and the other more business orientated. CloudSix for Dropbox also backs up photos or videos from your photo library if you want. Another bonus feature is that you can activate protection for the app and set a pin. This means you'll need to enter a pin when launching CloudSix for Dropbox. A nice feature to keep private photos private. 

You can long press a file or folder to bring up the action menu. If you do that you’ll see options for renaming the file, sharing it, creating/copying a link for it, adding it as a favorite or deleting it. You can open PDFs in your PDF Windows Phone app of choice, while word documents are viewable directly in CloudSix.

CloudSix Dropbox

CloudSix for Dropbox is just the beginning. There’s also one last surprise feature in CloudSix. Other developers can use the app as a file picker or file saver (similar experience on Windows 8). Meaning a developer who has made an emulator on Windows Phone can make it so that their app can retrieve ROMs from CloudSix for Dropbox. They don’t need to add Dropbox support to their app, just install a NuGet package and create a CloudSixFilePicker with the parameters they want.

It’s pretty cool that with 2 lines of a code other developers can enable cloud storage in their apps through CloudSix for Dropbox. As an example, Rudy has just updated his Snapchat client, 6Snap, to be the first app to take advantage of this functionality. Update 6Snap and you’ll be able to save your snaps to Dropbox through CloudSix for Dropbox. Very cool. 

There’s one last surprise from Rudy though. CloudSix for Dropbox is just the beginning of a line of cloud storage apps. CloudSix for Dropbox tackles and takes on Dropbox, but he plans to introduce apps for OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com and Mega. Those apps will all offer similar functionality and include the option for other developers to tap into them for cloud storage. 

Developers: Head to Rudy's blog post on the technical details for integrating CloudSix with your app!

CloudSix for Dropbox is free in the Windows Phone Store. It is ad-supported, but you can remove those ads for $1.29 via an in-app purchase. Any Dropbox fans out there looking forward to this? 

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Rudy Huyn releases new Dropbox app for Windows Phone; OneDrive, Mega, Google Drive and Box apps coming next

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I'm confused as to why we would need a one drive app if we ha e one already?

Either way I am glad to see more Rudy. I hadn't heard much of em in a few weeks.

One thing I can think of, is being able to stream music saved to OneDrive without having to have the app open or running under the lock screen. I'm sure there's much more things, but this is something that kind of annoys me with the WP version of OneDrive.

Seriously... The OneDrive WP app is seriously lacking compared to the website.. Just think of all the features on the website, then think of how empty our app is...
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Two really important features Rudy could give us are SPEED, AND NO LAG❕❕... Lol!!!

What would be amazing, and value added, would be if he *didn't* release apps for these other platforms but instead integrated them into CloudSix, kind of a cloud-storage aggregator, if you will. It would be awesome to be able to move and copy files back and forth from Onedrive to Dropbox, etc. And to provide that functionality to other developers, too!

Exactly what I was about to write :D I would prefer that over multiple apps. And maybe also 4Shared support if possible :)

If you have an iPhone check out upThair.  It does exactly what you describe.  Disclaimer...I wrote it.

If I'm reading it correctly, he IS integrating all services into this one app with future updates. Quote from his blog:

"The current version only support Dropbox but other cloud storage services will be added as soon as possible, including: OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com and Mega.co."

@Daniel, @Rudy: care to elaborate?

Not sure what's in the developer's mind, but the article clearly indicates multiple apps:

"CloudSix for Dropbox tackles and takes on Dropbox, but he plans to introduce apps for OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com and Mega. Those apps will all offer similar functionality and include the option for other developers to tap into them for cloud storage."

I agree on this one, it would be amazing if he uses the multiple account section to allow you to add cloud storage from a number of providers. Then have a single API that he can make available to other developers to let them use Cloud6 and when using it allows you to select which account you need to open/save your file from/to.

This would put Cloud6 miles ahead of any official app from any vendor

That's exactly what I was thinking as I read this article. Why release multiple apps when one app could handle all your cloud storage as you log in.

We NEED one from Rudy because he would make one with awesome features and the official app lacks of features and is too laggy and weird, it doesn't seem like an official app.

Agree, Rudy is the best thing to happen to WP! That said, I refuse to use dropbox, nor do I need it. An app for Blackberry and Kindle, still no plans for WP!? Unbelievable, they hate wp or what?!

This guy is a major ventricle of WP!.. He is a major part of the heart, and soul, of the platform... MS has to be funding this guy.. If not then that's a major injustice.

The developer broke filebox for me and never was able to get it going again.  No way to contact him either.  I was one of the ones getting crash on load all the time.

+1 Not a drop box user but will download and remove ads to show support.

But that said, I am not sure why Rudy wants separate apps for every cloud service. Woopiti app connects to all services in a single app and seems like the better way to go about something like this.

Still glad that Rudy brought this to the WP platform though.

Yea, what kinda man doesn't release a new app every week!? Joking aside, Rudy has got to be the most prolific developer on Windows Phone to date. I can't wait to see his work on the "Official" Tinder app.

What do we need a one drive app for? I don't AGREE with this when 3rd party developers make an app that's already out there.

I know he's free to do so.. Just expressing my opinion.. WPC community is butt hurt nowadays. If he makes a better app then that's good. I just don't agree on making an app with an existing app in the market. That's all I've got to say about it.

I think there's two reasons why he's doing it: one, it's trivial as he'll just recycle the code with OneDrive API data and two, his APIs for hooking into apps is pretty powerful for devs.

"CloudSix provides a way for other apps to select a file on cloud storages. No need to manage authentification, file browsing, file manager, file cache, retrieve data, etc… just with 2 lines of code you can ask CloudSix to do this task for you. Moreover, you can add some filters like “show me only jpg and png files” or “show me only mp4 file < 2Mb”, once launched, CloudSix will only display the kind of files you want and will relaunch your app with the selected file."

I would like to add that there might be a lot of drop box users out there thinking about switching to wp8 but don't because there is not an official app available. Knowing the quality of Rudy's apps might convince them since most of his apps are better then the real deal. I for one appreciate everything he is doing for our community and welcome all his efforts. Stop complaining and respect this guy!!!

Dude calm down, you're the one acting butthurt. Extra alternatives can't hurt. he's shown before that he tends to bring extra functionality or better UI with his apps, so that might just be the case with the One Drive app.

Ok, then the twitter apps. There are a multitude of twitter apps on all teh platforms because the official one was never that great. I would say don't make a duplicate app unless you can make it better, either in functionality or appearance. We haven't seen his Onedrive app yet. From his history, I bet he has improved on it in some way.

I personally prefer Rudy's app design a lot more than any of the current official apps that he makes apps for. Also the one drive official app kind of has a dumpy user interface, and is lacking in features. So I'll take Rudy's offering any day, and welcome him to keep making great apps!

Well I think it's good to have competition for the same product. It lights a fire on Microsoft ass to up their game. Competition is what drives products forward and makes them better.

Not original. Now its reaching a point where he needs to meet a gorgeous angelic girl on street, get inspired and come up with an unique idea.

It doesn't need to be original. The man is filling needs on WP. There are a lot of very rich people out there who saw that a need wasn't being met for a certain group of people and filled it. They didn't have to invent anything new to do this.

I don't need an app for Onedrive lets say. There are Dropbox and Google drive clients in the store. So what's original there?

Well, I was going to "plus one for the plus one for the minus one" because Google Plus sucks, but I can't figure out how to do a plus sign on my Windows Phone. Where is that guy hiding?

This is cool! I don't use Dropbox but I'll definitely use the one for Google Drive.

I just don't get the need for a OneDrive app. I thought he said he wouldn't release apps for things that already have official versions available.

No its the fact he said he would only create apps that were missing from the store, and we already have a superb SkyDrive app. Either way doesn't matter cause apparently he's putting all solutions into one app

Yes indeed! I personally have a lot of faith in Mr. Huyn's abilities. The odds are pretty good that he can kick Microsoft's behind on this one.
Rudy For President!!!

I will wait for the developers of the Facebook app to write a Dropbox client as it will be better than Rudy's.

Yeah! :) I thought that was the site thing about joking on other threads that other devs would do a better job with the app. Thought I'd join in.

Yeah I get that, but a nine is just an upside-down six =P and he does have "9gag" after all.
It wouldn't have deviated much from his naming convention while still being reflective of his trademark.
Let's just say I like the icon better than the name.

Why not call it 6Cloud ir 6Box to stay with the naming convention he has been using. Nothing I am against - just wondering?

Kewl, I thought yhere was a droxbox app. Would love to see him do a tappd app. There was one but tappd got stressed about it.

Yeah Untappd put a stop to the developer of Tapped. You would think small devs of a service like that would want 3rd party stuff drawing more customers to it's service. The Untappd app, while functional, is far from high quality.

Man. This guy is amazing. He has single handedly made WP apps stand out and allow a lot of people to not feel "left out" when they look at iOS and Android. All of his apps are very well maintained and reach a lot of people. Great job Rudy! 

In the Land of Microsoft where the Shadows lie.

 

Everyone always forgets the last verse...=P

*Tolkiennerdmodeoff*

I was thinking the same thing; he should consider just updating this app to include multiple cloud services.

This would have a huge value over any official apps too. 

 

I would love that. I don't know if it would be technically or legally possible but it would be such a neat and tidy solution.

It would also make sense if he had 6 different cloud services in one app, which would further solidify the app's name.

It is possible, Woopiti does this already (log into them all, but I don't think sharing files between them)

Yeh, that would be great!, If it was as well made and maintained as his other apps I would even be happy with in app purchases for different cloud services.

To be honest, he probably wants to keep the apps separate so he can actually make a bit of revenue through ads/IAPs. Having just one app instead of SIX might seriously stunt his ability to do this. Cant blame him, the man needs to get paid.

I would like for MS to offer Rudy a crap tonne of money to have him come develop for them... I'm always a fan of official apps (especially if they come with the quality Rudy brings)

Well, there really is no reason for Microsoft to offer him money - Rudy is getting rich off of many users that frequent this site.

I guess my thinking was that MS could use a developer of his pedigree and while I'm sure he's doing fine financially with the success of his apps (and probable other endeavours) there might be a bit of a gold mine in going on to develop for MS and the opportunities that might open up to him... It was a more selfish comment - I'd like him to help MS step their game up with official apps but am nonetheless very happy and thankful for what he has already done to the WP platform with the apps he's provided thus far and the momentum I believe he's helped create.

The fact is that that no longer matters now because an official app will never be as good as this one. Same with Instagram and Snapchat.

No drive app from google.more office features are coming that's enough and you don't have a pc at home to office?

Onedrive does not "integrate nicely with wp8"...
I can't even download videos which I uploaded before hardresetting...
Now everytime when I want to view one of these many videos it will buffer every 2 seconds, yaay *fake smile*

Instead of making separate apps for each service, why not have one app that can access all of the services? A unifying app.

It would be nice if on Google Drive client we could upload pictures in Google +. That's the only thing I use in Google +, because it has no limit of storage (for a certain resolution) and it has amazing ressources (auto edit, auto effects, auto tags, etc)

Not sure why a new onedrive app is needed when there is a good one from MS. but Rudy is a tallent that's for sure and I love all of his other apps.

So happy to hear more about him!!! Thanks Rudy for another great missing app we complained for!!! :)

Haha, maybe start developing then? I would but with a full time job I cant be bothered lol. Spend enough time looking at a monitor already...

Awesome! I'd like to see CloudSix house all the cloud storge solutions in one instead of needing different apps for Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. Tick boxes for where we'd like auto backup of photos, etc.

 

Also still holding out hope that maybe one day Rudy will do a Google Hangouts app! Pleeeeease!

If rudy can do a "file picker" app, using the cloud services as file source... Can he do a "File manager" app, with local file management and with file picker options for third party apps?

Maybe, best wait till wp8.1... I've only read like few articles and not the one listing the features. Don't want no spoilers lol.

I'd like to pin documents and stuff I have on my cloud to my startscreen but as it isn't even possible with the OneDrive app I'd say that it's a Windows Phone limitation that is preventing us doing so.

Well, I had WP9.2 before that, but I changed it because that was a little toooo obnoxious.. Lol..
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My point was, in other words, upgrade already!❕❕ Your OS is way behind.. Get it?❔....... Sorry, I'm stupid.. :'(

No sorry windows phone 7X is dead the EOL is coming up soon and alot of developers have moved to the new Platform

Though im more than happy with OneDrive, its nice to have options and i have to admit, the UI is stunning. Nice work Rudy.

I absolutely applaud the awesome work Rudy's doing.  For the many folks who use Dropbox, his new will be well-received.  However, I'm not one of those people who has all sorts of cloud storage subscriptions.  I much prefer the integration, the ease of use of OneDrive as my primary cloud storage.  The only additional storage I have is with Flickr because it provides a full 1TB of storage for our insanely large picture library and it doesn't force the resolution to be reduced.  Our Flickr storage is purely a backup for our main server at home, which houses all our media.  Still, Rudy just is an impressive bulldog when it comes to knocking out VERY useful and beautifully done apps for Windows Phone.  If we could just bottle that talent and enthusiasm...and shove down the throats of just about every company out there that so far has refused to support Windows Phone.

I'm all for this, mainly because of the upcoming Google Drive integration. I came to WP8 with some android baggage, okay?!

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