Well that's a bummer

Copy and CudaDrive Services will be Discontinued

 

We are announcing today that the Copy and CudaDrive services will be discontinued on May 1, 2016.

Copy and CudaDrive have provided easy-to-use cloud file services and sharing functionality to millions of users the past 4+ years. However, as our business focus has shifted, we had to make the difficult decision to discontinue the Copy and CudaDrive services and allocate those resources elsewhere. For more information on this decision, please view the blog post from Rod Mathews, our GM of Storage


Anyone that does photography or file level type of work such as design or publishing most likely also uses a cloud platform to copy information to the cloud and have it synced to mobile devices while on the go.  While putting all your information in the cloud is helpful, having a reliable cloud service is just as important.

I've been fiddling with Copy, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box.  For ease of use, they are all very similar.  The pros and cons come with the storage available and the plans they offer.  I recently took the plunge with Google Drive for $2 per month and 100GB.  That rate was very affordable and lets me back up my most import shots, client files, and business documents all in one place. 

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I had a funny feeling last year when Copy re-branded with CudaDrive and started replacing the desktop client with this new app.  In theory, it sounded good.  You would see a file, but it wasn't taking space on your hard drive, it would download instantly as you double-clicked on it.  This was good, but what if you were not on the web? So I kept my files in Google Drive and OneDrive testing both clients to see which I would stick with.  Microsoft has a strong offer and with $10 per month for Office 365 and 1 TB of storage, this is a great deal for most users. 

Today, reading this blog I'm not surprised it's being shut down, but also not happy as the service and storage was great.  I had gotten 15GB for signing up, plus another 20 for signing up 4 other users.  Some people were getting terabytes of data for nothing per month.  I think this may have been part of the downfall of the service.  Storage is cheaper..but not free yet.  

I'll continue to have documents and files backed up on a couple of different services, just for this purpose.  Remember as you select your cloud service, weigh the amount of $/GB you get as well as uptime, accessibility, as well as reliability of the company producing the storage solution.  Cloud storage is extremely important in your backup solution, make sure files are secure, offsite and onsite, and accessible at your disposal.  

Link to the full press release 

Breaking up with Mylio

It's been a good ride but I fear that the Mylio train is dropping me off right here.  I haven't opened the app on any device, including my computer, in over 2 months.  There is nothing wrong with it technically, but functionally it overlaps with what Lightroom Mobile does for me.  

Let me talk about a few points that are driving me away from it.  

Compatibility

It's compatible with every device I own.  No problems there, but what gets me is when I put an image from Lightroom in there, or edit in Mylio and try and pull the metadata, it never works.  Refreshing the meta in LR does not bring in the data either.  This is not good for me in managing my catalog

Backup

It does a great job of backing up photos.  If I import a folder from LR or my computer it's instantly propagated to any of my devices for me to look at later.  But, I have something else that does that too, Flickr.  I can keep a terabyte on Flickr, and it lets me set a watch folder. 

Flickr pop up hub on my PC

Flickr pop up hub on my PC

The watched folder is basically any photos that I want in the  cloud and Flickr will look for new versions or remove photos that I have deleted.  I can have them in nested albums but what I found is that I just need to use this service as a backup for images.  I don't need to be super organized, as long as I can find an image in there for a shoot, then I'm good with it.  I keep the folders nested on my hard drives that I backup to.  

Portability

My images are with me everywhere when I have them with Mylio.  Well, the images that I work on in LR Mobile are there too.  From LR, I can send images to Instagram to post, and then replicate them to my other social media accounts with tags, all in one post.  With Mylio I have to download the image from the folder after it replicates, then go to the Instagram app and import.  It's a small niggle, but a time suck on my end.  

LR images are in collections, so when I import images, I work on the RAW images and make my selects on the PC, ipad, iphone, etc, and then move them to the collection and keep the RAW files in a separate folder.  Raw files are important to keep, and so on my PC when I import them, I always make a backup copy to a second HD just in case I lose my primary.

Mylio does this as well, but I don't edit in Mylio, so this is adding a second step to my workflow.  Not productive for me.  

Cost

I already pay $10 per month for LR and PS CC and I get the updates each time they patch the program.  This is a no-brainer payment plan so I always get updates to both applications.  I always have my photos that I want with me on my devices.  I can edit the raw photos on either device and they sync back in forth in real time.  (Edits from an i-device are jpegs as RAW files are not supported on apple devices...yet).  

What will I miss?

Folder Structure
I will miss a couple things.  The folder structure when looking through files on Mylio is great.  It's just like if you had it on the desktop.  You can nest folders and go through them without having to clutter the app with so many folders.  
Layout
The view and layout of the app is great.  It's got albums and folders, of which I never understood the difference so I only used albums.  I did enjoy using the app on devices, and that's a big plus.
Tagging

Tagging people was one thing that I did often.  You can look them up by using the people tab in Mylio and this was great.  But...it had some hangups.  You could really only do this efficiently on the desktop.  Searching a name using the text box filtered results down, but did not allow selection with the keyboard.  What this meant was you left the keyboard when tagging to click on the name that was in the photo.  You could copy and paste names from a photo to another photo, or group of photos, but again, only on desktop.  Tags did not import into Lightroom either, so basically I was stuck using Mylio just to look at folders of a certain person if I needed to quickly reference someone.  I mitigate this by just making a collection folder in my Flickr watch folder and I can see all pictures of my kids, family, wife, etc.  

The end of an era

It's been a good run with Mylio.  At first when it came out, I didn't get it.  It was featured as saying that you could replicate all your photos to all your devices any time, any where.  I thought at first, well, so does iphoto/icloud, flickr, dropbox, basically any cloud sharing.  But where I found it was feature rich was the fact that once I put an image on any device, it moved it into my main catalog and replicated to all my devices in the same organized fashion.  So I bought in.  As time goes on, I found myself just not using it as much.  I go to my camera roll or Flickr to look at people or photos.  I import my images from LR Mobile to put on instagram, or I import images from my camera to LR mobile to do edits, or image selections when i'm on the go.  I think I have all my needs met at this time.  So i'll be putting $8/month back in the old wallet for something else. 

No hard feelings, it's not you, it's me.  :)

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