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RainbowDrive 2.0.0

Access multiple cloud storage providers from one app

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Android, Windows 8, iPad
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 29 April 2013
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Downloads To Date: 973
Developer: Compal Electronics, Inc
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RainbowDrive on Windows 8
RainbowDrive offers a central location for all your cloud storage.

These days it’s increasingly common to spread your data across multiple cloud-storage providers, either to try and maximise the free storage you can use or to keep different types of data completely separate from each other. You’ll need separate desktop tools to keep each cloud storage base in sync, but even allowing for that, sometimes it might be useful to be able to browse all your cloud storage from a single, convenient app.

This is the premise behind RainbowDrive. Currently available for Windows 8, iPad and Android, the app currently supports Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive across all three platforms, while version 2.0.0 adds Box support in beta for Windows 8 users, with other platforms presumably to follow.

You simply fire up the app, then connect to each of your services in turn – RainbowDrive supports multiple logins to the same cloud storage provider too, although only three total accounts are available to free users in the iPad and Android releases (you can, however, gain a fourth account by sharing the app on Facebook).

Once connected, RainbowDrive displays your total storage as an amalgamated whole, sorting content by type (you can opt to view your content by separate cloud providers). It allows you to both download and upload files from and to your storage, play back and view media, search across all your storage for elusive files plus use your mobile’s share functions to distribute links to your files via various social media as well as email. In other words, it attempts to roll all the functionality you find in each storage provider’s native app into one, convenient central spot.

It’s a great premise, but the execution leaves a little to be desired. On Windows 8 a crash left the app behaving a little erratically – we also don’t like the fact you have to start from scratch every time the app is updated as your previous configuration is wiped out. On the iPad, we found it struggled to sync our 25GB SkyDrive account, even though it was fine with smaller accounts. Despite these glitches, however, RainbowDrive is still worth trying - particularly if you're desperate to cut back on the number of mobile apps you need.

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The idea is a good one, but erratic performance and narrow cloud provider support means RainbowDrive still has some way to go before it starts knocking on the door of greatness.

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

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The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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