I have been waiting for this iPhone App for a while. Well folks its finally here and while it has a couple bugs, sure enough I have for the first time connected by Linux Server right up to my phone. Sweeeeet! So for those of you that don’t know, OwnCloud is the open source version of DropBox. What that means is that it’s free, it’s as big as the server (not just 2 wimpy gigs) you stick it on, and you have complete and total control over the security and backups of your cloud drive.
This article is specific to the mobile iPhone App, however if you have any questions about OwnCloud period just ask in the comments section and I’ll get right back to you.
So like I said, OwnCloud released its iPhone App today. It works great, I had no trouble what so ever connecting it up to my personal cloud. If you have hooked up an OwnCloud desktop client, then this is nearly the exact same thing. Just give it the URL of your server, username, and password and you are cooking in under 30 sec. It loaded quick and that is awesome since I’m on a standard residential ISP which isn’t exactly known for its speed. All the movement around the directory structure and uploads where as fast as I could have ever asked. So a big “Well Done” to the guys at OwnCloud. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this.
A couple of down sides to this. The app is $.99 USD, but hey I don’t think that is unreasonable at all. I tried to upload a few files, everything worked fine for pictures, but it didn’t seem to recognize any videos. Also I couldn’t do anything other than pictures / videos (like I said, didn’t work for me, but it was listed on the app as supported), I would have liked to see PDF at least.
I posted some pictures of the App below. It isn’t going to win any awards for interface, but I think they did do a good job making everything nice, clean, and simple. I didn’t have to hunt for a single button or function.
A couple of links to check out.