Sunday, 9 November 2008

Humyo - just another online file store?

Bottom line, yep, I think it probably is. Right, I took a look at Humyo ( the other day. It's another of the online file storage services that seem to be cropping up with almost metronomic regularity these days. First off there is a free option that gives you some online space. At the time of writing this is 5GB and using the web upload facility (requires Java) you can upload files and directories without issue via drag and drop. The major downside - and this is my personal breaker - to download files via the web is a strictly file by file affair. So if you've uploaded a directory containing a few files in one nice drag and drop upload prepare yourself for a long night to download them back.

Now if you stump up some cash for the premium service AND you use Windows OS then you can use their PC client software to keep files on your PC and online in perfect sync. Along with the client software you do get more storage with the premium options. You can sample the client software when you first sign-up with the 14 day free trial but I didn't get that far. You see, for me I want to be able to upload AND download via the web as simply as I could by using any software that's available. I use Linux as well as Windows and need a service where I can download files on mass via a web browser.

So, to sum up. You get 5GB free and uploading is fine. If you only need to download a file at a time then you can get away with this but for multiple files via a browser? Forget it. If you are prepared to part with some cash then the PC software looks like it should work fine - and I believe you can use it across multiple PCs to keep them all in sync and with the online backup. And to be fair, it doesn't look too pricey compared to other services but if all you want is a bit of free online storage with the ability to download multiple files then you should probably look elsewhere.

For now I shall be sticking with Dropbox ( which gives away 2GB free with various paid upgrade options. The advantage of Dropbox is that it provides client software for the three major OSes, that's Windows, MAC and Linux and you can download multiple files and directories easily, directly from the web - it creates a zip file seamlessly on the fly for you to download.

Sorry Humyo, it's a Mad Tech Report thumbs down from me.

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