Cubby – by Logmein

cubby online backup and sync

From the makers of Logmein (our favorite remote access program) comes cubby.

Cubby (still in beta) appears to be a good mix between SugarSync and Dropbox.  Apps are available for both iOS and Android.  Cubby offers 5GB for free and full priced plans have not yet been announced.

Dropbox has been the reigning king of cloud storage and syncing for a few years now, but the competition is getting intense. LogMeIn, which is best known for its remote access apps, has just launched a cloud storage solution of its own called Cubby. Not only does Cubby come with 5GB of free storage to Dropbox’s 2GB, but it also implements a peer-to-peer sharing system that will help you get around that limit.

We plan to do a full review shortly and will post back soon.  In the meantime here’s more information from their website:

Free yourself from limitations
With Cubby, your stuff is shared across all your computers,
tablets, and smartphones and always accessible at
Cubby.com. It’s everything in its everplace.
Its better with friends
Collaboration has never been so simple. Invite friends and
colleagues to share a cubby, and bam–now you’re working in
real-time, hoss.
Work the way you want
No need to reorganize or move your stuff. Make any folder a
cubby right where it is and it’s accessible everywhere. Also,
sorry for calling you hoss.
Why limit yourself
Share unlimited amounts of stuff between your own computers,
and we’ll even keep unlimited versions of files you’re sharing
with others. That’s our gift to you.
Set it and never forget it
Prefer one central place to store all your stuff in the cloud? Use the
My Cubby folder we’ve created for you. Things you move here will
live here, 5 gigs free.

What’s Cubby? What’s a cubby?

 

What’s Cubby?
Cubby is a service that helps you keep your stuff up-to-date and available wherever, whenever.
What’s a cubby?
A cubby is any folder that you want to share with people or devices via Cubby. You can turn any folder into a cubby. Just drag any folder onto the Cubby application. The folder stays where it is and becomes a cubby. Leave your folders where they are and make them into cubbies so you grab your stuff on the go and share with friends, colleagues, and other computers.
What’s “My Cubby”?
My Cubby is your first cubby. It’s not a central “box” like with other services. Use it or not, it’s up to you.

Why do I need the Cubby desktop application?

The Cubby desktop application is a small program that you download and install to your PC or Mac. It’s the real brains in the Cubby family. That is, without it you can’t keep your devices in sync.

If you use cubby.com without the Cubby software, you won’t be getting the most out of Cubby.

How do I install the Cubby desktop application?

Install the Cubby desktop application on each computer that you want to keep in sync.

Here’s how you install the Cubby desktop application:

  1. Go to cubby.com.
  2. Sign up or log in.
  3. Click the download Cubby link in the top-right corner.
Remember: If you want your stuff to be the same on all of your computers, then install Cubby on each of your computers. You can install it on as many computers as you’d like.

When should I use the desktop application? The website?

Sometimes you need the desktop application. Sometimes you need cubby.com.

Cubby desktop application

Here’s what you can do with Cubby desktop application:

Make cubbies
Drag a folder to the application to make it a cubby.
View cubbies
View a list of cubbies, both your own and those shared by others.
Sync on, Sync off
Turn syncing on and off for a cubby. Without the desktop application you can’t keep a machine in sync. Show me how
Share cubbies
Share with specific people. Show me how
Make public links
Create public links to share with lots of folks at once. Show me how
Work with your files
Open a cubby and work with files and subfolders. All changes are synced automatically when syncing is on.

cubby.com

Here’s what you can do at cubby.com:

Sign up
That’s where it all begins.
Download the desktop application
There’s a link at the top of the page.
Manage your account
To change your password and account information, click your ID (email address) in the upper-right corner.
View your devices
To view a list of your devices that are running Cubby, click your ID (email address) in the upper-right corner.
View cubbies
View a list of cubbies, both your own and those shared by others.
Sync to the cloud
Sync with your cloud to be able to sync, share, and link.
Share cubbies
Share with specific people. Show me how
Make public links
Create public links to share individual files or entire cubbies with lots of folks at once. Show me how
Download/upload files
Changes made to downloaded files are not synced automatically – you must upload your new version after making changes.
Work with archived and deleted files in a cubby
You can restore archived versions and deleted files.

How do I create a cubby? How do I add files?

Just drag any folder onto the Cubby application to make it a cubby. A cubby is just a folder, so open a folder that is a cubby and add files to it.

What types of files can I store in a cubby?

Anything. It’s that simple. A cubby is just a folder. Anything you can normally store in a folder can be stored in a cubby.

You can’t rename a folder while it is a cubby.

Where does my stuff go once I make a cubby?

When you cubbies, nothing moves. Here’s an example.

  • You make “Summer Photos” into a cubby on your home computer.
    • Where are the files? Exactly where they were: On your home computer’s hard drive, in the same place.
  • Now you install Cubby at work and sync “Summer Photos” to your work computer.
    • Where are the files? Now they are also on your work computer’s hard drive.
  • Now you turn on the cloud and share “Summer Photos” with your friend.
    • Where are the files? Now they are also on your friend’s computer and in the cloud, which means they are stored on LogMeIn’s secure online servers.

Any folder can become a cubby?

You can make any standard folder on your computer into a cubby.

Exceptions:

  • When the folder is a subfolder of an existing cubby
  • When the folder is already the parent of an existing cubby
  • When the folder is on a CD-ROM, network or portable drive (for example, any drive connected via USB)
  • When the folder has a Windows or System directory among its children, or one of its parents is a Windows or System directory

How do I share a cubby with specific people?

When you share a cubby, your friends or colleagues will see it listed in their own cubby list. Any changes made to the cubby’s contents will appear to all cubby members.

When should I use sharing? Use sharing when you want specific people to have read and write access to an entire cubby.

Share via the Cubby desktop application

  1. Open Cubby, the desktop application.
  2. If the folder you want to share isn’t a cubby, drag it onto the Cubby interface.
  3. Click the Share icon. Don’t see the icon? Hold your mouse over the cubby.
  4. Type the email of the person with whom you want to share.
  5. Click invite.

Add as many people as you would like.

Share via cubby.com

  1. Go to cubby.com.
  2. Next to the cubby you want to share, click share now.
  3. Type the email of the person with whom you want to share the folder.
  4. Click invite. Cubby sends an invitation email on your behalf.

Invite as many people as you would like.

Can I share with folks who aren’t registered Cubby users?

Send them a public link. They’ll be able to view your file or cubby, but not stay in sync.

How do I stop sharing a cubby?

To stop sharing a cubby, simply remove each person from the share list. You can do this at cubby.com or in the application.

How do I share a cubby with the public?

You can share a cubby with the public. That means anyone with the link will be able to see files in your cubby.

When should I use a public link? Make a public link when you want anyone with the link to have read-only access to an entire cubby or an individual file. Folks with the link can download the file or cubby contents, but they won’t stay in sync.

Create a public link via the Cubby application

Use the Cubby application when you want to make a link for an entire cubby.

  1. Open Cubby, the desktop application.
  2. If the folder you want to share isn’t a cubby, drag it onto the Cubby interface.
  3. Click the link icon (it looks like a chain). Don’t see the icon? Hold your mouse over the cubby.
  4. Click the checkbox to make a public link.
  5. Copy the link.
  6. Send it to your friends and colleagues via chat, email, etc.

Create a public link to a specific file

Use cubby.com when you want to make a public link to a specific file:

  1. Go to cubby.com.
  2. Find the file you want to share.
  3. Right-click the file and select public link.
  4. Copy the link.
  5. Send it to your friends and colleagues via chat, email, etc.
On a Windows PC, you can also create a public link using the context menu (right-click menu) while working in a normal folder:

  1. On a Windows PC, open the cubby containing the file you want to share.
  2. Right-click the file you want to share and select Cubby > public link.

How do I sync cubbies between computers?

Syncing means you want your stuff to be the same on all of your computers. Any cubby can be synced to any computer running the Cubby desktop application.

Important: Install Cubby on each computer that you want to keep in sync.

Here’s how to stay in sync:

  1. Create a cubby using the desktop application or cubby.com.
  2. Go to the computer that you want to keep in sync.
  3. Add the cubby to the computer:
    1. Open Cubby, the desktop application.
    2. In Cubby, click add to this computer for the cubby that you want to sync.

Once you add the cubby to your computer, syncing is on. We take care of the rest.

How do I stop syncing?

On the Cubby desktop application, clear the box next to the computer name.

What’s unlimited peer-to-peer syncing?

Unlimited peer-to-peer (P2P) syncing means no storage limits when you’re syncing between your own computers. Storage limits only apply to cubbies that are synced to the cloud.

Here’s an example.

  • The situation:
    • You have 20 GB of photos on your computer at home
    • You want all 20 GB of photos to be available on your computer at work
  • The “unlimited peer-to-peer” solution:
    • Make your “vacation photos” folder into a cubby on your home computer
    • Open the Cubby desktop application at work and turn on syncing for “vacation photos”
    • You’ll see all of your photos at work – all 20 GB worth
    • No limits between peers. That means no limits between two of your own computers.
      Important: Computers can only sync peer-to-peer when they are powered on.
Remember: To avoid storage limits, make sure the cubby does not sync with the cloud. Without the cloud you gain the benefit of unlimited P2P syncing, but you won’t be able to access the cubby via cubby.com or mobile app, and you won’t be able to share it or link to it.

How do I restore a deleted file?

When a file is deleted from a cubby, all revisions remain available in the file’s archive.

Here’s how you recover a deleted file from the archive:

  1. Go to cubby.com.
  2. Click a cubby.
  3. In the upper-right corner of the page, click show deleted.
  4. Right-click the file you want to retrieve and select restore or view archive > restore.

How do I recover an old version of a file?

When a change is made to a file in a cubby, each revision is saved in the file’s archive.

Here’s how you recover a version from the archive:

  1. Go to cubby.com.
  2. Click a cubby.
  3. Right-click a file and select view archive.
  4. Select an archived version and click restore.

What’s your copyright policy? What can I share using Cubby?

Go ahead and share anything that’s yours, meaning anything you have the legal right to share with others.

Usually this means documents or anything you made yourself, like home movies, photos, or music you wrote. Don’t share anything for which you don’t own the copyright, unless of course you have permission from the copyright owner.

Buying and downloading music and movies on the Internet does not give you the right to share them with others in a cubby. Naturally you can keep your music or video libraries in sync across your own computers. When in doubt, you should probably just avoid sharing downloaded music and movies via Cubby.

In short, you can keep your own stuff in sync via Cubby, but don’t use it to distribute content you don’t have the right to distribute.

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