I’ve mentioned CrashPlan a few times before, and I’m still happy with my choice of backup provider. I’ve had no problems with the continuous backup, I’ve been able to retrieve files when I needed to, and the whole thing has been as near to perfect as any service I’ve ever used.
But what’s this? Could they be making a Good Thing even better? Well, yes, they have.
CrashPlan now offer apps for iPhone, iPad and Android that give you access to the files you’ve backed up to their vault from anywhere with a network connection. You can download files to your mobile device, and if there is suitable software installed, you can open them, view, them, edit them, or anything else your device may allow, including email.
So if you’ve ever been working on a document, and forgotten to take it with you, you can get it from your phone or tablet, or at least get hold of the last version that CrashPlan has got. Which is almost certainly the one you saved just before going out.
Now you might think of this as a quite nice service enhancement, and you’d be right. So, what’s the charge for this extra niceness? Nothing. The apps are free, and there’s no extra charge for using the mobile service. Nice work, guys.