Cloud? Storing your valuable files somewhere out there but not only on your Mac. Who backs up the cloud?
Computer storage being what it is I’ve decided to begin backing up my cloud files back to my Mac. If you’re a big time Google user, you’ll like CloudPull. It’s a Mac app specifically built to backup Gmail, Google Contacts, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and Google Reader. You’d think CloudPull’s developer once had a problem with his files being stored in Google’s cloud.
From one app a Mac backup does grow. All those Google services get a place to backup files besides on Google’s cloud servers.
Email from Google can be imported into Apple’s Mail on your Mac. Contacts from your Google account get imported into Contacts on your Mac (formerly Address Book).
When backing up Google documents to your Mac they can be opened with Microsoft Office for Mac.
CloudPull isn’t cheap but it’s very effective.
Google Reader subscriptions can be imported into other RSS reader apps. Starred articles can be dropped into Safari as bookmarks.
As you browse CloudPull Quick Look gives you an instant preview of your files. And, of course, files can be restored simply by dragging them to the Finder.
Even Google Calendar gets imported into iCal (now called Calendar to match iOS).
This is sweet but has some limitations. It can handle only 10 Google accounts. But CloudPull also means your once online documents are now available to your Mac while you’re offline.
The only concern I have is the growing number of backups. I backup my Mac, backup files, backup Time Machine, clone my Mac, save files online, and now we have an option to save online files back to the Mac.
Now if it would only backup my Mac’s backed up files from iCloud back to my Mac.