The CloudApp service is one of the simplest ways to share photos, documents, and screenshots on the Mac, but the company doesn't provide an app for uploading and browsing files on the go. Today, Cloudier for iOS hits the App Store for $2.99, a gorgeous new third-party app for using the CloudApp service. It fills a gap left by apps like Cloud2go and Cloudette, which still work, but in many cases haven't been updated in years. Once you've signed in to your CloudApp account, tapping the plus sign pops up a window where you can pick what kind of file you want to upload: image, video, text, or browser bookmark.
As with the desktop version of CloudApp, Cloudier drops a link into your clipboard as soon as a file finishes uploading. You can then paste that link into a text message, email, or instant message — or you could tap the share button on a file to tweet it or post it to Facebook. Back on the Cloudier home screen, you can browse through all the files you've ever uploaded to the service using categories like Images, Video, Bookmarks, Text files, and more. Even with the CloudApp service's free plan, your files stay online forever, so you never have to worry about clearing out space like you do with Dropbox.
While Cloudier looks sleek, it also bears some functional nuances that make it a pleasure to use. When you tap Photo Upload, for example, you can choose between two familiar options, Take Photo and Choose Photo. But there's also a third option, Use Last Photo Taken, which frequently comes in handy. Another nice touch is the thumbnail view inside the app's Images section, which lets you browse through every photo you've uploaded organized by upload date. There's also a slider to dictate the upload quality of your images and photos: low, medium, high, or no compression. Lastly, Cloudier cleverly distinguishes between different types of content. In a preview for each file type, the app shows a relevant statistic, like for audio files, duration, and for documents, word count.
If you're happy with any of Cloudier's rivals like Cloud2go and Cloudette, it may not be worth dropping $2.99 on a new app — but most of these competitors haven't been updated in ages and don't work on iPhone 5. Cloudier fills that gap, combining a modern look with the CloudApp features we've come to expect. Also worth noting — the current app isn't native to iPad, but an update including that functionality is coming soon, the developer told TNW.