There’s no shortage of cloud-based storage services for businesses and individuals. There are the perennial heavyweights such as Google Drive and iCloud, and then there are some lesser-known services that have found their own niche in the market. But which ones have come out on top as the best cloud-based services for graphic designers?
Here is a list of some of the best.
Morpholio is a different kind of cloud service. It doesn’t just share files through an online platform—it also allows you to view images in an aesthetically pleasing portfolio. You can invite users to comment or sketch over pieces and share image libraries with other app users. Morpholio’s claim to fame is unarguably image sharing and its collaboration functionality. While Morpholio has many graphic design-specific tools, it is also a gated community as it is limited to an app and has no computer functionality as of yet.
Mozy is a common favorite among designers. With a host of different storage options for businesses, Mozy provides companies with some of the most solid and robust security on the market: military grade security. MozyEnterprise connects to Active Directory, which makes it easy for IT managers to administer. It also makes it simple for employees to sign in and out without having to remember a lengthy password. From the Active Directory, you can share all the images your firm is working on with a few clicks of a button, and with such hefty security, you can rest easy knowing your business is secure.
3. Workflow Max
Workforce Max is another divergent cloud service. It is a piece of job management software that allows you to enter jobs into the system and then track their progress through each stage of the creative process. You can send invoices, create to-do lists, and much more. While Workflow Max isn’t a conventional cloud storage system, it does store your businesses projects and files, and help you distribute them to employees. It is a nifty piece of software—great when working on multiple projects with a team under your belt.
4. Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe’s Creative Cloud grants you access to all of Adobe’s products. This includes Photoshop CC, Effects CC, and Illustrator CC, all for one monthly subscription. This program is really a must-have when it comes to graphic design, and Adobe seems to be moving more and more of their services into the cloud as technology advances. One of the nicest things about the Creative Cloud is that you don’t need to be online to use Photoshop or any of the other products. Rather, you only need to be online to download them, then again once a month to verify you have paid the monthly fee.
While there are many different cloud storage services, not all of them are graphic design-friendly. Look for services that can store large amounts of data to accommodate your large files, and weigh the pros and cons of their functionality to decide what’s best for you.