Cloud computing is all the rage these days. But while the idea of using your browser to access your applications and documents sounds like a great idea on paper, in practice there are all kinds of reasons to stick to your desktop software. Take OpenOffice.org, for example. None of the available Web-based word processors can compete with Writer when it comes to features and flexibility. But even if you don’t subscribe to the idea of ditching OpenOffice.org in favor of a Web-based productivity suite like Google Docs or Zoho Docs, you can still put some useful Web-based services to some practical use.
One of the key issues when working with documents on your machine is to keep them safe and accessible from any machine. That’s why services like Dropbox are becoming increasingly popular: using them, you can store your documents off-site and access them from any machine. Another solution is to use the SMEStorage service which provides access to a variety of back-end storage solutions such as Amazon S3, Box.net, and even your own FTP server. The beauty of this approach is that it provides a transparent connection to one or several services of your choice and adds a few clever features of its own. The best part, however, is that the service provides the MultiCloud File Manager extension for OpenOffice.org, which you can use to save and access documents stored in the cloud directly from within the productivity suite. Continue reading.