Former Microsoft employee launches third party SkyDrive Windows 8 app

Microsoft has provided a SkyDrive "Modern" UI app for Windows 8 and Windows RT for some time, however the app still lacks some features compared to the Windows desktop app. For example, the "Modern" app cannot currently sync your SkyDrive account down to a local folder on your Windows 8 or RT PC. Windows 8 owners can do this with the desktop app, but if you own a Windows RT device, such as the Surface RT tablet, you are out of luck.

This week, a new third party SkyDrive app made its way to the Windows Store: it's called SkyDrive RT Sync and despite its name it also works on the x86-based Windows 8 as well. The developer of the app is David Overton, who worked at Microsoft for 12 years until he left the company in December.

The Windows Store description states:

At last, you can automatically synchronize your SkyDrive account to a local folder on your Windows or Windows RT device through the Windows Store App interface rather than the desktop. The application does basic file compare to work out which files match and which need updating.

SkyDrive RT Sync also allows for drag and drop support for moving files from your local folder to your SkyDrive account. More information on the app can be found on David Overton's blog. The app costs $1.49 but there is a free trial version as well.

Source: Windows Store | Image via David Overton

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HI all, I am for my sins, the author of this product with the colours that no-one likes :-) I've already changed them in my dev environment. I started this project "for myself", but it has grown and so here it is in the store. I hope to get an update out "soon" that does selective folder sync, has nicer colours, square corners and hopefully more performant, but that is a struggle. I should point out that I'm a hobbyist programmer, not someone who does it for a job. Anyway, the feedback has been heard on the colours and a few other things. I will update it and hopefully people will feel happier.

Thanks

David

According to his page he is using the default choices from MS.
Quote from his page:
Two comments on colours. Well, I've toned them down a little, however the purple is the MS default! I will harmonise it a bit more.

If I get a chance, I'll allow theme packs for the colours, so you get to choose.
<end quote>
So maybe he isn't colorlbind, and seems "forced" into the default choices. Certainly isn't admitting that he used poor color choices. We don't need themes, just colors that make sense.

Agree with the sentiments here.
If the App works, he should hire a designer to clean the UI and make it more modern.

Doens't follow MS design guidelines whatsoever.

Oh lord my eyes...

This is a shame, especially with so many good Metro app examples available. I'm sure any designer would have jumped at fixing this, not wanting the world to suffer such a visual assult.

With so many nice examples in the apps section, he came up with this fugly color combination and gradients..... But looking at his site he might be colorblind, and at least not a designer ;-)

There's a lengthy MS doc/blog about the Metro rules regarding layout. Shouldn't be hard to comply to this.

So... start out with a b/w color scheme. black bars/white icons, maybe light gray background and semi-darkgray highlights. Will already be a ton more acceptable/readable.

A lot of apps in the Store are being ignored due to bad design, it's like a first impression of someone. Don't like much at first glance, probably not going to like later.

Jesus, this looks ghastly, I've been waiting for MS to release this for my Surface RT. Seems mental that they haven't already.

If this guy sorts the colours out, I'll buy it.

Yeah functionality wise it seems good but that design is horrid and I know functionality should trump looks but I don't need the functionality that much to warrant buying a disengaging piece of software.

Good point on the colour blind though Tom Jones, would not surprise me if that was the case.

I have yet to give this a try, but UI and graphic design expertise is lacking.

(Some programmers are brilliant, but admittedly don't have an eye for visual design.)

thenetavenger said,

(Some programmers are brilliant, but admittedly don't have an eye for visual design.)

He might be colorblind.

I once saw a PowerPoint presentation with the most godawful set of colors you could possibly imagine. During the Q&A session, the first question was "Are you colorblind?" He said "Yes."

The question came from a woman. I guess they're allowed to ask this sort of question without being accused of discrimination.

Actually, it didn't even occur to me that he might be colorblind. I just thought he had bad color taste. I should've asked him for his slides. Might've been fun to run it through a colorblindness simulator to see what he thought it looked like.

This may well be the case. I ran the image through a colourblind simulator and it looked a heck of a lot better - the black-to-green gradient was black-to-dark-rather-unsaturated-yellow instead, and the purple parts appeared blue.

link6155 said,
I can see why he's no longer an employee of microsoft

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

abecedarian paradoxious said,

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

WT% does this have to do with racism?

Seriously... Wow

abecedarian paradoxious said,

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

Something tells me you're the racist. And yes it looks really horrible because of the colors, I would not use it for that reason alone.

And yes, you've made your point and nobody cares

Edited by PmRd, Feb 7 2013, 6:18am :

abecedarian paradoxious said,

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

Racist? Since when a comment about a GUI is racist?
Btw it ugly indeed, at first sight it reminded me of XTree...

Have you filed a lawsuit to MS because by default the white space area in pretty much all their products is white? LOL.

I have a dream when a word "racism" will mean nothing in the same sense the word "sorry" means nothing nowadays.

No "OH NO", no apologies, no excuses.

Otherwise there allways be idiots who complain that sky is racist because it is blue and soil is racist because it is black.

Shadowzz said,
What's with the horrible choice of colors?
He likes Ubuntu too?

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

abecedarian paradoxious said,
He likes Ubuntu too?

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?


I care about it, I do have to look at it when i use it.
And I dont really care much for styles (preference is simple/clean).
But to me thats a really horrible choice of colors.
Also I'm a fan of modern apps that stick to your OS theme and not jam in their own fugly colors.

The colors are straight fugly! I just don't understand what's racist here..! The green and black (in the way they are set) just look so out of place for a Modern UI app.

abecedarian paradoxious said,
He likes Ubuntu too?

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

Oh shut up. Like you have never complained about something in a UI. Pfft..

abecedarian paradoxious said,
He likes Ubuntu too?

I know first impressions mean a lot, but complaining about the colors?
Really? Racist much? Who cares what color it is as long as it works, right?

-slow clap-